Communication Faculty


Shirley Lerch Crum

Department Head, Humanities
Instructor, Communication

  • Education:  B.A. in Telecommunications with a Minor in Sociology, Kent State University
    M.A. in Speech, Kent State University
  • Courses Taught at Coastal:  Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Communication, and Public Speaking
  • Courses Taught Elsewhere:  drama, English, general science, rhetorical theory, Spanish, and written communication
  • Biography:  I have been an educator for over 30 years. Before coming to Coastal, for almost 20 years I was heavily involved in theatre, having performed in over 15 shows, not including the 3 years spent in Kent State’s children’s theatre touring company. I also wrote, directed; stage managed, worked tech, and construction for another 15 plays.  More recently I became a published author of the Cathy Cleveland trilogy, a series of 3 suspense novels. My free time is devoted to my cats, reading, walking, boogie boarding, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering in the community.


Mike Crum

Faculty Assembly Chair
Instructor, Communication

  • Education:  M.A. in English, Northwest Missouri State University
    Graduate Work in Communications, 18 hrs, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Courses Taught:  Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking
  • Biography: I have been a communication instructor for 10+ years, I’ve worked at Coastal since 1995, and I am in my 3rd decade working as an educator, having also taught in the field of English. Prior to my settling in North Carolina, I graduated from college in Missouri,  then worked  in Texas (Houston, Laredo, and  El Paso), and in the Middle East (2 years Abu Dhabi, UAE, and 1 year Jubal, Saudi Arabia).  As a result of this work history and a good deal of travel, I’ve had a wide variety of cultural experiences, which have helped fuel my interest in communication. A few years after being hired at Coastal as an English instructor, I went back to school (UNC-Chapel Hill) and completed the required graduate coursework to teach communication, and that’s how I became a member of our Communication Department. Outside of work, my favorite activity is functional fitness.

Elizabeth Giarmo

Instructor, Communication

  • Education: B.A. in Communication with  Minors in Psychology and Leadership, Central Michigan University
    M.A. in Communication, Eastern Michigan University
  • Courses Taught: Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking
  • Courses Taught Elsewhere: Public Speaking at Eastern Michigan University
  • Biography: I am very excited to begin my educational career at Coastal Carolina Community College.  I knew I wanted to teach communication courses when I was inspired as a young student at the community college in my hometown of Monroe, Michigan. I see effective communication as the means for building strong, long-lasting relationships! Before coming to Coastal, I recently had taught public speaking courses at Eastern Michigan University as a graduate teaching assistant, and I also gained experience in various subjects at the high school level as a permanent substitute teacher. I truly enjoy teaching not only because of the relationships we build together in the classroom, but also because of the lessons we learn as both educators and students far beyond the basic parameters of the course curriculum.  When free time permits, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband, reading, blogging, singing (mostly in isolation!), taking walks, and playing volleyball and softball.  As an interesting side note, I have an identical twin sister!


Tiffany Suetos

Instructor, Communication

  • Education:  B.S. in Kinesiology with Emphasis in  Teaching/Coaching, Eastern New Mexico University
    M.S. in Communication with Emphasis in Interpersonal Communication, Eastern New Mexico University
    Teaching Credentials in Physical Education and Exceptional Children
  • Courses Taught:  Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking
  • Biography:  As one of the communication instructors here at Coastal Carolina Community College, I thoroughly enjoy teaching and learning from all of my students.  The experience and knowledge shared within the classroom transforms lives and students’ perceptions on the power of communication.  A few of my interests outside of work include hiking, camping, and paddle boarding.

Arness Krause

Instructor, Communication

  • Education: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Governors State University
    M.A. in Communication Studies, Governors State University
    Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, Governors State University
  • Courses Taught: Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Mathematics
  • Courses Taught Elsewhere: Persuasive Theory, Intercultural Communication, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Public Speaking, Mass Communication, Listening, Conflict Management, Introduction to Communication
  • Biography: I have been an educator for 10 years both at the community college and university levels teaching face-to-face, online, and blended classes. I also developed the forensics (speech and debate) team at Governors State University, competing throughout the Midwest. In addition to teaching a variety of communication courses, I have also enjoyed teaching mathematics, particularly at the developmental level.
  • Personal Interests: When free time permits, I enjoy reading, swimming, going to the beach, and working for a variety of non-profits in the community.