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 30 years: 15 in the public school setting, and 15 at Coastal. 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, a volunteer ministry at a local nursing home, reading, walking, boogie boarding, and snorkeling.


Mike Crum

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.


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.