Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Adjunct Faculty Directory

Marianna Swallow

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor

Email: mswallow@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://www.mariannaswallow.com/


An Adjunct Professor since 2020, Marianna Swallow teaches Business & Professional Speaking and Interpersonal Communication classes. She is passionate about learning and believes any learning experience must be interactive and engaging. She inspires her students to think critically, ask questions, and communicate clearly. Her goal is to give students communication and speaking skills they can apply beyond college -- at work or at home.

Marianna began her career in Learning & Development as a software trainer. She branched out into soft skills training, and in 2004 founded M. Runge & Associates, a consulting service providing communications training, coaching, and workshops. She helps her clients become more comfortable with planning, executing, and delivering presentations with confidence. Her clients include Walgreen’s, Underwriters Laboratories, and Brookfield Properties, among many others. As a result of her instruction, many clients have been promoted to senior and executive-level positions.

In 2011, she founded the literary non-profit Chicago Writers Conference, which she led for six years as its Executive Director.

Her writing has appeared in Pop Mythology, The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, and Smith Magazine’s “It All Happened In an Instant.” She is the author of “21 Ways to Engage Your Audience.” She presents at conferences all over the world, speaking on topics such as Confident Speaking and Strengthening Your Message. At Loyola, she has been a panelist at the Focus on Teaching and Learning Conference, where she shared her methods for feedback in the classroom.

Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, travel, and reading, and the occasional strum of the ukulele she keeps in her office. She is a co-founder of the Las Preferidas business goals group.



BA English, Northern Illinois University
MFA Creative Non-Fiction, Goucher College

Program Areas

Public Speaking, Adult Learning & Education, Corporate Training, Written & Oral Communications

Research Interests

Pop Culture, Fandom and Fandom Communities, Experiential Learning

Courses Taught

COMM 103 – Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 273 – Interpersonal Communications