Corley Retirement Reception May 2 | Webster University

Corley Retirement Reception May 2

ST. LOUIS (April 30, 2019) – "Kathy Corley, long-time and much appreciated Webster citizen and School of Communications faculty member is retiring in May. In addition to being a Webster alum, Kathy has been a faculty member since 1985, received faculty status in 1990 and promotion to full professor in 1995. She has served as department chair at least twice and probably been on every important faculty committee on campus at least once," Dean of the School of Communications Eric Rothenbuhler wrote.
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"She teaches in both film production and film studies, and has served for as long as anyone knows as the program facilitator for film studies. She is a film and television documentarian with serious production credits, accomplishments, and many professional connections, and is still very active in her field. She is a much appreciated teacher and colleague," continued Rothenbuhler.

Please join Dean Eric Rothenbuhler and the faculty and staff of the School of Communications at a retirement reception for Professor Kathy Corley. It will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the East Atrium of Sverdrup Hall. Come celebrate Corley's outstanding career of more than 34 years and her contributions to the School of Communications and to Webster University.

Corley has taught at Webster's St. Louis, Leiden, Geneva, and Vienna campuses. She is an Emmy-award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened in international film festivals and on PBS and national cable channels.

Corley has received the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards, both in 2005. She has also received teaching awards from Webster University's Media Association and Women of Webster organizations.

She graduated from Webster University in 1974 with a BA in English and from Washington University in 1976 with an MA in English and American Literature.

Associate professor and chair of the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media, Aaron AuBuchon, reflected on Corley's impact during her career at Webster. "The many, many people she touched who are now capable directors, editors, film critics, producers, animators, motion graphics artists, and a whole variety of other jobs inside and outside the world of media production are the proof of her legacy of kindness, capability, intelligence, and almost supernatural helpfulness."

AuBuchon continued, "Kathy is one of a kind, and I feel confident that everyone who has known her here, from her colleagues in EPMD and the SOC, to colleagues around the university, to her current and former students would join me in wishing Kathy a very happy retirement and a standing invitation to join us again in whatever capacity her time and interests permit."

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications ( at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as five master's degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.