Professor Marra has a B.S. in Management from Nazareth College where she also double-minored in Philosophy and Studio Art. She also holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. She focused on Stoic Ethics and her thesis is titled: The Mad Are All Unwise: The Practicality of Stoic Ethics. She teaches Communication, Public Speaking, and Technical Communication (with a focus on business communication for technical professionals). Lori received a grant to develop a new course in content management for technical communicators. It will launch in the Spring of 2017.
Before joining RIT as a lecturer in 2013, Professor Marra worked thirty years as a professional and technical communicator and training developer. In 2007 the Society for Technical Communication named her as an Associate Fellow. She currently serves as a consultant in communications and leadership development for people in technical careers, particularly engineering professionals.
At RIT, Professor Marra served two semesters on the Ethics Across The Curriculum committee. She is advisor to The RIT Players. She actively participates in The Department of Communication Communicating Connections Conference. She is a judge in the School of Communication Public Speaking Competition. She also participates in Imagine RIT and many other events where she can interact with students.
Professor Marra has a second career as a playwright. For more on her writing career, review her web site: lorimarra.com or follow her on Twitter @blueinkplayrite.