Faculty Profile

Debbie Pope

Debbie Pope

Assistant Professor of Communication

Email: poped@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2209
Office: Marston 217

Education: BA, Bethany University, 1983; MA, Wheaton College, 1990. At SPU since 2008.

Debbie Pope began teaching at Seattle Pacific University in 1995 as an adjunct instructor in both Communication and English while also teaching full-time at Northwest University. She joined the SPU faculty full-time in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Communication. Ms. Pope earned her BA in English from Bethany University in California and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College in Illinois. 

At SPU, Ms. Pope teaches “Public Speaking,” “Interpersonal Communication,” “Gender Issues in Communication,” “Performing Literature,” USEM 1000, and UCOR 1000.

Ms. Pope’s students know her to be an early morning riser who comes to 8 a.m. classes wired on Starbucks coffee, a cat whisperer par excellence, a Southerner who loves Flannery O’Connor, a Frederick Buechner devotee, and a person who is hard to keep up with at Saturday morning Jazzercise class.

Please see Ms. Pope’s CV (PDF) for more information.

Debbie Pope

Why I Teach at SPU

Debbie Pope, Assistant Professor of Communication

“I teach because one of my undergraduate theology professors, Dr. Stan Steward, modeled for me what it means to love your subject and teach it with passion. I teach because Dr. Truett Bobo taught me what it means to love God and think God’s thoughts after him — in other words, to do good theology. I teach because Dr. Bob Webber of Wheaton College Graduate School climbed a ladder one day in class and lectured for two hours atop it about the Early Church Fathers — and held us captive the entire time. I teach because from these great professors I discovered that learning is magical. It transforms us into our best selves.”