Marilyn Dyrud is a full professor in the Communication Department at Oregon Institute of Technology, where she has been teaching since 1976. She regularly teaches courses in various aspects of oral and written communication (including technical and business writing, rhetoric, public speaking, and a number of specialized courses in technical communication). For the past decade, she has been teaching OIT's courses in professional and communication ethics, as well as "Engineering, Business, and the Holocaust," which examines that event through a very different prism than the typical course on that subject.
She is active in three professional organizations. In the American Society for Engineering Education, she serves on two division boards (engineering ethics and engineering technology) and is a regular presenter in the engineering ethics division. In 2008, she was named an association Fellow and served for 17 years as OIT's campus representative, winning 14 awards for membership recruitment and retention. In the Association for Business Communication, she serves on the board of directors and as vice-president for the western region, as well as giving conference presentations, serving on two editorial boards, and editing a teaching column for ABC's pedagogical journal. In 2006, she received the Distinguished Member Award. In the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, she is a regular conference presenter and also serves as a moderator for the Ethics Bowl, a pre-conference student competition. She has been a participant in Illinois Institute of Technology's "Ethics across the Curriculum" workshop and conducted her own ethics seminars for interested OIT faculty for 6 years.
Marilyn has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed proceedings and journals, has given 125 presentations, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for six journals.