MaryAnne Shults teaches Mass Media and Society sections and was the co-adviser for the Lariat, the student-run news publication and Orange Appeal, the student magazine. She joined the faculty as an associate professor in 2013. She has also taught video journalism and interactive media design, as well as production classes emphasizing journalism infusing blogging, social media and data reporting. She also teaches part time at Cal State Fullerton for the Department of Communications.
She graduated graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and completed her M.A. in Communications at CSUF as well. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. She returned to college after her children were in high school and she was free to pursue her passion of writing. She attended Saddleback College prior to transferring to CSUF, where she concentrated on print and visual journalism.
She is co-owner of a web development business, which she initially started with her husband in 1994. She has also worked in the health care field and has served in many volunteer positions, including V.P. of Communications for the Fourth District of the California State PTA. She currently works in motorsports public relations and is also a freelance health communications specialist.
Mrs. Shults lives in Mission Viejo with her husband John and their two children. Her passions include any form of motorsports especially performance rally racing and Formula One. She is currently researching several family genealogies and hopes to publish a book about her illustrious ancestors. She grew up outside of Rochester, N.Y. and still calls the area "home" although she has lived in Orange County for many years.