Maria Wolfe

Maria Wolfe

  • Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Expertise

  • Management Communication


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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Maria Wolfe is a senior lecturer of management communication at the Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration and teaches courses in business writing, persuasive communication, and oral delivery skills. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and has taught communication and management classes in the U.S. and internationally. Maria holds a PhD in rhetoric and professional communication and has won several teaching excellence awards. Most recently, her expertise led to two newly developed eCornell courses: “Impactful Unscripted Communication” and “Virtual Communication.”

Maria has worked with business professionals and industry groups to coach them in effective written and oral skills, powerful stage presence, overcoming speech anxiety, and leadership communications. In addition to her involvement in undergraduate and executive education programs, Maria serves as the Communication Center director at the Nolan School of Hotel Administration.

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Recognition Award – Junior/Senior Core (2020) Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Faculty Teaching Recognition Award - Junior/Senior Core (2016) Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
  • Ted Teng ’79 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award (2013) The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2008) Iowa State University

Recent Courses

  • HADM 1650 - Business Writing for Hospitality Professionals
  • HADM 6611 - Impactful Unscripted Communication
  • HADM 3650 - Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Iowa State University, 2008
  • MA Iowa State University, 2004
  • BA Khabarovsk Pedagogical University, 1995