Dr. Showman earned her Ph.D. in Interpersonal & Public Communication from Bowling Green State University, where she designed a program that included work in rhetoric, organizational development, negotiation and bargaining and human communication. She was offered and accepted a non-service fellowship in recognition of her academic work during her studies. She also completed a Master of Divinity degree at Ashland Theological Seminary.
She has taught for BGSU, Bluffton College, Owens Community College—Findlay, and currently teaches full-time at Wright State University—Lake Campus in the areas of communication and religion. She serves on a number of faculty committees and is currently parliamentarian of the WSU-LC faculty senate.
Her research areas include gender and generational communication, social intelligence/emotional intelligence, business ethics, spirituality in the workplace and team management. She has taught in the M.B.A. program at Heidelberg University since around 1996 and has taught Management, Managerial Ethics, and Managerial Communication. She is a popular seminar/workshop leader and often speaks for area business associations.