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About Elizabeth Otto, MA

Elizabeth Otto, Assistant Professor, brings a pragmatic approach to teaching and applying communication skills. She earned her B.A. in English with a speech communication minor from Bradley University and an M.A. in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. Before becoming a college professor, Elizabeth worked as a part-time radio reporter, an advertising copywriter, a communication specialist for a multi-national corporation, and a freelance communication consultant. Her emphasis in the classroom is on how to use an enhanced understanding of communication to improve quality of life in the workplace and in personal contexts.


Present Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, St. Catherine University Communication Studies Department



2019 - Present Carol Easley Denny Award
St. Catherine University
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Erica Alley
2019 - Present Strengthening Institutions Program
US Department of Education
Role: Contributor to application; faculty project leader
Colleague(s): Emily Reeder, Project Specialist for the SIP Grant
2019 - 2019 Academic Excellent Grant Graduate Research Traineeship
GHR Foundation
Role: Mentor of Graduate Trainee
Colleague(s): Student: Margaret Hiniker
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1999 MS, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, For superior graduate work with Communication Department Certificate of Merit ‐ Master of Arts, Communication Studies
1997 BA, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Summa Cum Laude ‐ Bachelor of Arts, English

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6682