Susan Olson, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Communication

Communication, Theatre & Film Arts

Office: AC 30 - Room: AC3

480-461-7793

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM11:00 AM - 12:00 PM11:10 AM - 12:00 PM11:00 AM - 12:00 PM10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Online

 

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Profile

Faculty Profile

Susan Kay Olson, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Olson is a full-time faculty member for Mesa Community College in the Department of Communication, Theatre Arts and Film. Susan also served as Department Chair for 11 years.  Susan’s focus is expanding educational and career connection opportunities for students in internships, and two- four year public and private colleges and universities. A current faculty member for the Maricopa County Community College District and Northern Arizona University, Susan has also taught for the University of Arizona, California State University Long Beach, the University of Phoenix,  Loyola Marymount University and Arizona State University.

Susan also served as Corporate Training Director for a national franchise corporation in Los Angeles, CA and consultant for Dan Petersen and Associates, a Management Perception Survey organization.

MCC

Currently, Susan is the Chair of the Communication, Theatre Arts and Film Department at Mesa Community College. Susan created the Careers in Communication program; initiated Sigma Chi Eta at the Southern and Dobson Campus, the student Honor Society through the National Communication Association; developed MCC’s Organizational Communication and Introductory Research Courses; and published her third book, a student handbook for the research course. Involving students in the writing of this book reflects Susan’s approach to expanding educational and career opportunities for students. 

Classes Taught

Fall 2019

COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3 Credits
Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26847
Dobson Campus
Lecture
08/19/2019 - 10/11/2019

Class Ended

Notes: Class 26847 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu.

COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3 Credits
Overview of theory and methodological practice in communication with particular attention to scholarly writing skills. Emphasis on development of critical thinking skills through active participation in the research process.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107 or equivalent, and COM100 or equivalent, or permission of Instructor.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26111
Dobson Campus
Lecture
08/20/2019 - 12/13/2019
Tu
4:25 PM - 6:15 PM

Class Ended

Notes: Class 26111 Hybrid classes combine reduced, regularly scheduled classroom meetings with required learning activities conducted via the Internet. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

COM225 Public Speaking 3 Credits
Designed to enhance the student's ability to present public speeches confidently and competently. Also designed to improve information literacy and critical thinking skills.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
General Education Designations: Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26435
Dobson Campus
Lecture
08/20/2019 - 12/13/2019
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Ended

26579
Dobson Campus
Lecture
08/20/2019 - 12/13/2019
TuTh
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Class Ended

COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
Diverse cultural contexts are explored through basic concepts, principles, and theories of intercultural communication. Discovering effective interaction and appropriate communication in a global community is emphasized. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26119
Dobson Campus
Lecture
08/19/2019 - 10/11/2019

Class Ended

Notes: Class 26119 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

Fall Flex Start 2019

COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3 Credits
Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26848
Dobson Campus
Lecture
10/14/2019 - 12/13/2019

Class Ended

Notes: Class 26848 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu.

27463
Dobson Campus
Lecture
10/14/2019 - 12/13/2019

Class Ended

Notes: Class 27463 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
Diverse cultural contexts are explored through basic concepts, principles, and theories of intercultural communication. Discovering effective interaction and appropriate communication in a global community is emphasized. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26129
Dobson Campus
Lecture
10/14/2019 - 12/13/2019

Class Ended

Notes: Class 26129 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

Winter Intersession 2019

COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3 Credits
Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27621
Dobson Campus
Lecture
12/16/2019 - 01/10/2020

Open

1 of 23
Seats Available

Notes: Class 27621 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu
Winter Intersession Classes

COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
Diverse cultural contexts are explored through basic concepts, principles, and theories of intercultural communication. Discovering effective interaction and appropriate communication in a global community is emphasized. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27165
Dobson Campus
Lecture
12/16/2019 - 01/10/2020

Open

6 of 23
Seats Available

Notes: Class 27165 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu
Winter Intersession Classes

Spring 2020

COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3 Credits
Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26789
Dobson Campus
Lecture
01/13/2020 - 03/06/2020

Open

14 of 23
Seats Available

Notes: Class 26789 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: christine.beckman@mesacc.edu

COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3 Credits
Overview of theory and methodological practice in communication with particular attention to scholarly writing skills. Emphasis on development of critical thinking skills through active participation in the research process.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107 or equivalent, and COM100 or equivalent, or permission of Instructor.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26751
Dobson Campus
Lecture
01/14/2020 - 05/08/2020
Tu
4:25 PM - 7:05 PM

Open

11 of 23
Seats Available

COM225 Public Speaking 3 Credits
Designed to enhance the student's ability to present public speeches confidently and competently. Also designed to improve information literacy and critical thinking skills.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
General Education Designations: Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26782
Dobson Campus
Lecture
01/14/2020 - 05/08/2020
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

16 of 23
Seats Available

26734
Dobson Campus
Lecture
01/14/2020 - 05/08/2020
TuTh
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Open

15 of 23
Seats Available

COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
Diverse cultural contexts are explored through basic concepts, principles, and theories of intercultural communication. Discovering effective interaction and appropriate communication in a global community is emphasized. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Global Awareness [G], Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27803
Dobson Campus
Lecture
01/13/2020 - 03/06/2020

Open

11 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: Class 27803 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2020

COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3 Credits
Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26779
Dobson Campus
Lecture
03/16/2020 - 05/08/2020

Open

14 of 23
Seats Available

Notes: Class 26779 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet but may require proctored exams. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

27794
Dobson Campus
Lecture
03/16/2020 - 05/08/2020

Open

21 of 23
Seats Available

Notes: Class 27794 Online classes are conducted exclusively via the Internet. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started for additional information. Students may contact instructor at: susan.olson@mesacc.edu

Degrees & Awards

Ph.D. Organizational Communication, University of AZ

M.A. Interpersonal Communication, University of Northern CO

B.A. Sociology/Educational Psychology, University of AZ

Outstanding Instructor, Northern Arizona University

Outstanding Instructor, Arizona State University

Outstanding Instructor Loyola Marymount University

Creative Teaching Methods, California State University, Long Beach

Outstanding Instructor, University of  AZ

Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Mentor Phi Theta Kappa

Mentor, Preparing Future Faculty Program

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