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Tara Cook is an Adjunct Faculty in the Communication department at Mesa Community College (MCC).  Ms. Cook also holds dual-appointment as Senior UX Writer (IT) and Technical Communication Faculty Associate for Arizona State University.  She specializes in professional and technical communication and user experience.  In 2018 and 2019, Tara presented her independent international research, with conference funding provided by Adobe, on intercultural user experience and health information at two national conferences.  Looking ahead, Ms. Cook plans to continue her practitioner and academic work with focuses on student success, technology, and user expereince.

Classes Taught

Spring 2022

COM259 Communication in Business and Professions 3 Credits
Interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, group, and public communication in business and professional organizations. Emphasis on oral communication and the effective use of technology and new media.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29959
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 03/11/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29959 Students are required to have access to a webcam and microphone unless otherwise specified. Students may contact the instructor at: tara.cook@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2022

COM110 Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits
Theory and practice of communication skills which affect day-to-day interactions with other persons. Topics may include using verbal and nonverbal symbols, interactive listening, resolving interpersonal conflict, developing and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28932
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/21/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28932 Students may contact instructor at: tara.cook@mesacc.edu

28976
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/21/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28976 Students are required to have access to a webcam and microphone unless otherwise specified. Students may contact the instructor at: tara.cook@mesacc.edu

Fall 2022

COM110 Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits
Theory and practice of communication skills which affect day-to-day interactions with other persons. Topics may include using verbal and nonverbal symbols, interactive listening, resolving interpersonal conflict, developing and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29566
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 10/14/2022

Open

20 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29566 Students may contact instructor at tara.cook@mesacc.edu

COM259 Communication in Business and Professions 3 Credits
Interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, group, and public communication in business and professional organizations. Emphasis on oral communication and the effective use of technology and new media.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
31086
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 10/14/2022

Open

19 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at tara.cook@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

Fall Flex Start 2022

COM110 Interpersonal Communication 3 Credits
Theory and practice of communication skills which affect day-to-day interactions with other persons. Topics may include using verbal and nonverbal symbols, interactive listening, resolving interpersonal conflict, developing and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29959
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
10/17/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

20 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29959 Students may contact instructor at tara.cook@mesacc.edu

Degrees & Awards

Education
Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona: 8/15 to 5/18
Master of Science, Technical Communication (MS)

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona: 8/07 to 5/09
Bachelor of Arts, English & Sociology (BA)

Publications 
O'Brien, Tara L. (2019, February). "Health Information & Localization User Research in the U.S. and Canada." Presented at Symposium for Communicating Complex Information Conference, Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. 

O’Brien, Tara L. (2018, August). “A Localization Theory: User Experience in the U.S. and Canada.” Presentation at (Graduate) Student Research Competition at the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (ACM-SIGDOC) Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

O’Brien, Tara L. (2018, August).  Poster presented at Association for Computing Machinery
Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (ACM-SIGDOC) Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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