Profile

Tara O’Brien is an Adjunct Faculty in the Communication department and a Technical Communicator (IT) in the University Technology Office for Arizona State University.  She specializes in professional and technical communication and user experience.  Over the summer, she presented independent international research, funded by Adobe, on intercultural user experience and health information at the Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Looking ahead, Ms. O’Brien plans to continue teaching and research in communication with focuses on technology, health, and culture.

Classes Taught

Spring Flex Start 2020

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
36492
Dobson Campus
Lecture
03/16/2020 - 05/08/2020

Open

3 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: Class 36492 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: tara.obrien@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. (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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