Elizabeth Otto

Assistant Professor



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.

Master of Arts, Communication Studies
Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois, For superior graduate work with Communication Department Certificate of Merit, 1999

Bachelor of Arts, English
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Summa Cum Laude, 1997

St. Catherine University. (2014). Finalist: Faculty Teaching and Advising Award

Freelance Writer, St. Catherine University, 2011–Present

Adjunct Communication Faculty, University of St. Thomas, 2006–Present

Adjunct General Education Instructor (Residential and Online), Minnesota School of Business, 2005–2008

Adjunct General Education Instructor (Residential and Online), Rasmussen College, 2004–2007

Subject Matter Expert, Introduction to Communication, Deltak edu, 2005

Business Communication Instructor, Minneapolis Business College, 2001–2004

Corporate Communications Specialist, The Toro Company, 1999–2001