Katharine O'Connor

Professor, Communication Studies
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Email: Katharine.O'Connor@fsw.edu
Phone: (239) 432-6768
Extension: 16768
Location: LEE O214


Professor of Communication Studies

-Design curricula and teach interdisciplinary courses in Social Sciences

-Direct and supervise undergraduate student research in Communication and Social Sciences, including capstone projects

-Develop networks for community-engagement projects (including International partnerships)

-Execute a new “Creative Capstone” course

-Study Abroad course facilitator (Italy, Summer 2022)

-Open Educational Resource Course designer



Education (Degrees and Certifications)

  • PhD, Leadership and Change
  • MA, Communication

Research (Publications, Presentations, and Other Projects)

  • Rysdam, S..; O’Connor, K., Nijdam-Jones,A., Fama, K., Smith Parker, H., Felderhoff, B. Behind Every Woman: Feminist Mentoring in a Closed Social Feminist Mentoring in Academia

Courses (Classes Taught Regularly)

  • IDS 2891
  • SPC 1017
  • SPC 2608

College and Community Service

Coordinator for the Teaching and Learning Center (2020-2022)

Steering Committee member, International Distinction Initiative (2020-Present)

Center for Undergraduate Research Committee (2022-Present)

Awards and Recognition

2021 Teacher of the Year- Florida Communication Association

2017 Campus and Community Partnership Award- Florida Campus Compact

2017 Commitment to Service Faculty Award- Florida Gulf Coast University

2016 Community Engagement Educator Award- Florida Campus Compact

Professional Development

2022 “Demonstrating the Value of Research Capstones in General Education” AAC&U General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference.

2020 “Tools and Tips for Adapting ALL Communication Courses to an Online Environment: Classroom Instruction; Synchronous Group Work; and Office Hours” Panel. Florida Communication Association Web Event.

2019 “Creating and Communicating Change: Integration of Community Engagement Within the Curriculum and Community” Florida Communication Association.

2017 “Healing a Nation Divided: Promoting Civil Discourse in the Basic Communication Course.” Florida Communication Association.

2017 “Engaging Students Through Service-Learning Projects,” New Faculty Seminar. Florida SouthWestern State College.

2016 “From Forming to Performing: Service, Teams and Storytelling…” International Listening Association. 2016

2016 “Inspiring Civic-Minded Leadership: Redesigning Living-Learning Communities.” First Year Experience Conference.