Michael J. O'Donnell portrait

Michael J. O'Donnell

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Degree
B.A., Central College
M.S., Iowa State University
Office
OEC 122
Phone
(651) 962-5281
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5281
Mail
Mail 5013
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Courses:

Prof. O’Donnell, who came to St. Thomas in 1999, has taught a wide range of course, including Introduction to Communication and Journalism I, Visual Communication, Writing and Designing for the Web, Design Concepts in Communication, Magazine Writing, and Editing. 

Scholarship and service:

Professor O'Donnell is co-author of The Editor's Toolbox (Iowa State University Press), a textbook on editing with Buck Ryan of the University of Kentucky.  He has presented sessions for the National Student Press Association workshop, refereed conference papers for the Visual Communications Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and consulted on scholastic journalism with the St. Paul Academy-Summit School.

Professional experience:

Twenty-five years as a sports reporter, editor and page designer at papers such as the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa.

At UST:

Professor O'Donnell has been appointed chair of the Communication and Journalism department in 2016.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 111 - 05 Intro to COJO-I M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 312
CRN: 41350 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. O'Donnell This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

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COJO 232 - 01 Visual Communication - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 452
CRN: 40605 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. O'Donnell Introduction to the history, theory and principles of communicating visually through art, illustration, photography, design, typography, film, video and other visual forms.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 480 - 03 Communication Ethics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 303
CRN: 21079 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. O'Donnell This capstone seminar for graduating seniors explores ethical issues that confront communication professionals and audiences. Students explore theoretical perspectives on communication ethics, work from case studies to understand professional ethical standards, discuss current ethical issues in communication, work in teams to perfect oral and written ethical analysis skills, and write an individual thesis paper. Prerequisites: graduating seniors only and permission of department chair

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