Susan K. Opt holds a doctorate in communication and a master’s degree in journalism from the Ohio State University. Her bachelor of fine arts degree was completed at Wright State University.
She most recently served as chair of the Communication Department at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She has also taught at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, TX, and Barry University in Miami, FL. She spent five years teaching for the University of Maryland in Germany on US military bases and at UM’s campuses in Munich and Augsburg.
In 2001 she received the Enron Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Houston system. In 2009 she was awarded a Fulbright to teach communication classes in the Czech Republic.
She has published on a wide range of communication topics, including social/cultural change from a rhetorical perspective, college students’ perceptions of HIV/AIDS, and the relationship of Myers-Briggs personality types to communication variables. She was lead co-author of a book on the Rhetoric of Social Intervention and has authored or co-authored several book chapters.