Beth O'Sullivan

Senior Lecturer in Management – Communication

Beth C. O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Management. She teaches Communication in the Executive MBA and MBA for Professionals programs, serves on the Action Learning Project Faculty, and teaches in Executive Education.  She holds a joint appointment with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership as a Lecturer in Professional and Engineering Communication.  She initiated the international immersion program at the Jones Graduate School and has developed numerous in-class exercises, mini-cases, and on-line/video resources. She also serves as an advisor and pitch coach for several business incubators including TMC/X, the business accelerator unit of the Texas Medical Center, and OWL-Spark.

Prior to joining Rice, Ms. O’Sullivan was Manager of Corporate Communication and Investor Relations for Oceaneering International, Inc., an offshore services company, for eight years. Ms. O’Sullivan also spent one year serving as Corporate Communication Manager for a Houston-based exploration and production company. She maintains an active consulting practice working with executives to develop their interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, and develops customized executive education programs in corporate communication and intercultural communication.

Teaching Interests: 

- Principles of Communication including Strategy and Organization
- Oral Presentations
- Written Communication
- Visualization of concepts
- Listening and Interpersonal Communication
- Communicating with Employees
- Investor Relations
- Intercultural Communication
- Public Relations
- Graphics for Presentations
- Career Planning
- Networking
- Interviewing
- Action Learning Project
- Executive Education

Research Interests: 

Beth’s most recent research has focused on how US MBA Schools are teaching communication. Other scholarly areas include Communication-General, Action Learning Project, and Executive Education – General.