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Beth C. O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Management. She teaches Communication in the Executive MBA and MBA for Professionals programs, 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, OWL-Spark, OWL-Spark,Red Labs, and the Rice Napier Launch Challenge. She most recently piloted a course in Entrepreneurial Communication for undergraduate students. She is a credentialed coach with the International Coaching Federation..


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.

Industry Impact & Relevance

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.

Teaching Areas

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



Action Learning Project

Executive Education


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