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Speech, Communication
Collegiate Associate Professor
Dr. Osterman holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.Ed. in instructional technology with UMUC. Dr. Osterman completed his doctoral work with Northcentral University in educational leadership. Dr. Osterman has been teaching in Okinawa for over 20 years since being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1989. He currently is a school administrator for a private school in Naha City and is an adjunct professor at three Japanese universities in Okinawa. Dr. Osterman’s research is in educational motivation and the affective variables that affect willingness to communicate. He is also the author of 'Easy English Expressions: a course book for English as foreign language learners'. Dr. Osterman has published papers on the topic of willingness to communicate in academic journals and is currently writing a second book for EFL learners. Additional professional experiences include special instructional lessons for the Japan Self Defense Forces and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation. Dr. Osterman has also been a judge for numerous speech contests with the Japanese Ministry of Finance, Japan Self Defense Forces, and the Okinawa Medical Association.
Mindy Otis
Collegiate Professor

On a whim, Dr. Mindy Otis applied for a faculty position with UMUC Europe in 2014 and while visiting her daughter in Brazil, she was notified that she had been selected for the position. Just 48 hours later, Dr. Otis was on her way to Germany. She believes that military students value and appreciate their education in a way that others may not.

Dr. Otis has taught psychology in various locations in Germany and Italy. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut and holds a BS in Biopsychology from Tufts University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky.