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Jason Offutt

Senior Instructor

faculty Jason Offutt

"1) Don’t procrastinate 2) Read the instructions 3) Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher a question—ever."

Degrees Held:

  • M.A. in Mass Communication – Central Missouri State University, 2002
  • B.S. in Broadcasting and Film – Central Missouri State University, 1987

Career Highlights:

  • Sixteen published books of non-fiction, fiction and humor
  • Writing an award-winning humor column from 1991 until its retirement in 2020
  • Winning the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching in 2015
  • Being awarded a collaborative grant with chemistry and physics to purchase a time machine

  • In which online program(s) do you teach?

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    Professional Media Writing

  • In what ways do you connect with online students?

    Canvas, Zoom and NWMSU website.

  • What do you want your students to take away from class?

    That writing, in any capacity, is much easier than they think.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I wanted to help people learn. It's something I'd always planned to do, but I wanted to work in the field of journalism long enough to be able to educate my students with real-world experience.

  • What advice would you give to your online students?

    1) Don't procrastinate 2) Read the instructions 3) Don't be afraid to ask the teacher a question—ever.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

    A drive to help others and the ability not to take the subject too seriously, no matter what it is.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.

  • What do you do when you need a laugh?

    Nothing in particular. As a writer who uses comedy, I can discover humor in every aspect of life. I'm really fun at funerals.

  • Tell us something your students may not know about you:

    Five of the books I've written are nonfiction works on ghosts and monsters.

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