Julie Newhouse has been a part-time faculty member at Central Ohio Technical college since 2006. She teaches speech courses, including Small Group Communications, Public Speaking and Fundamentals of Communication. She also works as a lecturer and adjunct faculty at three other universities in central Ohio, volunteers at the Licking County Library and is a homeschool group elementary art teacher.
Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in marketing and Journalism from The Ohio State University
Why is communications important to students?
No matter what field students are going into, the ability to express, persuade and communicate well (orally and in writing) in a variety of settings will help students get into the job they want and continue to advance in their careers.
How did you become involved in this field?
As an undergraduate, at The Ohio State University, I took a variety of classes. I was originally focused on business and marketing, but when I discovered communication classes, I added a double major in this area. I then went to Ohio University to earn a master’s degree in Interpersonal Communication with a focus in Organizational Communication — while working full time.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at COTC?
The student interactions, of course. It is extremely rewarding to see students gain confidence and skills while having fun in the process.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of balancing work and family life. I have two children. My daughter, Annie, is a nurse. She and her husband are expecting my first grandchild in August. My son, Logan, is a sophomore at Ohio University. He is a music education major with a LOUD passion for percussion. My husband, Dan, is an Electrical Engineer for AEP. AEP is where I worked as a marketing representative — and our story began.
What advice do you have for students?
Never give up. Rise to new challenges. Find what you’re passionate about and pursue it with gusto.
In what way do the COTC faculty support students in achieving their certificate or degree?
We are partners in their success — helping, coaching, teaching, caring and cheering them on.
What interests, hobbies or talents do you have outside of the classroom?
TRAVELING. Visiting National Parks, camping, hiking.
I love art. Printmaking, painting and ceramics.