Paula Marie Usrey

Associate Professor of Communcation

In my previous life, I was a senior marketing consultant for a worker's compensation insurance company. I've also held positions as a grant writer, an executive director of a nonprofit, and a researcher and trainer specializing in program evaluations and communication assessments. 

I have taught speech communication courses for over twenty years. For over 13 years, I have been an associate professor of speech communication at a community college in Southern Oregon.

I hold a master's degree in speech communication with an emphasis on organizational communication. I also completed all required doctoral coursework toward an Ed.D. in educational leadership and adult education.

When I started nearing retirement, I began thinking about what I wanted my “next life” to look like.  Using both an intuitive and a reflective process, I developed a vision for the next chapter in my life. I also have developed a clear map – measurable action plans – to help me live my life in a manner consistent with my vision. It has been a powerful process–a process that others are now using to change their own lives.

I was invited to speak at a TedX event in July 2017. My talk was titled, Your Best Life at Any Age.I have added a link to this talk in the additional resources area of this course. I have also been invited to be a key note speaker this fall for a conference on extraordinary living.

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