Assistant Professor for Communication
Originally from Colorado, Susan McMurray came to Tulsa to attend ORU and graduated with a degree in Organizational/Interpersonal Communications in 1991. After graduation, Susan decided to stay in Tulsa and went on to start her professional career in the field of human resources, serving as a human resource practitioner in the medical industry. During that time, she also received her master's in Communication Consultancy at Oklahoma State University. After teaching for a year at Oklahoma State University, Susan became a full time faculty member at ORU in 1997. Susan teaches the following classes: Advanced Public Speaking, Business & Professional Speech, Interpersonal Communications, Principles of Leadership, Interviewing, Oral Communications, Organizational Communications, Senior Paper Preparation, Senior Paper Research and Training & Development. She also facilitates several online communication courses.
McMurray considers her area of specialty to be in the field of training and development. She serves on the Board of the Northeast Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). She has recently presented at the Oklahoma state ASTD conference as well as other professional meetings for ASTD. Susan is also a member of The Tulsa Area Human Resource Association (TAHRA) and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has served as the Faculty Advisor for both the ORU student chapters of SHRM and ASTD. Under Susan’s leadership, the ORU student chapter of SHRM has won the superior merit award for 14 consecutive years, putting the ORU chapter in the top 20% of student chapters. She was also awarded the Outstanding Communications Faculty Member in 2005. In 2016, Susan McMurray was the winner of ORU’s Innovation in Online Teaching Award.
Susan McMurray received her B.A. in Communications from Oral Roberts University and her M.A. in Speech Communications from Oklahoma State University.