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Criminal Justice
Adjunct Instructor

Prof. Matthew Oliverholds an M.A. in justice and security and a B.A. in security and management from the University of Phoenix. 

Speech, Communication
Adjunct 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

Mindy Otis, Ph.D. is a collegiate traveling faculty for UMUC Asia. Prior to joining the Asia division in August 2018, she was a collegiate traveling faculty in Europe for 4 years. Dr. Otis teaches a wide range of undergraduate courses in psychology. She also teaches Introduction to Research (LIBS150) and has taught in the Salisbury/UMUC collaborative program in education. She believes that all students, regardless of educational background or disability have the potential to achieve academically and is committed to finding the most effective methods to help students achieve their goals.

Dr. Otis holds a B.S. degree from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky. During her graduate studies she specialized in community mental health and also behavioral medicine.  She completed her first post-doctoral training in health psychology. She moved into education and completed post graduate coursework at Southern Connecticut State University and The University of Connecticut in Educational Administration and Leadership culminating in Connecticut State Certification as a public-school administrator and as a school district superintendent. She is also a certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut. Following many years working in public and private school districts and various clinical settings, she completed a second post-doctoral training and certification in neuropsychology through the Fielding Graduate University.  She maintains an interest in neuroscience and the mind/body connection.