Dr. Polly Nielsen, Ph.D.

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Office Information

Tarpon Springs Campus
LY 245
Associate Professor
(727) 712-5723
(727) 444-6676


My educational background includes an A.B. from Goucher College (Modern European history), an M.A. from Trinity College (Secondary Education, and a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. My teaching philosophy is that learning should be fun; students learn best when they feel comfortable and safe in a classroom environment and are learning subjects that are interesting and useful. We are all "works in progress" and learning is a process, not an end in itself. Outside the classroom I enjoy sailing, reading, and working on my house. My "significant other" is an airline pilot, so we travel (usually by car, by the way :))) a great deal over the summer, which we spend in northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as during the academic year. I used to teach a class for people who are afraid to fly, and recently completed the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association "Pinch Hitter" course so that I can land Carl's airplane (a Cessna 172 with four seats) if I need to.


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Classroom Schedule

No classroom schedule for the current term: Summer Term 2016 (0515)

Subjects Taught

Speech Communication

Course Schedule

= Polly Nielsen has added information specific to this course. (syllabus, video, class meeting times, etc.)

Spring Term 2016 arrow 0510
  SPC 1017   Intro Speech Communication 0612TSFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  SPC 1017   Intro Speech Communication 0616TSFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  SPC 1017   Intro Speech Communication 0621TSFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  SPC 1017   Intro Speech Communication 0871TSFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  SPC 1608   Public Speaking 1009TSBlended1/11/163/04/16
  SPC 1017   Intro Speech Communication 1240TSFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16