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Joseph Van Oss

Teaching Professor
Communication Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Human communication, scientific and technical communication

Brief biography

My wife Therese and I are the parents of Patrick, Nicolaas (Christina), and Hanna (Aly).

Current courses at UWL

CST 110, Communicating Effectively


BS Technical Communication 1980 University of Minnesota
MS Technical Communication 1982 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Teaching history

Instructor at St. Thomas University graduate program in software engineering 1985-1986. Instructor in software engineering at Firstlogic 1994-2001. Instructor at University of Wisconsin Madison program in electrical engineering 2002-2003. Instructor of basic human communication course at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse since 2003.

Professional history

Professional communicator and instructor in computer software and hardware firms 1980 to 2002. Instructor at UWL since 2003.



Joseph Van Oss, Communication Studies, received the award for UWL's National Residence Hall Honorary--Buzz Lightyear Award at UWL on Dec. 5, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. Van Oss was recognized as Professor of the Month for going "to infinity and beyond" in his role.

Submitted on: Jan. 27, 2020



Joseph Van Oss, Communication Studies, was named Senior Lecturer of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

Submitted on: Feb. 4, 2019