Assistant Professor of Communication
English, Communication and Theatre Department
Advisor for the Sower, Concordia's student newspaper
Office: Jesse 216
Office phone: 402-643-7330
Tim Ohlman teaches several courses in the journalism/public relations emphasis of Concordia's communication major, as well as First-Year Seminar and other writing courses.
After earning his bachelor's, Ohlman spent the next 11 years working in journalism and public relations before entering graduate studies and teaching on a part-time basis. He's been teaching full-time at Concordia since 1999.
B.A. in speech/drama, Concordia University, Nebraska
M.A. in journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
First-Year Seminar, Oral and Written Communication, Intermediate Writing, Writing for Professions, Writing and Reporting, Advanced Writing and Reporting, Public Relations, Journalistic Design, Intro to Broadcast Journalism, Intro to Communication Technology
Ohlman's first job was as a sports writer for a small daily newspaper for whom he later served as editor. From there he moved into public relations, which brought him back to Concordia to serve as the university's PR director. "Working at Concordia rekindled a desire to teach that I'd stashed away years before," says Ohlman, who is now working on his doctorate at the University of Nebraska.
Ohlman appreciates the "exciting challenge," of teaching and studying at a Christian university. "Journalists are ethically obliged to seek the truth, present conflicting viewpoints, give voice to the voiceless and hold authorities accountable to the people they serve--all directives that I believe fit Christ's admonitions to his followers," explained Ohlman.
"In addition, all writers have a responsibility to explore, question and critique the most important values and beliefs in their own lives--another perspective I find consistent with Christ's calling to look beyond the black and white of the law and explore what it means to love and serve others in a complex, diverse world."