College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Kristi Archuleta Frush


Phone: (405) 974-5861

Office: EDU 225B

Box: 120


  • Ed.D. University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, 2009
  • M.L.S. Regis University, Denver, Colorado, 2002
  • Graduate Certificate: Instructional Technology, 2010
  • B. A. Regis University, Denver, Colorado, 2000

General Information

Dr. Kristi Archuleta Frush joined the University of Central Oklahoma as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult Education and Safety Sciences in January of 2011. She is a self-described change-agent and is currently focused on bringing positive energy to mindfulness, empowerment, social justice, and sustainability initiatives across campus. She has been teaching in higher education environments for over 13 years in both undergraduate and graduate programs and her previous work experience has been in the areas of marketing, management, instructional design, and program development.

Her university-wide service includes faculty governance, serving as a member of Faculty Senate from 201-2014, where she co-wrote a resolution to help support Adjunct Faculty, was Chair of the Adjunct Affairs Committee, member of the Faculty Handbook Review Committee, and a member of the E-Learning Advisory Committee. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Prior Learning Assessment Action Team, a member of the Adjunct Faculty Action Team, is a mentor for new faculty, and an online course evaluator for CeCE. She is a member of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association, an inaugural UCO Service Learning Scholar.

At the college level, she serves as a liaison to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2015 Latino Leadership Class), is part of the Global and Cultural Diversity Committee and was previously on the History Editorial Committee and Social Committee. At the department level, Dr. Archuleta served as the Reach Higher Academic Program Coordinator for three and a half years, helping the program to grow from approximately 89 to 250 adult learners.

She is the Co-Chair of the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Special Interest Group of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE), serves on the Membership Committee of the Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), is on the Steering Committee of the Research to Practice Conference (R2P), and the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), among other professional associations.

Dr. Frush has given 40 presentations in 15 states and is a published academic and commercial author. She enjoys editing and reviewing submissions for publication and has a developing research agenda in the areas of barriers to education, distance education, social justice, and transformative learning.


  • Malcom Knowles Outstanding Adult Education Program Recipient, AAACE, 2014
  • Nomination, Director-At-Large, AAACE, 2011
  • Professional Scholarship, Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, 2009
  • Clarence Jayne Scholarship, University of Wyoming, 2006
  • Leona S. & Jeanette Heptner Scholarship, University of Wyoming, 2006
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Regis University, 2004
  • Masters Honors, Regis University, 2002


  • Frush, K. (2014). Faculty Perspectives: The Diffusion of Competency-Based Education, AERC International Conference Proceedings, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Frush, K, & Gupta, K. (2014). East meets west: Meditation in distance learning environments, Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-Conference Proceedings, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Petroff, K. & Frush, K. (2013). Joining the conversation- the transformative faculty-student relationship: Student perspectives and persistence, Journal of Transformative Learning, 2, 101-104.
  • Frush, K., Gupta, K., & Sun, Q. (2013). A narrative tour of transformative learning in doctoral studies. AERC International Conference Proceedings, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Glowacki-Dudka, M., Frush, K., & Wanstreet, C. (August, 2012). 2012 Member Survey Results, AAACE Newsletter.
  • Frush, K. & Sebert, C. (2012). Creating optimal distance education environments for the emergence of threshold concepts, Fourth Bienniel Conference on Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of practice, Trinity College.
  • Frush, K., Gupta, K. & Cunliff. E. (2011). Debating a new paradigm for knowledge construction. MWR2P Regional Conference Proceedings, St. Charles, Missouri.
  • Nabb, L.W. & Frush, K. (June, 2010). Exploring ways to investigate instructors’ roles in facilitating transformative learning processes for international students. AERC International Conference Proceedings, Sacramento, California.
  • Frush, K. (2009). Inclusive online instruction: An examination of strategies used in an entry-level undergraduate adult learning course (Doctoral dissertation). University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.
  • Muetz, K. G., Frush, K. & Lavigne, J., (May 2009). Colorado spas: 45 rejuvenating retreats. Fulcrum Publishing: Golden, CO.
  • Muetz, K. G. & Frush, K. (2007). Connecting early american values to the current practice of adult education, MPAEA Journal of Adult Education, 36, 36-43.
  • Muetz, K. G. & Frush, K. (2007). Are accelerated learning formats the answer to meeting the demand for increased adult programs? AERC International Conference Proceedings, Nova Scotia, Canada, 739-740.
  • Muetz, K. G. & Frush, K. (2007). Learner-responsive strategies for online and classroom accelerated formats. CAP Conference Proceedings, San Francisco, California.
  • Frush, K. & Muetz, K. G. (2005). [Review of learning through experience: Troubling orthodoxies and intersecting questions. Fenwick, T. J. Melbourne, FL: Krieger] in Convergence, 38(1).
  • Frush, K. (2002). Revelations in brain theory: A resource for community Education (Master’s thesis). Regis University, Denver, Colorado.
  • Frush, K. (2002). Caring connection. St. Luke’s Chronicle. Highlands Ranch, Colorado: St. Luke’s UMC, August 2002.