College of Fine Arts and Design
Meet the Deans
Your Deans' Mission Statement:
Becoming flexible, nimble, relevant, responsive, and globally oriented. Working to create a great experience for students that is meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and purposeful. Facilitating faculty productivity, teaching excellence, and a balanced professional life.
Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Pamela Washington, Ph.DDr. Pamela Washington came to UCO from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1989. As Director of First-Year Composition, she directed the composition program, trained and supervised the English department's teaching assistants, and helped to oversee the tutoring lab.
As a specialist in Rhetorical History and Composition Theory, Dr. Washington helped to design the department's history of rhetoric courses and the composition strategies and theory courses. Her current areas of interest include gender-based rhetorics and the connections among rhetorical theory, literature and film. With her rhetorical studies providing a strong background in the classics, Dr. Washington also teaches the department's world literature courses and has worked hard to incorporate non-western literature into the curriculum.
Dr. Washington has recently had a collection of essays, E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering the Career of a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, accepted for publication in the fall of 2012 by the University of Tennessee Press. Having recently returned to the department after serving for eight years as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Washington looks forward to continuing to conduct research on nineteenth-century American women. In addition, she has published numerous articles on traveling with children in Oklahoma, has served as an editor of Traveling Oklahoma with Children and Traveling Oklahoma as a Couple, and has recently been asked to write for the Travel Promotion Division of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.
Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Rukmini Ravikumar, M.F.A.Ms. Rukmini (Ruki) Ravikumar came to Central in January 2004. She has served as the Director of Graduate Programs and Chair of the Department of Design. She has received Vanderford awards for teaching, initiative and engagement; a Hauptman Fellowship and faculty merit-credit awards in teaching, research and service. She has represented the College of Fine Arts and Design on the Faculty Senate, Research Advisory Council, Graduate Council, the HLC Re-accreditation Committee and the Transformative Learning Committee. She presently serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Originally from Chennai (Madras), India, she holds a bachelor’s degree in the history of fine art and drawing and painting from the University of Madras, India, and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. Ravikumar has more than fifteen years of experience as a designer and educator, including international experiences in teaching and
practice. Her cross-cultural life and design experiences have led her to research, present and publish work that investigates the intersections between graphic design and culture and their impact on design education. She is also an award-winning designer for her work in publication design and branding.
An advocate and leader in the field of design education, she earned the title of AIGA Fellow in 2015. She has an active record of service for the professional association for Design, AIGA; she has served leadership roles on the local chapter board, national design educators steering committee and national board.
Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Charleen Weidell, M.F.A.
Charleen Weidell came to UCO in Aug 2004. She is a professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and served as chair of the Central Department of Art from 2007-2014. She is also a faculty co-advisor for UCO’s student organization Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE).
Charleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and in Applied Design from San Diego State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from San Diego State University in 2002.
Charleen's work in metal has been exhibited and collected on the international, national, and local levels. "Tart Server," a broad blade silver server, was recently published in Contemporary Silver Part II: Recent Commissions written by collector Seymour Rabinovich and acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England. Her latest commissioned work was the Ceremonial Medallion for President Roger Webb at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design:
Greg White, Ph.D.
Greg White is an actor, director, playwright, producer, presenter, who is the Assistant Dean for Outreach in the College of Fine Arts and Design as well as the Executive Director for Broadway Tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma.
As a performer, Greg has created original roles in productions in New York City, traveled the country performing in Broadway National Tours and countless regional productions, toured the globe as a vocalist on major cruise lines (38 countries to date), and directed award-winning productions all over the nation. Greg recently played Karl, The Giant in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's BIG FISH.
Greg premiered his critically acclaimed original musical Flipside: The Patti Page Story about Oklahoma’s Singing Rage, Miss Patti Page at UCO. He collaborated with Miss Page on the production that won 18 Awards at the National Kennedy Center Festival in Washington D.C. Flipside then played Off-Broadway at the prestigious 59 E. 59 theatre to standing ovations. The show is now on a national tour. Greg recently paid tribute to another Oklahoma singer with his new musical Rising Starr: Kay Starr, A Life in Song.
While he holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, Greg also has two fine arts degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, he’s an Edmond Memorial Graduate, and he is proud to call Edmond his hometown.