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.D
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 Ravikumar came to UCO 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.
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. She has over fifteen years of experience as a graphic designer, with clients in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. 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 very active in AIGA, the professional association for Design and presently serves a member of AIGA's national board of directors. She has served as the president, vice president, treasurer, education chair and communications chair for the AIGA Oklahoma chapter. She also has served as the co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee.
Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Chris Domanski, M.F.A.
Domanski came to UCO in August 2003 and is the head of Theatre Design, a professor of Scenic Design and the interim chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.
Originally from Michigan, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Scenography from the Ohio University School of Theatre. He came to Central from New York City, where he worked as an assistant on numerous Broadway productions.
Domanski was the recipient of The Tobin Foundation Award for design excellence at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Inc. Young Designers Forum in 2003. As a result, his work has been presented nationally and internationally.
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.