College of Liberal Arts: Dean's Office: Faculty News and Notes

Faculty News

Gerontology Professor Elected to AGHE Position

Dr. Doug Reed, Department of Sociology, was elected to serve as Member-At-Large of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Executive Committee. He will serve for a two-year term beginning in March 2014. Congratulations!

Dr. Lindsey Churchill Celebrates Book Publication

In Becoming the Tupamaros, Dr. Lindsey Churchill explores an alternative narrative of US-Latin American relations by challenging long-held assumptions about the nature of revolutionary movements like the Uruguayan Tupamaros group. The book has now been published by Vanderbilt University Press and is available at or call 800-627-7377 to order your copy. For more information, contact Dr. Churchill at 405-974-5671, or

AAUP Representatives Named

On Saturday, January 25, the State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) elected officers and nominated a representative who will vote on Oklahoma’s behalf at the June 2014 annual Washington, D.C. National Meeting of State Conferences. Professor Leeda Copley (Sociology) was elected to serve as Oklahoma’s representative. State Conference officers are: President, Dr. Elizabeth Overman (Political Science); Treasurer, Dr. David von Minden (Chemistry); and Secretary, Leeda Copley. Issues discussed included the threatened reform of the Oklahoma Teachers’ Pension System and situational variables impacting adjunct professors. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15 in LAR 225 at 12:00 pm. All faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Overman, 405-974-5530, or

Kudos Dr. Catherine Webster

Dr. Catherine Webster, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, was recently recognized by the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma as a 2013 DaVinci Institute Fellow. The award recognizes higher-education faculty whose creative, innovative accomplishments have made a significant contribution to their academic disciplines. Both she and Dr. Sunshine Cowan, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, are two of the five professionals selected as 2013 Fellows. They will be recognized at a Spring Awards dinner.

Dr. Loughlin Receives OHC Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Loughlin on her grant award of $500 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Loughlin received the Scholar Research Grant to conduct research for her article titled, “Collaborative Storytelling: Alice Marriott, Maria Martinez, Margaret Lefranc and the Making of Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso (1948)”.

Institute of Hope Collects for UCO Food Pantry

The Institute of Hope is a faculty-directed and student-led institute within the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts. Keeping with the educational philosophy of transformative learning and exemplifying the "Central Six" the institute give the opportunity for students to plan and partake in progressive societal change.

The institute's goals are fighting prejudice poverty, abuse and other social injustices. This is achieved through educational programing, student financial aid and civic engagement. In addition to partnering with other local and national organizations, the institute sponsors book reviews, lecturers, films and discussion panels as well as other annual student events and activities.

This year the students focus is "Children in Peril." Students collected 1,300 pounds of food for UCO's newly opened food pantry. The director is Dr. Brenda Chappell and the students currently in the program are: April Payne, Selena Elzy, Telana McCullough, Amir Shams, Sarah Murphy, Ann-Marie Imperto and Samantha Wayland.

Visiting Scholar Offers Insight on D.H. Lawrence

The College of Liberal Arts welcomed Professor Marija Knesevic, University of Montenegro, who provide an insightful look into the life of D.H. Lawrence, an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. D.H. Lawrence's collection of works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. While visiting UCO, Dr. Knezevic met with representatives from UCO's academic community, including Dr. Pamela Washington, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Mickey Hepner, dean of the College of Business.


Rilla Askew Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Rilla Askew - Artist In Residence, English, was recently honored with the College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with students, faculty, and guest writers. And for acting as a liaison between campus creative and community working writers.  She is also the author of three novels and a collection of stories. 

Visiting Professor Helps Develop Language Curriculum

Recently, Dr. Myungsook Jung, Assistant Professor Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Busan South Korea visited UCO.  As a renowned professor in the field of Korean Phonology & Phonetics and Korean Language Education, she helped the Modern Language faculty in designing the Korean culture and language curriculum, construct syllabi, and the instruct on the best pedagogies for teaching the Korean language. 

Dr. Constance Squires Celebrates Publication of Novel

Congratulations to Dr. Constance Squires, Assistant English Professor and Director of the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, on the of Along the Watchtower.  Dr. Squires was featured in both the Oklahoman and Oklahoma Gazette.  A book launch reading and book signing was held at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City on July 7 with interviews on local TV stations.  The book details the life of an Army family stationed on an American Army  base in Germany and at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Information is available at and on Facebook.  Reading group guides will be available at after the publication recent publication of the book. Dr. Pamela Washington, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Rilla Askew, artist-in-residence, recently presented Dr. Squires with a poster based on the cover of her novel.

Dr. Catherine Webster Receives Community Leadership Award

On March 22, 2012, Dr. Catherine Webster will receive the 2012 Community Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC).  The OHC will recognize Dr. Webster, an associate professor of French, for the development and coordination of French cultural and education programming for children and adults through the nonprofit organization L'Alliance Francaise d'Oklahoma City.

UCO Honored as "Top Producer" of Fulbright Scholars

Recently, the President and CEO of the Institute of International Education and the Fulbright Program's sponsor, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, notified President Don Betz that the University of Central Oklahoma was recognized as one of this year's Fulbright Scholarship "top producers".  Both Dr. Amy Carrell and Dr. Siegfried Heit, Fulbright Student Program Advisers, were recognized for their strong contributions to the program's success at the University of Central Oklahoma. 

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