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Important Update:

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Deans' Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the CFAD Deans' office is to support transformative experiences for our students, community, faculty and staff. We will help provide students with the highest quality education, provide faculty with focused, goal-oriented support, provide staff with a rewarding work environment and provide our community with excellent arts experiences.

Interim Dean Charleen Weidell, M.F.A.

Charleen WeidellCharleen Weidell came to UCO in August 2004. She is a professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and served as associate dean from 2017-2020, assistant dean from 2014-17 and chair of the Central Department of Art from 2007-14. 

Charleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and one 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 published in Contemporary Silver Part II: Recent Commissions written by collector Seymour Rabinovich and acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Her latest commissioned work was the Ceremonial Medallion for President Roger Webb at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Interim Assistant Dean Sandra Thompson, D.M.A.

Sandra ThompsonSandra is a professor of music in the School of Music. She recently completed 30 years of service with UCO. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music Education from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Music degree from UCO and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma.

She has served on the School of Music leadership team for several years, including as interim director of the School of Music and as department head of classroom studies. She currently serves as an undergraduate student adviser. In 2013, Sandra received the Vanderford Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her academic and administrative accomplishments, she is the artistic director of the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir and has served on the Board of Directors of Allied Arts, Baton and Keyboard Club and the American Choral Directors Association.

With her rich and varied administrative experience and expertise, she will be a valuable member of the college leadership team during this transitional period.

Interim Assistant Dean Kato Buss, Ph.D.

Kato BussKato is an associate professor of theatre arts and has served as chairperson of the department for the past four years. His other administrative roles at UCO include assistant chairperson, program coordinator and the college's STLR liaison. Additionally, he completed both the UCO Educators’ Leadership Academy (ELA), Higher Education Department Chair Academy and the Academic Leadership Fellows (ALF) Academy. Kato holds a B.F.A. from the University of South Dakota, an M.A. from Humboldt State University in California and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

His numerous accolades at UCO include the Vanderford Distinguished Teaching Award (2014), the Herbert S. Dordick Outstanding Mentor Award (2016), and the College Faculty Award for Outstanding Development, Encouragement, Pursuit and Support of Undergraduate Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities (2018).

With his breadth of contributions to the Department of Theatre Arts, the college and UCO at large, Kato will bring a wealth of experience to the co-interim assistant dean position.