Meet the Deans
Deans' Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the CFAD Deans 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.
Dean Steven Lee Hansen, M.F.A.
Steve Hansen came to UCO from Andrews University in Michigan in July 2017. While at Andrews, Dean Hansen was chair of the Department of Visual Art, Communication and Design and an award-winning research professor. Although his primary area of expertise is ceramics and sculpture, he also taught courses in design, foundations and art history. An avid music and theater fan, Dean Hansen also participated in community theater and spent more than a decade performing in a local rock band. As an administrator, he was instrumental in joining programs and departments from three schools into a cohesive, combined unit; developing curriculum, designing and renovating classroom and studio spaces, and serving on the Tenure and Promotion Committee.
As a professional artist, Dean Hansen has participated in more than 75 exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Craft, Southern Accents and Niche Magazine. His work is also in the permanent collections of The Midwest Museum of American Art, The Fuller Craft Museum, The American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Project Art Permanent Collection of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. An avid social media user, you can follow his work on Instagram where he is “Clayprofessor."
As dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design, Hansen is committed to UCO’s mission of providing students with transformative learning experiences and the very best possible discipline knowledge. His motto is, “seek knowledge, practice your craft and transform the world.”
Charleen Weidell came to UCO in August 2004. She is a professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and served as assistant dean from 2014-17 and chair of the Central Department of Art from 2007-14. 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 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 recently 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.