Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

Gather Here. Go Far

NSU is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.

New Faculty

Message from Academic Affairs

The hallmark of a quality university is its high academic integrity. Northeastern State University has a strong commitment to quality and to recruiting new faculty that bring in new ideas, direction, and vision. This intentional effort provides vital intellectual and cultural capital to the region.

As we begin the fall semester, we welcome these faculty to NSU. We are proud to have them join our faculty community, a distinctive group of scholars and educators deeply committed to academic excellence and student learning. We are excited to have them join us as we continue our mission of service to northeastern Oklahoma and the world.

College of Business & Technology

Leshay McNack, DBA
Business Administration
University of Phoenix

Dr. McNack joins the department with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She has taught as an adjunct for the University for the past 6 years, joining full time in January of 2022. She has taught HR classes, and her current research interests include how the legalization of medicinal marijuana has impacted organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her large family.

Dr. McNack joins the Department of Management as Assistant Professor. 

Brian Vickers, MBA
Business Administration - Business Analytics
Northeastern State University

Brian Vickers is an Instructor in the Business Administration Department. He received his B.B.A. and MBA in Business Administration - Business Analytics from Northeastern State University. Prior to his instructor role, Vickers spent the majority of his career in casino and hospitality management.

Rick Wallace, DSc, MBA, MA, FACHE 
Healthcare Policy Leadership
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Wallace is a seasoned executive with over 30 years in healthcare administration in private, public, and military delivery systems. He has served in a variety of CEO and COO positions with Hospital Corporation of America and as a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Services where he participated in numerous combat and humanitarian deployments providing medical relief and support for foreign disasters and civil conflicts. His key research focuses are crisis management in healthcare and advancing patient safety.

Dr. Wallace joins the Department of Health Care Administration as Instructor.

Athena Wooldridge, PhD
Environmental Science
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Athena Wooldridge worked 10 years in the private sector for multinational manufacturers as well as international non-profit organizations where she focused on marketing strategy, profitability and product development. For the last decade, Dr. Wooldridge has worked for national retail and restaurant organizations where she was responsible for consumer research, product development, procurement/supply chain, training, profitability and strategy.

Dr. Wooldridge joins the Department of Marketing as Assistant Professor.

College of Education

Chelsea Bowlan, MEd
Educational Leadership
East Central University

Chelsea Bowlan has more than ten years in education, including teaching special education serving in administration as an assistant principal, working for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This has provided Bowlan with the skill set needed to support future educators through providing effective leadership, guidance, professional development, and other resources to develop instructional techniques that will reach the vast students in today's classrooms.

Bowlan joins the Department of Teacher Education as Adjunct.

Tamra Day, EdD
Education - Special Education
Northcentral University

One of Dr. Day's life goals was to complete a doctorate in education. Dr. Day also completed a post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Day has been blessed by professors that encouraged and inspired her to be a better educator and person, helping to mold her into an educator that cared for the individual needs of all students, while also providing her the support needed to achieve big milestones. Dr. Day wants to be that same professor to her students. Dr. Day believes that with support, hard work, determination, and passion, one can accomplish anything.

Dr. Day joins the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as Assistant Professor.

Caleb Demarais, MS
Counseling Psychology
Southern Nazarene University

Caleb Demarais has a bachelors in psychology from Rogers State University, and a masters in Counseling Psychology from Southern Nazarene University. Most of Demarais' education and training has been centered around therapy with children and adolescents. When he is not teaching, Demarais is usually spending time with his wife and three kids, or working at either his private practice in Tulsa or an area health clinic as a therapist.

Demarais joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Adjunct.

Fariba Ehteshami, PhD
Counselor Education and Supervision
Texas A&M University-Commerce

After Dr. Ehteshami earned her first Ph.D., she provided counseling services for a diverse population. She earned her second Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and received the Medal of Excellent Student. She had an incredible opportunity to research in different areas. As a result, she wrote several books. Dr. Ehteshami has been awarded IAMFC’s 2021 for Excellence Research Educator Training, and received the 2021 international Research Scholarship. She has also been awarded the EB_ACA’s 2020. Dr. Ehteshami served as IAC’s Global Assistant. She has the privilege to be a committee member and Editorial Team Member of the IARTC which is a division of ACA.

Dr. Ehteshami joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Christine Gleason, PhD
Educational Psychology and Individual Differences
University of Houston

Dr. Gleason started teaching in 2006. Dr. Gleason's doctorate is in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from University of Houston. Dr. Gleason has taught pre-kindergarten through doctoral-level classes and every grade in between those two. Dr. Gleason has taught all subject areas including Spanish, ESL, and secondary mathematics courses. Dr. Gleason also sponsored organizations on campus to help students grow. Dr. Gleason has taught college courses at University of Oklahoma and University of Houston. In addition to the classroom, Dr. Gleason also has presented research at national and international conferences.

Dr. Gleason joins the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as Assistant Professor.

Sara Haas, PhD

Haas joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Eva Harkness, PhD
Early Childhood Developmental Psychology
The Union Institute for Graduate Studies

Originally from San Diego, California, Dr. Harkness has taught in North Carolina, Kansas, and now Oklahoma. An advocate in working with those who face developmental, (particularly Autistic Spectrum), and diversity challenges in life, she looks forward to supporting students and community here in Tahlequah, through teaching, mentoring, community service, and research.

Dr. Harkness joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Heidi Jenkins, PhD

Dr. Jenkins the Department of Educational Leadership as Adjunct.

Brandy-Lea McCombs, PhD
Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum
University of Oklahoma

Dr. McCombs is a native Oklahoman and a first-generation college graduate. Through her work with impoverished families, children who have experienced trauma, and individuals who speak multiple languages, McCombs provides a powerful skill set for future educators. She has a Bachelors from the University of Tulsa in Elementary Education and Psychology; Master's from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Administration, Curriculum & Supervision; PhD from OU in Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum with specialization in Early Childhood. Dr. McCombs’ Oklahoma Certifications include: Elementary Principal, Elementary Education, Spanish, and English as a Second Language.

Dr. McCombs joins the Department of Curriculum & Instruction as Assistant Professor.

Jennifer Minton, MS LPC
Counseling Psychology
Northeastern State University

Jennifer Minton, M.S. LPC-S, serves as the Director of Behavioral Assessment Services for the Office of Juvenile Affairs in the State of Oklahoma. She leads a team of 13 clinicians working with at-risk youth placed in residential and secure institutions within the juvenile justice system. Minton provides assessments of risk and needs of treatment for youthful offenders and juvenile delinquents, aiding in the determination of certification in legal proceedings. Minton provides expert testimony in youthful offender cases, leads recruitment efforts for agency staff, and collaborates with the executive staffing and treatment teams of OJA. Minton has presented at the Children’s Behavioral Health Conference, the Children’s Court Improvement Conference, the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, the Oklahoma District Attorney Council Conference, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Conference. She volunteers at a grief center in Tulsa, OK. She has worked with the adolescent population for 12 years in the field of juvenile delinquency.

Minton joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Adjunct.

Hannah Rust, DAT

Dr. Rust joins the Department of Health & Kinesiology as Assistant Professor.

Cates Schwark, PhD

Dr. Schwark joins the Department of Educational Leadership as Adjunct.

Amanda G. Stuckey, PhD
Counselor Education & Supervision
University of Arkansas

Dr. Amanda G. Stuckey graduated in 2020 from the University of Arkansas with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Northeastern State University in 2013, as well as her B.A. in Psychology in 2009. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Certified School Counselor in the State of Oklahoma. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She maintains a foot in the clinical world by operating her own private practice.

Dr. Stuckey joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as Assistant Professor.

College of Liberal Arts

Joseph Bello, DMA

Dr. Bello joins the Department of Music as Assistant Professor/Interim Director of Bands.

Alex Donovan Cole, PhD
Political Science
Louisiana State University

A first generation college student, Alex Donovan Cole is a specialist in Political Theory and Comparative Politics. He focuses on questions of politics and literature, the connection between modernity and antiquity, ideology, and phenomenology. As an undergraduate, he completed a year of study at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He is the winner of LSU’s 2019 Doctoral Research Fellowship and has conducted archival research in Lübeck and Berlin, Germany. His research has appeared or will appear in Routledge, German Politics and Society, Utopian Studies, and Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Thought. He collects records and is a voracious listener of 60s and 70s pop and progressive rock music. He also enjoys film, food, and travel.

Dr. Cole joins the Department of Geography & Political Science as Assistant Professor.

Amanda Johnson, PhD
History
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Johnson is originally from the greater Tulsa area, and she earned her Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. She joined the NSU faculty in the Fall of 2022 and teaches courses in the topics of Native America and U.S. History. Her research examines Native American women in the 20th century who transformed the lives of Indigenous peoples through activism within the Red Power and Second Wave Feminists’ movements. She loves teaching history and has over a decade of experience working in Oklahoma classrooms.

Dr. Johnson joins the Department of History as Assistant Professor.

Amber Margarit, MA
Communication Studies
Northeastern State University

Amber Margarit is a lifelong resident of the Tahlequah area and a proud NSU alumni. Amber received a Bachelors degree from NSU in Developmental Psychology, a MS in College Teaching, and most recently a MA in Communication Studies. NSU has deep roots in Amber’s family as both of her grandparents earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from what was then called Northeastern State College.

Margarit joins the Department of Communication & Media Studies as Instructor.

Jeromy Miller, PhD
Cultural Studies
University of Arkansas

Jeromy Miller's primary research interests are Native American representation in media and language revitalization. Miller has worked with the Cherokee Nation and their Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program as an apprentice and later as a curriculum developer since 2017.

Dr. Miller joins the Department of Sociology as Assistant Professor.

Jack Reavis, MA
American Studies
Northeastern State University

Jack Reavis is a former public school teacher and recent finalist for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year, having earned Muskogee Public Schools TOY in both 2008 and 2016. He has published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma and received commendations from the City of Muskogee, the state of Oklahoma, and a special Congressional Recognition for contributions to the Muskogee community. Reavis received an Award of Excellence for Original Music from the American College Theater. He is an Eagle Scout and cites his ongoing accomplishment of being an older brother, father, grandfather, friend and husband as his most important. Reavis is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Reavis joins the Department of History as Adjunct.

Lindsay Silver, PhD

Dr. Silver joins the Department of History as Assistant Professor.

Brent Welch
Organizational Leadership
University of Oklahoma

Brent Welch is a Captain in the Oklahoma National Guard, and the new Commander of the NSU ROTC. Welch is very excited to be here and is looking forward to this new duty station and everything that it brings!

Welch joins the Department of Military Science as Instructor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

Elizabeth Burba, PhD
Zoology
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Elizabeth Burba was born, raised, and educated in Oklahoma, and is a returning alumni of Northeastern State University. She has worked in a variety of service positions ranging from health care, education, and environmental consulting. For the last several years, she has owned and operated her own consulting company, ensuring her client's projects were in compliance with environmental regulations. Her expertise is in conservation biology, namely working toward the recovery of endangered bat species.

Dr. Burba joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Assistant Professor.

Lindsay Crouch, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology
NSU

Crouch joins the Department of Health Professions as Instructor/Clinical Supervisor

JoAnna Cupp, DHsc
Doctor of Health Sciences
A. T. Still University

JoAnna Cupp joined Northeastern State University's faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutritional Science in January 2022 and currently serves as the Program Director. She has earned a Doctor of Health Sciences Degree, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and has over 15 years experience in nutrition and dietetics and 7 years in higher education.

Helen Farrar, PhD

Dr. Farrar joins the Department of Health Professions as Adjunct.

Emily Genske, MS

Genske joins the Department of Health Professions as Adjunct.

Kelly Gilcrest, MPAS
Physician Assistant Studies
University of Nebraska

Kelly Gilcrest is joining the PA Program. She comes from Ohio and moved here with her husband after graduating from PA school in 1999. She graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia with a bachelors degree in Medical Science (PA Program) and later went back to school for a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. She has been practicing as a PA since 2000 and has worked in several different Primary Care settings. She also served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a PA for over 8 years.

Gilcrest joins the Department of Health Professions as Clinical Assistant Professor.

Laura Malave, MS

Malave joins the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science as Part-Time Faculty.

Claudia Mitchell, PhD, MSN, RN
PhD Education
Northcentral University

Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Ph.D., MSN, RN, has more than two decades of experience spanning both clinical practice and academia. Currently, Dr. Mitchell is a consultant who provides expertise and guidance to healthcare organizations and institutions of higher learning related to strategic planning, quality improvement, program and curriculum development, and accreditation. Dr. Mitchell has presented and published in the areas of Quality and Safety Education in Nursing, leadership, curriculum and new program development, and innovative virtual global experiences.

Dr. Mitchell joins the Department of Health Professions as Adjunct.

Jamie Morris, MS, RN
Nursing
University of Oklahoma

Having taught varying levels of nursing, Morris finds the BSN level the most fun, professional and challenging at the same time. Nursing and nursing education is a constant change, nurses need to be flexible to meet the ever changing dynamics of their patients. Life-long learning is a must.

Morris joins the Department of Health Professions as Instructor.

Jayme Myers, MHS
Physician Assistant
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Jayme Myers, MHS, PA-C serves as the Director of Didactic Education for the PA program. A former Razorback, Myers earned a BSE in Pre-Professional Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas and then continued her education at the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate program in Oklahoma City. She has a special interest in providing care for the underserved and vulnerable populations. She has precepted for several students in her clinical practice and has always enjoyed training the next generation of PAs. She currently practices part-time providing primary and acute care for her hometown community.

Myers joins the Department of Health Professions as Clinical Assistant Professor.

Tara Ottenbacher, MS

Ottenbacher joins the Department of Health Professions as Adjunct.

Praxidia Taruwinga, DrPH, MS
Epidemiology
Capella University

Dr. Praxidia Taruwinga recently joined the Department of Health Professions at Northeastern State University as an Adjunct Professor beginning fall of 2022. Dr. Taruwinga has served in both private and public health industries as a public health professional including working with Oklahoma State Department Health. Her doctorate in Public Health and Masters’ in Clinical Psychology are from Capella University. She has a BA in Business Administration from Davenport University.

Dr. Taruwinga has published a peer-reviewed book on nutritional support models for rural women living with HIV/AIDS. She has presented at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences sharing her research and findings with other public health professionals, educators, and local communities. Her research interest focuses on infectious diseases. Global Public Health. Clinical Research. Health Systems, Policy, and Community Health Promotion.

strong>Tushondra Thomas, DNP
Nursing
University of South Alabama

Dr. Thomas earned her Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University and her DNP in Nursing Informatics from the University of South Alabama. She has been leading technology related change for over a decade and is passionate about using data-driven insights and predictive models to improve access to care and patient outcomes. 

Dr. Thomas joins the Department of Health Professions as Adjunct.

D. Scott Wengerd, D.Min
Doctorate in Ministry
South University

Dr. Wengerd joined the NSU faculty in July of 2022 as Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. He has practiced Occupational Therapy (OT) since 1996 and has taught OT at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Wengerd has a Masters degree in OT from Rockhurst University (Kansas City) and a Doctoral degree in Ministry. His research interests are in community and tribal health, culture and spirituality in therapy practice, animal-assisted therapy, and music in therapy. Dr. Wengerd is also an ordained minister as well as an amateur musician.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Baylee Moles, OD
Optometry
NSUOCO

Dr. Baylee Moles was born and raised in Tahlequah, OK and recently relocated with her husband to Collinsville, OK. She graduated from NSUOCO in 2022 and is looking forward to beginning her career as an optometrist at the Cherokee Nation Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata, OK.

Dr. Moles joins the NSUOCO as Clinical Assistant Professor.

Hannah Munyan, OD
Doctor of Optometry
Midwestern University

Dr. Munyan received her BS in Biology at Lipscomb University and her OD at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry. She completed her residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care at Jack C Montgomery VAMC and Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Muskogee and Tulsa.

Dr. Munyan joins the NSUOCO as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Janet Poole Naguib, OD

Dr. Naguib joins the NSUOCO as Assistant Professor.

Komal Patel, OD
Doctor of Optometry
University of Waterloo

Dr. Patel earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. She completed a Primary Care residency at the Oklahoma College of Optometry specializing in ocular disease. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, and Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Dr. Patel joins the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry as an Assistant Professor.

Courtney Simon, OD

Dr. Simon joins the NSUOCO as Clinical Assistant Professor.

NSU Libraries

Jodena Brown, MLIS

Jodena Brown joins the NSU Libraries as Instructor.

College of Education

Renee Cowan, EdD
EdD Educational Leadership
Oral Roberts University

A native New Yorker, Dr. Cowan relocated to Oklahoma to pursue her Doctorate degree at Oral Roberts University. While here in Oklahoma, she has had the privilege to serve local school districts as a Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, and School Principal. She is extremely passionate about growing the capacity of pre-service teachers so they can feel confident when stepping into a classroom. With over seventeen years of experience in the field of public school education, she recently transitioned to Higher Education. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Education at NSU.

Dr. Cowan joins the Department of Curriculum & Instruction as assistant professor.

Kari Henry Hulett, PhD
PhD, Leadership
University of the Cumberlands

Henry Hulett joins the Department of Educational Leadership as assistant professor. 

Barbara Jones, PhD
PhD, Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum
University of Oklahoma

As a proud NSU Alumni, I am so excited to be back working on campus. I have been a teacher in Muskogee and Broken Arrow and school principal in Broken Arrow over the past thirty years. I am married and have three kids and two grandchildren. I received an excellent education at NSU, but after becoming a teacher, I realized that my principals did not always know how to support me in teaching early childhood students. My goal in obtaining the Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum was to help other principals support teachers, which turned out to be the focus of my dissertation. Sharing my experience and knowledge with future school leaders is an amazing opportunity, and I am so happy to be back home at Northeastern State!

Dr. Jones joins the Department of Educational Leadership as assistant professor.

Kevin Jones, EdD

Dr. Jones joins the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as assistant professor.

Michael Paz, PhD
PhD, Counseling
University of North Texas

Dr. Paz joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as assistant professor.

Natalie Robinson, BGS

Robinson joins the Department of Curriculum & Instruction as adjunct.

Timothy "T.J." Schoonover, PhD
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision
University of Arkansas

Dr. Timothy “T.J.” Schoonover, PhD recently completed his doctorate at the University of Arkansas in Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Schoonover completed his dissertation on the impact of Child-Centered Play Therapy on children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Before completing his PhD, Dr. Schoonover worked with children and adolescents through community-based counseling agencies. Dr. Schoonover’s is interested in researching trauma, play therapy, and creative counseling supervision techniques.

Dr. Schoonover joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as assistant professor.

Amanda Stuckey, PhD
PhD, Counselor Education & Supervision
University of Arkansas

Dr. Stuckey joins the Department of Psychology & Counseling as adjunct.

College of Liberal Arts

Kelli J. Heath, MSW
MSW, Social Work
University of Oklahoma

Kelli Heath earned her MSW from the University of Oklahoma and is an NSU alum. She has worked in Child Welfare Services for 25 years, spending the last 10 years in child welfare social work administration. Ms. Heath joins the Department of Social Work as adjunct.

James Hurst, PhD
PhD, Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas-Little Rock

James Hurst is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Justice Studies and Global Security. He received his B.A. (2007) in Psychology, M.A. (2014) in Criminal Justice, and Ph.D. (2020) in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His research interests include perception and fear of crime, campus safety, crime prevention, crime mapping, and drug use.

Dr. Hurst joins the Department of Criminology, Justice Studies and Global Security as assistant professor.

Clayton Keyes, MFA
MFA, Art-Ceramics
University of Tulsa

Clayton Keyes is a figurative sculptor, primarily working in water-based clay. He is a native Oklahoman who recently returned home after 8 years as the Head of the Ceramics program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Clayton is a graduate of the University of Tulsa MFA program. In addition to university teaching, Clayton is an active studio artist who exhibits and teaches workshops, nationally.

Keyes joins the Department of Art as assistant professor.

Kyle Vareberg, PhD
PhD, Media, Technology, & Society
North Dakota State University

Dr. Vareberg joins the Department of Communication and Media Studies as assistant professor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

Austin Beard, MS
MS, Mathematics
Missouri State University

Austin Beard was born and raised in Missouri. He attended Missouri State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degree in Mathematics.

Austin Beard joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as instructor.

Amanda Davies, MEd
MEd, Special Education
Northeastern State University

Davies joins the Department of Health Professions as Instructor, School Supervisor.

Nnamdi Simon Ekesi, PhD
PhD, Cell & Molecular Biology
University of Arkansas

Dr. Ekesi joins the Department of Natural Sciences as assistant professor.

Kaitlyn Scrapper, MS
MS, Speech Language Pathology
Northeastern State University

Kaitlyn Scrapper has been working as a speech pathologist in healthcare and school settings. She joins the Department of Health Professions as an instructor.

Chuang Shao, PhD
PhD, Mathematics
University of North Texas

Chuang Shao earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of North Texas in 2009. She joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Northeastern State University in the fall of 2021.

Dulanjani Wijayasekara, PhD
PhD, Biological Sciences
University of Tulsa

Dr. Wijayasekara joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an Assistant Professor in Biology. In addition to her Ph.D. in Biological sciences, Dr. Wijayasekara has a master’s degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology. Her main research area is molecular plant virology including identification of novel viruses infecting agronomical crops.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Jacob Dufour, OD
OD, Optometry 
Southern College of Optometry

Dr. Dufour joins the NSUOCO as adjunct clinical.

Paige Taylor, OD
OD, Optometry
NSUOCO

Dr. Taylor joins the NSUOCO as clinical assistant professor.

NSU Libraries

Catherine Davenport, MLIS
MLIS, Library & Information Science
San Jose State University

Davenport joins the NSU Libraries as Instructor of Library Services.

Michelle Green, MLIS
MLIS, Library & Information Science
University of Oklahoma

Michelle Green earned a Master of Arts degree in Theological/Historical Studies and also holds an MLIS. Green gained experience in health sciences librarianship at the University of New Mexico and the University of Wyoming before returning home to Oklahoma to serve as the Optometry and Health Professions Librarian at NSU.

Green joins the NSU Libraries as Instructor of Library Services.

Maria Souliotis, MLS
MLS, Library Science
Texas Woman's University

Maria Souliotis is an Instructor of Library Services and serves as the liaison to the College of Business and Technology and the Department of Music. She holds an MLS from Texas Woman's University and an MA in Musicology from the University of Denver, where she taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Maria brings 5 years of professional experience in customer service and over 18 years of musicianship to her position. Her research interests include narratives in music, film, and the written word, as well as topics related to Ethnomusicology.

Administration

Carla Swearingen, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
PhD Chemistry
Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Carla Swearingen has spent the last fifteen years at John Brown University serving in various roles, most recently as the Dean of Faculty Development, Director of the Office for Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, and Professor of Chemistry. She is also a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. Dr. Swearingen joins as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry.

College of Business & Technology

Ryan Cannonie, JD
Business Law
JD Law

University of Tulsa

Dr. Cannonie joins the Department of Business Administration as adjunct.

Stephanie Jones, DBA
Management
DBA Project Management
Liberty University

Dr. Jones has been teaching in higher education for 5 years. Dr. Jones' previous business experience has enabled her to bring real world business problems and solutions to the classroom. Dr. Jones joins the Department of Business Administration as Assistant Professor.

Connor Lubojacky, PhD
Management
PhD Business Administration

University of Houston

Dr. Lubojacky joins the Department of Business Administration as an Assistant Professor. In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. Lubojacky has a master's degree in Finance and previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He has taught strategic management and organizational behavior and his current research interests include how managerial characteristics influence corporate entrepreneurship as well as entrepreneurial opportunity recognition.

Ren Moquin, PhD
Information Systems & Technology
PhD Information Systems

Baylor University

Dr. Moquin has a PhD from Baylor University in IS. He is a behavioral scientist focusing IT and behavior. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in IS and cybersecurity. He is a member of the ACM and AIS. He has published research in various journals and conferences. He graduated with an MS in Information Systems and BS in computer science. Dr. Moquin joins the Department of Information Systems and Technology as Assistant Professor.

Jan Phillips, MA
Information Systems and Technology
MA English
Northeastern State University

Jan Phillips joins the Department of Information Systems and Technology as Adjunct.

Tushar R. Shah, PhD
Management
PhD Management
University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Shah's research interest addresses the interface between organizations and information technology in the context of strategy and people management. Dr. Shah's teaching interests span topics related to organizational strategy, management principles & theory, entrepreneurship, strategic HR, HR analytics, and organizational theory. Prior to Dr. Shah's academic career, Dr. Shah was an HR Professional for more than 18 years. Dr. Shah joins the Department of Business Administration as Assistant Professor.

College of Education

Krista Baird, MS
Psychology & Counseling
MS Counseling Psychology
Northeastern State University

Krista Baird is a practicing therapist who owns an agency focusing on the needs of families. She enjoys her family, friends and serving her community in various ways. She has served as an adjunct professor on and off since 2009. Krista joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Adjunct.

Alissa Baker-Oglesbee, ABD PhD
Psychology & Counseling
ABD PhD Psychology
Northwestern University

Alissa Baker-Oglesbee joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Jennifer Keith, PhD
Psychology & Counseling
PhD Counselor Education & Supervision
Virginia Tech

Jennifer Keith joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.

Alexandra Meyers-Ellett, PhD, LPC, RPT
Psychology and Counseling
PhD Counselor Education and Supervision
University of Arkansas

Dr. Meyers-Ellett earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Arkansas and is an NSU alumni. She has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in various settings. Her specialties in counseling include treating children, adolescents, anxiety and eating disorders. Dr. Meyers-Ellett joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as Assistant Professor.

College of Liberal Arts

Dave Corcoran, PhD
History/Social Studies Education
PhD Latin American History
University of New Mexico

Dr. Corcoran is a Boston native and a career educator. Dr. Corcoran has taught history and social studies at the university and secondary levels in Maine, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. Dr. Corcoran lived and taught in Colombia and Ecuador as well. With a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico, Dr. Corcoran's research focuses on inter-American culture in the mid-20th century. Dr. Corcoran joins the Department of History as Assistant Professor.

Elizabeth Potts, DMA
Music
DMA Flute Performance
University of North Texas

Elizabeth Potts joins the Department of Music as Adjunct.

Siewe Siewe Siewe, PhD
Political Science
PhD Geography-Natural Resources Management
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Siewe Siewe Siewe is from Cameroon. Dr. Siewe graduated with a PhD in Geography from Oklahoma State University, where Dr. Siewe has also served as a Visiting Assisting Professor for the last two years. Dr. Siewe is excited to join the Department of Geography and Political Science as Assistant Professor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

Thomas Atkinson, MD
Biology
MD
LSUMC-Shreveport

Dr. Atkinson earned a medical degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1999. He completed a family medicine residency at the Oklahoma State University Sciences Center in Tulsa in 2002. He has practiced family medicine in Oklahoma since 2002. Dr. Atkinson joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Rachel Hoffmeister, MS
Biology
MS Natural Sciences
Northeastern State University

Rachel Hoffmeister joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Deborah Petrik, PhD
Molecular Biology
Phd Biological Sciences
Illinois State University

Dr. Petrik joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Assistant Professor.

John Reidy, MS
Biology
MS Biomedical Sciences
University of North Texas - Health Science Center

John Reidy was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma before graduate school. He contributed to research on e-cigarettes for the previous seven years. He taught Human Anatomy at Community Colleges for the previous ten years. John Reidy joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Jamie Thomas, PhD
Speech Language Pathology
PhD Special Education Administration
University of North Texas

In addition to her PhD, Dr. Thomas has a master's degree in speech pathology. She is joining the Department of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor after 30 years in public education in Texas as a speech pathologist and a special education administrator.

Payton Walters, MS
Biology
MS Microbiology

Oklahoma State University

Payton Walters joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct.

Cammi Valdez, PhD
Chemistry
PhD Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Harvard University

Dr. Valdez brings a diverse set of experiences with her from her prior roles as a faculty member and Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley College and as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Harvard College. Her research focuses on understanding the pathology and physiology of vascular diseases present in the eye using mouse models. Dr. Valdez joins the Department of Natural Sciences as Assistant Professor.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Christian Bussey, OD
Optometry
OD Optometry
NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry

Dr. Bussey joins the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry as Clinical Assistant Professor.

Janet Poole Naguib, OD
Optometry
OD Optometry

Northeastern State University

Dr. Poole Naguib received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and an OD from NSUOCO. She worked as a solo practitioner in Texas and helped establish the Optometry Clinic within the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was recognized by the State of Oklahoma as a volunteer for enhancing the services of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In Egypt she lectured on Retinal Pathology and instructed medical students in Ophthalmoscopy. She completed the Ophthalmic Medical Technician Program at Duke University Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. She joins NSUOCO as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.

Administration

Bob Hails, MED
Executive Director, eCampus
MEd Counseling
Ohio University
Mr. Hails joins NSU as the new Executive Director of eCampus. With nearly 40 years of experience in distance education, he has started DE programs from the ground up and significantly expanded existing programs. He is also the founder of the Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment virtual conference.

Michael Jones, PHD
Executive Director, Libraries
PHD Political Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Jones earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. His areas of specialization in his discipline are political theory and feminist/gender theory. He was Professor of Political Science at his previous institutions and transitioned into Library administration in 2014. Dr. Jones joins as Executive Director, Libraries.

Kimberly Williams, EDD
Dean, Muskogee Campus
EDD Educational Leadership
Baylor University
Dr. Williams is an NSU alum with a varied career path. She began her career in Oklahoma, teaching three years in K-12, before moving on to higher education. She has spent the last twenty-one years at Grayson College in Denison, Texas, where she served in several roles, including Head Softball Coach, Dean of the South Campus and Dean for Workforce Education. Dr. Williams and her husband (also an NSU grad) are excited to be back home. Dr. Williams joins as Dean of the NSU Muskogee Campus.

College of Business & Technology

Jerrilyn Eisenhauer, MS
Accounting
MS Accounting
Oklahoma State University
Jerrilyn Eisenhauer joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an adjunct.

Courtney Hamby, MHA
Healthcare Administration
MHA Healthcare Administration
Oklahoma State University
Ms. Hamby currently serves on the NeoHealth Board of Directors which strives to provide quality affordable healthcare to all citizens of Northeast Oklahoma. Most recently, Ms. Hamby served as Assistant Coordinator of the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Cherokee County. Ms. Hamby joins the Department of Business Administration as an Instructor.

Bartis Kent, MBA
Economics
MBA Business Administration
University Of Tulsa
Bartis Kent joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an adjunct.

Brian Kulik, PHD
Management
PHD Business Administration
Washington State University
In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. Kulik has also earned 3 masters degrees: an MBA, Statistics, and Materials Science and Engineering. His professional experience includes aerospace process and materials engineering. He has delivered many management conference presentations and published in journals such as Business and Society Review, Academic Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics, Organizational Analysis, and Journal of Educators Online. Dr. Kulik joins the Department of Business Administration as an Associate Professor.

Joseph LaTurner, MBA, MS
Finance
MBA Business Administration, MS Finance
Stetson University, University of Tampa
Mr. LaTurner joins the CBT after working with NSU's TRIO SSS as a Business Tutor and Coordinator. Prior to NSU, he has worked with multiple corporations, practicing both investment and corporate finance. His experience includes Equity and Fixed Income Analysis, Real Estate, Valuation, Portfolio Management, Cash Flow Management, Risk, Derivatives/Hedging, Budgeting and Forecasting, and Variance Analysis. Mr. LaTurner joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an Instructor.

Xiaoshan Li, MS
Marketing
MS Advertising
University of Illinois
Dr. Li's research takes a social-scientific approach to questions about consumer behavior and strategic communications. Her research relies on quantitative methods, including survey and experiments. Broadly speaking, her research discerns ways of enhancing consumer information management in both virtual and physical environments. To this end, she investigates social-cognitive factors that predict consumer risk information seeking and sharing on social media. Dr. Li joins the Department of Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Management as an Assistant Professor.

Gary Linn, DBA
Accounting
DBA Business Administration
Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Linn joins NSU from Northwest Arkansas Community College where he has taught both face-to-face and online Accounting and Entrepreneurship classes. Since 2014, he has been a consultant/mentor for AASCB Accreditation-Europe. Dr. Linn joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an Assistant Professor.

Molly May, MS
Accounting
MS Taxation
University of Tulsa
Molly May joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an adjunct.

Peter Obitade, PHD
Information Systems
PHD Information Systems
University of North Texas
Dr. Obitade brings over 21 years of professional experience as IT Director, Senior Business Analytics Manager, and Global Information Security Manager to NSU. His research interests include big data or business analytics, enterprise resource planning (ERP), digital automation, cybersecurity, cloud computing, project management, and Internet of Things (IoT). Dr. Obitade joins the Department of IS and Technology as an Assistant Professor.

Mohammed Partapurwala, MA
Economics
MA Economics
University of Buffalo
Mohammed Partapurwala joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an adjunct.

Lori Peterson, PHD
Management
PHD Business Administration, Management
Texas Tech University
Dr. Peterson was born and raised in Oklahoma and is excited to join NSU and come back home! She has taught strategic management and policy in addition to working with the Health Organizations Administration program. Her current research interests include various health care topics, leadership, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurial efforts and new ventures. Dr. Peterson joins the Department of Business Administration as an Assistant Professor.

Tony Riggs, CPA, MBA
Accounting
MBA Accounting
University of Texas
Mr. Riggs brings 30+ years of designing, implementing and operating large finance and business processes for global companies. He is an experienced Finance and Accounting Executive, highly skilled in transforming shared services and significantly improving the performance of back office functions. Having served, among other roles, as CFO, COO and Controller, Mr. Riggs joins the Department of Accounting and Finance as an Instructor.

College of Education

Greg McCann, MBA
Health and Kinesiology
MBA Business Administration
Northeastern State University
Mr. McCann has worked as a health/fitness/wellness professional for over 30 years. He served as a Health Educator in the U.S. Peace Corps, has worked with Saint Francis Health Systems, Tulsa Community College and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Mr. McCann is a certified Wellness Coach, a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Yoga Instructor. Mr. McCann joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an adjunct.

James Cage, PHD
Psychology and Counseling
PHD Clinical Psychology
University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Cage served in the United States Air Force as a psychologist. He has experience in Community Mental Health Centers, Child Guidance Centers and Private Practice. He is a retired Vice-President from CommunityCare Health Plan. Dr. Cage joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an adjunct.

Kimberly Gustin, MA
Psychology and Counseling
MA Counseling
Regent University

Kimberly Gustin joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an adjunct.

Alyson Haslam, PHD
Health and Kinesiology
PHD Epidemiology
University of Georgia

Alyson Haslam joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an adjunct.

Anna Smith, MS, LPC-S
Psychology and Counseling
MS Counseling Psychology
Northeastern State University

Ms. Smith is a Licensed Profession Counselor-Supervisor and works in private practice and community mental health in Tulsa and Claremore. She has taught college level courses and is working toward achieving her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Ms. Smith joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an adjunct.

Jess Westcott, MA
Psychology and Counseling
MA School Counseling
Marquette University

Jess Westcott joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an adjunct.

College of Liberal Arts

Lyndie Benton, MA
Communication Studies
MA Communication Arts
Northeastern State University
Lyndie Benton joins the Department of Communication Studies as an adjunct.

Jenny Bledsoe, PHD
English
PHD English
Dr. Bledsoe's research focuses on book history and material culture, religious literature, the history of emotions, and gender studies. During 2018-2019, she held a Mellon teaching fellowship at Agnes Scott College. Dr. Bledsoe joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an Assistant Professor; she teaches medieval and early modern literature courses on the Broken Arrow campus.

Bryan Raya, DMA
Music
DMA Music, Wind Band Conducting
Arizona State University

As a U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Raya has served over eight years with the Army Bands in multiple locations including a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. His research interests include conducting pedagogy and student leadership systems in band programs. Dr. Raya joins the Department of Music as an Assistant Professor and Director of Bands.

Sara Swaim, MA
ESL
MA Linguistics
Ohio University

Ms. Swaim has been involved in multicultural education for nearly ten years. Her research interests are geared toward ESL pedagogy second language acquisition. Ms. Swaim joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an ESL instructor.

Katie Thomas, MA
Communication
MA Strategic Communication
Liberty University
Since 2016, Ms. Thomas has worked as consultant for the Liberty University Forensics Team, leading them to two national championships in Reader's Theatre. She has also worked as a professional actress in theatre, film, and radio drama. Research interests include story in the healing process, transmedia storytelling, and social media and Gen-Z. In 2018, Ms. Thomas won Liberty University's Research Week with her presentation on story to facilitate healing among Vietnam veterans. Ms. Thomas joins the Department of Communication Studies as an Instructor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

Marcus Anderson, MED
Speech-Language Pathology
MED Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology
Northeastern State University
Mr. Anderson brings over 31 years of experience as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. He is newly retired from the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a Speech Services Supervisor. Mr. Anderson joins the Department of Health Professions as an Instructor and Clinical Director.

Gary Boyd, BS
Mathematics
BS Mathematics
Northeastern State University
Gary Boyd joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an adjunct.

Sridhar Boppana, PHD
Biology
PHD Natural Sciences, Neuroscience
Georg-August University
Dr. Boppana's doctoral research work at the Max-Planck Institute (Goettingen, Germany) was focused on the regulatory role of transcription factor Pax6 during early neuronal development. He has also worked on the role of gut microbiota in inducing Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE; the animal model for Multiple Sclerosis). Beyond his research, Dr. Boppana has taught Anatomy & Physiology and General biology at universities and community colleges. Dr. Boppana joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an Assistant Professor.

Julie Estes, OTD
Occupational Therapy
OTD Occupational Therapy, Education
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Dr. Estes has been an Occupational Therapist for 14 years in various settings with four years teaching experience. Dr. Estes has presented at multiple conferences including the American Occupational Therapy national conference. Dr. Estes completed the educational track while receiving her doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah, and now joins the MS Occupational Therapy program in Muskogee as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Hector Gonzalez, PHD
Prehealth Professions Programming & Advising
PHD Chemistry
University of North Texas
Since 2013, Dr. Gonzalez has served as visiting instructor, instructor, and advisor for pre-allied health, pre-medical and pre-pharmacy students at Texas A&M International University. Dr. Gonzalez joins as Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Pre-Health Professions Programming and Advising.

Tamara Hryshchuk, MS, RNC-NIC
Nursing
MS Nursing Leadership
Southern Nazarene University
Ms. Hryshchuk is pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice from Bradley University. She has 19 years of experience as an RN and holds a national certification in neonatal intensive care nursing. She has been teaching undergraduate students seeking nursing licensure for the past seven years. Additionally, she teaches experienced nurses through continuing education classes at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Ms. Hryshchuk joins the Department of Health Professions as an Instructor.

Cassandra Linde, MS
Mathematics
MS Mathematics
University of Arkansas
Ms. Linde received a B.A. in mathematics from Hendrix College in 1980 and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 1983. She completed the coursework toward a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University of Virginia in 1986. In May, 2019, she retired from being an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Ms. Linde joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an adjunct.

Tina Linn, MS, CAS
Speech Language Pathology
MS Speech Language Pathology
University of Tulsa
Mrs. Linn is a Speech Language Pathologist with 25+ years of experience working in a variety of settings specializing in the evaluation and treatment of developmental, neurologic based, genetically caused, social/economic communication disorders and experience working with English language learners. Mrs. Linn is also a certified autism specialist. Mrs. Linn joins the Department of Health Professions as a Instructor and School Supervisor.

David Liu, PHD
Biology
PHD Biology
City University Of New York
Dr. Liu has taught many courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels and in both Medical School and Pharmacy School. His research focus is on the deregulation of cell signaling and cell cycle in cancer cells and the use of this knowledge for targeted cancer intervention. Dr. Liu joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an Associate Professor.

Janette Quarles, DRPH
Speech Language Pathology
DRPH Public Health
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Quarles brings a diverse experience base as the owner of a manufacturing company, as a Director of Special Education in the Oklahoma public schools, as the principal investigator on research projects with significant results in public health and education, and as a practicing licensed speech pathologist. She has authored statewide policy and protocol documents for the State of Oklahoma. Dr. Quarles joins the Department of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor.

Dorothy Radin, EDD
Mathematics
EDD Curriculum and Instruction, Math Education
Oklahoma State University
Dr. Radin has been teaching junior college and university classes for almost 30 years, mostly in Math education classes, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2014 she retired from NSU but has volunteered for the Math Department since then. Currently she teaches part-time, as needed, for NSU-BA and ORU in Tulsa. Dr. Radin joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an adjunct.

Elizabeth Waring, PHD
Biology
PHD Biology
Texas Tech University
Dr. Waring joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an Assistant Professor. She has previously taught courses to both Biology majors and non-majors. Dr. Waring's current research focuses on impacts of global change on physiological and ecological traits of plants.

Shao Wen, MS
Mathematics
MS Mathematics
University of Oklahoma
Shao Wen joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an adjunct.

Richard Zamor, PHD
Biology
PHD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Zamor is an aquatic ecologist who has a passion for understanding the interaction between humans and our environment. He investigates fundamental questions of community and invasion ecology in aquatic organisms ranging from fish to microbes. Dr. Zamor joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an Assistant Professor.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Carolyn Majcher, OD
Optometry
OD Optometry
Salus University
Dr. Majcher has worked to establish herself within the optometric community as an expert in retinal disease as well as OCT/OCT angiography imaging. She is a member of the Optometric Retina Society and routinely lectures nationally at AAO and presents research at ARVO. Dr. Majcher joins the Oklahoma College of Optometry as an Associate Professor.

Administration

JANET BUZZARD, PHD
College of Business and Technology Dean
EdD Business Education
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Buzzard previously served as Dean of the College of Business at Eastern New Mexico University where she grew the MBA program by 252%, provided leadership to students and faculty, and created the Personal Financial Planning curriculum which was approved by the National CFP Board. For over 20 years, she has worked in higher education and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in CIS, MIS, IT and Cybersecurity. Dr. Buzzard has presented and published many articles in the areas of International Business, CIS/IT and Business Education. She joins the College of Business & Technology as Dean.

College of Business & Technology

NAYYER NASEEM, PHD (ABD)
Marketing
PHD (ABD) Marketing
Wayne State University

Mr. Naseem successfully defended his dissertation Global Brands and Drivers of Consumers Purchase Behavior: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective. He received the 2016 Best Graduate Student Research Award at Wayne State University's School of Business. Mr. Naseem has been a graduate teaching and research assistant at WSU since 2012 and joins the Department of Marketing, Hospitality & Supply Chain Management as an assistant professor.

KIMBERLY PRAG-RYALS, MS
Accounting
MS Accounting & Financial Analysis
Northeastern State University

Ms. Prag-Ryals brings over 10+ years of experience in accounting to the Department of Accounting and Finance as an instructor. She has worked as Director of Registration and Director of Accounting at Northeastern Health System, Controller at Connors State College, and as a Financial Auditor at Eide Bailly.

RICK WALLACE, DSC
Healthcare Administration
DSc Health Services Administration
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Dr. Wallace is an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow. His recent professional experience includes serving as the President and CEO of San Juan Regional Medical Center in New Mexico. The hospital served over 300,000 residents in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. As an adjunct professor, he has taught courses at the University of Alabama and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Dr. Wallace joins the Department of Business Administration as an assistant professor.

College of Liberal Arts

ANNA DE VAUL, PHD
English
PHD Creative Writing & Critical Writing
University of East Anglia

Dr. De Vaul serves as fiction editor for the Lighthouse Literary Journal and as an editor and a director at Gatehouse Press. She has led creative writing workshops around the world and lectured at Kean University while serving as the World Literature Coordinator. Dr. De Vaul joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an assistant professor.

REBEKAH DOYLE, PHD
Criminal Justice
PHD Public Policy & Administration
Walden University

Since 2012, Dr. Doyle has served as a Health Educator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and has taught courses in higher education as an adjunct at NSU. Dr. Doyle joins the Department of Criminology, Justice Studies, and Global Security as a visiting assistant professor.

BENJAMIN HAY, MM
Music
MM Performance
University of New Mexico

Mr. Hay joins the Department of Music as an instructor and is pursuing his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. His professional experience includes teaching as artist instructor of trumpet at NSU, adjunct music faculty at Tulsa Community College, High Brass Clinician at Coweta Public Schools and Sapulpa Public Schools, and private trumpet instructor.

SARAH LOWMAN, PHD (ABD)
Spanish
PHD (ABD) Romance Languages
University of Georgia

Ms. Lowman joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an instructor. She is pursuing a doctorate for her research analyzing the representation of the environment in contemporary Nahua literature of Mexico. She received the United States Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in 2016 and was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia.

WHITNEY MYERS, DMA
Music
DMA Vocal Performance
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Dr. Myers joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor. She is a private voice instructor and was a visiting instructor at NSU from 2016-2017. Some of her research interests include Music of Les Six, French Classical Vocal Literature and 20th Century Vocal Literature.

IRINA STROUT, PHD
English
PHD English Language
University of Tulsa

Dr. Strout received her B.A. and M.A. in English and German from Moscow State Linguistic University. She also holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa and a PHD in English Language from the University of Tulsa. Dr. Strout joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an assistant professor.

LAUREN WRIGHT, PHD
Criminal Justice
PHD Sociology
University of Central Florida

Dr. Wright joins the Department of Criminology, Justice Studies, and Global Security as an assistant professor. She is pursuing a doctorate for her dissertation on Race and Serial Rape: Exploring Racial and Ethnic Bias in Print Media Coverage of Serial Rape Cases. In 2016, Dr. Wright received the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Central Florida Department of Sociology.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

JANAKI IYER, PHD
Biology
PHD Molecular and Cellular Biology
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Iyer's post-doctoral work has focused on studying infectious diseases. She has taught undergraduate courses at Tulsa Community College and NSU and mentored and trained high school, undergraduate, graduate, medical students and staff in conducting laboratory research. Dr. Iyer joins the Department of Natural Science as an assistant professor.

NAIXUE (NEAL) XIONG, PHD
Computer Science
PHD Computer Science
Wuhan University
PHD Information Science
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Dr. Xiong has 10+ years of experience teaching in the US, Japan, and China. He has published over 200 journal papers and over 100 top conference papers. His professional experience includes teaching at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Colorado Technical University and Georgia State University. Dr. Xiong joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an associate professor.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

JONATHAN JANZEN, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. Janzen received his B.S. in Mathematics and his OD from Northeastern State University's Oklahoma College of Optometry. Dr Janzen joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

BRENT ROBERTS, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. Roberts was a student clinician from 2014-2017 in the NSUOCO where he was involved in patient care including primary care, contact lens fitting and evaluation, and low vision services. He completed rotations in Cherokee Nation Clinics where he saw 8-12 patients per day. Dr. Roberts joins the NSUOCO as a clinical assistant professor.

JESSICA WHITE, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. White is a graduate of Northeastern State University's Oklahoma College of Optometry. She completed her externship at the Indian Health Services Clinical Externship, Triad Eye Institute Externship and worked at the NSUOCO and Cherokee Nation Clinics from 2015-2017. Dr. White joins the NSUOCO as a clinical assistant professor.

ANDREW YOUNG, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. Young received the Indian Health Service Professions Scholarship from 2013-2017 at Northeastern State University. His clinical experience includes rotations for adult primary care, pediatrics, Cherokee National rural eye clinics, lesion removals, and he completed a Veterans Affairs site externship. Dr. Young joins the NSUOCO as a clinical assistant professor.

NSU Libraries

ERICA ARGYROPOULOS, MLIS & PHD
Library
MLIS Library Information Studies 
University of Oklahoma
PHD Musicology
University of Kansas

Dr. Argyropoulos's professional experience includes working as an archive project assistant at the University of Oklahoma, Assistant Archivist at the Tulsa Foundation of Architecture, and Adjunct Professor at West Virginia State University and Marshall University. Dr. Argyropoulos joins the John Vaughan Library as an instructor.

BIANCA SMITH, MA
Library
MA Library and Information Science
University of South Florida

Ms. Smith has worked as a volunteer and intern at the St. Augustine Historical Research Library and as a student assistant at the University of South Florida. She joins the John Vaughan Library as an instructor and catalog librarian.

Administration

ROY WOOD, PHD
Broken Arrow Campus Dean
PHD Organization and Management 
Capella University

Dr. Wood previously served as the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the Defense Acquisition University where he was responsible for over 600 faculty and staff and a $200M per year budget. For 16 years, he has worked in higher education and taught courses including strategy, project management and international business. He has facilitated online classes in global business strategy at the University of Phoenix and served as Dean at the Defense Acquisition University. Dr. Wood has given numerous presentations and published in Defense AT&L Magazine, Defense Acquisition Research Journal and the United States Naval Institute Proceedings among others.

College of Education

ALESHA BAKER, MS
Library Media
Master of Science Media and Information Technology
Northeastern State University

Ms. Baker is pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and will be joining the Department of Educational Leadership as an instructor.

JULIE BEARD, PHD
Speech Language Pathology
PHD Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Beard recently earned her Doctorate of Philosophy for her dissertation A Comparison of Two Social Story Interventions in Reducing Disruptive Behaviors in Children with Language Impairment. She has taught in higher education for 16 years Dr. Beard joins the Department of Speech Language Pathology as an assistant professor.

CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, PHD
Education
PHD Experimental Psychology
University of Montana, Missoula

Dr. Collins earned his Doctorate of Philosophy for his dissertation Risk Sensitive Foraging Theory and Human Choice Behavior: Induction of mood, perceived budget, and sex differences. He joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an assistant professor.

TONYA GARRETT, MED
Teacher Education
Master of Education Teaching

Northeastern State University
Ms. Garrett is pursuing her PHD in Education from Oklahoma State University and joins the Department of Teacher Education as an instructor. She has served as an adjunct instructor at NSU and as a teacher at Shiloh Christian School.

JARILYN HANEY, MED
Special Education
Master of Education Reading
Northeastern State University

Dr. Haney is an educator with over six years of experience in teaching elementary students with special needs. She joins the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as an instructor.

CLAUDIA HOWELL, PHD
Psychology and Counseling
PHD Counselor Education and Supervision
Virginia Tech

Dr. Howell recently earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from Virginia Tech for her dissertation Investigating the Relationships between Supervisor and Multicultural Competence, Satisfaction and Working Alliance using a Matched-Pairs Sample. She joins the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an assistant professor.

MOOSONG KIM, PHD
Health and Kinesiology
PHD Biotechnology
Oregon State University

Dr. Kim recently earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Oregon State University where he was a graduate assistant. He joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an assistant professor.

SUSAN PATRICK, PHD
Curriculum and Instruction
PHD Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum
University of Oklahoma

For over 20 years, Dr. Patrick has taught in elementary education and higher education. She has served as director of Day Schools Inc. and Before and After Care in Tulsa. She joins the department of Curriculum and Instruction as an assistant professor.

ASHLEY RUSH, MED
Athletics/Health and Kinesiology
Master of Education Sports Administration
Midwestern State University

While completing her master's degree, Ms. Rush also worked as the assistant women's basketball coach where her duties included coaching, recruiting, facility scheduling and monitoring academic progress of student athletes. She joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an instructor and assistant women's basketball coach.

CHAD STANGL, MED
Health and Kinesiology
Master of Education Parks and Recreation Management
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Mr. Stangl has served as manager for Camp RiverHawks for the past two years. He joins the Department of Health and Kinesiology as an instructor.

College of Liberal Arts

JAMES M. ADAMS, DA
Music
Doctor of Arts Trombone Performance and Pedagogy/Instrumental Conducting
University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Adams joins the Department of Music as an associate professor of Music and Director of Bands. He is a lifetime member of the International Trombone Association and has performed in solo and professional ensembles. He joins NSU from Valley City State University in North Dakota where his responsibilities included conducting, recruiting, teaching, coaching and coordinating the annual James D. Ployhar Honor Band Festival for music students from 13 area high schools.

IAIN ANDERSON, PHD
History
PHD History
Indiana University

With over 30 years teaching in higher education, Dr. Anderson joins the Department of History as professor and department chair. He has served on professional, institutional and community service committees and previously served as department chair where he oversaw curriculum development, faculty and student recruitment, student retention and service learning at Dana College.

LEIGH CAMPBELL-HALE, PHD
History
PHD U.S. History
University of Colorado

With 24 years of public school experience, Dr. Campbell-Hale joins the Department of History from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado as an assistant professor of History. Dr. Campbell-Hale was the 2011 Colorado High School National History Day Teacher of the Year and serves on the Executive Board for the Colorado Education Association.

FARINA KING, PHD
History
PHD U.S. History
Arizona State University

A Dartmouth College Charles Eastman Fellow for 2015-2016 and recipient of numerous other awards, Dr. King joins the Department of History as an assistant professor. She recently earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from Arizona State University for her dissertation The Journey of Din Students in the Four Directions: Navajo Education Experiences in the Twentieth Century. Dr. King is co-author of G malii'd Din : Navajo Mormons in the Twentieth Century which is currently under review with the University of Utah Press.

NICOLE V. LASKY, PHD
Criminal Justice
PHD Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Lasky joins the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies as an assistant professor. She is pursuing a doctorate for her dissertation on Sexual Assault Incident Characteristics and Confidante Responses. Several of her research interests include crime scripts, human trafficking, mixed methods, religion and crime, shoplifting and victimology.

JOHN MCINTOSH, PHD
Geography
PHD Geography
University of Oklahoma

With more than 20 years of experience in geography, Dr. McIntosh has served as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst for the City of Norman, Senior Environmental Scientist for Metcalf and Eddy, Project and Environmental Planner for San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and taught in higher education. He joins the Department of Geography, Political Science and Sociology as an assistant professor from Iowa University. His research interests include temporal GIS and reconstruction of historical industrial and extractive landscapes.

WHITNEY MYERS, MM
Music
Master of Music Vocal Performance
University of Kentucky, Lexington

A visiting instructor in the Department of Music, Dr. Myers is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance. She has been a teaching assistant, graduate assistant and studio fellow at the University of Kentucky.

CANDESSA TEHEE, PHD
American Indian Studies
PHD Anthropology
University of Oklahoma

Executive Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center since 2011, Dr. Tehee joins the Department of Indigenous Studies as an assistant professor. Her passion for the Native American community has been demonstrated through numerous awards and publications.

CHRISTOPHER WEAVER, PHD
Political Science
PHD Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Weaver recently earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame for his dissertation, Knowing Right from Wrong: The Role of Moral Confidence in Political Decision Making. He joins the Department of Geography, Political Science and Sociology as an assistant professor.

Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions

MARGARET BATES, MOT
Occupational Therapy
Master of Occupational Therapy 
Texas Woman's University

With 10+ years of experience in management, outpatient care, adult home health and long-term acute care, Ms. Bates will join NSU's Occupational Therapy Program in the Department of Health Professions. Ms. Bates is the owner/manager of Ergonomic Consultants, LLC; dba: Total Rehab located in McAlester.

MARY BATTOE, PA-C
Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Health Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Covering a cross-section of medicine, Ms. Battoe's experience as a physician assistant includes orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine and urgent care. She joins NSU's new Physician Assistant Studies program in the Department of Health Professions as an instructor. Ms. Battoe serves as moderator and recruiter for the annual conference of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants.

NATHAN GREEN, PHD
Chemistry
PHD Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Oklahoma 

Dr. Green joins the Department of Natural Sciences as an assistant professor from the University of Tulsa. His areas of expertise include nanotechnology, instrumental analysis, analytical chemistry and organic chemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bionanotechnology at Marshall University in West Virginia and is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Biosecurity Engagement Program with the United States Department of State.

N. DEVONNA GROVER, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ms. Grover will bring her experience in clinical medicine from her time at Urgent Care and Quick Clinic to NSU's new Physician Assistant Studies program in the Department of Health Professions as an instructor.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

TARA BROWN, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. Brown has been the Chief Optometrist at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, and the Oklahoma City VAMC and serves as American Academy of Optometry Diplomate Chair for Comprehensive Care. Dr. Brown joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

JARI FRAZIER, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

With more than 26 years of experience as an optometric physician, where she performed a variety of surgical procedures and duties in private practice, Dr. Frazier joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

KELLY GLASS, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

University of Texas College of Optometry
Dr. Glass has served as a therapeutic, adult, and pediatric optometrist. Dr. Glass joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

JONATHAN HATLEY, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

As a second year student, Dr. Hatley was a methods III teaching assistant and the silent auction chairman at NSUOCO. Dr. Hatley completed his externship at Soper Eye Center. He has special interest in fitting specialty contact lenses and performing electrodiagnostics. Dr. Hatley joins the NSUOCO as a clinical assistant professor.

MATTHEW D. KREIN, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Owner and clinic chief of E-Town Eyecare Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Dr. Krein provides patient care in a medically-oriented, private practice which includes a large glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration patient base. He joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

SARAH GALLAGHER KREIN, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University

Dr. Gallagher Krein was a methods III teaching assistant and tutor at NSU and joins the NSUOCO as an assistant professor.

BRET SEAMONS, OD
Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Pacific University College of Optometry

Dr. Seamons previously served as a resident postdoctoral student at NSU. He joins the NSUOCO as a clinical assistant professor. His teaching experience includes monitoring and assisting 3rd year interns with basic clinical skills and as a teaching assistant who taught optometry students to perform comprehensive vision examinations in Spanish.