Professor of Science
PhD - Northeastern University
MS - Northeastern University
BS - Northeastern University
Dr. Dennis J. Tyner was named president of Ottawa University-Arizona in May 2019. This came after Tyner had served as senior vice president and provost of OUAZ from its inception in February 2017, helping build the university’s new Surprise, Arizona, residential campus from the ground up. His tireless work in OUAZ’s first two years of existence led to him being named “Most Influential Person in Valley Education” by Arizona Foothills Magazine in its “Best of Our Valley 2020” awards.
Tyner joined Ottawa University in January 2007 as vice president and provost of the university’s 155-year-old campus in Ottawa, Kan. He has been teaching at the collegiate level since 1986, when he began lecturing at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa University, Dr. Tyner served for eight years as dean of the David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation. In that capacity, he helped to reverse a decade long trend of declining enrollment, and was able to substantially increase the number of undergraduate engineering students enrolled at the school. During that time, he was instrumental in the development of new undergraduate program offerings. He also designed an annual Engineering Summer Camp and a semi-annual Engineering Showcase, and he established the school’s first online graduate program.
The Boston native earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1985, 1986, and 1992, respectively. His primary research focused on applying digital communication methods in magnetic storage systems to increase the storage capacity of magnetic media. He published several articles on his research and presented his results at national and international conferences. While pursuing his bachelors and masters degrees, Tyner was employed by GTE as a member of the Radio Products Group within the company’s Communication Systems Division. There, he was part of a team that developed the secure communication radios for the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, and for the NASA Space Shuttle.
After earning his doctorate, Tyner joined the faculty at Norwich University as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering, where he developed and taught new courses in communications and digital signal processing. In addition to his academic work, he served Norwich University in several other areas during his 14 years of employment with them, including admissions, facilities operations, student activities and athletics. He also served as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall Publishers, and authored two solutions manuals for electric circuits textbooks that he evaluated.
Tyner is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and he served as advisor to Norwich’s student chapter from 1994 to 2006. He was instrumental in helping the chapter achieve national recognition, as they were twice voted as the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter, and were twice runners-up. In 1997, Tyner received Tau Beta Pi’s “Most Outstanding Advisor” award. That same year, he was also selected to serve the organization as a facilitator for their award-winning “Engineering Futures” program, whereupon he traveled to schools across the nation to deliver seminars on public speaking, interpersonal skills, analytical problem solving, meeting management, and team chartering. Additionally, he has taught engineering students for more than 20 years at every institution for which he has served.
Tyner and his wife, Patricia, reside in Surprise, Ariz. They have eight grown children, and a grandchild. His wife and five of their children are graduates of Ottawa University.
Professor of Education and Religion
Ed.D. - Oral Roberts University
M.A. - Oral Roberts University
M.M. - Southwestern Christian University
University of Zimbabwe
University of Cambridge
St. Ignatius (Zimbabwe)
Dr. Reggies Wenyika was named president of the OUMW region in May 2019.
He came to OU from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., where he has served as University president since 2014. Before that, he was provost and vice-president of academic affairs at SCU from 2008 to 2014. A native of Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States with his wife Dr. Bongi Wenyika and his two children Thembi and Kudzai in 2000 and has worked in higher education since arriving in the US.
He attended St. Ignatius College in Zimbabwe where he earned his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education and Advanced Level Certificate of Education through the University of Cambridge. He received a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from the College of Health and Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe and also received a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies. Wenyika has a Master of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University, Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. He is currently working on his second doctorate degree, majoring in Theology.
Director of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing
DNP - New Mexico State University
MSN - New Mexico State University
Master of Arts (MA): Counselor Education - Western New Mexico University
BSN - Olivet Nazarene University
Dr. Burkhart’s professional background includes psychiatric nursing, counseling, nursing and health care administration, staff development, and education, and conference speaker. Dr. Burkhart’s experience as an educator includes a three-year college/university teaching assignment in East Africa and as nursing faculty in the United States since 2007, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels of education, and holding combined administrative and educator positions for part of that time. For the past eight years, Dr. Burkhart was faculty at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico before accepting the possition as Director of Nursing/Associate Professor of Nursing position at Ottawa University, Overland Park, Kansas.
Dr. Burkhart has had several professional appointments to local, state, national and international councils and coalitions, including a past appointment to the New Mexico Governor’s Mental Health Planning Council, and a two-year appointment to the Council of an international university in East Africa. She is a past White House appointee as Native American Representative to the Binational Substance Abuse Coalition (US/Mexico border). Dr. Burkhart’s public speaking experience is in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and cultural competency. She has been a faculty advisor of the Student Nurses Association, a Sigma Theta Tau and Pi Omega (international nursing honor society) board member, member of the American Nurses Association, member of the New Mexico Native American Indian Nursing Association (NMNAINA), past president of District 14 and state board member of the New Mexico Nurses Association, member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and co-founder and faculty advisor for NAMI on Campus New Mexico State University (NMSU). She was a recent participant in New Mexico’s health care reform initiative, Health System Innovation, and regional implementation with this initiative through the Dona Ana Wellness Institute.
University President and CEO
Professor of History
PhD - Princeton University
MLitt - Oxford University, Corpus Christi College
AB - Harvard University
Dr. William "Bill" Tsutsui is an award-winning historian, a passionate classroom teacher, and a seasoned academic leader with a record of innovation. Born in New York City and raised in Texas, he holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton. He began his academic career at the University of Kansas, where over 17 years on the faculty, he served as acting director of KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, chair of the Depart-ment of History, founding executive director of the Confucius Institute, and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. From 2010 to 2014, he was dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From June 2014 through Decem-ber 2019, he served as president of Hendrix College, a top-tier national liberal arts college founded in 1876 and located in Conway, Arkansas. He is currently the Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard University.
At the University of Kansas, Bill led the planning and establishment of the Center for Global and Inter-national Studies; coordinated efforts to win $8 million in federal funding for KU’s five area studies cen-ters; and created a range of new programs for study abroad in East Asia, service learning, distance education, and professional development for K-12 teachers. As Dean of Dedman College at SMU, Bill led the development and implementation of Dedman College’s first strategic plan; raised over $25 mil-lion for the college as part of SMU’s Second Century Campaign; oversaw the creation of a new visual identity and marketing plan for the college; and established the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Insti-tute, the Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery, three new majors, three new minors, two master’s degrees, and a joint Ph.D. in biostatistics with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
At Hendrix, Bill stressed accessibility and affordability, diversity and inclusion, a commitment to the core values of a residential liberal arts education, and connecting with the college’s United Methodist and Arkansas heritage. Under his leadership, Hendrix gained national attention for initiatives including the Hendrix Arkansas Advantage (which offered scholarships covering full demonstrated financial need to qualified Arkansas high school graduates), the Aspire Scholars (which created partnerships with eight schools and organizations to bring Pell-eligible students to Hendrix), and Career Term (an intensive boot camp in employment-focused skills and mindsets for all sophomores). During his presidency, Hen-drix recruited the most diverse classes in college history and set a record 70% four-year graduation rate. Bill secured three of the five largest individual gifts ever given to Hendrix, including $26 million from the estate of Mary Ann Dawkins and $10.5 million from the Windgate Foundation. Be Hendrix, launched in 2016, surpassed $103 million—the most ever in a Hendrix fundraising campaign—by 2019. Two donor-funded new facilities transformed the core of the Hendrix campus: a 16,000-square-foot welcome center opened in September 2017 and the Miller Creative Quad, a $17-million mixed-use project combining student housing, a museum of art, music facilities, and an auditorium, opened in 2019.
Bill is the author or editor of eight books, including Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), which was called a “cult classic” by the New York Times. At KU, he received a 2001 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence, and won the Steeples Faculty Award for service to the people of Kansas. He has served on the NCAA D-III Presidents Council and is currently on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies, the US–Japan Council, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
He has been married for 31 years to Dr. Marjorie Swann, a professor of English at Hendrix, and they are caregivers to two cats and a dog. Bill is passionate (and opinionated) about BBQ, and slightly ashamed to be level 40 on Pokémon Go.
Visiting Professor of Biology
Postdoctoral fellow - University of Arizona
PhD and MFS – Norwegian University of Life Sciences
MPVM‒University of California
MPH–Grand Canyon University
DVM–Addis Ababa University
Dr. Demelash Areda has been with Ottawa University, residential Campus in Surprise, Arizona since 2019. Prior to joining Ottawa University, Dr. Areda was a faculty member at Minnesota State University and Grand Canyon University. He is a broadly trained educator and researcher with several years of professional experiences in academia and industries. His areas of expertise include epidemiology, microbiology, public health, food safety, preventive medicine and veterinary medicine.
He is ACUE-credentialed faculty in effective college instruction program offered by the Association of Colleges and University Educators and the American Council on Education (ACUE-ACE). He has worked and taught at various Universities and Colleges including Ottawa University, Minnesota State University, Arizona State University, Bryan University, Grand Canyon University, and Maricopa Community colleges. He was a visiting scientist at Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI/Karolinska Institute, Sweden)-Tuberculosis Laboratory; World Health organization (WHO) designated center for TB research and diagnosis. He has also attended and completed post-graduate and advanced professional trainings at various Universities including University of Minnesota, Harvard University, University of Arizona, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Areda has also served as Subject Matter Expert (SME)-designed and developed course curricula) for various courses including General Biology (General BIO181L), Biostatistics for public health II (MPH 535) and Analytical Tools I (R statistical computing) (MAP 545), as well as Peer Reviewer for Microbiology-BIO205L curriculum, program review committee member for Pre-Physical Therapy program, Content Expert-Doctoral Thesis, and Lead faculty for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
He has widely published scientific articles on peer reviewed journals and book chapters in the areas of epidemiology of infectious and zoonotic diseases. He has also served a scientific reviewer for several (over 14) peer-reviewed scholarly journals and editorial board member for two. He has served as grand award judge for International Science and Engineering Fair and currently Co-chair of Microbiology Judging category of Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021.
He is a recipient of several fellowships awards including United Nations-Sustainable development goals (UN-SDG)-Open Pedagogy Faculty fellowship, Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE)- Effective Teaching Practice fellowship, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)-Science Teaching Fellowship (STF), American Society for Microbiology-Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) fellowship. His areas of research interest mainly include epidemiology, biostatistics/data analytics, microbiology and one Health. Concurrently, he has also developed an interest in research focusing on evaluation and implementation of effective classroom teaching, classroom assessment techniques, active student learning and integration of art methodologies in learning biology.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Food Safety from Norwegian University of Life Sciences/NMBU (Oslo, Norway), Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) from University of California, Davis; Master of Public Health (MPH) from Grand Canyon University; and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Addis Ababa University. He was also a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Arizona, working on NIH funded research grant aimed at elucidating mechanisms of host immune system evasion by Francisella tularensis.
In his spare time, he likes hiking, reading and volunteering at local church, community organizations and Habitat for Humanity.
Professor in Charge, Expressive Arts Therapy
MA - Notre Dame de Namur University
BA - California State University
Paula Artac is a professional watercolor artist, art therapist, university instructor, liturgical art designer, illuminator, and author. She has taken the position of Professor in Charge of the Expressive Arts Therapy concentration at the Ottawa Phoenix campus. Dr. Artac is founder of 2 Dots and A Line non-profit, which utilizes and blends her doctoral study of spirituality, healing and the creative process in workshops, classes and symposiums for adults and children. Since 2014, Paula has successfully developed the Arizona chapter of Episcopal Church & Visual Arts national organization. She is the convener of this chapter, and Curator for EC&VA exhibits.
Professor of Biology
Chair, Division of Math and Natural Sciences
PhD - University of Western Ontario
MHL - Ottawa University
MS - University of Missouri
BA - University of Minnesota
Dr. Steven Boese grew up on a small family farm (dairy, crop and stock) in rural South Dakota. This rural upbringing has continued to influence his values and goals in the areas of sustainability and food security. Steven received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and geology from the University of Minnesota - Morris. After receiving a Master of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri - Columbia, he spent 5 months in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire at that time) with Habitat for Humanity and African Inter Mennonite Missions. He then obtained a PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Dr. Boese has post-doctorate experience at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Ithaca, NY, and the Fruit and Vegetable Crops Department, Cornell University where he worked with global climate change research (before climate research became popular).
Dr. Boese joined Ottawa University Biology Department in August of 2007, teaching a wide range of biology courses at the organismal and higher levels of organization. Additionally, Dr. Boese teaches an interdisciplinary course on hunger issues and has co-taught an interdisciplinary course on disaster response, planning and assessment.
Along with sailing, gardening and woodworking, Dr. Boese is very active in community outreach. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross for local fire and disaster response, volunteered with OYAA and Imagine Art youth art clubs, presented numerous “Science Saturdays” at the community library, provided after-school programs, and worked with scouting groups for badges. Dr. Boese spearheaded the Math and Science Showcase effort that has brought several hundred area high school students to campus and has worked with the local school district to provide science enrichment for the middle school gifted program.
Professor in Charge, Addictions Counseling
PsyD - Psychology
MA - Counseling
BA - Interpersonal Communication
Director of Music Outreach, & Athletic Bands
Professor of Psychology & Human Services
PhD - Saybrook University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Bradley University
BS - Bradley University
Dr. Karen Bryson holds the faculty rank of Professor of Psychology and Human Services. Karen earned a Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Bradley University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Karen began working at Ottawa in April of 2005.
Karen has extensive experience teaching Ottawa’s Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Human Services programs. She serves at the Lead Faculty for Liberal Arts for APGS. She was part of the initial faculty team, who helped develop Ottawa’s early online teaching standards and she has been teaching regularly for online since its start as a unit in January of 2008. Karen also serves as a Phase I Certification instructor, a Phase II mentor and a Phase III peer reviewer for Ottawa Online.
In her personal life, Karen is an award-winning/optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and best-selling novelist. Karen has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, who is an Ottawa graduate, and their bloodhounds.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Menard Family Professor of Philosophy & Ethics
PhD - Philosophy
MA - Philosophy
BA - Philosophy
Director of Library Services
Professor of Library Science
PhD - Kansas State University
MA/MBA - Ottawa University
MLS - Emporia State University
B.Bibl - University of Cape Town
Gloria Creed-Dikeogu has worked for Ottawa University for 16 years as Director of Library Services and Associate Professor of Library Science. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 1986, with majors in English Literature, Library Science and Information Science and minors in Afrikaans and Archaeology, and a Higher Diploma in Education: Post Graduate: Secondary, (which is a Teachers Certification to teach High School) in 1988, from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Gloria spent two years teaching in high schools in Cape Town and two years working as a Public Librarian at Cape Town City Libraries prior to coming to study Speech-Language Pathology at University of Kansas in 1990. In 1994, she reverted to her old field and transferred to Emporia State University, to begin a Master's Degree in Library and Information Management, working two part-time library jobs at Lawrence Public Library and Kansas City Missouri Public Library, respectively, while completing her degree, part-time in 1999.
Prior to coming to Ottawa University in 2002, Gloria worked in a variety of public library settings. While at Ottawa University, she completed a Master's Degree in Human Resources in 2006 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration in 2008 at Ottawa University’s Kansas City site and a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Online Learning and Instructional Design at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. In Fall 2018, Gloria began work on a Graduate Certificate in User Experience and Usability at SISLT, University of Missouri, Columbia. She is actively involved in committee work in three professional library organizations: at the National Level, the American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries and at the State Level, the Kansas Library Association, serving as its President (2016-17) and Past President (2018).
Director of Career Development and Student Retention
Instructor in Psychology
MSEd - University of Kansas
BA - Ottawa University
Christine Currier comes to the Adawe Center from the OU Psychology Department, where she has taught as an adjunct, and most recently as a full-time interim psychology instructor. She has a background in career development, retention services, and counseling, holding a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ottawa University.
Christy served as the Director of Career Development for Park University where she worked as a team with other career directors to create a consortium to better serve the needs of small-college students. For Avila University, Christy implemented several new programs, including a First-Year Seminar, with the goal of improving student retention.
Recently, she has worked seeing individual clients as a Cognitive Therapist. Christy has been active in organizations such as Hope House and Communities in Schools. She enjoys writing and directing children’s dramas for the First Baptist Church. Christy and her husband, Don, also an OU alum, have 3 children.
Assistant Professor of Biology
NMD - Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
BS - Western State University
Dr. Yana Dashevsky is the Associate Professor of Biology at OUAZ. She joined Ottawa University full time in 2018 at the opening of the Surprise campus in Arizona after having been an adjunct faculty for nearly 16 years.
Dr. Yana completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University. She earned her doctorate degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, the only medical school in the country that combines conventional as well as holistic medicine curriculum. After completion of a two-year residency program in internal medicine, Dr. Yana focused on private practice and teaching. During her teaching experience, she was honored to be invited as a guest lecturer by many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Yana has extensive experience in course and curriculum development, as well as in academic advising and student mentoring.
Dr. Yana teaches general biology, microbiology, medical terminology, genetics, and human physiology. She is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with all of her students. In her classrooms, Dr. Yana strives to create a challenging, yet comfortable environment where each and every student has an opportunity to embark on a journey of personal growth and academic exploration.
Associate Professor of Nursing
PhD - Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
MSN - University of Illinois
BSN - Northern Illinois
CNE - Certified Nurse Educator
Dr. DeWitt previously held a faculty position at Colorado Christian University in Northglenn, Colorado, where she served as a professor and the director of their RN-BSN program since 2008 . Dr. DeWitt has more than 20 years of experience in medical-surgical nursing, critical-care nursing, administration, nursing research, and nursing education. She is also active in the Nurses Christian Fellowship; the Arizona Nurses Association where she serves as a Peer Reviewer of Continuing Education; the Arizona League for Nursing as the Conference Planning Chairperson; the Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives as an education committee member; Sigma Theta Tau International; and has co-authored a book chapter in Teaching in Nursing.
Professor of English
PhD - Washington University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Washington University
AB - Oberlin College
Dr. Barbara Dinneen received her undergraduate degree in History and English from Oberlin College, and her masters and PhD in literature from Washington University in St. Louis; she wrote her dissertation on the novels of Willa Cather. She has been teaching literature and interdisciplinary humanities at Ottawa University since 1996, and has served in several administrative capacities during her tenure, including director of liberal arts studies, academic dean, and interim provost. Writing and scholarly pursuits include presentations at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, the Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference, and the Sport in Literature Association conference. Her essay "Daughters Watching Fathers Playing Catch with Sons" was published in the December 2016 issue of Aethlon; she has presented papers on topics as disparate as Jane Eyre's tragic abandonment of her natural self,Charley Pride's unique baseball and country music careers, and the merits of using writing-across-the-curriculum techniques to defuse fear of poetry. Ongoing creative projects include two novels.
In her spare time, Barbara plants potatoes, harvests blackberries, sighs heavily, and walks her dogs.
Associate Professor of Communication
MHL - Ottawa University
MS - Cornell University
BA - Southwest Baptist University
Shannon Dyer has brought extensive education and experience to the OU communication studies division. As an early indication of her commitment and ability, she earned a Bachelor of Science in four separate majors in four years (communication, psychology, art, and Spanish) at Southwest Baptist University (SBU). She went on to earn a Master of Science in Communication from Cornell University and is completing doctoral studies in communication at Northwestern University.
Dyer has been an associate professor of communication with Ottawa University since 2005 and served as chair of the communication studies division for the residential campus from 2005-2015. She is also the acting director of forensics and led the 2006-2007 OU forensics team to sixth place in the state of Kansas in a competition with no school divisions; one team member also walked away as state champion in an individual event.
Prior to joining OU, Dyer served as a summer program instructor at Yale University and Northwestern University and has taught courses for Cornell University, Northwestern University, Loyola University of Chicago, and Lake Forest College. Dyer has published several articles in her field and routinely makes professional presentations at conferences around the country. As the director of forensics at SBU, she led the 2003 team to the National Championship of Pi Kappa Delta, the largest speech and debate honor society in the country. She has assisted with five other national championship teams. As an undergraduate competitor, Dyer’s team went undefeated for four years, including defending the Pi Kappa Delta title. Her award-winning speeches were featured as examples in two prominent speech textbooks.
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music
MM - Colorado State University
BME - Miami University
Serena Eichhorn holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied with Dr. Ethan Sperry and Dr. William Bausano. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she studied with Dr. James Kim. While at Colorado State University she was the director of the University Chorus and taught music education classes. Eichhorn is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California where studies with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, Dr. Nick Strimple, and Dr. Cristian Grases. While taking classes at USC she served as co-conductor of the University Chorus and Festival Coordinator for the Department of Choral and Sacred Music. Her fields of study include Sacred Music, Collegiate Teaching, and Vocal Performance while her dissertation topic focuses on warm-ups in the high school choral classroom.
Eichhorn most recently served as Director of Education for the Young Musicians Foundation Teaching Artist Program where supervised thirty music teachers in Los Angeles area schools and created curriculum and assessment strategies unique to the program. The Teaching Artist Program provides music education opportunities both during and after the school day in schools that do not have a music teacher. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Eichhorn worked for South Tama County School District as the Department Head for Fine Arts and served as Vocal Music Director teaching three choirs, directing musical productions, as well as coaching and judging speech competitions.
A mezzo-soprano, Eichhorn is also an active choral and solo singer.She worked as alto soloist at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, performing solos from major choral works while performing with the choirs. As a member of various choral groups, she has toured all over the United States as well as Italy, China, and South Korea. Some of her most memorable performances include singing for conductors James Conlon and Helmuth Rilling as well as back-up vocals for A.R. Rahman, The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, and Elton John.
Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences
MBA, Business Administration, Ottawa University
MA, History, Emporia State University
BA, Social Sciences, Emporia State University
George has been with Ottawa University since February 2012, having started as an advisor and adjunct instructor. He transitioned to full-time faculty in July 2015. He has a B.A. in Social Sciences, an M.A. in History, and an MBA. George began pursuing a doctorate in business administration (D.B.A.) in the fall of 2019. Prior to Ottawa University, he worked as a consultant for a nonprofit organization, where he was charged with reviewing policies and procedures and assisting in their implementation.
George has a variety of teaching responsibilities as an assistant professor at Ottawa University, including history and finance, as well as several courses in the arts and sciences. He also teaches the pivotal “Writing & Critical Thinking” – the first class new students take at OU – and serves as the faculty advisor for OU’s esports team.
George resides in Leawood, Kan., with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters Emmalyne and Marianna. In his spare time, he enjoys lake time with the family, sporting events, and the outdoors.
Assistant Professor in Biology
Division Chair of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology and Human Services
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - University of Kansas
BA - Ottawa University
Dr. Kelly Fish-Greenlee lives in Ottawa, Kansas and is a Professor of Sociology and Human Services. She has been teaching in the Sociology Department at Ottawa University for 25 years. She is also a graduate of the institution. Her undergraduate work was in Human Services and Education while her graduate work focused on symbolic anthropology and identity work. In addition to teaching, Dr. Fish-Greenlee is also engaged with her students in the ongoing oral history project with the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma. This project is part of the Ottawa University Research Service (OURS) which links students with community agencies in task oriented service learning experiences.
As an anthropologist, Dr. Fish-Greenlee has broad ranging interests and to that end, she spends part of her summer every year in the Orkney Islands, an archipelago off of the northern coast of Scotland. These islands boast an average of three Neolithic archaeological sites per square mile. Her colleagues and students accompany her to Orkney on a biannual basis to study both the literature and the archaeology of the islands.
Professor of History
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - University of Wyoming
BA - McPherson College
Dr. Steven Foulke is a Professor of History at Ottawa University at the Ottawa, KS campus. He holds a doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Kansas. He earned an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and B.A. degrees in History and English from McPherson (KS) College. Prior to joining Ottawa University in 2004, he taught at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.
Dr. Foulke teaches a variety of American history courses at Ottawa University, as well as classes in geography, and has had the pleasure of teaching abroad on several occasions. In 2007 and 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Award by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and taught American history and culture classes at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. In the summer of 2010 Steven traveled to Paraguay and taught a geography course at Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. And for several years, Dr. Foulke conducted week-long seminars focusing on the cultural geography of the United States at Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany.
Dr. Foulke resides in Ottawa, Kansas with his wife, Carine Ullom. They have two sons, Schuyler and Stefan. In his spare time, Dr. Foulke enjoys gardening, bicycling, and disc golf.
Associate Professor of Art
MFA - Ft. Hays State University
BFA - Truman State University
AA - Cottey College
Brianne Fulton Miller, Associate Professor of Art, is the Lead Faculty member for the art department at Ottawa University. She received her A.A. with a concentration in art from Cottey College, her B.F.A. (photography) from Truman State University and her M.F.A. (ceramics) from Fort Hays State University. Professor Fulton Miller has taught since 2009, serving as Department Coordinator of the art department of Cottey College, as an Art Instructor at Crowder College for two years, and as a graduate teaching assistant at Fort Hays State University. Professionally, Brianne has exhibited her work in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Wyoming, and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Brianne is currently the regional liaison for the Kansas Artists and Craftsmen Association, has been a featured panelist for the Arts Council of Johnson County’s SmArt Exchange series, and has juried several art competitions for professional and student arts organizations. She is excited to engage with students at Ottawa University, and always looks forward to helping her students to achieve their own definitions of success.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D - Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Forensic Neuropsychology, Université Paris VIII
MS - Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Forensic Neuropsychology, Université Paris VIII
MS - Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, emphasis Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, Université Paris VIII
BS - General Psychology, Université Paris VIII
Dr Pilar Galiana Abal is a French-educated clinical psychologist specializing in forensic neuropsychology. She teaches Psychology courses at OUKS where she is the Lead Faculty for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, a new major that she has recently designed.
Dr Galiana Abal’s initial academic training started as social anthropologist studying Pakistani and North Indian rites of passage, and as a linguist specializing in South-East Asian languages. As a clinical psychologist, Dr Galiana Abal has been actively working as a consulting forensic psychologist and behavioral analyst in forensic and criminal cases involving violent crime, terrorist attacks, organizing crisis interventions and psychologically assessing perpetrators and survivors. In France, Dr Galiana Abal acquired solid experience working as a clinical neuropsychologist in both private practice and rehabilitation facilities dedicated to brain injury survivors. In this clinical context, she created a psychotherapy method (“Narrative Expressive Therapy”) that combines art-therapy, narrative therapy and psychodrama that has proven efficient in terms of enhancing acquired executive function, working memory and autobiographical memory deficits. Dr Galiana Abal has an extensive international experience working with clients of culturally diverse backgrounds (tribal, refugees and migrant patients) and with members of the LGBTQIA community, with a particular emphasis in supporting clients with transgender identities during the sex reassignment process.
Some of her main publications involve:
PLANCHE, N., GALIANA y ABAL, P., JOUVENCEL (de), M. (2015). Can we identify clinical features in transgender patients in the process of sex reassignment? (Quelles sont les composantes cliniques du transsexualisme ? A propos de 212 cas de demandeurs de réassignation sexuelle) Médecine Légale du Vivant), 5-6, vol. 58, 1-1.
GALIANA y ABAL, P. (2012). Divine Transferences. Potentially Therapeutic Aspects of Ritual Offerings in the Rite of Darśan (Transferts vers le divin. Aspects potentiellement thérapeutiques de l‘offrande florale dans la pratique du darśan). Journal des Anthropologues. 123-124, 139-160.
GALIANA y ABAL, P. (2009). When God Heals…Darśan as a therapy? In Sébastia, B., Restoring Mental Health in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 97-124.
PSY 30153 Theories of personality
PSY 31354 Physiological Psychology
PSY 30353 Psychopathology
PSY 37010 Culture, Gender & Psychopathology
PSY 37037 Ethics in Psychology
PSY 37020 Neuropsychology
PSY 37021 TBI, Cognitive & Behavioral Disorders
PSY 37002 Criminal Psychology
PSY 49010 Advanced Criminal Psychopathology
PSY/SOC 20253 Gender & Sexuality
PSY 37040 Psychology and the Law
PSY 37001 Psychology of Terrorism
PSY 37000 Criminal Profiling
Dr Galiana Abal’s main research focuses on 1) the psychological processes triggered by devotional ritual performance, 2) the emergence of religious experiences and psychotic-like stages secondary to acquired brain injuries, 3) the culturally-related therapeutic processes in diverse populations, and 4) violent acting outs and their potential correlation with neuropsychological disorders.
Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences
MS - Meteorology
BS - Physics
Professor in Charge - Human and Social Services and Masters of Arts in Counseling
MSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
BSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Mary Alice Grosser, MSW, has been with Ottawa since 2003, first as an Adjunct Instructor in Human Services and then as the Professor in Charge of Human and Social Services (APGS) since October of 2016. Mary Alice has been a Social Worker and Supervisor in the Child Protective Service field for over 30 years. She has practiced Social Work both in Wisconsin and California where she lived for 20 years. Ms. Grosser first became invested in working with students as a field instructor for interns placed at the agency she worked. Eventually she became the supervisor in charge of the Social Work Internship program with San Bernardino County Child and Family Services. While working in Southern California, Ms. Grosser also specialized in forensic interviewing of child sexual abuse victims; providing training in this area for Police and Attorneys as well as Social Work professionals. She loves teaching the next generation of Human Services Workers.
Division Chair of Arts & Humanities
Professor of English
PhD - Washington University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Washington University
BA - Lawrence University
Andrew Hazucha is Professor of English and chair of the Arts and Humanities division at Ottawa University. A scholar of eighteenth-century British literature, he also regularly teaches interdisciplinary team-taught courses on Irish and Scottish literature, and he has taken groups of Ottawa students to Ireland and Scotland’s Orkney Islands on eight separate occasions. He has written over a dozen articles on topics as various as William Wordsworth, Nelson Algren, Conor McPherson, the 1977 Chicago L-train crash, and the poetry of former Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry. His essay entitled “The Subplot as A-Plot: The Function of Baseball in Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor” is due to appear in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Aethlon.
Hazucha organizes the annual Baseball in Literature and Culture conference hosted by Ottawa University and is the co-editor, with Gerald C. Wood, of the volume Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs (McFarland Press, 2008).
Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling
Professor of Professional Counseling
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University
MA, Clinical Psychology, The Arizona School of Professional Psychology
BA - University of Akron
Dr. Patricia Hernandez is the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling, an Associate Professor of Professional Counseling, Lead Faculty member for Psychology, and Lead Faculty member for Counseling. Dr. Hernandez earned her Doctorate in Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology from The Arizona School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hernandez is licensed as a Psychologist and Independent Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Arizona. For more than12 years Dr. Hernandez has provided clinical supervision to associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate level students and associate level counselors.
Prior to joining Ottawa University, Dr. Hernandez was employed as a substance abuse counselor in community behavioral health. Areas of interest include supervision and training, cultural concerns in counseling, and group work. Populations of interest include co-occurring, substance using, forensic, and severely mentally ill populations.
Assistant Professor of Engineering
PhD - University of Kansas
MS – University of Kansas
BS – University of Missouri – St. Louis
Dr. Lafikes joined Ottawa University in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in Engineering. He teaches both mathematics and engineering courses. Dr. Lafikes has a background in Civil/Structural Engineering including consulting experience in heavy industrial /oil and gas projects. His PhD work focused on concrete shrinkage and durability testing, supplementary cementitious materials, and internal curing as measures to reduce bridge deck cracking. Dr. Lafikes is active in the American Concrete Institute.
Director of Forensics
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
PhD – University of Kansas
MA - Hofstra University
BA - Webster University
Ryan Louis received his bachelor’s degree in film production from Webster University and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication: Rhetoric and Performance Studies from Hofstra University. He has completed his doctoral course work in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. His academic interests include rhetoric and public memory; specifically, he studies the conflicts/ controversies at the intersections of commemoration, geography and identity. His past experiences include coordinating post-production and tent-pole events (e.g. Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the European Music Awards) at MTV Networks International. In addition to work with VH1, Nickelodeon and MTV News, he participated in post-production for the Academy Award winning documentary, Born into Brothels.
Director of Bands - OUKS
Assistant Professor of Music
Chair, Creative Arts Division
DMA - University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
MME - University of Misourri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
BME - Northwest Missouri State University
Dr. Kevin Maret is the Director of Bands and coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at Ottawa University. Maret conducts the Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Drum Line, and Percussion Ensemble. Previously Dr. Maret served as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Topeka Public School District. In addition Maret taught band in Missouri, instructed courses at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was adjunct faculty at Grace University, Northwest Missouri State University and was the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at McKendree University. His performance credits include the "United States Air Force Heartland of America Band" at Offutt AFB, Principal Percussionist with the Sioux City Symphony, and regular performances with the Kansas City, Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies. His military band Sidewinder has performed on "The Ellen Show", "Entertainment Tonight”, "Fox and Friends”, and at the White House. Maret has performed with Placido Domingo, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, and Tommy Tune. His compositions can be heard in commercials, movie trailers and television shows.
Dr. Maret holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Music Education Degree, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts - Percussion Performance Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
PhD - Southern Illinois University
MS - Southern Illinois University
BS - Southern Illinois University
Jeff McCreight holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Mathematics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, after receiving his Master in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at the same university. Jeff has been an educator in undergraduate mathematics since 1994, having taught undergraduate mathematics courses at three different schools. He currently is the lead faculty for Mathematics at Ottawa University and resides in Surprise, AZ with his beautiful wife, Jill. Jeff is an avid golfer and recently has started the hobby of saltwater aquarist. His wife, Jill, works for the local school district as the high school’s media specialist. Feel free to contact me via email should you have any questions concerning mathematics at OUAZ (or to offer insights/experiences with saltwater aquariums!)
Professor of Foreign Language
International Student Advisor & PDSO
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MPh - University of Kansas
MA - Kansas State University
BA - Kansas State University
After earning his BA degree in French with a minor in German and music at Kansas State University, Dr. Mordy studied for one year as a Fulbright in Paris and Lille, France. The next year he returned to K-State as a Ford Foundation Scholar to pursue his MA in French. One year later Dr. Mordy began his doctorate in French language and literature with a minor in German at the University of Kansas on a NDEA Title IV scholarship, completing all requirements in 1979.
Following his two-year teaching position as a teaching assistant at KU, Dr. Mordy taught French at West Texas State University. Since 1973 he has been teaching foreign languages at Ottawa University, namely French and Spanish, and serving university wide as the International Student Advisor. Dr. Mordy is also advisor to the Whole Earth Club and Sigma Alpha. He has received several awards including the OU Board of Trustees Award for Excellence; honorary membership in the OU Alumni Association; two study abroad scholarships from the American Association of Teachers of French to study in Quebec, Canada, and France; and the prestigious rank of Chevalier in the Palmes Académiques from the French Government.
In his limited free time Dr. Mordy plays tuba in the Ottawa City Band, exchanges correspondence with former international students and attends occasional plays and concerts.
Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English
PhD - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - New York University
BA and BFA - University of Tennessee
Dr. Karen Ohnesorge is currently the Dean of The School of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Instruction at The College and professor of English. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, both with highest honors. She earned her master’s in English-creative writing from New York University and her doctorate in English from the University of Kansas.
She has served as adjunct instructor for Neosho County Community College Extension in Ottawa, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. and Johnson County Community College.
Dr. Ohnesorge’s past experience involves assistant editor for the American Art Review, director for the Academic Achievement Center in Ottawa, project assistant and support services coordinator for Supportive Educational Services/Student Support Services at the University of Kansas, project coordinator for TRIO Dissemination Partnership & Dean’s Scholars Program and associate director of Academic Programs for Excellence at the University of Kansas, and director of the Center for Excellence at OU.
Dr. Ohnesorge has extensive published works, has conducted several conference presentations, and holds many honors including OU’s College Class of 1966 Award from the Senior Class for having “changed lives and challenged students to achieve.”
Assistant Professor of Psychology
OUAZ Disability Services Coordinator
PhD - Capella University
MAC - Ottawa University
MSc - Capella University
BA - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Sherlin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Disability Services Coordinator at OUAZ. He joined Ottawa University full time in 2017 at the opening of the Surprise campus in Arizona after having been an adjunct faculty. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology (2000) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, master’s degree in clinical psychology (2003), and PhD in psychology (2008) from Capella University, Minneapolis. In 2013, Dr. Sherlin completed a PhD re-specialization and post-doctoral fellowship in sport and performance psychology. In 2018, he completed a master’s degree in professional counseling with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy from Ottawa University, Phoenix. He will complete a master of fine arts in photography in 2021.
Dr. Sherlin has had an extensive career in providing patient services, academic research and instruction, and entrepreneurial endeavors in mental health care. He is one of the world’s leading experts and a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull North America’s High-Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces, local and federal level law enforcement agencies, Fortune 500 companies and professional teams in multiple sports in many countries. He has published this work in the academic literature and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Sports Illustrated, CNN, ESPN, CBS, Popular Science, Bicycling, Outdoor Magazine and more.
He provides services in clinical counseling as well as sport and performance psychology consulting to individuals, families, teams and organizations through his private practice. Dr. Sherlin is a licensed counselor in the state of Arizona and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. He is a certified mental performance consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology; certified by the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology (IBQE); certified at the Diplomat level in by the International Board of Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG); is Biofeedback Certification International Alliance Board certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (BCN, BCB); and is an equine certified professional by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (ECP). Dr. Sherlin has served on the board of directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology in a number of elected positions including the president/chairman.
DPhil - Oxford University
MPhil - Oxford University
BA - Queen's University
A native of St. Joseph Island in Canada, Dr. Marjorie Swann joined Ottawa University in August 2021 as a professor of English. An expert on 17th-century British literature, Swann received her BA in English from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University.
Prior to joining the OU faculty, Swann taught at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She has also taught at Princeton, Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas and the University of Kansas, where she was also the director of the Museum Studies Program.
Swann is the author of the book Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England and the editor of Oxford University Press’s new edition of Izaak Walton’s celebrated fishing manual The Compleat Angler. First printed in 1653, The Compleat Angler has become the most famous book about outdoor recreation ever published, rivalling the King James Bible in the sheer number of times it has been reprinted. Swann’s new edition emphasizes Walton’s continued relevance as a pioneering environmental writer.
When she’s not grading papers, Dr. Swann walks her dog and tries to grow native plants and heirloom vegetables.
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Director of Training
Professor in Charge - Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation & Gerocounseling
PsyD - University of Northern Colorado
MA - University of Northern Colorado
BA - University of Denver
Dr. Thomas is recognized internationally as an expert in the areas of youth firesetting and adult arson. He has consulted with both the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Association of State Fire Marshals to help establish standards of care for mental health interventions with youth firesetters. Through his consulting company, Psychological Fire Rescue, he has worked with numerous fire service and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada regarding critical incident stress management and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Thomas was in private practice for more than 12 years. He has also worked in numerous healthcare settings including hospitals, a state hospital, group homes, and residential treatment centers. He has held positions with both the City of Goodyear and City of Phoenix fire departments. Dr. Thomas also served as Interim Emergency Manager for the City of Goodyear. He is the co-author of Responding to Psychological Emergencies: A Field Guide and Case Studies for Emergency Responders: Psychosocial, Ethical, and Leadership Dimensions.
Dr. Thomas was formerly the Program Chair of Fire Administration at Arizona State University and Director of Fire Science at Estrella Mountain Community College. He is a member of and a Past President of the Arizona Psychological Association. He is the Chair of Youth Firesetter Intervention for National Fire Protection Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium and the Board of Directors for the Arizona Fire & Burn Educators Association. Dr. Thomas was also a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD - University of North Dakota School of Medicine
BA - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Dr. Thomas Wiese teaches chemistry and biology courses at the college, in addition to responsibilities to other areas of the University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, he graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1990. Prior to joining Ottawa University he held positions in the Pathology Department at Washington University School of Medicine and Internal Medicine Department at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He taught for 19 years at Fort Hays State University where he was a tenured Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Wiese’s primary research interest is in the metabolism of L-fucose. In his career he has received nearly one million dollars in funding from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). He has worked with more than
65 undergraduate and high school students as well as chairing two graduate student committees. He and his students have authored 27 abstracts, 14 full length manuscripts and one book chapter.
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Wiese has also lived in North Dakota, Missouri and Iowa before landing in Kansas. In his spare time he enjoys walks with his wife and golden retriever. He has a variety of hobbies including woodworking, gardening, leather work and reading. Professionally he is involved with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Chemical Society, where he has held a number of leadership positions.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies
DMA - University of Kansas
MA - Stephen F. Austin State University
BM - Arizona State University
Todd is a native of Kansas City and has been performing professionally since 1983. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1978, and got his start playing in rock bands and working with an early version of Mike Smith’s Moo-town Sound. Then after eleven years away at college he returned to the area. From 1990-1994 he performed in the house-band at Michael Harvey’s Tuba, with the K.C. Bottoms Band. Forming his own group, Bokomaru, he performed in the house band at his own nightclub, the Drum Room, from 1994-1997. This group produced an acclaimed CD Dreamland in 2000 on FunPro Records.
From 1999-2005 he was the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Then he was an adjunct instructor at the University of Kansas until 2010; it was there in 2007 that he completed the Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Performance. In 2010 he began his current position as the Director of Jazz Studies at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.
Todd also holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Stephen F. Austin State University. He finished the coursework on a D.A. in Saxophone Performance/Pedagogy with a Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, before spending 18 months as an Artist-In-Residence at the South Australian College of Advanced Education in Adelaide, South Australia. He was also the President of the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors in 1992 and 1993, the Artistic Director of the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival in Topeka, in 2005-and 2006.
Todd has directed honors jazz ensembles throughout the Midwest, and served as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer at countless jazz festivals around the world. Todd is particularly proud that several of his former students have finished their doctoral studies and are now well-respected professional educators and performers.
Todd’s latest recording projects include: The Goombahles: On Ice in Kansas City, and The Goombahles: On the Lamb, which feature his original compositions and several excellent Kansas City jazz musicians. He has also just finished a recording of his saxophone quartets compositions entitled Conical Boar. Todd is also performing every Friday with the Tim Whitmer Quartet at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansas City, MO, and plays lead alto with the Sax Pistols at B.B.’s Lawnside Barbeque.
Wilkinson’s publications include: The Kansas City Jazz and Blues Nightlife Survival Kit -1992; Premier Quatour, Op. 53 Jean-Baptiste Singelee (1812-1875) an Analytical Overview of the First S.A.T.B. Saxophone Quartet – 2004; William P. Latham’s Sisyphus 1971: An Analysis Using Common Tone Networks – 2005; and Frank Trumbauer’s Saxophone Studies and Modern Solos for Saxophone: Compositions by the Hot Jazz Virtuoso and Their Place within the American Saxophone Tradition - 2006. He is currently working on an outline of Practical Assessments for Young Musicians for use in the Music Business course at Ottawa University.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Engineering
Wayne State University:
PhD & MSc - Mechanical Engineering
MSc & BSc - Aeronautical Engineering
Graduate Certificate - Alternative Energy Technology
Assistant Professor of Nursing
DNP - Missouri State University
MSN - University of Missouri – Kansas City
Post-master’s certificate - Missouri State University
BSN - University of Missouri – Kansas City
ADN - Metropolitan Community Colleges
Dr. Young’s professional background includes pediatric nursing, faculty development, education, and extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in child abuse and emergency department care. She has more than 15 years of nursing experience, including 10 years of nurse practitioner experience. Dr. Young’s experience as an educator includes two years as a hospital based BSN clinical instructor for various universities, one year student teaching in an undergraduate nursing program, and two years teaching in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prior to joining the nursing faculty at Ottawa University.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
PhD - Polymer Chemistry
ME - Catalysis
BE - Chemistry