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Adawe LifePlan Center Advisor
Career Coordinator
Instructor in Psychology

Phone: 785-248-2562
MS Ed - 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.

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

Phone: 785-248-2567

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 she holds her masters and PhD in literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where she wrote her dissertation on the novels of Willa Cather.  She has been teaching English and interdisciplinary humanities classes at Ottawa University for almost twenty-two years now, and has served in various administrative capacities during her tenure at the university, including director of liberal arts studies, academic dean, interim provost, and, most recently, lead faculty for the general education program at the Ottawa campus.  Since returning full-time to the faculty after her foray into academic administration, Barb has had the opportunity to pursue writing and scholarly interests, presenting at the Baseball in Literature and Culture conference for the last three years, at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in 2017, and, upcoming in June 2018, at the Sports in Literature Association conference.  Her nonfiction 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 students' fear of poetry.  Ongoing projects include two novels:  one, a satire on the vagaries of college life; the other, an exploration of the relationship between a woman professional wrestler and a young girl recovering from near-brainwashing by the Opus Dei in 1970s Spain and France.  
In her spare time, Barbara plants potatoes, harvests blackberries, sighs heavily, and goes canoe-camping when she can get to real water (Quetico and the Boundary Waters, for example).  She has a messy office, but a big chair that she keeps clear for students who need a place to sit and drink tea. 

Associate Professor of Communication

Phone: 785-248-2520
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 serves as chair of the communication studies division for the residential campus.  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.

Professor of Music

Instructor in Arts and Sciences

Phone: 913-266-8626
MBA - Ottawa University
MA - Emporia State University
BA - Emporia State University

George has been with Ottawa University as an advisor and adjunct instructor since February 2012.  George transitioned to full-time faculty in July of 2015.  He has a B.A. in Social Sciences, an M.A. in History, and an MBA.  He has plans to begin his PhD work in the fall of 2017.  Prior to Ottawa University, George worked as a consultant for a nonprofit organization where he was charged with reviewing policies and procedures and their implementation. 
George teaches a variety of courses for Ottawa University including history, finance, and the arts and sciences. Most of his time is spent working with new students in Writing and Critical Thinking which is the first class new students take.  George resides in Spring Hill, Kansas with his wife Nicole Eshnaur and their daughter Emmalyne.  In his spare time, George enjoys time at the lake with his family, sporting events, and being active outside.

Instructor in Biology

Division Chair of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology and Human Services

Phone: 785-248-2561
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.

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Professor of History

Phone: 785-248-2577
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. 
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