School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Directory

Professor of English

Phone: 785-248-2567

PhD - Washington University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Washington University
AB - Oberlin College


Barbara Dinneen is Professor of English and Lead Faculty for Liberal Arts Studies at the College campus. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, double majoring in English and History.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, emphasized medieval, 17th century, American, and 20th century British and American literature; and wrote her dissertation, Knee Deep in the Thing Not Named, about the novels of Plains writer Willa Cather.  Barbara has taught writing at Washington University, French at the University of Kansas, and, for sixteen years now, literature, history, and interdisciplinary liberal arts courses here at Ottawa University.  She writes creatively (wrote a novel killing off her obstetrician titled The Doctor Came Due, and is currently working on a lively satire of university life, tentatively titled Did, Done, Do).  
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. 

Director of Music Program Outreach
Instructor in Music

Phone: 785-248-2342
PhD - University of Kansas (in progress)
MM - Kansas State University
BM - Kansas State University
Following graduating from Kansas State University in 2010, Jessie began teaching private lessons as an independent contractor for the Kansas City Vocal Institute.  In 2013, Jessie began her doctoral studies and is currently writing her dissertation on the women’s music movement. 

Jessie’s research focuses on gender and identity in music, and she has two pending publications for the Global Music Encyclopedia on the careers of Charlie Parker and Suzanna Owiyo.  She presented papers at the University of Kansas Research Competition in 2015 and 2016.  In the spring of 2016, Jessie was a panelist for the University of Kansas Honors Program series Perspectives: Faces of Feminism in Pop Culture. Jessie performs regularly throughout the Kansas City area.  Most notably she has made several appearances at the Gaslight Grill in Leawood, KS.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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