School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Directory

Adawe LifePlan Center Senior Advisor
Graduate Assistant Coordinator
Instructor in Communication Studies

Phone: 785-248-2544
MA - University of Kansas
BS - University of Central Missouri
Jo Anne Gibson-Lucas’ background is in organizational communication and human relations training. She has a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Central Missouri. Gibson-Lucas worked at Baker University in the Department of Communication for 14 years, teaching organizational communication, public speaking, and intercultural communication classes. Prior to that, she was a staff development specialist for the State of Kansas, conducting supervisory training and employee development programs. Gibson-Lucas has been a member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to mastering public speaking skills and various volunteer organizations such as Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and the Coalition for the Homeless.


Professor in Charge - Human and Social Services

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 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

Phone: 785-248-2566
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 courses on Irish literature and history, and he has taken groups of American students to Ireland for study-abroad opportunities on ten separate occasions.  He has written over a dozen articles on topics as various as William Wordsworth, Nelson Algren, Jackie Robinson, the 1977 Chicago L-train crash, and the poetry of former Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry.  His essay “The Shannon Scheme, Rural Electrification, and Veiled History in Conor McPherson’s The Weir” appeared in the summer 2013 issue of New Hibernia Review.  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

Phone: 602-749-5156
PsyD - Argosy University
MA - 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 over 12 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.

Professor in Charge - Public Safety

EdD - Northern Arizona University
MEd - Northern Arizona University
BS - Northern Arizona University
Dr. Jeffeory G. Hynes, EdD is a retired Phoenix Police Commander, retiring September 9th, 2011 after a 32 year Law Enforcement career. His next career transition was to the Glendale Community College (GCC) as a full-time professor. Currently serving as the Department Chair for the Public Safety Sciences Department, which includes the disciplines of, Administration of Justice Studies, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science and Automotive Department. In addition, he is now working part-time (eight hours per week) as the Professor in Charge of the Department Public Safety for Ottawa University and has been an adjunct instructor with OU for the past 17 years.

Director of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing

Phone: 913-266-8607
DNP - University of Kansas (in progress)
PhD - Catholic University (in progress)
MHSA - University of Kansas
MSN - University of Kansas
BSN - University of Kansas
AS - Kansas City Community College
Kathy Kump, Director of Nursing, has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and completed her academic degrees at the University of Kansas, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Services Administration, and a Master of Science in Nursing, and she is presently enrolled in the University of Kansas Doctor of Nursing Practice program as well as in the PhD of Nursing program at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  She is a certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner.

Kathy started her nursing career at Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City as a staff nurse on a Medical-Surgical/Orthopedic Unit and has since served in other staff nurse roles, including Intensive Care.  She has 16 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical, managerial, and program development experience in the specialty of wound care, having been involved in the implementation of outpatient wound care clinics at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital, Kansas City; Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka; and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas. She also assisted in the development and the first successful accreditation of the outpatient Diabetes Education Department at Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital.

In addition, Kathy has previous clinical adjunct teaching experience at both Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College Schools of Nursing, and held a Nurse Educator position at Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. She participated in the planning of the former Wound Management Academy at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, in which she assisted in teaching registered nurses to become certified in wound care.  And she serves on the Board of Directors for the international Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) until 2019.

Kathy has been married to her husband, Alex, for 29 years and has five children. 

Director of Forensics
Assistant Professor of Speech/Forensics

Phone: 785-248-2526
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.  His past experience includes post-production coordinator for MTV Networks; senior coordinator for MTV Networks International, VH1 and MTV News; and general post production for the Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels. 


Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 785-248-2584
BS, MS, and PhD - Southern Illinois University

Jeff McCreight holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Jeff has been an educator in undergraduate mathematics since 1994, having taught the spectrum of undergraduate mathematics courses at three different schools.   He currently is the lead faculty for Mathematics at Ottawa University and resides in Ottawa, Kansas with his beautiful wife, Jill.  His passion is for all things mathematics.

Professor of Foreign Language

Phone: 785-248-2316
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 violin in the OU Orchestra, exchanges correspondence with former international students and attends occasional plays and concerts in Kansas City or sees selected movies.  

Associate Professor of Music

Phone: 785-248-2521
DMus, Northwestern University
MA - Kent State University
BM - Kent State University 
Michael Pagán is Associate Professor of Music and serves as Chair of the Music Department at Ottawa University. He received his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University; his Master of Arts in composition and Bachelor of Music in Music Education were earned at Kent State University.

Dr. Pagán teaches courses in theory, composition, arranging and piano in classical and jazz contexts. He also directs the University’s vocal jazz ensemble, Bravo! He has performed as a jazz pianist for nearly forty years throughout the United States and in Europe with a long list of notable jazz musicians, has recorded ten CDs as a leader and appears as a sideman on numerous others.

While a graduate student at Kent State University, he won first prize in the New Music For Young Ensembles composer’s competition, which included a Carnegie Hall premiere. Doctoral work in composition at Northwestern followed, and soon Pagán was playing the jazz clubs of Chicago and was mentioned in Downbeat as a musician “deserving wider recognition.” He has also performed on the historic steamer Delta Queen on the Mississippi River. He performs regularly at numerous venues in Kansas City and surrounding regions, including a regular weekly solo piano engagement at Café Trio, where he is in his ninth year, and, since 2014, periodic appearances of the Mike Pagán Big Band.

He has held faculty positions at Olivet College, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and UMKC. Michael Pagán's recorded music appears on the Cadence, Capri, Dutch Music Partners, Tapestry and Artists Recording Collective labels and his music is published by Dutch Music Partners of The Netherlands and UNC Jazz Press.
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