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Associate University Provost
Dean of Adult Professional and Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Systems

Phone: 262-785-5136
PhD - Fielding Graduate University
MA - Marquette University
BS - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Joyce A. Caldwell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education—English from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. While working in a church in education and youth ministries, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Education—Curriculum and Instruction from Marquette University. She served as executive director of a non-profit organization for twelve years, developing resources and facilitating adult groups around the country on issues of diversity and structural racism. With that experience in hand, she returned to school and earned both a Master of Arts degree in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, with a Concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice. She began teaching at Ottawa University as an adjunct in 2005. She began as a full-time faculty member at OU-Wisconsin in 2007, teaching courses in the liberal arts, adult education, and ethnic relations. She has since served the University as Dean of Instruction for the Wisconsin campus, Associate University Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer, and Academic Dean of Adult Professional and Graduate Studies (APGS).
Joyce lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband. They have two adult sons. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, talking with friends, biking, cross-country skiing, and traveling.

Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of English

Phone: 785-248-2571
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.”

Professor in Charge, Expressive Arts Therapy

D.Min - University of Creation Spirituality
MA - Notre Dame de Namur University
BA - California State University
Dr. 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.

Associate Professor of School Psychology

Professor of Biology
Chair, Division of Math and Natural Sciences

Phone: 785-248-2581
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

Professor of Psychology & Human and Social Services

Phone: 602-749-5232
PhD - Saybrook University
MHL - Ottawa University
MA - Bradley University
BS - Bradley University
Dr. Karen Bryson holds the faculty rank of Associate 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) and a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC).  Karen began working at Ottawa in April of 2005.
Karen has extensive experience teaching Ottawa’s Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Human Services ground courses. She was also 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 Amazon best-selling author.  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.

Adawe LifePlan Center Advisor
Instructor in Philosophy

Director of Library Services
Associate Professor of Library Science

Phone: 785-248-2536
PhD - Kansas State University
MA/MBA - Ottawa University
MLS - Emporia State University
BLIS - University of Cape Town
Gloria Creed-Dikeogu has worked for Ottawa University for 10 years as Director of Library Services and was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Library Science. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science in 1986, with majors in English Literature, Library Science and Information Management 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 at the Kansas State University, where she started a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. In 1994, she decided for several reasons that it was best to revert 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. She is actively involved in committee work in two professional library organizations at the National and State Level, the American Library Association and the Kansas Library Association, serving as President of the Kansas Library Association (2016-17).

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.
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