Ten new faculty begin at Northwestern

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Ten new faculty begin at Northwestern

August 23, 2012

2012-13 New Faculty 
New faculty members begin the 2012-13 academic year at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  (Front row, from left) Jen Oswald, Emrys Moreau, Shannon Leaper, Dr. Kirk Moore, Dr. Kim Soulek (Back row) Dr. Shelly Wells, Leigh Kirby, Dr. Carlos Minor, Dr. Joseph Nnanna and Dr. Grant Aguirre are photographed during New Faculty Orientation.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus to begin the 2012-2013 school year. Two new faculty members have been hired in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining eight will work for the School of Professional Studies.

Short biographies of both faculty member from the School of Arts and Sciences are listed below:

Shannon Leaper, instructor of library and information and services/research and instructional services librarian, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University and completed a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University in July. She has prior professional experience as a military technical instructor with the United States Air Force and as a library intern at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Debora “Emrys” Moreau, instructor of library and information services/digital resources and metadata librarian, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing and poetics from Naropa University, and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her professional work experience includes serving as assistant editor and website designer with the Tulsa World Publishing Co., quality assurance manager and instructor with American Airlines Vacations, and professional library experience at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa.

Short biographies of each faculty member from the School of Professional Studies are listed below:

Dr. Grant Aguirre, assistant professor of business, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He also earned a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University and is a candidate for a Ph.D. in marketing at New Mexico State University. He has served as an instructor at UCO, New Mexico State and Redlands Community College. He also has professional experience as vice president and general counsel for the American Education Corporation and as assistant to the general council and equity officer at UCO.

Leigh Kirby, instructor of psychology, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Science degree in community counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is completing a doctorate in counseling from TAMU-Commerce. She has worked as a clinical specialist at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, program specialist at Lakes Regional MHMR, program counselor at Family Haven, and as an academic adviser at TAMU-Commerce.

Dr. Carlos Minor, assistant professor of education, has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Xavier University (La.), and a Master of Arts degree in school counseling and a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. His professional experience includes serving as an adjunct professor of teacher preparation at Shorter University, counselor at North Clayton High School, and as a guidance counselor at several Georgia middle schools.

Dr. Charles “Kirk” Moore, assistant professor of business, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Houston, and a Master of Business Administration degree, a juris doctorate and a Ph.D. in business administration from New Mexico State University. He served as a graduate assistant in marketing at NMSU and has been the owner/manager of a private business consulting service since 2005.

Dr. Joseph Nnanna, assistant professor of business, has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Metropolitan University, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Argosy University. He has previous teaching experience at Argosy University and served a management consultant with Novation Consult. He also has six years of experience as an accountant.

Jennifer Oswald, instructor of education, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and a Master of Education degree with a reading specialist focus from Northwestern. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Northwestern and as an elementary school teacher with the Beaver Public Schools.

Dr. Kimberly Soulek, assistant professor of business, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Ph.D. in hospitality administration from Oklahoma State University. She served as a graduate teaching and research assistant in hotel and restaurant administration at OSU, and has private sector experience with the Sonic Drive-In Corporation. She also has experience as a self-employed food service consultant for new products.

Dr. Shelly Wells, associate professor of nursing, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Graceland College, and a Master of Science degree in nursing administration, a Master of Business administration degree, and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has professional teaching experience as assistant dean and assistant professor of nursing at University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, associate dean of graduate nursing programs and associate professor at Graceland University, and an instructor at UMKC. She also has many years of experience as a nurse in a hospital setting.

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