Dr. Colleen Golightly

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Dr. Colleen Golightly

Colleen GolightlyAssociate Professor of Education 

John K. Martin Endowed Chair

Office 116
(580) 213-3135


Dr. Golightly holds a Doctorate Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University with an area of emphasis in Science Education/Aviation Science. Dr. Golightly received a Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University. Her Master’s Degree in Education carries an area of emphasis in Multicultural Studies. Dr. Golightly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. Golightly is certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in the following areas: Elementary Education, Music Education, Middle School Language Arts, and Middle School Social Studies.

Dr. Golightly has spent 23 years in public school education. She has teaching experience in the area of Music Education at the elementary, middle school, and secondary levels. Dr. Golightly has classroom experience as a second, third, and sixth grade teacher in her home town of Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Dr. Golightly has taught at the university level for Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, Texas and Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. During her time at Wayland Baptist University, Dr. Golightly served as the university level coordinator for the development and implementation of a supplemental E.S.L. certification in the B.S. Elementary Education degree program. During her time in Nebraska, Dr. Golightly served as Reading/Literacy Instructor for international students at the Pine Ridge Job Corp just outside of Chadron, Nebraska. Dr. Golightly also has international teaching experience in Costa Rica, where she served as an English teacher in the missionary field for six years.

Dr. Golightly is a NASA Science teacher having graduated from NASA U.S. Space Camp for Educators in Florida, NASA U.S. Space Academy and Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and U.S. Space Camp for Educators, Phase III in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2015, Dr. Golightly was awarded the John K. Martin Endowed Chair in Education for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Golightly has one daughter, Afton, who is a fifth grade Math teacher in Guthrie Public Schools. Dr. Golightly enjoys oil painting, tap dancing, and flying.