Dr. James Bell appointed Dean of School of Arts and Sciences

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Dr. James Bell appointed Dean of School of Arts and Sciences

 Dr. James Bell

Dr. James Bell
A former member of the faculty and veteran educator has been named as the new Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.


Dr. James Bell will assume his new role at Northwestern on July 1, replacing Dr. Mike Knedler, who is retiring.

“We are fortunate to have an educator of Dr. Bell’s caliber join our administrative team and lead the School of Arts and Sciences,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “Dr. Bell brings to the position many years of both classroom teaching and administrative experience. I have every confidence in his leadership ability.”

“I am eager to be back on campus and rejoin the Northwestern family,” Bell said. “Being a part of the School of Arts and Sciences will allow me the opportunity to work with outstanding and innovative faculty members who are committed to the success of students.”

Bell was a member of the faculty at Northwestern from 2010 to 2013, serving as Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Foreign Language and Humanities.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Lamar University in 1986 and completed a Master of Arts degree in English and drama from Texas Woman’s University. Bell was awarded a doctorate in English at Texas Tech University.

Bell spent 11 years teaching secondary English in Texas before joining the faculty as Associate Professor of English at College of the Ozarks. While there he also served administratively as Director of Institutional Assessment.

Bell lives in Alva with his wife Kerri. The couple has two adult children. The Bells enjoy attending Alva’s many cultural events, such as the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series and the First Friday Art Walks, as well as the University’s sporting events. They also enjoy camping, hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities.

The School of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern is comprised of the departments of Communication; English, Foreign Language and Humanities; Fine Arts; Math and Computer Science; Natural Science; Social Sciences; and Social Work.

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