Dr. Kay Decker is Chair of the Social Sciences Department and Professor of Sociology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU). She earned a B.A.Ed. in Social Science Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University, and an Ed.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Decker has served as a NWOSU faculty member since 1991. Prior to joining the faculty at NWOSU, she served as Program Coordinator and Caseworker for Northwest Oklahoma Eldercare which covered three counties in northwest Oklahoma. She is also Executive Director of Freedom West Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit development entity serving five counties in northwest Oklahoma.
Dr. Decker’s areas of specialization include Racial and Ethnic Studies/Social Diversity, Anthropology and American Indians of the Southwest, Social Gerontology, Social Theory and Research Methods, Rural Sociology, and Community Development. Her research and writing covers Rural Community Development, Grant Writing and Program Management, Strategic Planning and Asset Mapping, Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation. She has written and received grants for community development and affordable housing programs in excess of $6.2 million over the past decade from federal, state, and regional funders as well as the private philanthropic sector.
Dr. Decker is President of the Board of Directors of Preservation Oklahoma (statewide historic preservation non-profit), Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Strip Museum Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of Woods County Economic Development Committee, and past President of the Oklahoma Sociology Association.