Assistant Professor of English
Vinson Hall 215
Kathy Earnest joined NWOSU in 2004 after twenty-six years in public education—including language arts at Freedom (OK) Schools and library media at Alva High School.
She earned a B.A. from NWOSU (1972) and a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma (1974), both in English. In 2015, she received the Ed.D. degree from Oklahoma State University for her dissertation, Experiences of First Generation College Students at a Rural University on the Southern Plains as Told Through Stories, Drawings, and Found Poetry (Committee: Dr. Pamela Brown, Dr. Susan Stansberry, Dr. Ed Harris, and Dr. Jennifer Job).
Dr. Earnest serves on several campus committees, including the Academic Affairs Committee and the Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee. During 2007 she served as steering committee co-chair with Dr. Mike Knedler for Northwestern's celebration of the Oklahoma Centennial and NWOSU's 110th anniversary. Dr. Earnest also serves as the Program Coordinator of English Education and the co-director of the Kathleen and Gary Earnest Stipend for Student and Alumni Outreach Internship, established Fall 2015.
Dr. Earnest participates in many scholarly and creative outlets, both at Northwestern and at regional conferences. Dr. Earnest has been affiliated with the OSU Writing Project since 2002. In 2002 and 2003, she participated in National Board for Teacher Certification Assessment, and in 2004, she received National Board Certification in library media. In 2012, Dr. Earnest participated in the roundtable discussion "Teaching Grammar in College-Level Courses" at the annual OKADE (Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education) meeting. In the spring of 2008, Dr. Earnest was a member of the first Leadership Arts Class, sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Dr. Earnest has presented her scholarly and creative work at the Oklahoma Arts Conference: In 2009, she presented "Picture My Weekend: Organizing a Community Photography Workshop," and in 2012, she presented "Opening Doors: Building and Revitalizing Communities through the Arts." Dr. Earnest has also presented her research on popular culture at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conferences: in 2013, "To the Rescue: A Look at Geeks Solving Crime," and in 2015, "Disturbed Nerds Issue Disturbed Warnings."