Dr. Kay Decker

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Dr. Kay Decker

Dr. Kay Decker, M.S., Ed.D.
Department Chair
and Professor of Sociology
Jesse Dunn 311B
(580) 327-8521 or kldecker@nwosu.edu


Education and Training
B.A. Ed.D. in Social Science Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University 
M.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University
Ed.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University
Community Development Certification from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Housing Development Certification from the Housing Assistance Council, Washington, D.C.

Areas of Specialization
Racial & Ethnic Studies/Social Diversity
Anthropology and American Indians of the Southwest
Social Gerontology
Social Theory and Research Methods
Rural Sociology and Community Development

Professional Accomplishments/Associations
Graduate of Oklahoma Arts Leadership
Graduate of Educators Leadership and Outstanding Professors Academy
Preservation Oklahoma Board of Directors
Volunteer Executive Director, Freedom West Community Development Corp.
Advisory Board for Center for Rural Affairs
Advisory Board for BJCC-NWOSU Partnership
Member of Mid-South Sociology Association and Oklahoma Sociology Association
Board of Governors for Journal of Free Inquiry

Grant Writing and Presentations
Dr. Decker has written grants for rural economic development, community development, health care, affordable housing development and cultural arts programming in excess of $3.5 million for northwest Oklahoma communities. These federal and state funds have been leveraged with more than $2.0 million in local resources to benefit rural Oklahoma communities. She presents regularly across the state and region at professional conferences in the field of planning, grant writing, housing and infrastructure development, and cultural heritage promotion.