New faculty begin assignments at Northwestern

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New faculty begin assignments at Northwestern

New faculty members begin the 2013-14 academic year at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  (Front row, from left) Dr. David Hawkins, Krista Tilley, Robin Roberson, Sandy Nigh, Jave Yoshimoto, Michele Scordato. (Second row, from left) Jason Busche, Leslie Collins, Keenan Meeker, Ken Drobnak, Dr. Mary Riegel. (Third row, from left) Roger Brown, Dr. John Stockmyer, Matt Adair, Tom Pantera, Matt Barnes are photographed during New Faculty Orientation.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently welcomed 16 new faculty members to campus to begin the 2013-2014 school year. Nine new faculty members have been hired in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining seven will work for the School of Professional Studies.

Short biographies of each faculty member from the School of Arts and Sciences are listed below:

Matt Adair, instructor of mass communication/public relations, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication and a Master of Education degree in adult education and management from Northwestern. Most recently he has served as director of extended education at Frank Phillips College.

Matt Barnes, instructor of English, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Education degree in adult education and management from Northwestern.  He has been teaching English as an adjunct for Northwestern and Northern Oklahoma College.

Dr. Kenneth Drobnak, assistant professor of music/director of bands, holds a doctorate in performance from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, and two bachelor’s degrees in music from the University of Akron. Most recently he was the director of bands at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Keenan Meeker, instructor of mathematics, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from The Master’s College, and is completing a master’s degree in math at Pittsburg State University.  He has been teaching in the Claremore Public Schools.

Dr. Justin Olmstead, assistant professor of social science, earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Arts degree in American History from Emporia State University, a bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern College, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.  He has been teaching in the public schools in Winfield, Kan., and as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern College.

Tom Pantera, instructor of mass communication/journalism, holds a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has served as a teaching assistant at Missouri and has experience as a professional journalist.

Dr. Mary Riegel, assistant professor of mathematics, has a doctorate and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Montana, and a bachelor’s degree in math from Whitman College.  Most recently she has served as a postdoctoral lecturer in mathematics at the University of Montana.

Michele Scordato, assistant professor of social work, holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University at Long Beach, and will complete a Ph.D. in social work from the University of South Florida this fall.

Jave Yoshimoto, assistant professor of art, earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Art in art therapy from the School of the Art institute in Chicago, and a Master of Fine Art in painting from Syracuse University.   Most recently he has served as an art instructor in Seattle area schools.       

Short biographies of each faculty member from the School of Professional Studies are listed below:

Roger Brown, instructor of business, is completing a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Texas-Pan American. He also has an MBA from UTPA, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of the West Indies.  Brown was a member of the faculty at UTPA.

Jason Busche, instructor of health and sports science education, has a master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern.  Jason worked in the public school system in Anthony, Kan., before coming to Northwestern.

Leslie Collins, instructor of nursing, earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern.  She was coordinator of the Ketterman Nursing Laboratory before joining the faculty.

Dr. David Hawkins, assistant professor of business, earned a doctorate in business administration marketing from Northcentral University, an MBA from Dallas Baptist University and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theology from Abilene Christian University.  He has been an instructor at the University of Phoenix.

Sandy Nigh, instructor of nursing, holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University.  She has worked as an adjunct instructor in nursing at Northern Oklahoma College and a professional nurse.

Robin Roberson, instructor of education, is completing a doctorate in education psychology from the University of Oklahoma.  She also has a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University.  Roberson previously was the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma.

John Stockmyer, associate professor of business, holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Missouri.  He also holds an MBA from Rockhurst University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri.  He comes to Northwestern from Eastern New Mexico University.

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