Northwestern professors earn doctorates

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Northwestern professors earn doctorates

 Dr. Roger Brown

Dr. Roger Brown

Northwestern Oklahoma State University recognizes four professors who completed their dissertation and earned their doctorate this academic year.  Those professors are Dr. Roger Brown of Kingston (Jamaica), Dr. Mindi Clark of Braman, Dr. Cheryl Kent of Enid and Dr. Dena Walker of Pawnee.

 

Brown, instructor of business, earned his doctorate in Management from the University of Texas Pan American.  His dissertation is titled “Does Optimism pass on to the Employees? The impact of Supervisor optimism on employees  in small and medium sized businesses.” With his research Brown empirically verified that an optimism contagion exists between supervisors and their subordinates. 

Having completed his doctorate, Brown said he looks forward to being able to devote even more time to his classes and students.

 Dr. Mindi Clark

Dr. Mindi Clark

Brown teaches financial accounting, cross cultural management, managerial accounting, family business and international business at Northwestern.

“Dr. Brown has been an excellent addition to our Business faculty and we are so glad that he and his wife are here at Northwestern,” Hannaford said. “His dedication in finishing his doctorate has paid off and we are very happy for him.”

Clark, instructor of agriculture, earned her doctorate in Agriculture Education from Oklahoma State University.  Her dissertation, “Meaning in Work as Experienced by Oklahoma School-based Agricultural Education Teachers,” focuses on a phenomenology based on the lived experiences of 10 agriculture teachers in the state regarding where they found meaning in their work.  The essence that emerged was based on local, intrinsic experiences of meaning.  She found extrinsic experiences were not as meaningful.

 Dr. Cheryl Kent

Dr. Cheryl Kent

“My doctoral program was in agriculture education and it directly impacts the subject area I teach at Northwestern,” Clark said.

Clark teaches foundations and philosophies of agricultural education, advanced methods of teaching agriculture, metals and welding and introduction to horticulture.

“Dr. Clark has a wonderful future ahead for her at Northwestern and we are so pleased to have her as a part of our agriculture department,” Dr. Bo Hannaford, dean of the School of Professional Studies, said.  “She is student oriented and a wonderful team player.”

Kent is an instructor of nursing and assistant chair of the Division of Nursing at Northwestern.  She earned a doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University School of Nursing.  Kent’s dissertation, “Team-Based Learning: The impact on student engagement and accountability,” discusses how team-Based Learning is an active teaching/learning strategy that was found to positively impact student accountability and engagement in classroom activities.

 Dr. Dena Walker

Dr. Dena Walker

“Completion of the degree will positively impact my leadership/administration skills and the quality of education that I am able to provide to nursing students of northwest Oklahoma,” Kent said.

Kent teaches pharmacology and nursing care and pathophysiology for nurses.

“I am very proud of Dr. Kent,” Hannaford said. “She has been very determined in finishing her doctorate and that hard work has paid off. I know she will continue to provide encouragement to our other nursing faculty who are getting closer to their doctorates, as well.”

Walker, assistant professor of mathematics at Northwestern, earned her doctorate in Professional Education studies from Oklahoma State University.  Her dissertation, “Technology in Higher Education Mathematics: A Mixed Methods Study,”   discusses discovering and describing technology use by higher education mathematics faculty in mathematics content courses. 

“The Ph.D. process has provided me with a number of educational resources that will improve classroom instruction as well as assist in increasing student engagement in the classroom,” Walker said.

Walker works in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science teaching remedial mathematics courses, college algebra, college trigonometry, pre-calculus and elementary education mathematics sequence.

“We are very proud of Dr. Walker, not only for her accomplishment in completing her doctorate, but also for her perseverance through the process,” Dr. Mike Knedler, dean of the School of Arts and Science, said.

For more information on Northwestern’s programs in the School of Arts and Science and School of Professional Studies, contact Knedler or Hannaford at (580) 327-8590 or (580) 327-8455, respectively, or by email at jmknedler@nwosu.edu or bshannaford@nwosu.edu, respectively.

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