Northwestern welcomes new faculty

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Northwestern welcomes new faculty

New Faculty 14-15New faculty members begin the 2014-15 academic year at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  Pictured are (front row, from left) Jana Brown, Tiffany Scarola, Lawana Newell, Connie Jacobs, Shelby Hall. (Second row, from left) Dr. Jennifer Page, Kenneth Kelsey, Darren Randall, Dr. Richmond Adams and Jason Henderson.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently welcomed 13 new faculty members to campus to begin the 2014-2015 school year. Ten new faculty members have been hired in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining three will work in the School of Professional Studies.

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

Dr. Richmond Adams, assistant professor of English, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Memphis, a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University. He has previously taught at Eastern Oklahoma State College and Andrew College (Ga.). He is a former pastor in the Christian Church (DOC).

Jana Brown, instructor of history and coordinator of social sciences education, holds a bachelor’s degree in social science education and a master’s degree in American studies from Northwestern. She has been a high school teacher at Cherokee, Enid and Fort Supply.          

Shelby Hall, assistant professor of social work, holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. She has previously served as Director of Development for Youth and Family Services in Enid, social science teacher at Lewis Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, and as adjunct faculty at Northwestern.

Jason Henderson, digital resources and metadata librarian and instructor of library and information services, earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master of library and information studies degree from the University of Oklahoma. He spent six years as a digitization and virtual reference technician at Southwestern.

Kenneth Kelsey, instructor of history, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University. He also has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has served as an instructor at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Enid, manager of teaching programs at the Dallas Museum of Art, and as instructor of art at Northern Illinois University. Kelsey also was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern.

Lawana Newell, instructor of music, holds a bachelor’s degree in church music and music education from Pfeiffer College, a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and has completed coursework toward a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught music as an adjunct for a number of years at Northwestern, and also has accumulated extensive experience as a church musician and soloist.

Dr. Jennifer Page, assistant professor of English, holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Nicholls State University (La.), and a master’s degree and doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She served as a graduate school manuscript editor and teaching assistant at the UL-Lafayette.

Dr. Jennifer Sattler, assistant professor of physical science, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in physics from the University of North Dakota. She also earned a master’s degree in medical physics and a doctorate in biomedical physics from East Carolina University. She has teaching and research experience at both the University of North Dakota and East Carolina University.

Tiffany Scarola, instructor of English, holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in English from DePaul University (Ill.). Her professional experience includes adjunct teaching at the College of DePage and Waubonsee Community College in Illinois. She also worked as an English teacher at Nanjing Foreign Language School in China.       

Allison Zimmerman, instructor of mass communication, earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Northwestern and a master’s degree in mass communication media management from Oklahoma State University. Zimmerman is currently serving as the marketing and communications manager for the Northwestern Foundation.

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

Connie Jacobs, instructor of education, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education, both from Northwestern. Her previous professional experience includes nine years as a special education teacher at schools and cooperatives in Kansas.

Darren Randall, instructor of health and sports science education, earned a bachelor’s degree in recreational leadership and a master of education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He also has a master’s degree in adult education management and administration from Northwestern. He served six years as an assistant professor at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and three years as a teacher in Muskogee and Mt. View.

Krista Tilley, instructor of nursing, holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She has been employed as the coordinator of the Ketterman Clinical Lab and an adjunct instructor of nursing at Northwestern for the past year.  Tilley also has 16 years of experience as a registered nurse.

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