Education Faculty

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Education Faculty

Education Faculty Accolades at NWOSU

  • Endowed Chair in Education - Dr. Martie Young
  • John K. Martin Endowed Chair in Education - Dr. Steven Mackie
  • Charles Morton Share Trust Chair in Education - Dr. Jen Oswald 
  • Roy Vayle & Leah Beisel Evans Literacy Center - Whitney Cotton
  • John Sheffield Teacher of the Year - Dr. Jen Oswald (2016)
  • John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award - Dr. Steven Mackie (2012) 
  • Thelma Crouch Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award - Natalie Miller (2012)
  • Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA - Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Dr. Steven Mackie (2011)

Dr. Jen Oswald, Chair

Dr. Jen OswaldChair, Division of Education
Associate Professor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 205C 
Phone: (580) 327-8451 
jdoswald@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D. Reading and Literacy, Capella University
  • M.Ed. Reading Specialist, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.A. History and Social Studies, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Reading Specialist

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Practicum 5500
  • Literacy in the Content Area
  • Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • Ed Tech
  • Reading Specialist courses

HOBBIES

Reading, camping, fishing, and running

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Teacher’s Closet
  • Literacy Center 
  • Forge Sponsor
  • Faculty Senate
  • Academic Affairs Appeals Committee
  • Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness Committee
  • General Education Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • Chair of Graduate Committees for Reading Specialist, Ed Leadership, and Curriculum & Instruction

FAMILY 

I live on my family’s farm northwest of Alva with my husband, Nick, and our son, Rett.  

Yesenia Buckhaults

Yesenia BuckhaultsInstructor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 206 
Phone: (580) 327-8459 
ybuckhaults@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • M.Ed.  Adult Education Management and Administration with emphasis on Mathematics, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.S.  Mathematics Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Spanish

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Intermediate Math Methods
  • Assessment & Evaluation Application 
  • Classroom Management & Behavior Intervention I
  •  Assessment Design

HOBBIES

Reading, baking

FAMILY 

Family: Husband- Dakota, Children- Koa and Yulisa

 

Whitney Cotton

Whitney CottonInstructor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 105 
Phone: (580) 327-8450 
wrcotton@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Currently Ed. D. Educational Leadership, Capella University
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Elementary Principal (PK-8)
  • Early Childhood (PK-3)
  • Elementary Education (1-8)
  • Mild-Moderate Disabilities (PK-12)

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Ed Psych 
  • Students with Exceptionalities 
  • Professional Ethics and Special Education 
  •  Curriculum Mild Moderate Disabilities 

HOBBIES

Reading, cooking

FAMILY 

John, Stephan, Jada, Kayla & Mona 

Dr. Mariann Braten-Hall

Dr. Mariann Braten-HallAssistant Professor of Education

Division of Education
Northwestern - Enid
Room 116 
Phone: (580) 213-3135
mbraten-hall@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D. Higher Education from Oral Roberts University
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.A. Ed. Elementary Education, Oral Roberts University

CERTIFICATION

  • Elementary Education
  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Principal (Elementary)

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Foundations of Math Methods
  • Intermediate Math Methods
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Children's Literature
  • Elementary Science Methods
  • Elementary Social Studies
  • Early Childhood Science and Social Studies Methods
  • Students with Exceptionalities

HOBBIES

Church, traveling, walking/trekking, reading

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Diversity Committee
  • Service Learning Committee
  • NWOSU Aspiring Educators-OAEA sponsor

FAMILY 

Husband Dennis

Summer Foster

Summer FosterInstructor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 113 
Phone: (580) 327-8461 
skfoster@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • M.Ed. Master of Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University 
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Speech Language Pathology, Fort Hays State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Elementary Education K-9
  • School Counseling  Pre-K-12
  • B.S. Speech Language Pathology
  • English as a Second Language

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Children’s Literature
  • Early Childhood Development and Learning
  • Early Child Family and Community Relations
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Development and Implementation
  • Early Childhood Science and Social Studies Methods
  • Early Childhood Assessment
  • Foundations of Math Methods

HOBBIES

Reading, Exercise, Home Improvement Projects 

FAMILY 

Husband-Dave, Children-Sydney, Beau, Mary Kate

Dr. Steven Mackie

Professor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Enid 116 
Phone: (580) 213-3121 
swmackie@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2008. 
  • M.Ed. in Educational Studies, University of Oklahoma, 1997.
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies, Prescott College, 1992.

CERTIFICATION

Oklahoma and Arizona state teaching certificates in all social sciences

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Foundations of Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Educational Practices
  • Institutional Management 

SPECIAL INTERESTS/HOBBIES

  • Ecojustice
  • Travel
  • Gardening
  • Oklahoma Historical Society (Lifetime Member)
  • Oklahoma Master Naturalist – OSU Extension Service

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Co-Faculty Sponsor of the student organization CORE - Conserving Our Ranger Environment
  • Diversity Committee
  • Faculty Senate
  • Oklahoma A+ Schools

Natalie Miller

Natalie MillerAssistant Certification Officer

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 205B 
Phone: (580) 327-8441 
ndmiller@nwosu.edu 

EDUCATION

  • B.S. Business Administration 2005
  • M.Ed. Adult Education & Management 2010

HOBBIES

  • Reading
  • Spending Time with Family
  • Watching Old Movies

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Staff Council Committee member
  • Campus Scholarship Drive member
  • ACT Test Coordinator
  • Pearson Test Administrator

FAMILY 

Married to Greg; two daughters, Dana Craven & Tara Miller; and two grandchildren Abbi Hall & Casey Sander

Dr. Christie Riley

Dr. Christie RileyAssociate Professor of Education
Director of Teacher Education

Division of Education
Northwestern - Alva
Education Center 219
Phone: (580) 327-8694
clriley@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Northcentral University
  • M.S. Behavioral Science, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. Social Work, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Elementary Principal (PK-8)
  • School Counselor (PK-12)
  • Early Childhood (PK-3)
  • Elementary Education (1-8)

FAMILY 

Married to Scott, and they have two children, Lora and Ally. 

Derek Trabuc

Instructor of Education

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 115 
Phone: (580) 327-8460 
djtrabuc@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Currently Ed. D Curriculum Development, American College of Education
  •  M.S. Ed. Leadership, Pittsburg State University
  • B.S. Elementary Education K-9, Pittsburg State University

CERTIFICATION

  • Elementary Education K-9
  • Educational Leadership K-12

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Social Studies Methods
  • Language Arts Methods
  • Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Intermediate Math Methods

HOBBIES

Fitness, Travel, Outdoor adventures

FAMILY 

Wife-Salena, Children-Sadrie & Kaster

Dr. Martie Young

Martie YoungProfessor of Education
Director of Student Teaching

Division of Education 
Room 118 
Northwestern-Enid 
Phone: (580) 213-3195 
mlyoung@nwosu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State University
  • M.Ed. Special Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Reading Specialist
  • Grammar & Composition
  • Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Speech & Drama
  • Middle Level Social Studies
  • Middle Level Language Arts

COURSES TYPICALLY TAUGHT

  • Multicultural Ed
  • Student Teaching
  • Early Childhood Methods classes
  • Creative Activities
  • Adult Cognitive Styles
  • Curriculum for the Special Learner

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Teacher Ed Faculty
  • Teacher Ed Committee
  • TEAMS
  • Education Advisory Committee
  • NWOSU Academic Appeals

FAMILY 

Spouse – Dr. Lyle Young

Amy Melton

Amy MeltonSecretary

Division of Education 
Northwestern - Alva 
Education Center 205 
Phone: (580) 327-8436 
admelton@nwosu.edu 

EDUCATION

  • B.A. General Studies, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • M.Ed. Adult Education & Management, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

HOBBIES

Working out, reading, traveling, church, and spending time with family.   

FAMILY 

Husband-Tyler, Sons-Myles & Austyn

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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