What do you do here OKWU?
I began my work at OKWU with course development, transitioning on-ground or new courses to the Blackboard platform. I work closely with the course designer and convert their intellectual property to Blackboard, incorporating publisher content, and delivering an online course master ready for adjuncts to personalize for their students.
I now serve in a variety of online roles, wherever I can be of service to the University. I facilitate Faculty Online Training (FOLT) with another colleague. FOLT is a 4-week course designed to orient our incoming adjuncts to the rigors of online instruction using the 4CQF model in Blackboard. I have taught online courses for the school of business, and I also serve as a teaching mentor for new online adjuncts.
What do you like most about teaching for OKWU?
Meeting new colleagues and developing great friendships. The people I have met at OKWU are truly dedicated to Christ. It shows in how they treat others, in their values, in their grace, and in their genuine compassion. I am blessed to work with people with a shared passion – to bring glory to God through our service at OKWU.
How did you end up here?
I retired from the corporate world after an accident left me with a chronic pain disorder. I was hired part-time as an online course developer and adjunct, drawing on my years of leadership and corporate training. Now I do whatever I can, whenever I can, for whomever I can. I am “eager to serve.” (1 Peter 5:2).
Where did you originally call home?
I was raised in Maryland, in a suburb outside of Andrews Air Force Base. When my dad retired from the Air Force, we moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I lived for 34 years.
Where did you go to school and what did you study there?
Like many of our AGS students, I worked fulltime while pursuing my online degree. I enjoyed online learning so much, I kept going. I earned my undergrad and master’s degrees in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
What is your family like (if you have one)?
My son is grown, and lives in Tulsa. My daughter is married and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and two children. My granddaughter is 4 and my grandson is 6 months. After I moved to Oklahoma City, I moved into my first apartment. My son-in-law invited me to live with them, and we have all been one happy family ever since.
What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?
I serve as a co-leader of my small Bible study group at my church. When I’m not busy, I spend with my granddaughter, letting her play with my jewelry, and playing Barbies or My Little Ponies, and reading the “Bible App for Kids.” In my free time I can be found on the computer, reading about online learning and spiritual growth. This year I committed to reading of a Bible Plan daily on the YouVersion Bible app, and usually have two or three plans going at all times. Keeping myself in God’s Word has made an enormous impact on my spiritual life.
What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?
Before I started school, I was an avid hand quilter. I stored all of my fabric, books, and tools for a decade, intending to return to this hobby after earning my degree. Unfortunately, my hands were affected by my pain disorder and I cannot quilt now. I donated all of my supplies to a church quilting group.
What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit?
I spent four years in Japan, when my father was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base.
If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?
I would like to meet Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of our 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the First Lady, and I would enjoy hearing how she used the media to give a voice to social activism.