SWCHRS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Since its beginning in 1962, the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies has relied on the Executive Committee to review and recommend policy for governing the overall operation and management of the Center, and to serve as a liaison to the community on issues that may be controversial.
The committee is composed of university community members, business persons, and members of the community at large. Membership is not limited to association with or residency in Oklahoma.
CURRENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Roksana Alavi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Professional and Continuing Studies (Liberal Studies)
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
She is a core affiliate faculty at the Women and Gender Studies program, Center for Social Justice, and the Iranian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy in May of 2008 from the University of Kansas, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in May of 2004. Alavi’s general area of research is social and political philosophy. More specifically, she focuses on race, gender, stereotyping, and oppression. At OU, Alavi teaches courses on leadership ethics and women in leadership positions.
Her most recent research has focused on three main areas: (1) critical race theory (2) human trafficking and (3) leadership. She has recently edited a book on ethics and leadership that was published in 2016, with a book under contract titled, “Iranian Identity, American Existence”.
Alavi is currently serving in the editorial board of Sage Guidebook on Human Trafficking, as well as the Oklahoma Attorney General’s task force on human trafficking.
Richard L. Allen (Cherokee), EdD
Research and Policy Analyst, Cherokee Nation
Richard Allen has been working with the Cherokee Nation for 26 years and has only spent eight years away from northeast Oklahoma.
As policy analyst for the Cherokee Nation, Allen prepares policy documents, white papers, and research papers in support of cultural identity; tribal sovereignty; Cherokee history; anthropology; and federal, state and tribal legislation. In addition, he acts as a liaison between the Cherokee Nation and appropriate federal, state and tribal agencies, as well as dealing with Veterans, the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act and Section 106 issues of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Previously, Allen was director of the Jack Brown Center for the Cherokee Nation, supervising more than 30 employees in a long-term residential treatment center for American Indian adolescents in need of treatment for alcohol and substance abuse and behavior issues. He also served as education liaison for the Center, planning and coordinating education and training activities.
Amy C. Bradshaw, PhD
Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
In her role as an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Bradshaw is currently working on projects involving overtly interrogating issues of privilege and social justice in the realm of instructional design and technology. Her other interests include visual communication for teaching, learning, and problem solving; scaffolding higher order and critical thinking; and social and cultural implications of technologies.
Dr. Bradshaw has served in leadership roles in several professional organizations, including serving as President, International Division of the Association for Educational Communications and President, International Visual Literacy Association
Bradshaw has been rewarded for her work in the college with the 2012 Teaching and Advising Award, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, OU, as well as multiple awards for her scholarly research.
Amy approaches life with the intention of “critical self-interrogation.” She believes in holding each other to a high standard, while also cutting each other some slack.
T. Elon Dancy II, PhD
Associate Professor, Adult and Higher Education
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
T. Elon Dancy II, Ph.D. is the Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He comes to this role from his position as Professor and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to the associate deanship, Dancy served as Fellow in the OU Office of the Senior Vice-President and Provost. He also held affiliate faculty appointments in African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice.
An education sociologist, Dancy studies educational settings as sites of hegemony and identity negotiation. His research concerns issues of equity and justice in the educational pipeline as informed by race, gender, class, and other sociopolitical locations. More specifically, Dancy’s scholarship is driven by questions related to masculinity formations, historical context, and how collegiate praxis affects students’ academic and social outcomes. Publications appear in highly visible journals including Equity & Excellence in Education, Teachers College Record, American Behavioral Scientist, Urban Education, and Journal of Negro Education (among others).
Dancy is the author/editor of six books and monographs – Managing Diversity: (Re)visioning Equity on College Campuses (2010), The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College (2012), Educating African American Males: Contexts for Consideration, Possibilities for Practice (2012), African American Males and Education: Examining the Convergence of Race and Identity (2012), Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education (2014), and Black Colleges across the Diaspora: Global Perspectives on Race and Stratification in Postsecondary Education (2017). He is the author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and publications related to education and society. Dancy is also past editor of The College Student Affairs Journal.
Dancy holds research awards and citations from the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division J, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation, and several other national research institutes. In 2014, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him Top Emerging Scholar for his contribution to the study of race and gender in higher education and society. Dancy’s professional service includes Chair of the AERA Research Focus on Black Education, Executive Board Member for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, and editorial board member for several journals and handbooks in education research. He has served as a primary investigator on research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, among several agencies.
Dancy has served as subject matter expert for highly visible periodicals including Ebony magazine, The Root.com, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Jeanette R. Davidson, PhD, ACSW
Professor, African and African American Studies, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Jeanette R. Davidson PhD ACSW is Professor of African & African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught at the university for twenty-one years and was director of African & African American Studies for fifteen years, until September 2017. She has published extensively in the areas of Black Studies, and on race and competency in social work practice and education. Currently she is writing a book, Black Lives in Scotland: Telling Our Stories, to be published by Edinburgh University Press, and is also working on the second edition of her textbook, African American Studies, also to be published by Edinburgh University Press. Jeanette Davidson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and is a member of the Executive Board of the Southwest Center for Human Relations in Education, home of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) and has also served on numerous Boards locally and in Oklahoma City. She is a faculty member of the Annual Summer School on Black Europe, Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues, Amsterdam, Netherlands and is a Fellow of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute, Philadelphia, PA. In 2018 Jeanette Davidson was selected as one of 25 outstanding women in higher education by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and was featured as one of the nine women Experts’ Panel in the publication The Knowledge Review: Education, Innovation, Success. She is a member of the Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society. Prior to teaching at the University of Oklahoma, she taught at Columbia University School of Social Work, New York. Jeanette Davidson was born and raised in Scotland. She has a BA (with honors) in English literature from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and an MSSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Robert Con Davis-Undiano, PhD
Executive Committee Chair, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
Executive Director, World Literature Today
Neustadt Professor and Presidential Professor
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
For more than 30 years, Dr. Davis-Undiano has served as an exemplary professor, administrator, advisor and mentor at the University of Oklahoma. He was honored in 2012 as the Outstanding Professor of the Year by campus students. In addition to his academic roles, Dr. Davis-Undiano is the Executive Director of World Literature Today, a bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture published at the University of Oklahoma. He has been prolific as an editor, and essayist, publishing more than 10 volumes.
R.C. finds time to contribute to several boards and councils, such as being a Member of School Advisory Council for All Saints Catholic School, acting as Chair, Executive Committee for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Oklahoma and being active member of the Parish Council, St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Dr. Davis-Undiano says, “Much of my work for the last twenty years has been directed toward the critique of racial and ethnic practices in the U.S. and the Americas. I work closely with the minority community on my campus, and a principal concern for me is alleviating the burden of the racial practices in the Americas as a result of Spanish colonialism in the Conquest."
Jeff L. Hale, PhD
President, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College
Jeffery L. Hale is currently serving as President of Northeastern Oklahoma A and M College. President Hale has worked closely with the 9 federally recognized tribes of Ottawa County to establish the first American Indian Center for Excellence on the campus of NEO A and M College and has established Native American education as a top priority for the College.
Dr. Hale has served in public higher education for nearly 25 years. His service includes stints at Miami University, the University of Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State and NEO A and M College. During his career, Hale has served as a Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Director of the Center for Student Life and Vice Chancellor for Administration. Hale has led efforts on several campuses to improve student performance and raise both retention and graduation rates on each of the campuses he has served. Over the past decade, Hale has helped lead and coordinate campus improvements that total nearly $100,000,000.
Dr. Hale was recognized by Dr John Gardner and the National Resource Center with the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate award in 2004. That same year Noel Levitz recognized Hale and Southeastern State with the outstanding Retention program. In 1995, the University of Oklahoma recognized Hale with the outstanding staff award and most recently (2012) Hale was recognized by the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce with their Citizen of the Year Award.
During Hale's 31 year career in public education, he has been a strong advocate for access to affordable, quality public education with a strong emphasis on student completion. President Hale has led several efforts, on multiple campuses, to improve academic support efforts and increase student engagement. Hale believes that educational attainment is the key to closing the inequality gaps that plague or nation today.
Melvin C. Hall, JD
Partner at Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis
Mr. Hall brings his perspective as a practicing attorney to the Executive Committee. He served has in the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.
Hall is an “AV rated” attorney,signifying years of practice with the highest levels of skill and integrity. His career has earned him multiple honors:
- The A.C. Hamlin Tribute of Appreciation and Commendation from the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus
- Yearly Scholarships in his name at the University of Oklahoma and Langston University awarded to students who exemplify leadership and aspire to become lawyers.
- The Trailblazers Award from the University of Oklahoma Black Alumni Society
- The Distinguished Alumnus Award from Langston University
- The Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee’s Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award
Says Mr. Hall, “Throughout my professional career, whether it be in the Court Room, Board Room, or Class Room, I have advocated for genuine diversity and equality, and fought against all forms of discrimination, repression, and unequal access to opportunities in law, business, and academia. I sincerely believe that this approach enhances the realization of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream that someday we will be judged not by any particular characteristic, but by the content of our character.”
Richard E. Hilbert, PhD
Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of Sociology
University of Oklahoma, Norman OK
After numerous teaching positions at other universities, Hilbert joined the faculty at OU in 1964. His specialty as a professor and most of his numerous publications are in two subject areas: the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control, and the Sociology of Religion. Most recently, Hilbert published "Adaptive Structures and the Problem of Order" in A Collection of Essays in Honour of Talcott Parsons: Midrash Publication, 2009. Dr. Hilbert retired from full-time teaching at OU in 1988, but continued to work part-time at Oklahoma City University and at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where he held the position of Regent's Professor of Sociology.
Dr. Hilbert is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at OU, serving as the chairman for many years. Dr. Hilbert has attended each of the 26 Annual NCORES since its launch in 1987.
Dr. Hilbert served in the armed forces of the US from 1943-1946, after which he settled in NYC to work as a jazz musician. The highlight of his career during this period was his association with the Red Rodney septet which worked briefly at the famous Three Deuces on Fifty-Second Street, NYC.
Hilbert's interests vary widely. While a professor at the University of Oklahoma, he worked part-time as a jazz musician, lobbied for AARP at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City and was an official United Nations monitor for elections in Nicaragua in 1990 and in El Salvador in 1995. His commitment to his community continues as a Member, Board and Treasurer of Common Cause, Oklahoma, and as a member, of the Norman OK Election Commission.
Dr. Hilbert lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife Lois.
Thomas L. Hill
Senior Vice President Emeritus
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Thomas L. Hill retired from Iowa State University on December 31, 2017, after 20 years of service. Eighteen years as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and two years as Senior Policy Advisor to the President. Hill came to Iowa State from the University of Florida, where he had been Dean for Student Services. In that position, he worked for former ISU Dean of Students Art Sandeen, then Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida. Hill viewed his role as the university's senior student affairs officer in terms that Sandeen outlined: the leader of the Division of Student Affairs, acting as "keeper of the mission and vision"; chief manager of the division's personnel and resources; a member of the university's leadership/management team; mediator among students, among student groups, and sometimes between administrators and students; and educator. While serving as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, he created the NCORE/ISCORE Project in 1998. In March 2016, President Steven Leath accepted the planning committee's recommendation to rename the conference "Thomas L. Hill ISCORE: Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity" to reflect his role and commitment to the conference and the university. Prior to accepting the position at Florida, Dr. Hill had served as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life, first at Tulane University and later at the University of Oklahoma.
Hill is active with the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); NCAA Committee on Infractions; Mattie Hill Memorial Scholarship Foundation, President; and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity My Brothers Keeper Mentoring Program, Dallas, TX.
Hill received a B.S.E. in Physical Education from Arkansas State University in 1972, and an M.S. in Counselor Education from C.W. Post-Long Island University in 1976. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, and has written articles on student-athlete development and minority identity development.
Before pursuing a career in higher education, Hill excelled on athletic fields and earned a number of honors. He was twice named Arkansas Amateur Athlete of the Year, and he was ultimately inducted into both the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He competed in the 110-meter high hurdles competition in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, winning the Bronze Medal.
Tom Hill grew up in New Orleans, one of five sons of the late Mattie Hill. SHe is now honored by a scholarship fund, administered by Hill, which he set up with his brothers. He and his wife, Billye, have two sons, Thomas and Lamont, a daughter-in-law, Carol, and two grandsons, Alexander and Nicholas.
Silas Law, PhD
Business Owner and Entrepreneur
Silas Law owns and operates several businesses in the Norman area. He also commutes to Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong for his business. More recently, involved with his family business, he has traveled to the Middle East, East Europe and Mainland China.
Dr. Law was formally affiliated with the Bureau of Water and Environmental Resource Research, an institute of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. During that time, he traveled to countries in South and Central America, The Caribbean Islands, East and West Africa, South and South East Asia for work coordinated by the University.
Dr. Law was born in Shanghai, China, and finished High School in Hong Kong before coming to the United States for College education. For many years, Silas has been involved with local international communities, minority groups, Arts and Cultural events. He is currently a member of the SWCHRS executive committee, a coordinator for the University of Oklahoma Chinese Alumni and Friends Global Organization.
Having grown up in several different Social Environments, Dr. Law believes people should try to live harmoniously and take care of one’s contemporary, and that we should not sacrifice anyone for the sake of Future Generations.
Jessica Martinez-Brooks, MA
Before joining the University of Oklahoma, Martinez-Brooks worked as the Director of Community Outreach and Education at Oklahoma City Community College with a goal of improving and increasing access to post-secondary education for at-risk, low-income, urban and minority populations.
Martinez-Brooks received her B.A. in journalism and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She was recognized for her work in racial and social justice by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 and the United Nations of Greater Oklahoma City in 2015.
She was named Volunteer of the Year by the Latino Community Development Agency in 2006 and named to the “Forty Under 40” and “Achievers Under 40” lists by OKC Business and The Journal Record. In 2014, she received the Robert P. Todd Leadership Award for her work at OCCC and was named to the OCCC Alumni Hall of Fame.
She currently serves on a number of boards and organizations in the metro area including: the Regional Food Bank, Teach for America, Oklahoma City Public Schools English Language Learners Committee and Leadership Oklahoma City. She is married to Michael Brooks-Jimenez, an attorney and advocate for the Latino community, and resides in Southwest Oklahoma City with her husband and children, Joaquin and Lucy.
Teresa (Teri) Mora
Director, Hispanic Student Services and Upward Bound
Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Guymon, OK
Teri Mora is the recipient of the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award in Education in 2002, the Oklahoma Cultural Teacher of the Year in 2003, and is a charter member of Oklahoma Leadership Arts in 2008. She was selected as the Oklahoma representative for the Governing in the Global Age Conference in 2002 and for the State of Latinos in Education Summit in 2010, and as the Guymon, Oklahoma Citizen of the Year in 2011. Mrs. Mora also served on the Oklahoma Governor’s Advisory Council for Latin American and Hispanic Affairs from 2003-2010.
Her educational philosophy stems from Gandhi’s words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” as she works tirelessly to do just that. She and her husband, Ricardo, are the parents of four children.
Sylvia H. Morales
Community Volunteer, Latino Culture Consultant
Oklahoma City, OK
Mrs. Morales has been a long time advocate in the Oklahoma City community in the areas of education, children, families, history and politics. Among the organizations on which Sylvia has energetically work are Latino Community Development Agency, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Alumni Association of Girl Scouts Red Lands Council, and the Catholic Archdiocese Commission for Justice and Human Development.
Mrs. Morales’ effective and dedicated work has been validated by appointments from Oklahoma State Governors and City Mayors to serve on local and state commissions such as Oklahoma Metro Library Commission, Hispanic Advisory Committee, Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, and the Affirmative Action Review Council.
Just a few of her rewards for years of service and volunteerism in the OKC Metro area include YWCA Volunteer of the Year, Tinker AFB Hispanic Heritage Committee Outstanding Community Volunteer, and a national award by the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation with the National George Washington Medal of Honor for Community Service.
Joshua B. Nelson, PhD
Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Joshua Nelson, a Cherokee citizen, is Director of the Film and Media Studies Program and Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies. He is the author of Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and other pieces on Native film and literature. His next book will look at representations of the body in indigenous film. He is the lead organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium, and in 2016-2017 was Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion with the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Outreach to American Indian communities in scholarship and teaching is of paramount concern to Nelson and he has tried to make his research relevant to the lives of contemporary Native people. He also looks to demonstrate the value of diverse and pluralistic ways of understanding experiences and adapting traditions in contemporary contexts. His work coordinating the Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, and his teaching of the open access course Native Peoples of Oklahoma has helped forge connections among many indigenous communities and the academy.
Shad Satterthwaite, PhD
Associate Dean, College of Professional and Continuing Studies
Faculty Advisor, Student Veterans Association
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Shad Satterthwaite and his wife, Valerie, have three children, two in-law children, and a grandson. Previously, Shad served as assistant to the president of OU. He has also taught political science courses, managed the university's faculty-in-residence program, and served as an adjunct faculty member with the College of Liberal Studies and Advanced Programs. Dr. Satterthwaite is also a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and has served two tours in Afghanistan.
Dr. Satterthwaite has been named Foundation for Defense of Democracies Academic Fellow, Outstanding Mentor in the President's Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program, and received the UOSA's Outstanding Faculty Award.
In addition to his many professional achievements, Dr. Satterthwaite has published a variety of articles, papers, and other works, focusing mostly on political science, public administration, education, and history.
Heather Shotton, PhD
Associate Professor, Native American Studies
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Shotton is a citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and is also Kiowa and Cheyenne. She received her doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Dr. Shotton’s research focuses on Indigenous students in higher education and Indigenous women, particularly in the areas of leadership and Indigenous women scholars.
She served as a co-editor for the book, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus), which addresses strategies for serving Native college students. She is also a co-editor for the forthcoming book, Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education(Rutgers University Press).
Dr. Shotton is the past president for the National Indian Education Association and was recently named the NIEA Educator of the Year. She is a strong advocate for Native education and serves Native students and communities on a national and local level.
David L. Tan, PhD
Professor and Head, Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies
Texas A&M University - Commerce, Commerce, TX
After 27 years of distinguished service, Dr. Tan retired from being a tenured full Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma in January 2017.
He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a member of the Texas A&M University System. His department offers six graduate degree programs and the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program (TAB), the first competency-based undergraduate degree in the State of Texas. This degree-granting innovation allows working adult learners from diverse backgrounds complete an affordable (less than $10,000 as a goal), accessible, and engaging learning experience.
At the national level, Dr. Tan is a peer evaluator-consultant (PEAQ and AQIP) for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He has served on review teams evaluating a variety of higher education institutions, ranging from large research universities to comprehensive regionals to small private colleges. Dr. Tan has been recognized as a contributor to HLC’s diversity initiative.
Significantly, Dr. Tan has been a member of the Southwest Center’s Executive Committee since 1991 (Vice Chair from 2005-2010) and has been collaborating and addressing diversity and inclusion matters with the national audience for over three decades. In the State of Texas and the Dallas metroplex, he collaborates with large community college districts and the corporate sector dealing with organizational, educational, workforce learning and development, and diversity issues.
Beth Wilson, JD
Executive Assistant to President and Director, Institutional Access and Equity
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Beth Wilson comes to SMU from Oklahoma City with a strong background in law, education and affirmative action administration.
Wilson's responsibilities include developing and implementing policies and programs that ensure both equal access and equitable treatment for the diverse populations of students, faculty and staff at SMU. In addition to addressing access and equity issues, she is responsible for identifying challenges and problems in these areas and making recommendations for their solutions.
Wilson is an attorney, consulting company president and certified mediator. She served as associate provost of Columbia University from 1995 to 2000 and has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University School of Law. She has administered affirmative action programs for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Public Schools and University Hospital and Clinics in Oklahoma City.
The new SMU administrator has served as consultant for numerous clients, including civic organizations, universities, law schools and other education bodies in Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont and Maryland. She was national president of the American Association for Affirmative Action from 1998 to 2000 and previously was chair of the Affirmative Action Review Council for the State of Oklahoma. She has received numerous service awards and was twice named an Outstanding Young Woman of America. Wilson has appeared on various public service television programs in Oklahoma and has been a panelist and featured speaker on affirmative action issues on several national television broadcasts.
Belinda Biscoe, PhD
Interim Vice President, University Outreach, College of Continuing Education
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D. serves as Interim Vice President for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. Trained as a research psychologist, she has nearly 30 years of experience with school- and community-based programs, including higher education as an administrator, researcher and program developer. Among her areas of expertise are research and evaluation, administration and program development in higher education and common education, including school improvement and reform and early literacy, grant writing, diversity in the workplace, youth development, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. As Interim Vice President, she bears responsibility for more than 31 program units employing close to 600 professionals. These departments focus on programs in higher education, common education, including early childhood, juvenile justice, disability education and training, social justice and human relations, executive training and team development, health and human services, public radio, social justice, American Indian education and health, research and evaluation, and substance abuse prevention.
Her strengths in working with large systems through partnerships and helping them to reform and build capacity are demonstrated in her work in education and the community and have been the hallmark of her career. She is a national leader in the quest to aid local communities in their school programs, especially those designed to aid disadvantaged For three decades she has performed heroically as an administrator, a researcher, and an advocate for reaching out to disadvantaged youth, families, and communities. She is truly a systems thinker who sees how concepts and ideas link together resulting in new learning and innovations.
Dr. Biscoe collaborative spirit has been acknowledged by her appointment to the Regional Educational Laboratory – Southwest (REL Southwest) Board of Directors (2005-2012), where she served as Chair from 2010-2011. Additionally, she was appointed from 2011-2013 to serve on ED’s National Advisory Board for the Office of Special Education (OSEP). She was appointed to an Educational Research Board for the Texas State Education Agency in 2008 by the Texas Commissioner of Education.
Prior to her time at OU, Dr. Biscoe worked for eight years in the Oklahoma City Public School District as a senior research associate and Director for Federal and State Programs focusing on areas such as bilingual education, homeless education, safe and drug free schools, Indian Education, Title I Community Education.As a researcher, practitioner, and competitive grant writer, Dr. Biscoe has been able to blend scientific rigor successfully to TA work resulting in numerous awards. Her grant writing skills have resulted in over $150,000,000 in funding to the State of Oklahoma. She is co-founder of Eagle Ridge Institute, a non-profit community-based drug and alcohol and treatment prevention agency and founder of Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless youth and their families. She has received numerous awards, including the 2004 University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Award for Continuing Education Professionals, Kansa City, Missouri recipient of the Journal Record Award for 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma, spring 2005, and the Adella Robertson National University Continuing Education Award, San Diego, California, spring 2006. In 2015, for her significant contributions in education and the community, Dr. Biscoe was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for Higher Education.
James P. Pappas, PhD
Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Studies
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dr. Pappas received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University and was a Psychological Fellow at the Veterans Administration Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Marion, Indiana and the West Tenth Street General Medical and Surgical Hospital in Indianapolis. Additionally, he has completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University, the Institute for Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard University (elected to serve on the MLE Advisory Board) and completed the Columbia Coaching Certificate from Columbia University.
Dr. Pappas has served as President of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, University Professional and Continuing Higher Education Association (UPCEA) and is currently Executive Director of the Association of Continuing Higher Education and the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of Academic Affairs Administrators and the Association for Counseling and Development.
He has received a Bittner Citation for service to the field and the Nolte Award for extraordinary leadership from UPCEA, has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and been elected a Fellow in the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Program. His bibliographic entries include Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in Training and Development.
Dr. Pappas helped to create the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity after recognizing in the late 1980’s that higher education institutions needed to do a great deal more to ensure access and involvement of ethnic and racial minorities in the student, faculty and administrative areas. Most recently, Dr. Pappas has been very concerned that many of our higher education institutions and many of our corporate and industrial settings do not understand the impact of the coming demographic changes in our society. He feels it is incumbent upon NCORE and current academic administrators to work at educating our institutions of the need to prepare ethnic and minority students to fill the leadership requirements that will come with these demographic changes.