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SWCHRS Executive Commitee

Since the Center’s 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 residence in Oklahoma.


Richard L. AllenRichard L. Allen, (Cherokee), Ed.D., Tahlequah, OK - Research and Policy Analyst, Cherokee  Nation

 EdD - University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
 MA - Emporia State University in Emporia, KS
 BA - Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK

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. BradshawAmy C. Bradshaw, Ph.D., Norman, OK, Associate Professor of Instructional  Psychology & Technology, OU

PhD- Arizona State University
MEd- Arizona State University 
BA- Public Programs, Arizona State University

In her role as an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology & 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 IIT. Elon Dancy II, Ph.D., Norman OK, Associate Professor, Adult and Higher  Education, OU

PhD- Louisiana State University
MA - University of Arkansas
BS - University of Arkansas

Dr. Dancy holds joint appointments in African & African American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the OU Center for Social Justice. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Dancy held various administrative posts in both university and health care settings.

In 2014, Dr. Dancy was named top emerging scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In addition, he has received research awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education-Council on Ethnic Participation, the American Educational Research Association, and the Louisiana State University College of Education. He was twice named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar from both the Thomas B. Fordham and American Enterprise Institutes.

Dr. Dancy’s research broadly relates to the identity development of college students, particularly issues of race, gender, and culture.  More specifically, he studies African American males in K-20 educational settings.  With more than 50 publications to his credit, he is the author/ editor of four books including The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College.

Dr. Dancy’s research agenda reflects a personal and intellectual commitment to further understand the role of higher education in engineering equitable public and social life.

 Jeanette R. DavidsonJeanette R. Davidson, Ph.D., ACSW, Professor, University of Oklahoma, African and African American Studies (Director) & Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

M.S.S.W., Ph.D. - University of Texas
BA (Honors), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Davidson has been at OU for thirteen years, focusing her research and writing on the areas of African American Studies; cultural competence in education and social work practice; interracial marriage; and educational success for college students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. She produced a text, African American Studies, published in 2010 by Edinburgh University Press (distributed in the US by Columbia University Press).

In addition to her position on the executive committee of SWCHRS, Jeanette also supports her community by serving as a board member of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), as an advisory board member, Whatever It Takes, Oklahoma City, and as a board member, It’s My Community, Oklahoma City.

Her efforts have been rewarded with honors such as Fellow, Molefi Kete Asante Institute and Special Honoree, Council for Africana Womanism, University of Zimbabwe Chapter.  Dr. Davidson is dedicated to her role as director of African & African American Studies.  At the same time she still loves to be in the classroom, teaching both African & African American Studies and Social Work.  She also frequently teaches overseas in Advanced Programs (Multicultural Issues in Human Relations).  Dr. Davidson is the sponsor for a number of student organizations including the African Student Association (AFSA), the OU Gospel Choir and the Essence Dance Group.  Jeanette Davidson is a frequent Keynote presenter on topics related to Race and the Academy.

Robert Con Davis-UndianoRobert Con Davis-Undiano, Ph.D., Norman, Oklahoma, Executive Committee Chair, Neustadt Professor,  Presidential Professor, Executive Director, World Literature Today, OU

PhD- University of California,-Davis
MA- University of California-Davis
BA- California State University- Hayward

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 Liberal 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. HaleJeff L. Hale, Ph.D., Miami, OK , President, Northeastern Oklahoma A and M College
Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma 
Master of Education, University of Oklahoma 
B.A. in History, University of Oklahoma 

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. HallMelvin C. Hall, JD, Norman OK, Partner- Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis

JD- University of Oklahoma College of Law

B.A. - Langston University

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.” 

George HendersonGeorge Henderson, Ph.D., Norman, OK , S. N. Goldman Professor Emeritus, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus, and Regents' Professor Emeritus of Human Relations, Education, and Sociology at the University of Oklahoma.

MA, PhD- Wayne State University
George Henderson has been a civil rights activist for 53 years and a university professor for 47 years.

A race relations and civil rights scholar, Professor Henderson was the third African American professor at the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus. He was the first African American to hold an endowed professorship in Oklahoma. During his career, he was appointed to four distinguished professorships. He is the founder of the University's Department of Human Relations and was also the Norman campus's first African American dean of a degree granting college. He has authored or co-authored 34 books and 50 articles.



Richard E. HilbertRichard E. Hilbert, Ph.D., Norman OK, Professor Emeritus and former Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma

PhD- Pennsylvania State University
BA -   University of New Mexico

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. HillThomas L. Hill, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Iowa State University

PhD- Counselor Education, University of Florida, 1985
MS- Counselor Education, C.W. Post-Long Island University, 1976
BSE- Physical Education, Arkansas State University, 1972

Hill became Iowa State's Senior Policy Advisor to the President in March, 2016 after serving 19 years as the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs. He came to Iowa State in 1997 from the University of Florida, where he had been Dean for Student Services for the previous four years. In that position, he worked for former ISU Dean of Students Art Sandeen, and then vice president for Student Affairs at Florida. Before accepting the position at Florida, Hill had served as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life, first at Tulane University and later at the University of Oklahoma.

At Iowa State, Hill serves as a special advisor to the president for investigating student affairs impact and strategies that will serve Iowa State University into the future.  He serves as a representative from Iowa State University on the NCAA Committee on Infractions and in an advisory role for student appeals sent before the president.

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.

Silas LawSilas Law, Ph.D., Norman OK-Business Owner and Entrepreneur

Ph.D., M.A. - The University of Oklahoma

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-BrooksJessica Martinez-Brooks, M.A., Director, Diversity Enrichment Programs

M.A., B.A. - The University of Oklahoma

Jessica Martinez-Brooks currently serves as the Director of Diversity Enrichment Programs at the University of Oklahoma. Before joining OU, 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) MoraTeresa (Teri) Mora, Guymon, OK, Director of Hispanic Student Services and of Upward Bound , Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma
B.A., Wartburg College

Teri Mora is the recipient of the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award in Education in 2002, the Oklahoma Multi-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. MoralesSylvia H. Morales, Oklahoma City, OK, Community Volunteer, Latino Culture Consultant

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. NelsonJoshua B. Nelson, Ph.D., Norman, OK,, Film and Media Studies Program; and Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Oklahoma

Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University
B.A., Yale University

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.[KC1] 

Shad SatterthwaiteShad Satterthwaite, Ph.D., Norman, OK, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Studies, The University of Oklahoma

PhD- MPA, University of Oklahoma
BA- Weber State University
Dr. Shad Satterthwaite is associate dean for the College of Liberal Studies. He and his wife Valerie have three children. Before coming to OU Outreach, he served as assistant to the president. He has also taught political science courses at OU, managed the university’s faculty-in-residence program, and served as an adjunct faculty member with the College of Liberal Studies and Advanced Programs. He is the faculty advisor to the OU Student Veterans Association.
He 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 and the President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program Outstanding Mentor as well as receiving the UOSA’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
In addition to his many professional achievements, Dr. Satterthwaite has also published a variety of articles, papers, and other works, focusing mostly on political science, public administration, education, and history.[KC1] 

Heather Shotton, Ph.D. Norman, Oklahoma,  Faculty, The University of Oklahoma

Dr. Shotton  is a citizen of the Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, and is also Kiowa and Cheyenne. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. 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 and is 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 TanDavid L Tan, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of the Department of Higher Education  and Learning Technologies, Texas A&M University, Commerce

PhD- University of Arizona
MEd- University of Arizona
BA-  Mansfield State College

Dr. Tan was a tenured full Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma before he retired in January 2017 after 27 years of distinguished service. 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 6 graduate degree programs and the first competency-based undergraduate degree in the State of Texas.  Called the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program (TAB), this degree-granting innovation allows diverse working adult learners to 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 (he served as 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 WilsonBeth Wilson, JD, Dallas TX, Executive Assistant to the President, Director, Institutional Access and Equity, Southern Methodist University

JD, Oklahoma City University School of Law
B.A., M.A., The University of Oklahoma

Beth Wilson is executive assistant to the president and director of institutional access and equity at Southern Methodist University. She 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.

Ex-Officio Members:

Belinda BiscoeBelinda Biscoe, Ph.D., Norman, OK, Interim Vice President, University OUTREACH, Public and Community Services Division, The University of Oklahoma

PhD- University of Oklahoma
MA, BA- Fisk University

IBelinda 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 treatmentAs Interim Vice President, she bears responsibility for over thirty-one 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 2010-2011Additionally, 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, and Community EducationAs 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, Kansas City, MO, 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. PappasJames P. Pappas, Ph.D., Norman, OK, Vice President for University Outreach, and Dean, College of Liberal Studies, OU

Ph.D. - Purdue University
Dr. Pappas received his Ph.D. 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.




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