Concert band director, concert pianist, and composer Dr. Dan Hanson has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1988. He teaches music theory, composition, percussion, music methods courses, and directs the USAO Concert Band. In 2006, Hanson launched a new performing ensemble called The Key Players of USAO, a unique synthesizer keyboard group (with guitar, bass guitar & drums) that explores various musical styles and travels for public events. Hanson, who plays more than a dozen different musical instruments, recently added the accordion to his repertoire. Hanson earned the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2005 and in 2007. He was named twice to the Outstanding Young Men of America, twice to the Texas All-State Band and was a first prize winner of the Lubbock Music Composition Contest.
Hanson is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe), Oklahoma Music Educators Association, The College Music Society, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable Conference, The Society Of Composers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Lions Club International. He produced the orchestration for the World Premiere of Bill Mays' "Suite for Flute and Piano," has performed as a percussionist in Japan, and toured both Europe and Mexico. Before coming to USAO, Hanson was an assistant professor of music at Southern Plains College, director of jazz studies at Lubbock Christian University, instructor of music theory at the Texas Tech University Band Camp, and director of music for the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant.
Dr. Jan Hanson, Professor of Music, joined the USAO faculty in 1987. She serves as the conductor of the USAO Concert Choir and teaches courses in music history/literature, conducting and music methods. Dr. Hanson has extensive conducting experience in choral, opera, oratorio and music theatre. She serves as an adjudicator with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, the American Choral Director’s Association and the Quartz Mountain Arts Institute. Dr. Hanson has appeared as a guest conductor for the Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association, the Tri-State Music Festival, Circle the State With Song Festival and the Mid-Del Choral Music Festival. Prior to her appointment at USAO, she was a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, an instructor of voice at Southern Plains College, an associate instructor of music at Indiana University and a teaching fellow at the Aspen Choral Institute.
Dr. Hanson maintains professional memberships with the Music Educator's National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educator's Association, Oklahoma Choral Director's Association, American Choral Director's Association and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. She was named to Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Pi Kappa Lambda and Outstanding Young Women of America. Dr. Hanson is a member of the advisory board of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Dr. Brenda Brown has been a faculty member at USAO since 1992. Her areas of speciality include Modern and Postmodern American Literature and Composition & Rhetoric. Her research in these disciplines has been published in a variety of journals, and she regularly presents at the College English Association (CEA), the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), and at the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (OCTE). Brown has been elected to a variety of positions, including president of the USAO Faculty Association and president of the Women’s Caucus of SCMLA. In 2007, she received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Research, and she has been the recipient of numerous Gladys Emerson Emerson Research Awards. In October 2011, in collaboration with a senior Communication major, she presented a paper entitled "Creative Communication" at SCMLA. At this same conference, she was nominated and elected to be Chair of the "War and the Arts" panel at SCMLA.
Brown was co-coordinator and primary author of USAO's successful Higher Learning Commission Report in 2009 and also serves as USAO's Study Abroad Coordinator regularly leading students, alumni, and community members on educational, short term study abroad programs.
A member of Kappa Delta Phi and Sigma Tau Delta during her undergraduate years, Brown sponsored the initiation of the latter at USAO in 2007 and continues to oversee it.
Steve Brown has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1980. Before USAO, he was an assistant professor of art at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Ohio. Brown’s work has been featured in art shows and competitions across the United States where he has won awards at the international, national and regional level. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition awarded Mr. Brown its coveted Award of Excellence in 2002 for artist of the year in Oklahoma. He has been published in several national photography and art magazines. Many of Brown’s students also have been featured in national publications and shows. He has been referenced in “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in America – South and Southwest.” He was awarded the Certification of Achievement, Lead Technology Teacher from the Southwest Regional Education Consortium and the Oklahoma Department of Education.
Brown has served as a trustee for the USAO Foundation, as an advisory panel member for the Oklahoma State Arts Council and received three faculty research grants from USAO. He has participated many times in the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute – winning grants and scholarships from USAO and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Washita Valley Arts Council. Brown has commissioned work throughout Oklahoma that includes leaded windows, stained glass windows, digital photography, silkscreens, graphic design, graphic art and color illustrations.
Dr. John Bruce has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1998. Before coming to Chickasha, he was an instructor at South Texas Community College and a lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American. He has published articles on John Milton, Jonathan Swift and Washington Irving. One article on Swift was published in 2002 in a collection of essays published by Bucknell University Press. Additionally, he has made conference presentations in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Bruce received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2009, a Faculty of Arts Research Grant from the University of Glasgow, a Selden Leavell Endowed Scholarship from the University of Texas-Pan American and a Journalism Scholarship from Humboldt State University. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. He is a past president of the USAO Faculty Association and currently serves on various committees, including the Financial Aid Appeals Committee and the Academic Integrity Committee.
As the advisor of the student newspaper, The Trend, USAO’s Dr. J.C. Casey has an opportunity to work with students both inside and outside the classroom. Casey also has worked with students and staff to produce television shows, documentaries, reader’s theatre and public relations campaigns at the university. Casey has been a faculty member at USAO since 1992. Before coming to the college, she was a lecturer with Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College in Texas. She was a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Maryland, an adjunct instructor with Northeast Louisiana University and a graduate teaching assistant with Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Casey has worked with Oklahoma companies and organizations on public relations, television, radio, magazine publication and newspaper publication. Her research interests include grant writing for communication projects, effects of non-human teaching environments on human communication skills, the figure of the cowboy in American mythology and the development of rodeo in America and its effect on American culture. She is a member of the National Speech Association, American Culture Association, Popular Culture Association and the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association. She also has been a member of several USAO committees. Casey received the Regents Superior Teaching Award in 2007.
Dr. Kenneth Bohannon has performed as a soloist in opera, oratorio and choral works throughout his career. He has sung professionally with the Cincinnati Opera, Knoxville Opera, Chattanooga Opera and Tulsa Opera. He has performed over twenty opera, musical theatre, and operetta roles in his career as a student and professional. A long time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he has served as Auditions Chair and Governor of the Oklahoma District of NATS. He has been a faculty member at USAO since 1995. Before coming USAO, he was an adjunct instructor at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas; an adjunct instructor at Arkansas State University-Gateway Technical College and an adjunct voice instructor at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
In addition to his teaching duties at USAO, he is the coordinator of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series and director of the USAO Jazz Ensemble. He has performed recitals at USAO, Lyon College, Harding University, Indiana University, University of Tennessee and Hendrix College.