Jani Houtz is the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Science and Physical Education in the mornings and the Administrative Assistant for Instructional Technology in the afternoons. She has been a member of the USAO staff since 1997.
The Division of Science and Physical Education at USAO includes the majors of biology, chemistry, computer science -- scientific track, computer science -- MIS track, mathematics, natural science, physical education and physics.
Dr. Jeannette Loutsch has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 2007. She is an associate professor of biology and teaches Virology, Virology Lab, Basic Microbiology, Basic Microbiology Lab, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology Lab, Colloquium Science, Botany, Botany Lab, General Genetics, General Genetics Lab, Immunology, Immunology Lab and Foundations of Life Science.
Loutsch has numerous publication which include Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Murine Cytomegalovirus Protease and Capsid Assembly Protein Genes, Expression and Characterization of Recombinant Murine Cytomegalovirus Protease, Ophthalmic Antiviral Therapies and Collagen Shields for Ocular Drug Delivery.
Loutsch is the advisor for Colleges Against Cancer, was a speaker at the Festival of Arts and Ideas and a member of the V-Day College Campaign.
Before coming to USAO, Loutsch was an assistant professor in biological sciences at Arkansas State University, a post-doctoral fellow at the LSU Eye Center and Monsanto/Searle Infectious Disease Research Center, a medical technologist at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center and Orange City Municipal Hospital.
Active in her state and national professional associations and recognized for novel approaches to teaching physical education, Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education, has served on the USAO faculty since 1992.
For one independent study project in 2006, Osborn led a group of students to study the famed travels of Lewis and Clark, to experience their journey, food, clothes and culture of the period. Following their research, her students were required to offer a public presentation on such things as canoe making, tipi construction, native weapons and jewelry.
After earning her bachelor of science degree from Phillips University, Osborn received her master’s degree in education from Central State University. She went on to complete her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
In 2008, Osborn was named to the Faculty Advisory Council of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. This is her second appointment to the council and the third time USAO has been represented.
In 2006, Osborn was honored by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) for her achievements in physical education. Honorees must serve more than a decade in the field in Oklahoma and be active on state and national levels in teaching and research. Osborn has been a working member of OAHPERD for nearly 35 years.She has authored one book and edited another.
Osborn actually has served at USAO four times: she taught courses here in 1973, 1977 and 1980, before joining the faculty full-time in 1992.
Leah Oxenford has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 2007. She is the lab coordinator and teaches Principles of Ecology Lab, Principles of Ecology, Foundations of Science Laboratory and Colloquium in the Sciences.
Oxenford’s publications and presentations include Swellable molecularly imprinted Poly-N-(N-prophy) acrylamide particles for the detection of emerging organic contaminants using surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, Stationary phase solvation and selectivity in reverse phase liquid chromatography with short and medium chain alcohols, and Characterization of the pH properties of N-isopropyl acrylamide copolymers for sensor applications.
She is a member of the V-Day College Campaign.
Before coming to USAO, Oxenford was a teaching/research assistant at Oklahoma State University, an assistant application chemist at the Hach Company and worked in the chemistry stockroom at the University of Northern Colorado.
Ph.D., Chemical Education, University of Northern Colorado, 1997
Dissertation Title: Student Conceptions of Equilibrium and Fundamental Thermodynamic Concepts in College Physical Chemistry
Comprehensive Examinations Passed: Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Education
Dr. Peter Thomas has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1997. He teaches in four areas: chemistry (general and physical chemistry), science education (science for elementary teachers, secondary science teaching methods, and supervises student teachers and first year teachers), basic earth science (introductory geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography), and developmental mathematics (basic math and algebra skills).
Dr. Thomas continually collects and analyzes data regarding the performance of our science teaching candidates to help design and maintain the accreditation of the USAO Science Teacher Program. Using this data, he then devises and writes the USAO Science Program Report for the Oklahoma Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Dr. Thomas’s other publications include Acid-Base Chemistry in Biological Context, College Physical Chemistry Students’ Conceptions of Equilibrium and Fundamental Thermodynamics, and Parametric Study of Exploding Wire Continuum Radiation.
Dr. Thomas serves as the faculty sponsor of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students. He is also the co-director and one of the instructors for the USAO Brain Waves Gifted Camps.
Before coming to USAO, Dr. Thomas held several positions at the University of Northern Colorado in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry including adjunct professor, laboratory coordinator, co-host of the NSF-funded workshop “Developing Your Physical Chemistry Laboratory," laboratory instructor, tutor, and instructor of chemistry and physics at the university high school. Prior to that he was an electrical engineer for the Hewlett-Packard Company for eleven years working on the design of printer products and new manufacturing processes.
Dr. Nancy Warden has earned numerous teaching awards, including her selection in 2009 by readers of the Chickasha Express-Star as Favorite University Educator.
Warden received the Outstanding Service Award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2008 and received a Present Service Award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1999.
She received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 1984 and 1988 and was awarded the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation's State Alumni Hall of Fame Recognition in 2006.
In addition to research projects and publications, Warden makes presentations at professional meetings and schools that include The Math Lady is a MathMagician!; Optical Illusions: Mathematical Applications; Make and Take Origami -- A Monster Stellated Icosahedrom; Careers in Mathematics; Optical Illusions and Standards; Math Magic in the Classroom; Testing Hypotheses in Elementary Statistics; Mathematics and Communication and others.
Warden has served on the USAO faculty since 1980. Before coming to USAO, she was a teacher and chairman of the Secondary Mathematics Department at Chickasha High School for two years, a math teacher at Minco High School and a teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
Warden is a member of the American Mathematics Competitons, Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Outside of the classroom, Warden is seen frequently at Drover basketball games, softball games, baseball games, at music concerts and other college events. Warden, along with Dr. Linda Crumb and Fred Kemper, wrote words to the Drover Fight Song.
She has served many years as a Grady County 4-H Volunteer Leader and continues to host the annual Grady County Speech and Illustrated Presentations event on the USAO campus. Warden is a member of the Circle of Champions for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and served a four-year term on the foundation's Board of Directors.
Dr. Roch Chan-Yu-King has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1988. He teaches Foundations of Physical Science, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, General Chemistry II and General Chemistry Laboratory II.
King’s publications include Improving the Floatability and Cleanability of Ultrafine Coal by the Use of Anionic Surfactants and Solid-Liquid Phase Transfer Catalysis for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Curriculum.
King holds several patents that include A Process for the Preparation of Dideuteriomethylene Chloride and Reagents to Optimize Removal of Pyritic Sulfur and Ash from Fine and Ultrafine Coal by Filtration Processes with Optimal Weight and BTU Recovery.
In addition to his classroom responsibilities, King is a chemical consultant for Diatron Corporation in San Diego for pharmaceuticals and is a science judge for The Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Oklahoma Academy of Science. He received the Carbondale’s Dissertation Research Award from Southern Illinois University and the Centre National de Recherche Scientific (CNRS) Fellowship.
He is fluent in French (mother tongue), English, Malagasi and Chinese (Cantonese).
Before coming to USAO, he was a postdoctoral research fellow, teaching assistant and participated in numerous research projects from Illinois to France.
Dr. Sean Kelley has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1999. He is an associate professor of physical education and teaches Kinesiology, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Fundamentals of Individual Sports and Golf. He serves as an advisor to the physical education majors.
Since becoming a member of the USAO faculty, Kelley has served as president, treasurer and vice-president of the USAO Faculty Association and has been a member of several committees that include Superior Teaching Award, Library, Curriculum, Academic Meet and Student Disciplinary.
Kelley is a member of the National Association of Physical Education in Higher Education; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and is a tribal member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians.
Kelley also studied at the Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture in Denmark. He enjoys competitive golf, ice hockey and running and even trained with an elite-level hockey team and lived in Sweden.
I grew up in Denver, Colorado (Go Broncos!) and am the middle of three children. My research interests include protein structure and folding as well as the reaction pathways of chlorinated organic materials during the water treatment process by chloramines. I met my wife Corrie while working on my Post-doc at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and we have a beautiful new daughter Emma. In my spare time I enjoy singing anything from Barbershop quartets to choral music and musical theater.