Division of Social Sciences and Business

Instructor in Accounting

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Robert
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Newbrough
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  • Master of Business Administration, California Coast University, 2009
  • Certified Public Accountant, registration and license to practice in Oklahoma, 1988
  • Bachelor of Accounting and Business Administration, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1987
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405-574-1266
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Robert Newbrough has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2002. He teaches all accounting courses as well as Principles of Finance, and occasionally dabs in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Newbrough is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a retired Captain of the Chickasha Fire Department. He is a governmental accounting expert witness, and the treasurer for the USAO Alumni Association.  He prepares income tax forms for business and individuals and does compensation plans design, costing, and consulting for various labor organizations within Oklahoma.

Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
307
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Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -- Aristotle

Associate Prof. of Psychology & Chair, Div. of Social Sciences & Business

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Christopher
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Walker
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1283
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Dr. Chris Walker has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 2004. He commonly teaches Elementary Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Advanced Research Methods, History of Psychology and Social Psychology.

Dr. Walker’s research has traditionally examined social/cognitive factors that influence academic motivation and achievement including perceptions of belonging, the adoption of achievement goals, and hope. His publications have been featured in the Middle Grades Research Journal, Learning and Individual Differences, Social Psychology of Education, Educational Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research

Dr. Walker is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the Oklahoma Psychological Society (OPS). He was awarded the USAO Regent's Award for Superior Teaching in 2006 & 2011 and the Regent's Award for Scholarly Research in 2010. He is also a faculty co-sponsor of the Psychology Club and Psi Chi and serves as the chair of the USAO Symposia and University Assessment Committees.

Before coming to USAO, he was a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
119A
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Famous Quote: 

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -- Aristotle

Professor of Economics & Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Jennifer
Last Name: 
Long
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B.A., Economics, University of Tulsa, 1992

Ph.D, Economics, University of Tennessee, 1997

Phone Number: 
405-574-1217
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A member of the USAO faculty since 1999, Dr. Long is an economic historian whose primary areas of interest include colonial American economics, the 19th century American Industrial Revolution, women’s labor history, and Institutional Economics. Before coming to USAO, she taught at the University of Tennessee as a graduate instructor, and at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She has published or presented on a wide variety of topics, including the history of New Deal job creation in Tennessee, feminist participatory research methods, NAFTA-related job loss in the South, and the dangers of right-to-work laws.

In conjunction with her role as Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Core Curriculum (IDS), Dr. Long teaches several IDS courses, including Rhetoric adn Critical Thinking, The Individual in Contemporary Society, American Civ I, American Civ II, World Thought II, and World Thought III. 

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Long serves as the faculty advisor for the USAO Feminist Collective and as a member of the coordinating committee for the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium and the Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service.

She is a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the International Association for Feminist Economics and also serves on the board of the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center in Chickasha.

Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
317
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Famous Quote: 

"They don’t call economics The Dismal Science because it’s fair.... They call it that after Sir Eustace Dismal, the 18th century English economist who proposed making smokestacks out of children. It was a very interesting proposal but ultimately flawed. I mean, if you make the smokestacks out of children who will you force to clean them? It’s referred to as 'Dismal’s Paradox.'" John Hodgeman

Instructor in Business Administration & Management

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Wendi
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Ferrell
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  • Master of Business Administration, Cameron University, 2000

  • Vocational Endorsement, University of Central Oklahoma, 1995

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1993
     


 

Phone Number: 
405-574-1265
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Wendi Ferrell joined the USAO faculty in 2008. Before USAO, she was the leadership and recruitment coordinator/program supervisor for Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb. She coordinated the Washita Valley Leadership Program, was the trainer for the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute and served as the self employment training coordinator. She also served as a program supervisor for the culinary arts, school nurse, hotel and restaurant management and criminal justice programs.

Her previous work experience includes working as an adjunct instructor at Western Oklahoma State College and full-time faculty member in the business department at Southwest Technology Center in Altus and Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.

Ferrell was named the 2007 Outstanding Educator of the Year -- Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education, Customized Business and Industry Training Services. She also was named the Mt. Plains Region Teacher of the Year for 1998-99 and the Oklahoma Business Education Association Teacher of the Year 1998-98.

She has been a member of the Association of Career and Technology Education (ACTE); Oklahoma ACTE; Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, CBITS Division; ACTE/CBITS, and the Administration Division of the Oklahoma ACTE.

Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
316
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Famous Quote: 

"We all have possibilities we don't know about.  We can do things we don't even dream we can do." - Dale Carnegie

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Professor of American Indian Studies

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Lee
Last Name: 
Hester
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  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, 1999
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, 1991
  • Bachelor of History, University of Oklahoma, 1987
Phone Number: 
405-574-1289
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Dr. Lee Hester has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2000. He teaches Tribal Government and Law, History of Federal Indian Law, Justice and Federal Indian Law, Theories of Sovereignty, Contemporary American Indian Issues, American Indian Identity, Native American Philosophy, Pan-Indianism, American Indian Art, American Indians in Film, American Indian Economics, Casino Management, Plains Indian Warfare, Removal, Native American Contemporary and Traditional Literature, Wichita Clemente, Chickasaw Clemente, Kiowa Tribal Government and American Indian Education.

Hester is the director of American Indian Studies and director of the Meredith Indigenous Humanities Center. He is the advisor to all American Indian Studies majors and is a faculty advisor to American Indian student organization on campus.

Hester has been published in numerous American Indian journals, newspapers and newsletters that include American Indian Wars on the Solver Screen, On Philosophical Discourse andCeremonial Worlds and Environmental Sanity. He also has published a book entitled Political Principles and Indian Sovereignty.

He was awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence for Environmental Protection Services in 1973 by President Richard Nixon.

In addition to his classroom activities, Hester is the Cultural Committee chair for the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance Inc., is a founding board member for the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics and is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the American Philosophical Association and the American Indian Philosophical Association.

Before coming to USAO, Hester taught at Oklahoma City University, Lakehead University and the University of Oklahoma.

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
229
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Famous Quote: 

"It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service." - Albert Einstein

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Aleisha
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Karjala
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  • Doctor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 2007
  • Bachelor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 2001
Phone Number: 
405-574-1286
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Dr. Aleisha Karjala has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 2007. She is an associate professor of political science and teaches all political science courses and in the Interdisciplinary sequence (Political and Economic Systems and Theories (PEST) and American Civilization I and II).

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
221
Famous Quote: 

"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity." -- Aristotle

Associate Professor of History

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Kevin
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Crow
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Ph.D. History, University of Kentucky, August 2001
Dissertation: Maleficia aut Beneficia: The Influence of the Roman Legal Tradition on Late Antique and Early Medieval Attitudes Concerning Magic and Divination.
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Late Antique Cultural and Social History, Roman History, Greek History, Early Medieval History, September 1996

M.A. History, University of Kentucky, May 1995
Master's Thesis: Taking Aim at a Most Persistent Enemy: The Roman Legal Tradition Proscribing the Use of Magic.

B.A. History, summa cum laude, Arkansas Tech University, December 1989

Phone Number: 
405-574-1216
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Dr. Kevin Crow teaches a wide variety of courses at USAO. Among the courses he teaches are Ancient Civilizations, Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations, Modern Civilizations, Russian History, Classical Greece, The Hellenistic World and Early Christianity, The Roman Republic, History of England and France 1515-1815, Ideology and Mass Culture in the Modern World, Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools, Political Geography of the Modern World, World Thought and Culture to 500, World Thought and Culture 500 to 1650 and World Thought and Culture from 1650 to Present.

In addition to teaching, Crow serves as an advisor for students majoring in history, supervises teacher candidates pursuing social studies certification during their professional trimester and serves as a university representative for Resident Year Teacher Committees.

Students tend to find Crow's classes fascinating, exciting and inspiring. In recognition of his excellence in teaching, he was awarded the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2008 and again in 2010. Despite his reputation as an outstanding teacher, however, Crow is probably best recognized on campus as the sponsor of the largest student club at USAO, The Zombie Survivalists' Club.

Before coming to USAO, Crow taught at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Arkansas Tech University and Georgetown College.

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
202
Famous Quote: 

"All fortune is conquered by endurance." -- Virgil

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Soumendra
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Banerjee
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405-574-1342
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Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
312

Admin. Assistant for Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences & Business

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Leah
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Feild
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Phone Number: 
574-1239
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Leah joined the USAO staff in May 2013.

 

She has been involved in community in various ways both publically and privately and looks forward to the opportunities she will have to be involved in the USAO community.

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
116

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Christopher
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Garneau
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405-574-1243
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Davis Hall
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