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  • Laura Bixler
    Education 217 A

  • Bill Caruthers
    Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
    Education 215 H

    Dr. Caruthers served as a school superintendent in Oklahoma public schools for over 15 years and has also served as a history teacher, school counselor, principal, and special education director over a 30+ year career in common education prior to joining ECU as Director of Educational Leadership. He is a two-time ECU graduate with both a BA and MEd from ECU.

  • June Caruthers
    Education 215 J

  • Sharon Cunningham
    Education 215F

  • Jo Ann Hunt
    Education 305 A

  • Phyllis Isaacs
    Chair and Associate Professor,
    Education 204 C

  • Mark Jones
    Assistant Professor, Educational Technology
    Education 215 B

    Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education from Oklahoma State University in 1999, a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University in 2004, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (educational technology emphasis) from Oklahoma State University in 2009.

    From 2010 until coming to ECU, Dr. Jones conducted technology training and most recently served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Information Technology at the University of Central. Dr. Jones held the position of assistant professor at Indiana State University during the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Additionally, Dr. Jones is certified by the State of Oklahoma to teach and has taught in Wister and Locust Grove Public Schools biology, anatomy/physiology, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, and general science. He has additional experience by serving as an assessment specialist and as an instructional designer at Oklahoma State University as well as by serving as the technology director and distance learning coordinator for Heavener Public Schools.

  • Dana Jordan
    Instructor, Early Childhood Educaton
    Education 201 A

  • Jessica Koch
    Assistant Professor,, Assessment Coordinator
    Lanoy Education Building 204B

    A graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Koch is an avid Auburn Tigers fan. She has 12 years of public school teaching experience ranging anywhere from teaching 3 year olds to teaching graduate students. Over the past 11 years she has taught in Tennessee, Georgia, and Oklahoma in a variety of schools and a wide range of content areas. She likes to consider herself a generalist. In addition to teaching, she has held various positions including department chair, grade level chair, small group instructor, and soccer and football coach. Before becoming a teacher, Dr. Koch completed her coursework by internationally student teaching in a small school south of Christchurch, New Zealand. The majority of her childhood was spent in Marietta, Georgia and Brentwood, Tennessee where she graduated high school. Currently Dr. Koch resides in Shawnee with her husband, Chris who is an ECU graduate and former baseball player, and stepson, Chance.

  • Freda Low
    Education 203 C

  • Jack Paschall
    Education 305 C

    Dr. Paschall received his degree fro the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Paschall, now retired from the ECU faculty, teaches Cognitive Behavior Theories and Methods of Counseling and Psychotherapy for the Psychology Department.

  • Nanette Schmitt
    Assistant Professor,
    Education 215 E

    Dr. Schmitt earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon in 1994 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.

    Dr. Schmitt held the position of Assistant Professor of Education at East Central University from 2007 to 2010. She taught as a part-time instructor for East Central University in fall 2012 and summer 2013. Dr. Schmitt has five years of public school teaching experience in McAlester and Los Angeles. Dr. Schmitt’s previous work in the Education Department was positive. She is an outstanding teacher.

  • Shelli Sharber
    Assistant Professor, Library Media
    Education 213 C

  • Jennifer Snell
    Instructor, Student Teaching Coordinator
    Education 203 D
  • Posted on: 12 October, 2016

    Bringing awareness and breaking down stigmas to mental illness in teens of Pontotoc County is the goal of the new Project Aware Grant Program at East Central University.

    The grant, written by Holli Witherington of the Brandon Whitten Institute, was awarded to ECU in the fall of 2015 and is part of a national program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Posted on: 11 October, 2016

    The East Central University School of Nursing recently received a $51,943 grant to renovate part of the school into a simulation lab, which will assist nursing students. The funds came from the Valley View Health and Wellness Foundation, which awards grants to organizations that promote area residents’ health and well-being. Presenting the check at far left is Tom Bolitho, of the Valley View Foundation. Also pictured on the front row (from left) are Leah Lyon, ECU director of sponsored programs and research; Lori Wightman, president of Mercy Hospital, Ada; Dr.

  • Posted on: 11 October, 2016

    Craig Kurtz, proud East Central University alumnus and basketball player for legendary head coach Wayne Cobb, is the new chief executive officer of the ECU Foundation, Inc.

    For Kurtz, the return to ECU is a chance at reconnect with friends and build relationships with valued alumni.

    “It’s fun to have the opportunity to meet graduates. Not many people love the university more than I do,” Kurtz proclaimed.

  • Posted on: 11 October, 2016

    In an effort to pitch a business idea and trade on a virtual stock market, high school and college students are invited to participate in the East Central University Tiger Tank Competition set for Thursday, Nov. 3, in ECU’s Stonecipher School of Business at the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

    The competition goes from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with the Leonard Limes Lecture and lunch to follow from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in ECU Foundation Hall of the CBCC.

  • Posted on: 05 October, 2016

    Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, director of East Central University’s Go Global Study Abroad Program, poses with (from left) Dylan Sterling, a psychology major and Russian minor from Norman; Egor Stepanenko and Oksana Okhrimenko. Sterling is studying at the State University of Management in Moscow, Russia, while Stepanenko and Okhrimenko are from the State University of Management in Moscow, and studying on the ECU campus this fall. All three are part of ECU’s Go Global Study Abroad Program.

  • Posted on: 04 October, 2016

    A new master’s program at East Central University, unlike any in the state, is primed to have long-lasting effects for not only the student, but the general population.

    ECU’s unique M.S. in water policy resources and management program is designed to support the need for advanced understanding of the growing complexity of water issues that face communities in the state, nation and globally. It’s a 30-hour credit program and is open to students with an undergraduate degree.

  • Posted on: 04 October, 2016

    East Central University student Tara Sloan underwent a unique summer internship experience in Arizona with the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP).

    The senior environmental health science major from Ft. Worth, Texas, immersed herself in various projects while serving as an intern with the Indian Health Service, an operating division of the United States Public Health Service at the Phoenix Area Office.

  • Posted on: 04 October, 2016

    Masie Cully’s passion for her heritage and a potential environmental health science career came full circle in the Pacific Northwest this past summer.

    Cully, an East Central University senior from Norman and a Moore High School graduate, served an environmental health science internship in the Portland area, under Commander Celeste Davis, widely known as a strong leader in environmental health within Indian Health Service and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Davis is a graduate of the Environmental Health Science program at ECU.


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