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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: 27 November, 2013

    ADA – Four classes called “Making Social Media Work for You”, presented by Maira Moraes Ollila and Dr. Pat Fountain, are being offered at East Central University, Dec. 16-17.

    The classes are for those who want to put social media to work, building relationships with customers and clients in order to increase revenue. Those who attend will learn how to make social media work for their organization, through one class session or all four.

  • Posted on: 26 November, 2013

    ADA – A unique Christmas gift idea is being provided by East Central University where, for a single bargain price of $30, a ticket package can be purchased to see two touring shows at the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. To purchase tickets, click on the link:

  • Posted on: 21 November, 2013

    ADA – The East Central University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society initiated eight new members during a recent ceremony in the Rudolph Hargrave Moot Courtroom in the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business. 

    To be eligible to induction, students must be a junior or senior and have a 3.0 average in all political science and legal studies classes.

  • Posted on: 21 November, 2013

    ADA – East Central University Director of Communications and Marketing Amy (Garcia) Ford was presented the prestigious Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award for 2013 on Wednesday at the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association’s Fall Workshop in the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Ford was nominated for the award by virtue of her leadership that has had a positive influence for ECU as well as for the state system of higher education. OCPRA was founded in 1969 and Ford is the 10th person in the state to receive this honor.

  • Posted on: 18 November, 2013

    ADA – “A Very Chorale Christmas”, a musical dinner variety show and silent auction, is set for Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the ECU Foundation Hall of East Central University’s Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.

  • Posted on: 13 November, 2013

    ADA – The East Central University Human Resources Club will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m., at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex and Convention Center in Ada. The dinner is free and open to everyone in the community. Volunteers are needed for serving and cleaning. For more information contact Dr. Steven Roring at 580-559-5812 or contact him via email at


  • Posted on: 13 November, 2013

    ADA – Teaching has been an eye-opening, yet gratifying experience for Chris Eckler in his young career.

    Just months after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a teacher certification from East Central University in May, Eckler has plunged headfirst into what he anticipates as a life-long profession and love.

  • Posted on: 13 November, 2013

    ADA – ‘Spotlight on France’ will be hosted by the East Central University Global Education Department on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Stanley P. Wagner Ballroom in the Memorial Student Union.



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