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Department of Geography
Associate Professor

Brad Bays is an Associate Professor of Geography who joined OSU in 1995. He holds a B.A. (Geography) from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. (Geography) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A fifth-generation Payne Countian, Bays’s research focuses on agricultural history, farm settlement, and the consequences of U.S. Indian policy on rural land use. He has conducted rural fieldwork in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Bays was an early adopter of online instruction at OSU and has been recognized for his teaching, scholarship by the National Council for Geographic Education, the National Geographic Society, American Association of Geographers, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and Oklahoma State University. He teaches courses on human geography, natural resource conservation, North American historical geography, and the geography of U.S. Indian trust lands.

Charles Abramson

Entomology and Plant Pathology
Professor in Psychology

Charles I. Abramson is a Regents Professor of Psychology and holds the Lawrence L. Boger Professorship in International Studies. Dr. Abramson also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and the Department of Integrative Biology. Dr. Abramson has published over 260 papers and 20 books/special issue editor. Many of these publications describe hands-on inquiry based student activities using a variety of organisms, including humans. He has created numerous programs including the "Psych Museum" and the "Psych Mobile." Dr. Abramson has received many awards for his teaching at the national, state, and local levels including the 2003 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Association, the 2012 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Medal for Research University Teaching and five time recipient of the Outstanding Psychology Professor Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society. He was inducted into both the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma High Education Hall of Fame in 2018.

Dr. Abramson has extensive experience developing and integrating hands-on activities into a variety of classrooms across educational institutions including high school and college both here in the United States and abroad. He looks forward to sharing these activities with colleagues around the university. Some of his goals as a Faculty Teaching Fellow include helping introductory instructors to develop and integrate hands-on activities into their classrooms and to encourage faculty and students to think globally. He has worked in over 20 countries looks forward to sharing these experiences and to help faculty develop their own international programs.

His research program is in the field of comparative psychology which he defines as the "Application of the comparative method to problems in psychology." He has worked with a wide range of species (from "ants to elephants to humans" in both applied and theoretical problems such as the development of mathematical models of the learning processes to basic comparative questions, to the effect of agrochemicals on behavior. He has been part of National Science Foundation grants in excess of $7,000,000. Many of these grants have been associated with the NSF-REU and NSF-PIRE educational programs.

Jon Ramsey

Agricultural Education
Associate Professor

Jon Ramsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership. He currently serves as the Program Director for Agricultural Education and coordinates undergraduate advisement in the Agricultural Education major. Jon has taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels including courses in Adult Learning and Volunteer Management. In addition to graduate courses, Jon has taught many of the undergraduate professional core courses focused on the preparation of school-based agricultural education teachers. Jon has received the American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Teaching Award (Western Region) for 2014, the Outstanding Graduate Advisor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership for 2013, and the Outstanding Advisor for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for 2008.

Jon has published in the Journal of Agricultural Education, the Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research and the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. His line of inquiry focuses on teacher retention and school-based agricultural education.

Dr. Ramsey looks forward to serving the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources as a Faculty Teaching Fellow. In addition to working with individual faculty, Jon is excited to work with CASNR Faculty Teaching Fellow, Dr. Dan Stein and the Associate Dean of Instruction, Dr. Cynda Clary to develop collaborative efforts between the Dean, ITLE and the Faculty Fellows for CASNR aimed at supporting development of faculty instructional methods and best-practice pedagogy.

Karina Shreffler

Department of Human Development & Family Science


Karina Shreffler is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science and has been a resident faculty member on the Tulsa campus since 2007. Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Shreffler received a B.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves as the Tulsa Academic Programs Coordinator for the HDFS Department, has previously coordinated the undergraduate and graduate programs in HDFS, and has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has received the OSU-Tulsa President’s Outstanding Research (2017) and Teaching (2012) Awards and is passionate about integrating research experiences into her teaching. Dr. Shreffler looks forward to serving the OSU-Tulsa campus as a Faculty Teaching Fellow. An active researcher with federal funding, she understands the challenge of continuing to provide high-quality instruction as the university becomes a "highest research activity" university. She looks forward to developing and implementing a model that facilitates or enhances connections between instructors at all levels (tenured, clinical, adjunct, graduate teaching associates) and coordinates professional development opportunities in an effort to promote instructional excellence in an active research environment.

Lyndi Gilliam

Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Associate Professor


Lyndi Gilliam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, she received her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 2001. She entered private mixed animal practice for 2 years in Dalhart, Texas before returning to Oklahoma State University for a residency in Equine Internal Medicine. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2006 and obtained her PhD in 2010. She joined the faculty of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2006. Her responsibilities in the CVHS involve teaching courses in all 4 years of the veterinary curriculum including directing the communications curriculum. She also mentors and trains interns and residents. Her research interests include rattlesnake envenomation, equine herpes virus, and clinical pharmacology. Dr. Gilliam has received the award for Outstanding Professor for the third and fourth years of the veterinary curriculum and received the Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. In 2015 Dr. Gilliam received the OSU Regent’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Teaching is a passion for her and she enjoys researching new ways to engage students and improve their learning in the veterinary curriculum. She believes in shaping the future of veterinary medicine by investing in the students she teaches.