The Faculty Teaching Fellows are faculty from across campus with a proven commitment to developing better instructional methods and best-practice pedagogy.
College of Arts and Sciences
Ron Brooks is an associate professor in the English department at Oklahoma State University and currently serves as the chair of the rhetoric and professional writing program and as associate head of the department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a wide range of rhetorical topics, focusing primarily on writing, digital writing, and invention. Believing in the power of writing to change lives and communities, Dr. Brooks specializes in helping all of his students learn to think of themselves as writers and has recently launched a community engagement project titled Writing Oklahoma Now, a project that aims to reach out to the community to help people develop their stories. His research interests in rhetoric and writing have led him to study and write about diverse topics, such as pinball, robotics, television opera, and food reality shows. His primary hope is that he can help students see how writing connects to all of the things they love.
Charles Abramson is a Regents Professor and Lawrence L. Boger Professor of International Studies in the Department of Psychology. 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 200 papers and 17 books. 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, and the 2012 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Medal for Research University Teaching.
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 20 countries and is co-PI on a long running NSF-REU grant based in Turkey. Dr. Abramson looks forward to sharing these experiences and to help faculty develop their own international programs.
College of Education
Pam Brown, Professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, began in the OSU professoriate in 1999. She earned a degree in history from the University of Oklahoma, and holds Master’s and doctoral degrees from OSU. She currently teaches mainly graduate level courses in curriculum, but she has also taught undergraduate pre-service teachers, supervised student teachers in early childhood, elementary, and secondary social studies classrooms, and taught honors students. A recipient of the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, she has supervised 24 students through completing the doctoral dissertation. She enjoys the challenge of designing and offering courses in multiple delivery formats, including traditional face-to-face, hybrid, team teaching, and broadcast courses.
Dr. Brown engages in research related to critical media literacy, teacher autonomy, teacher research, and teacher education, and has co-authored Media Literacy Transforming Curriculum and Teaching, a yearbook for the National Society for the Study of Education. She has been a member of the Executive Board of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, and she led the latest national accreditation work for the OSU professional education unit, working with programs across four Colleges. She is a resources co-director for the OSU Writing Project.
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
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.
Dr. Margi Gilmour is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Her professional training included graduation from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, internship at the University of Georgia and residency training at the Ohio State University. Following board certification, Dr. Gilmour was in private ophthalmology practice for 10 years, then joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University, CVHS, as an Associate Professor in 2001. Dr. Gilmour has a strong interest in education and faculty development in teaching and learning.
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
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.
Dan Stein after over twenty years on the family farm, Dan began his graduate program in Animal Science at OSU in the fall of 2002. Dan completed both his M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology and his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Reproduction at OSU. Dan accepted his current position in the OSU Animal Science Department in the fall of 2009 with an 80% teaching and a 20% extension appointment. He is currently teaching courses in Animal Reproduction, Introduction to Animal Science and Cow-calf Production. His extension emphasis is in the area of Reproduction and Animal Breeding. Dan has been a faculty advisor for the CASNR Freshman in Transition (FIT) Living Community since 2010 and is co-advising the OSU Collegiate Cattleman Association and the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Dan has also served on the CASNR Faculty Council and the university Grade Appeals Committee and is currently serving on the university Student Conduct Committee.
Dan has received several awards for his teaching and advising efforts while at OSU including the OSU Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council Outstanding CASNR Faculty Member (2011, 2016), OSU University Award for Excellence for Student Advisement (2011, 2014), Alpha Zeta Outstanding Teacher Award, OSU “Leave the Ladder Down” Faculty Award, Gama Sigma Delta New Teacher Award of Merit, Mortar Board Golden Torch Award, CASNR Excellence in Student Advising and Mentoring Award, Daily O'Collegian Top Ten Most Wanted Professor, OSU Phi Eta Sigma Faculty Member of the Year, and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award. Dan has also received the Oklahoma FFA Honorary State Farmer Degree.
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Dr. Yates ,joined the Oklahoma State University CMT Faculty in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the OSU Construction Management Department in 1998. She graduated with a Masters of Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University in 2002. She also earned a Specialist in Education Degree from Pittsburg State University in 2006. In 2010 she was promoted to Associate Professor. She completed her Doctorate in Higher Education from OSU in 2012 where she focused her research on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She accepted the position as Program Director of Construction Management Technology at OSU in 2013.
Dr. Yates began her teaching career at Pittsburg State University in 2002, and has taught numerous construction courses throughout her academic career including: Construction Drawings, Concrete Technology, Estimating I, Strength of Materials in Construction, Structures I, Construction Contracts, and Capstone courses. She received the Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher Award in 2008, and the CEAT Advisor of the Year in 2010. Dr. Yates currently serves as the Associated Schools of Construction Region V Director.
She also enjoys sharing her passion for increasing the recruitment and retention of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through local, national, and international presentations. Additionally, she speaks on charting your own path in college, navigating your future, and setting goals and achieving them.
John Phillips is an Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering who joined the faculty of OSU’s School of Architecture in 2000. He is a registered professional engineer who graduated from OSU with his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering in 1990, and his Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering in 1991. John returned to teach at his alma mater after working as a structural engineering for nine years, bringing professional engineering experience to the architectural and structural courses he teaches. He is co-author of the Project Lead the Way “Civil Engineering and Architecture” workbook, used for the purpose of introducing architecture and engineering to high school students. John has been recognized by the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology as the Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher in 2003, as the Halliburton Excellent Teacher in 2011, and as the first recipient of the Knight Family Faculty Development Fellowship in 2014. John’s current scholarship and research centers on utilizing the technology of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the purpose of streamlining the design of building structures, with the intent of bringing the results of his research into the classroom to enhance the educational experience of his students to better prepare them for their chosen profession.
College of Human Sciences
Mihyun Kang is a Professor in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising (Interior Design) in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University and holds the Chris Salmon Endowed Professorship. She earned a Ph.D. in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota and has commercial interior design experience that includes design work in Korea, China, and U.S. She focuses her scholarly work on sustainable interior design to minimize negative effects and maximize positive effects on environmental, economic, and social systems over the life cycle of a building. She also has interests in design for special populations, such as seniors, to solve complex contemporary interior design problems. Her research has been funded by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), American Society of Interior Designs (ASID) and other entities. Her work as a Faculty Teaching Fellow with the Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence would focus on promoting faculty motivation, vitality, and professional growth to achieve teaching excellence in the College of Human Sciences.
Spears School of Business
Mark Weiser began his tenure at OSU in 1995 teaching in the Masters of Science in Telecommunications Management program, an challenging interdisciplinary environment that involved Business, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. Prior to completing his PhD at University of Iowa, his undergraduate work was completed at the Pennsylvania State University. He has won several teaching awards, particularly for innovative approaches to online learning early in his OSU tenure; and has also published peer-reviewed research about the efficacy of these approaches.
During 14 years in a variety of administrative capacities at the program, college, and university levels, Dr. Weiser never stopped teaching. He continues to seek better approaches to teaching; particularly for online and study abroad courses. A recent passion is bringing international experiences to undergraduate students and during the past eight years, he has led more students in short-term study abroad courses than any OSU faculty member. He strives to tie a real business academic learning to rich international exposure. Dr. Weiser has now returned full-time to the faculty and is a Professor of Management Science and Information Systems and a Regents Service Professor.