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Vice President, University Outreach and Dean of the College of Liberal Studies

Dr. James P. Pappas


Dr. James P. Pappas

PhD, Purdue University
MS, BA, University of Ohio


Dr. James Pappas serves as Vice President for Outreach, Dean of the College of Liberal Studies, and Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma (OU). In addition, he has completed the Executive Business Management Program at Stanford University and the Institute for Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard University.

Prior to coming to OU, Dr. Pappas served as Associate Dean of Liberal Education, Associate Dean of Continuing Education, and Director of Academic Counseling at the University of Utah. He has worked as a psychologist in the Veterans Administration, a faculty member at Indiana University, and an assessment officer with the Peace Corps. He has consulted with governmental, business, and educational organizations in the areas of psychological assessment, training and development, and marketing.

Dr. Pappas has served as an officer on numerous community service and professional association boards, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP). He has served as president of UPCEA and AGLSP and is currently executive vice president of ACHE. Dr. Pappas has produced more than 100 professional presentations and articles in the fields of adult education, counseling, and administration. In addition, he has edited and co-edited monographs addressing economic development, adult degree programs, and the nontraditional doctoral degree.

Dr. Pappas oversees OU’s academic outreach program that serves more than 200,000 participants, has 55,000 credit enrollments, provides thirteen adult degree programs, offers more than 1,000 distance and online courses, and includes a Kellogg Conference Center. In addition, University Outreach administers numerous large federal and state grants that provide education and training for government employees. These include supervisory and executive training for the Postal Service, a nine-state substance abuse prevention program, a national resource center for runaway youth, a five-state educational resource center, and a contract to deliver graduate degrees to armed forces bases throughout Europe. The continuing education division also offers business and executive programs in economic development, banking, engineering, and management.


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