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Dr. David Ray


David Ray joined the OU faculty in 1992, after teaching for 14 years at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and before that 3 years at Boston College.

Ray received his BA cum laude from Yale (1967), and his MA and PhD from Stanford (1969, 1978) in political science.  He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971.

At OU, he has taught Honors courses almost every semester, but also large lecture sections of the required Gen Ed American government course - Ray typically has taught about 900 students per year in 3 or 4 classes per semester.  He also supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Department of Political Science and administered a program in teacher training for the Department's GTAs.

At Georgia Tech, he received the University Award for Teacher of the Year and the IFC (Inter-fraternity Council) Outstanding Teacher Award.

Since coming to OU, Ray has received these teaching awards: Outstanding Teacher in General Education, 1995; Regents Award for Superior Teaching, 1999; Students Athletes Association Award for "Most Inspiring Professor," 2000; the University College Award for Outstanding Instructor in a Freshman Seminar, 2001; the OU Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007; and the University of Oklahoma Student Association Award for Outstanding Teacher, 2009.

Ray served on the Norman City Council 2002-2004.

His publications have appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Western Political Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science, and Inter-American Studies and World Affairs. A book chapter has appeared in Massachusetts State Government. Current teaching and research interests include policy-making in the American states, Congressional oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies, U.S. foreign policy toward diverse Islamic societies, the politics of U.S. economic policy, and socioeconomic change in the less developed countries.

Richard Hamerla

Dr. Richard Hamerla

Associate Dean

Dr. Richard Hamerla is the Associate Dean of the Honors College and a Reach For Excellence Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma.  He holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and degrees from the University of Akron and Kent State University.  Dr. Hamerla has worked on topics dealing with the history of American chemistry and physics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, scientific apparatus, science during the Cold War, and the history biological weapons. His book, Two Centuries of Progress; A Bicentennial History of the Chemical Industry in Cleveland, 1796-1996 was published in 1996, and his most recent book, An American Scientist on the Research Frontier; Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science, was published in 2006.   

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Dr. Wright

Dr. Melanie Wright 

Dr. Wright has been with the Honors College since 1994 and is currently the Director of Honors Curriculum. Among her most pleasant duties is to supervise the Honors at Oxford program, teach one of the courses offered, and travel with the group of students to Oxford, England every summer.

The Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Goldwater faculty representative for the University of Oklahoma, Wright works with students as they apply for these and other prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships and assists them with interview practice. In addition, she meets with high school recruits, helps organize the
annual Undergraduate Research Day conference, and serves on the Honors Council.

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Wright received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma and wrote her dissertation on Gustave Flaubert and James Joyce.

She has taught several courses in the English Department including advanced composition, World Literature, Poetry, Modern European Novel, and Shakespeare. While at Honors, Wright has taught World Literature, Postmodern Detective Fiction, Modern British Fiction and Poetry, Ulysses, and London in Literature.

A devoted Boston Red Sox fan, she experienced the culmination of a 30-year dream as they won the World Series in 2004. Wright is also an expert on I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show (black and white episodes only), a talent not widely appreciated.

Vicki Schaeffer

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Dr. Vicki J. Schaeffer 

Dr. Vicki J. Schaeffer is the Director of Recruitment for the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College.  A veteran music teacher with close to twenty years experience in private and public schools, as well as universities, she has also served as a college and career counselor in high schools in Hawaii and Oklahoma.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College (OH), a Master of Music degree from Kent State University, and a Doctor of Music degree, with a double major in organ performance and church music, from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Her doctoral research was in the field of Shaker hymnody, a topic she continues to research today.  She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and a board member for the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  She can be reached at or (405) 325-0175.

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