Catherine John-Camara is Faculty-in-Residence in Adams Center as well as an Associate Professor in the English Department since 1998. She was born in Jamaica and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where she attended Boston College. She received her PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research addresses African American and Caribbean culture as well as Hip Hop studies. She also teaches courses for Film and Media Studies. She is the co-creator of the Unlearning Racism Faculty Workshops here at OU and she pioneered the first OU summer study abroad program to Jamaica in 2016. Aboubacar Camara is Faculty-in-Residence in Adams Center as well as a staff member at Sarkey’s Athletic Center. He is also a master drummer and dancer with family roots in Guinea, Conakry and Dakar, Senegal. From 1997-2002 he was the leader of the professional performance group Bougarabou located in Dakar, Senegal. Under his leadership they toured and performed in Japan, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Australia and Switzerland. He speaks French and English as well as several West African languages. Aboubacar regularly teaches African drum and dance classes. He also gives lecture/demonstrations on the significance of drum, dance and song in West African culture and does residencies and workshops at schools, colleges, and universities. He has a percussion group named Africa Sanké that does performances at public and private events.
The Faculty-In-Residence program enables students to develop "out of the class room" relationships and experiences with professors. Faculty members and their families live in OU housing centers and often host guest lecturers, special meals and other events, while also providing a further sense of home-life qualities for residents.
Angela, Evan and Jack Urick are the faculty-in-residence family for Couch Center. Dr. Angela Urick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Angela helps direct the Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR), situated within the college of education, which supports students and faculty in their research projects and collaborations. She’s a former high school teacher, and now researches school improvement and students’ opportunity to learn. Her son, Evan, is a 5th grader (2018-2019) who enjoys science, math, video games and Tae Kwon Do. Jack is Evan’s older fur-brother, a semi-hairless Pomeranian, that you may see walking around campus. We’re excited to get to know the residents of Couch, and hope you’ll find us to say “hello.”