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College Leadership Team & Staff

David Anderson, Senior Fellow, Dunham College

Mark Morvant

I’m one of those very fortunate people who gets to do what I love for a living.  I began my university career in 1997 as a freshman at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  I graduated after four years but I’ve never left college behind me.  I grew up in the countryside near Kingston and I still remember how excited I was when I looked at the course catalogue for the first time and realized how much the university had to offer me.  I majored in English literature and then went on to an MA at Dalhousie (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) and a doctorate at McGill (in Montreal, Quebec).

In 2009 I graduated from McGill and crossed the border, to join the faculty of the University of Oklahoma English department.  My specialty is the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and in 2014 I published my first book, Martyrs and Players in Early Modern England:  Tragedy, Religion and Violence on Stage.  It explores the connections between the tragedy of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and the suffering of the Reformation-era martyrs, Protestant and Catholic, who suffered death when they refused to renounce their faith.  I’m currently at work on a book about the centrality of agape (the altruistic Christian neighbor-love) to Shakespeare’s plays.

At heart I’m an educational idealist.  On the one hand, I believe that a rich understanding of the great literature, art, philosophy, theology and political theory of human culture is intrinsically valuable.  But on the purely practical level, I am convinced that there is no better preparation for a young professional than humanistic study.  Grappling with complex texts and concepts sharpens the mind and gives one a mental toolbox to better tackle the problems he or she will encounter after graduation, with a deepened capacity to read and write, to think and persuade, and to both interpret and fashion complex arguments.

I’m delighted to serve the students of Dunham College and to continue the fine work of our first Senior Fellow, Dr. Mark Morvant.  I approach my role here with the heart of a teacher and I’m looking forward to integrating my passion for books and ideas into the life of the college.  I’m joined at Dunham by my wife Abby Anderson, who has a passion for education to match my own, and our young son Samuel.  If you see us in the hallway, please say hello.  And if you’re interested in knowing more about Dunham and our mission, please get in touch.

College Leadership Team and Staff and College Council

College Leadership Team and Staff

The leadership of the college consists of the professional faculty, staff, Graduate Tutors and Resident Mentors of the College, and also the elected student leadership chosen by the college’s undergraduate fellows. The leadership team works together to develop programming, curricular opportunities, and a good intellectual and social living environment.

Senior Fellow
David Anderson

Residential College Director
New RCD Coming Soon!

Assistant Senior Fellow
Zac Stevens

Administrative Assistant
Janet Huang

Graduate Assistant for Dunham College
Conner Hildenbrand

Resident Director
Jacey Goerlitz

Resident Mentors
Muneeb Ata
Maureen Azzun
Reety Erwin
Alexis Noisette
Morgan Neuenfeld
Nicholas Nickelberry
Adelle Sturgell
Nolan Taylor

College Council

Ismael Casado: President
Emily Marcum: Vice-President, Ambassadors
Annalise Orban: Vice-President, Arts & Academics Committee
*open* Vice-President, Community & Traditions Committee
Patrick Dynes: Vice-President, Service & Leadership Committee
Clint Johnson: Vice-President, Sports & Recreation Committee

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are regular, full-time faculty who engage with the College Fellows informally through activities in the College and formally by offering seminars and other educational experiences for the students. Faculty Fellows are selected by the President of the University based on recommendations of the Senior Faculty Fellow and a committee of the Fellows of the College. Faculty Fellows are appointed for a period of five years.

Aiyana Henry

Aiyana Henry

 Dr. Aiyana Henry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Education Program in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. She is a true generalist in her field and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses throughout her career. Dr. Henry strives to transfer her knowledge of content and pedagogy, while at the same time, cultivate interest and develop an environment that fosters interaction, growth and reflection. She currently serves as Chair Elect for the OU Faculty Athletics Council and has been recognized with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Teaching and Advising Award. Dr. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Science and Doctoral degree in Education from Baylor University. Her husband, Kevin Henry, serves as Director of Community Relations for the OU Athletics Department. The two reside in Norman and are proud parents to Emma (11) and Nash (8).

Karlos Hill

Karlos Hill

Dr. Karlos K. Hill is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and Founding Director of the Distinguished African and African American Lecture and Book Series at the university. Dr. Hill specializes in the history of lynching and the antilynching movement in America. His core research aim is to uncover the various ways in which racial violence has been central to the black experience in America. Additionally, Dr. Hill’s research explores how black Americans have resisted racial violence and how black resistance has changed over time. Dr. Hill is a frequent commentator on issues of race, equity, and social justice. He has been quoted in the USA TodayNewswise, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Public Radio, and numerous times in local and regional news outlets. His weekly podcast Tapestry: A Conversation About Race and Culture has a global following. Twitter Handle: @thinking4achang

Scott Johnson

Associate Professor, Classics and Letters

Joseph F. Paxton Presidential Professor

Jeremy Short

Jeremy Short

Jeremy Short is the Rath Chair in Strategic Management in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines the drivers of business performance in both entrepreneurial and larger firms. Jeremy’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Scientific American Mind, The Wall Street Journal, BizEd, Franchise Times, CNBC, Tulsa World, and The Oklahoman. Jeremy’s teaching has led to his recent awarding of the OU Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching. Jeremy has also written a number of traditional and unorthodox low cost textbooks including a graphic novel focusing on management and entrepreneurship (Atlas Black: The Complete Adventure), as well as a graphic novel focusing on franchising and family business (Tales of Garcón: The Franchise Players). In terms of scholarly efforts, Jeremy was recently inducted as a Southern Management Association Fellow based partially on his productivity publishing more than 80 articles and book chapters in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others. Jeremy has also served in an editorial capacity at a number of leading journals including Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Organizational Research Methods, and Family Business Review.

Ben Watson

Ben Watson

Charles (Ben) Watson is an Assistant Professor of Classics in the College of Arts & Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, all in Classical Languages and Literature. As a classical philologist, he focuses on Cicero, ancient rhetoric, and Roman law, and has broad research interests in Latin and Greek prose. He has written the first scholarly commentary on Cicero’s Divinatio in Caecilium (the first speech in the Verrine corpus), and he currently researches innovative ways to analyze persuasive discourse in the ancient world. He came to OU in 2014 and has recently taught courses on the Rise & Fall of Rome, Love & Loss in Latin Poetry, Classical Rhetoric, and other advanced courses in Latin literature. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, he was a lecturer at Oriel College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lawrence.