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Taler Adney, M.B.A.

Instructor, Business

Taler Adney has been a Business Instructor at OSU-IT since 2017. Having come from a long line of OSU Alumni she has always been driven to be a part of the Cowboy family. Before coming to OSU-IT she worked in the oil and gas industry, and served as an Instructor at the College of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Taler obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University. Taler’s years of industry experience and educational experiences allow her to assist students to succeed in their courses and on their career path. 

James Allison, M.B.A.

James L. Allison enjoys serving students as a faculty member of the College of Arts, Sciences and Health.  He can be found helping students in Applied Technology Leadership, Business, and Communications courses; delivered in a variety of in-person, online, and blended formats. He serves on the Faculty Staff Council, and both the university and SASH Assessment Committees.

After a two-decade career in Fortune 500 environments with firms including ConAgra, Prudential, MetLife, Jones Financial, and Merrill Lynch; James fulfilled his desire to become an educator. With experience both in private higher education, and public secondary and higher education James enjoys seeing his students grow as lifelong learners. James is a Peer Reviewer in Quality Matters and is always seeking was to improve the learning management system experience of students. He’s also a part of the Applied Technology Leadership development team that was recognized with a NISOD Excellence Award.

He has a bachelors in Ag. Economics and a masters in Mass Communications from Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Oklahoma. His MBA is from St. Ambrose University – Davenport, Iowa. He has earned industry credentials:  CFP – Certified Financial Planner, CLU – Chartered Life Underwriter, CFM – Certified Financial Manager.

Angie Asmussen, M.A.

Instructor, Communications

Angie Asmussen is a Communications Instructor, School of Arts, Sciences, and Health, here at OSUIT. She teaches Composition I & II, Small Group Communication, Technical Writing I & II, Native American Peoples, and American Literature I. She began her teaching career at OSUIT January 2005. Angie is also Co-Chair of the Service Learning Committee.

Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, OK in 1999 and her Master of Arts in English from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK in 2005.


Robert Bennett, M.Ed.

Instructor, Mathematics

Rob earned his Associate in Ag Tech (Meat Science) degree from Eastern Oklahoma State Collage, a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Education) from East Central University, and a Master of Education (Mathematics Education) from Northeastern State University.

In 2007 Rob started as a Math adjunct and tutor in the LASSO Center.  In 2010 Rob was hired as full time Math faculty in the Lasso Center, and in 2020 Rob was made full time Arts, Science and Health Math Faculty.

Rob is an active member of his community.  Rob has held the position of School Board President for Ryal school since 2013, President of the Ryal/Salem Fire Department Since 2010, held the position of Memorial Bible Chairman for the Okmulgee Camp of the Gideon’s International since 2004, and been a Southern Baptist Deacon since 1994.

Teresa Cash, M.A.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

Teresa Cash is an instructor in the Social Sciences division of OSUIT’s School of Arts, Sciences, and Health. Teresa has been teaching in higher education in the areas of psychology, sociology, and communication for 24 years. Prior to coming to OSUIT she held faculty positions at Rogers State University, Bacone College, and Tulsa Community College. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in College Teaching Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Northeastern State University, and an A.B.D. in Sociology from OSU-Stillwater.

Tara Cole, M.A.

Instructor, Communications

Tara Cole has taught Communications courses in the School of Arts, Science, and Health since 2016. She is a member of the General Education Curriculum Committee and serves on various other committees across campus. She is a recipient of the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019 and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020. Along with her teaching experience, she has published several books for a general audience.

Before coming to OSUIT, she taught at Southern Nazarene University and Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Melissa Dreyer, Ph.D.

Instructor, Communications

Dr. Melissa Dreyer came to OSUIT in August of 2001 as a Communications Instructor. In addition to serving as faculty, Dr. Dreyer also serves the campus the Assessment Coordinator for the Assessment of Student Learning.

Dr. Dreyer earned a doctorate of philosophy in Professional Education from Oklahoma State University. She also hold a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University.

Shelly Duncan, Ed.D.

Instructor, Mathematics

In her 29 years of working for OSUIT, Dr. Shelly Duncan has been a faculty member of the School of Arts, Sciences & Health. She has taught Mathematics, Science, Nutrition, and Health Education for OSUIT.

Duncan received her Doctor in Education with a major in Higher Education and Administration from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She holds a Master of Science degree in College Teaching from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She studied Higher Education and Administration and College Teaching with a concentration in Mathematics after earning undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Health Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

Prior to employment at OSUIT, Duncan taught Mathematics and Health Education at Tulsa Community College and taught Mathematics and was the tennis coach at Northeastern State University. She also taught Mathematics and was the soccer and tennis coach for Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa from 1984-1991.

Donna Glass, M.A.

Instructor, Communications

Donna Glass serves on the faculty of Communications and teaches courses in composition, literature, and creative writing.

She is the 2018 recipient of the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award for her poem “The Grocery Store,” published in Voices from the Attic.  Glass presented a poetry reading at Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in association with the award.  She is currently revising a poetry collection with imbricating themes of intergenerational trauma, inscape/instress, food, and nature.  

Glass has completed over sixty graduate credit hours beyond the MA in English/creative writing/poetry.  She earned her BA and MA in English (concentration in literature).

Joseph Hébert , Ph.D.

Dr. Hébert received his Ph. D. in atomic and molecular physics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000. He previously received a M.Sc. in high energy particle accelerator physics from UTD in 1994 with additional studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Additionally, he completed multiple undergraduate degrees in both physics and electrical/electronics technology from separate colleges at McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, LA, where he graduated cum laude in 1991.

He worked as an Application Physicist II at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory in Waxahatchie, TX, until the project was cancelled by Congress. He later owned Binah Corp, a contract printed circuit board assembly shop in Wylie, TX, until he moved to rural Oklahoma where he does consulting work under the dba Hébert Labs.

Jennifer Hicks, M.B.A.

Jennifer is one of the faculty members in the Business Department. Prior to joining the OSUIT family, she worked at OSU in Tulsa. She joined OSU in Tulsa full-time in 2006 as a financial aid advisor. She eventually transferred to be an Academic Adviser and finished her time at OSU in Tulsa as an Academic Counselor.

Jennifer serves on multiple committees across campus including the SASH Assessment committee and Business Faculty Curriculum. She teaches courses within our business program and computer literacy. She has earned her Quality Matters certificate.

Thomas Holman, M.A.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

I retired from the Air Force in 1997.  I've been teaching since the Fall 2000 semester.  I 
have a M.A. in both History (European Studies) and in English Literature.  I love to read and have had some of my work published.  I am currently working on a collection of short stories and my first full novel.

I have been married to the same beautiful woman for thirty-five years.  We have three wonderful sons, Joshua, Jeramie, and Taylor.  Each are my best friend and my family 
IS my life, everything I do, I do for them.

I have been teaching  at OSU I.T. since the Spring 2004 semester.  I live 
in Midwest City.

I am an avid (some say rabid) St. Louis Cardinals (the 2006 and the 2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CARDINALS) fan.  Hugh sports fan but baseball is my passion.

I can honestly say I have been blessed in every way in my life.

Kari Henry Hulett, Ph.D.

Instructor, Communications

Dr. Kari Henry Hulett is a veteran educator with 20 years of experience spanning common education through college and adult continuous learning in both traditional and online learning modalities.

Dr. Henry Hulett joined OSUIT in 2010. During her ten years at OSUIT, she has served as a Curriculum Design Specialist, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations, the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Director of Academic Excellence and Distance Learning.  She currently serves as faculty in the Communications Department of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Health, where she teaches Freshman Composition, Speech, and Technical Writing.

Henry Hulett has served on numerous local committees, and represented OSUIT at both the state and national levels.   She also serves as a peer reviewer for Lilly Conferences and Quality Matters.

Henry Hulett holds a PhD in Leadership with emphasis in English Studies from University of the Cumberlands.  Her research and publication interests include student success, leadership in the classroom, and quality in distance learning. 

Susie Mauldin, M.Ed.

Instructor, Mathematics

Susie Mauldin is an instructor in the School of Arts, Sciences & Health. She teaches Business Math, College Strategies, and Math for Critical Thinking.

She has been in Education for over 13 years. Mauldin began her career in Education working as a grant coordinator for Preston Public Schools. Once she completed the bachelor’s program, she became a second grade teacher at Beggs Public Schools. Mauldin has also served as an adjunct instructor, teaching graduate level Reading courses, for Northeastern State University.

Mauldin earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2007; a Master of Education in Reading in 2009; and a Master of Education in Mathematics in 2019 all from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

Shelly O'Mealy, M.Ed.

Instructor, Mathematics

Shelly is an instructor in the math department at OSUIT. 

Shelly graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and immediately upon graduation worked as an Assistant National Bank Examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency under the U. S. Treasury Department.  She spent much of her adult career in the banking industry in Oklahoma.

O’Mealey began working at OSUIT in 2012 as a math tutor in the LASSO Center and transitioned to a math instructor in 2015.  She earned her master’s degree in Math Education with Northeastern State University in 2019.

A native of Okmulgee, O’Mealey has been involved in many community activities and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Okmulgee Cemetery Association.

Jarod Powell, M.S.

Instructor, Mathematics

Jarod Powell serves as a Faculty Math Instructor in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Health (SASH). In his more than eight years at OSUIT, Jarod has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Discrete Mathematics. Jarod also serves on the Distance Learning Committee, the SASH Curriculum Committee, and the SASH Assessment of Student Learning Committee.

Prior to his current role, Jarod taught at the Jenks Freshman Academy, the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, and worked as a math tutor for the CRC at OSUIT.

Jarod earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and his Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

Jim Putman, M.A.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

James Quinn, Ph.D.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

James is currently an Instructor of Psychology and Statistics at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. He served as a Professor of Counseling at Langston University in Tulsa, OK. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hypnotherapist, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. James was an active National Executive Director on the board of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), and he has held the office of Treasure.  He is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has been active within his tribe. James got his start teaching in the early nineties as a high school teacher at a predominately Native American school. He is currently working on research topics that deal with Native American mental health concerns and suicide. James has been a faculty member of Langston University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Webster University prior to his current position. He has many years of practical experience as a clinical counseling supervisor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, professional counselor, substance abuse counselor, case manager and psych-tech. He was also the administrator for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a state rehabilitation agency. He has authored research articles on counselor burnout and vocational identity. He has served as the lead researcher for the State of Arkansas’ transition program.  James is a past president of the Arkansas chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association, and he has served as a board member of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association. James is an active member of the American Counseling Association. James has presented over 20 research topics at state and national conferences, and he has been invited to speak at many prestigious universities about current mental health and disability concerns.

Amy Reynolds, M.S.

Instructor, Communications

Amy Reynolds is an instructor in the Communications Department at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

Amy earned her Bachelor’s in English Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.  She also earned her Master’s in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as an alternative certification in Secondary School Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Amy has over twenty years of teaching experience including teaching junior high and high school English, English as a Learned Language, GED preparation, and university-level communications courses.

Amber Robison, M.S.

Amber Robison is a science faculty member in the school of Arts, Sciences, and Health at OSUIT. 

Amber has been at OSUIT since the fall of 2011 and has taught a variety of courses in that time.  She earned a master’s degree in Food Science and a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, both from Oklahoma State University.

Before she came to OSUIT, Amber worked at OSU Stillwater as a teaching graduate assistant in the Food and Meat Science area and as a student employee at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Ranch.

Floyd Robison, M.S.

Instructor, Science

Floyd Robison is a science faculty member in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Health at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

Floyd earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Education and a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University.  He also has an associate’s degree in Animal Science from Connors State College. 

Floyd has been at OSUIT since 2011 and has taught a variety of courses.  Prior to coming to OSUIT, he worked at OSU Stillwater as a student employee for the OSU Purebred Beef Center. 

Steven Rubert, M.S.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

Steven Rubert serves as an instructor in the Social Sciences Department of the School of Arts, Sciences & Health. Rubert is also an instructor for the BT in Applied Technical Leadership program.  He is a two-time winner of the NISOD Excellence Award.

Rubert earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University and has also completed 18 graduate hours in American Studies from Northeastern State University.   

He has previously served OSUIT in student services capacities as the Director of Special Events & Services and Activities Coordinator.  Rubert also has multiple years of public relations experience with primary responsibilities in political campaigning and non-profit special events. 

Jennifer Smith, Ed.D.

Instructor, Social Sciences & Humanities

Dr. Jennifer Smith has worked at OSU-IT since the Fall of 2002, beginning in the College Readiness Center.   From 2003-2009, she served on the Assessment Committee as an Arts and Science faculty representative. Dr. Smith served as the chair of Service Learning from 2009-2019. She currently serves as the chair of Study Abroad for The School of Arts, Sciences, and Health. She was the Regents Distinguished Teaching Faculty in 2016.

At OSU-IT, she has taught remedial math, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Business Math, Calculus I & II, Discrete Mathematics, Sociology, Chemistry, Ethics, Comparative Culture, Western Civilization I and II, Humanities I and II, Humanities in Film, Music Appreciation, and Government. At other institutions, Dr. Smith taught Western Women's History, Humanities I, Humanities II, U.S. History since 1865, The 1960s and the Vietnam War, Early American Literature, English Literature, Child Development and World Religion.

Dr. Smith earned a B.A. in Letters from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado. At OU, she studied mathematics, as well as history, literature, and philosophy. At C.U., she studied classical history and religion.  Dr. Smith earned her Doctor of Education Degree in Higher Ed Administration from OSU-Stillwater in 2004. At OSU she studied education and psychology and wrote her doctoral dissertation on Graduate Student Success.

Currently, she is developing a series of classes in the fired arts, such as ceramics and glasswork.

Dana Sterling, M.A.

Instructor, Communications

Sterling teaches writing, English, speech and small-group communication. She has taught at OSUIT since 2008. She taught journalism and public relations at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa from 2001 to 2007. Before moving into teaching at the college level, she worked as a reporter and editor for the Tulsa World newspaper, part of her 20-year career in news with magazines, newspapers, television stations and radio stations.

A Tulsa native, her master’s degree in journalism is from the University of Oklahoma. Her bachelor’s degree in journalism is from the University of Tulsa.

One of her main interests is journalism in the age of the internet, as well as the impact of the online revolution on mass media and interpersonal communication. She also loves teaching writing and is a firm believer that anyone can do well in English with the right tools and the right encouragement. She loves proving this semester after semester to astonished students.


Peter Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dr. Pete Sullivan has been a member of the faculty at OSUIT for the last two years, teaching General Chemistry and General Physical Science. Previously, Dr. Sullivan was on the faculty of Bacone College in Muskogee for seventeen years where he taught a range of science classes and served as a Division Chair. He also taught four years at Sanford-Brown College in St. Louis.

Sullivan earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, and a M.A. and B.S. degrees in biochemistry from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He holds a certificate in clinical laboratory science - microbiology from St. Louis University.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Sullivan worked at Sigma Chemical Company in St. Louis in the technical service and compliance department rising to the position of Group Leader. He also worked in diagnostic microbiology at the University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, MO.

Tammy Williams, M.Ed.

Instructor, Communications

Prior to joining OSUIT, Williams worked as a middle school English and math teacher for Okmulgee Public Schools for 14 years.  She was the student council sponsor and cheerleading coach for six of those 14 years. 

Williams began her education at Northeastern State University located in Oklahoma, earning her Bachelors in Criminal Justice.  In 1992, she completed her education degree from the same University.  After obtaining an instructor’s position at OSUIT, she went on to complete her Master of Curriculum with an emphasis in English from Concordia University in Oregon.  Williams also earned a Certificate of Completion in the English instruction content area from American College of Education.  Tammy Williams has instructed students for the past 27 years and continues to follow her journey of educating students at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.