USAO News Bureau

Three faculty members promoted

Monday, July 1, 2013

Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently earned promotions.

Dr. John Bruce was promoted to a professor of language and literature. Bruce, who earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of Glasgow, joined the faculty in 1998.

Before coming to Chickasha, Bruce was an instructor at South Texas Community College and a lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Bruce received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2009, a Faculty of Arts Research Grant from the University of Glasgow, a Selden Leavell Endowed Scholarship from the University of Texas-Pan American and a Journalism Scholarship from Humboldt State University.

Bruce is a member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. He is a past president of the USAO Faculty Association.

Dr. Donna Gower was granted tenure and promoted to an associate professor of education. Gower earned her doctor of education degree from Kansas State University and joined the faculty at USAO in 2008.

Previously, Gower was the director of federal programs of the Unified School District No. 480 in Liberal, Kan., while teaching at Kansas Newman University in Wichita and at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

Gower also served as the director of preschool, assistant principal at Liberal High School and other positions within the district.

In addition to her teaching duties, Gower serves as the director of the Child Development Center at USAO.

Dr. Lee Hester was promoted to professor of American Indian studies.

Hester earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and joined USAO’s faculty the following year. He is the director of American Indian studies and director of the Meredith Indigenous Humanities Center.

Hester’s research and writing has been published in numerous American Indian journals, newspapers and newsletters that include American Indian Wars on the Silver Screen, On Philosophical Discourse and Ceremonial Worlds and Environmental Sanity. He also has published a book titled Political Principles and Indian Sovereignty.

In addition to his classroom activities, Hester was a long-serving Cultural Committee chairman for the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance, Inc., a founding board member for the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics, Inc., and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the American Philosophical Association and the American Indian Philosophy Association.

Before coming to USAO, Hester taught at Oklahoma City University, Lakehead University and the University of Oklahoma.