Duren Named Liberal Arts' Stellar Faculty MemberBy Danae Moore on 07/10/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—Dr. Brad Duren, Associate Professor of History at OPSU, was recently named this year's OPSU Liberal Arts' Stellar Faculty Member.
Originally from Duncan, Okla., Duren earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from Oklahoma City University in 1990. He continued his education at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond receiving a master's degree in 1994 in history and then completed his doctorate in history at Oklahoma State University in 2005.
The well-known history teacher and advisor began working full-time at OPSU in the fall of 1999 and is currently the Head of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Throughout Duren's almost 14 years at OPSU, he has the taught all of the U.S. History classes offered at OPSU. Duren was selected for the Liberal Arts' Stellar Faculty award by Dr. Sara Richter, Dean of Liberal Arts at OPSU. Richter noted his work with the OPSU History Club as a co-sponsor and his participation with the Popular Culture Association on a national level.
While many students experience Duren in one of the biggest classes on campus, a general education course in History, one of the most unique classes he teaches is "Horror Films and American Culture." Students study the connection between the history and popular culture of a time period. A challenging course, several of Duren's students recognize this class as one that prepared them extensively for future studies after receiving their bachelor's degree.
Active in popular culture at both the regional and national level, Duren has taken many students over the years to the Southwest Popular Culture Conference in Albuquerque. Serving as the area chair for film and history, Duren has been involved in the regional conference since 1999. He has given a number of presentations at the regional conference as well as at the national conference. Most recently, Duren was asked to serve as a reader for the Southwest Popular Culture Online Journal, meaning he will select feature articles. He is also submitting a chapter for academic anthology about the TV series "The Walking Dead."
Duren enjoys reading, traveling, movies, and music. He has been a drummer and vocalist for the band, "Bipolar Echo" for the last five years. He also enjoys spending time with his two sons. Duren is passionate about his job at OPSU and comments that the students always come first. He especially likes the sense of community and personal attention students experience in the history and social studies department.
Duren has been involved in a number of committees during his time at OPSU including the Financial Aid Committee, the Assessment Committee for the Higher Learning Commission Visit, and the Education Council. He has served as a faculty advisor to the OPSU Student Senate as well as the Liberal Arts Representative on the OPSU Faculty Senate.
Duren's enthusiasm for the liberal arts program combined with his knowledge and experience, provide his students a great educational opportunity!