Turner Teaches 22 Years at OPSU

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 08/11/2014 Dr. Kathy Turner (right) accepts a plaque from Dr. Dave Bryant in honor of 22 years of teaching at OPSU during a retirement reception held this past April. —Photo by Danae MooreDr. Kathy Turner (right) accepts a plaque from Dr. Dave Bryant in honor of 22 years of teaching at OPSU during a retirement reception held this past April. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — “It’s been a wonderful 22 years,” says OPSU English Professor, Dr. Kathy Turner, when asked about her time at OPSU.

After growing up in Tuscaloosa, Ala., things must have been a bit of change coming to the Oklahoma Panhandle, an area that Dr. Turner enjoys.

She says, “I like it here. I even like the weather.”

Prior to her time at OPSU, Dr. Turner studied at the University of Alabama. She graduated magna cum laude in 1977 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. In 1982, Dr. Turner obtained a master’s degree in English and in 1985 she earned a doctorate in English/interdisciplinary.

Dr. Turner began teaching at OPSU in the fall of 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Communications. In the fall of 1993, she took on the responsibility of Faculty Athletics Representative.

She has taught a variety of classes at OPSU from Freshman Composition to General Humanities I as well as American and British Literature. Over the years, Dr. Turner has provided several seminars for the English Department. As the Faculty Athletics Representative, responsibilities range from numerous reports, to eligibility checks, and rule interpretation, just to name a few of the many tasks. Additionally, Dr. Turner has helped with grant writing and coordination over the years.

Dr. Turner has played an instrumental part in the implementation of different organizations and clubs on campus. She had a significant role in the transition for OPSU athletics from NAIA to NCAA starting in 1995. In 2009, she assisted with the beginning of the OPSU Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, an honor society for student-athletes that just recently inducted 19 new members. Also, Dr. Turner aided in the start of a Catholic Student Center where she now serves as a Volunteer Director.

Dr. Turner retired this summer and she is looking forward to being able to travel more and work on her home in Guymon, Okla. She also plans to spend plenty of time doing some of the things she loves like being outdoors, reading, attending concerts, and swimming.

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