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Faculty Spotlight: Tyler Stephens

Panhandle State Communications on 02/12/2020

Tyler Stephens graduated from Panhandle State in 2016, being the first graduate with a degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Stephens was very involved in campus activities as a student and really loved the campus. This made it an easy decision to come back as the Interim Director of Criminal Justice and Instructor of Psychology.

After graduating with his Bachelor’s, Tyler went on to get his Masters from the University of Denver in 2018 in Forensic Psychology. He worked in the Denver area as a forensic psychotherapist with specialties in trauma, domestic violence, and substance abuse.

When the Psychology position opened on campus, Tyler was eager to come back. “Since I’m an OPSU alum, I have a lot of love and loyalty for this place. I’m a big believer in giving back, and working as faculty here gives me a chance to give back to the university and also contribute to my field.”

One of Tyler’s most favorite things about Panhandle State is being a part of the College of Arts and Education. “The other faculty here are very supportive and have been welcoming of me as both a professional and a peer. That speaks to Panhandle culture, and I’m happy to be part of that.”

Dean of the Arts and Education College, Dr. Brad Duren commented, “Tye brings both a wealth of experience and knowledge to OPSU. His energy and accessibility make him a natural in the classroom, and I am excited to have him as a part of our faculty.”

On a personal note, Tyler loves to spend time cooking, and his major weakness is a good burrito. He travels a lot, exploring new places with his partner Hunter, and their dog Sophie. He also loves a good murder mystery book. “My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, and there’s still a chalk drawing in McKee Library that has that book on it from when I was a student worker there.”