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Faculty Spotlight: Shelley Wisener

Panhandle State Communications on 06/25/2020

Shelley Wisener, originally from Lubbock, Texas, is an Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. She graduated from Panhandle State in 1992 with a Bachelor of Art degree in English and Speech Education and a minor in art.

Wisener went on to Texas Tech, where she earned a Master of Interdisciplinary Arts in Curriculum Instruction and Educational Leadership with an emphasis in English. After earning her masters, she developed her teaching skills from 7th grade through higher education in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Some of the many classes she’s taught included English composition, literature, art, speech, and leadership.

Although she enjoyed the several places that she taught, her goals were always to return to her alma mater. Wisener stated, “I remember sitting in Dr. Sara Jane Richter’s office on the first floor of Hamilton Hall and talking to her about returning to work for her. My first full-time year on campus happened to be the year Sara Jane was to retire. It has been bittersweet. She is like a member of our family, and we love her dearly.”

Shelley met her husband at Panhandle State, and they will have been married for 30 years in August. She reflected on being back on OPSU’s campus, “When I look around, I see places we walked and classrooms we frequented, so OPSU holds many happy memories for us.” Wisener loves to crochet, embroider, read, research, and work in the yard. She and her husband have two sons, Dean and Shayne, and one dog, Maggie, who has a great personality.

Wisener strives to make her students time at Panhandle State the best that it can be. She declared, “My goal is for students to know that when they attend OPSU, they are not a number. This university is unique, so are its professors and students. We care about each other.”