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OU College of Nursing Leadership Updates

OU College of Nursing Leadership Updates

Dr. Melissa Craft will assume the position of Interim Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Graduate Education.  In this role, Dr. Craft will provide leadership in implementing academic/clinical partnerships in support of the College’s post-baccalaureate programs.  Dr. Craft will provide administrative oversight and leadership for building and maintaining educational excellence in our master’s and doctoral programs and will work with program directors in our post-baccalaureate programs, faculty, and the Associate Dean for Research to continue to build a culture of scholarship.  Dr. Craft received her BSN and MS from the University of Oklahoma and her PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University.  She had a long and successful career as an oncology clinical nurse specialist before joining the OU CON faculty full-time in 2011.  During her tenure at the University she has successfully built the enrollment and the reputation of the CNS program, has forged successful partnerships in support of the Program, and has been actively involved in leadership of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. 

Dr. Emma Kientz will assume the position of Interim Assistant Dean for College of Nursing Programs-Tulsa. In this role, Dr. Kientz will provide leadership for all academic programs on the Tulsa campus and implement clinical partnerships in Tulsa and Northeastern Oklahoma to enhance the OU Student experience. Dr. Kientz received her BSN from St. Mary’s of the Plaines, her MS from the University of Oklahoma and her DNP from George Washington University. She began her career at OU as a graduate teaching assistant in 2001. Dr. Kientz focuses her efforts on ensuring student success through innovative and interprofessional experiences.

Dr. Voncella McCleary-Jones will assume the position of Interim Assistant Dean for Educational Excellence. In this role, Dr. McCleary-Jones will have administrative oversight for educational and training grants, initiation and monitoring of teaching excellence initiatives, faculty onboarding and development, and coordination of learning lab and simulation resources. Dr. McCleary-Jones received her BSN from North Carolina Central University and her MS and PhD from University of Oklahoma. She maintains Certified Nurse Educator credentials. Dr. McCleary-Jones began her career at OU in 2006 and has distinguished herself through her work in health literacy.

Dr. Jeana Wilcox will assume the position of Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs.  In this role, Dr. Wilcox will have senior administrative oversight for the Student Affairs Department of the College and continue to build and maintain basic and strategic services needed in support of our student body.  She will also provide leadership for program directors and faculty of our baccalaureate programs and will work closely with Dr. Judy Ogans, BSN Program Director on continuing the College’s excellence in undergraduate nursing education.  Dr. Wilcox will take the lead in implementing academic/clinical partnerships in support of the College’s baccalaureate programs, with emphasis on our growing partnership with OU Medical System.  Dr. Wilcox will continue her leadership in the areas of educational excellence, international programs, and continuing education.  Dr. Wilcox received her BA in psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City, her BSN from the University of Central Missouri, and her MSN and PhD from the University of Kansas.  She has had a successful career as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and has held a variety of teaching and academic administrative positions, including the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Graceland University, prior to coming to OU in 2013. 

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