Tina Winn Named Dean

Feb 28, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A beloved OC professor, OC alumnus, and prize-winning professor who has served three institutions of higher learning, including one as a Division Chair, is the new dean of Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Liberal Arts. Tina Winn has been named dean of the College, announced Scott LaMascus, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Winn, a professor of Psychology in OC’s department of Psychology and Family Science, has been back at OC since 2010 after graduating in 1982.  She has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus by OC and is known as an outstanding scholar, teacher, and academic leader while serving at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva as well as at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha.  At USAO, Winn was named outstanding professor, awarded many research grants, and served as a Division leader for seven academic departments.  

As a scholar, professional counselor, and teacher, Winn leads the Healthy Brain/Healthy Mind research project, a 5-week program designed to promote positive mental health among college students that is funded and operated by the UShine Foundation.  UShine is a national model for campus mental health initiatives and is gaining a reputation among Christian colleges and universities as an innovative model for linking academic and student life work.

“It’s truly humbling to be selected to serve in this capacity. The College of Liberal Arts is blessed by abundant talent within the faculty and among our students. I’m excited by the prospect of contributing through this role to the success of these dedicated scholars. I see the role of dean as the facilitation of their success to God’s glory,” said Winn.  

After graduation from OC, Winn taught in public schools, led the career initiatives of Northwestern, and completed her doctoral studies at Oklahoma State University in counseling and student personnel.  She is a nationally-published expert in the analysis of attributional and motivational differences related to student achievement.   Winn also has served as a professional counselor in private practice and has spoken widely on parenting of the emerging adult and “Where is God in my Grief?”  She is married and the mother of two adult children.

"Dr. Winn will be a great Dean! A strong and spiritual teacher who connects well with her students, she is also respected by her fellow faculty members. I am confident that Dr. Winn will effectively lead OC’s very important College of Liberal Arts.” said President John deSteiguer.

“I am thrilled to recognize Dr. Winn as an academic leader who has demonstrated leadership of a similar group of academic programs before returning to OC almost a decade ago.  She will be collaborative and innovative in finding creative and analytical solutions to the challenges of academics, drawing on a distinguished career in three universities,” said Scott LaMascus, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Winn’s commitment and excellence as an educator and scholar with deep knowledge at the program level will be such a priceless resource for the College of Liberal Arts, the largest of OC’s five colleges,” said Scott LaMascus, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “COLA is home to exceptional programs with national quality outcomes -- across 9 departments -- and also hosts the general education curriculum that is one ‘secret of the sauce’ of excellent outcomes for students at OC.  She will be the dean who leads with innovation, freshness and collaboration.”  

The College of Liberal Arts is OC’s largest by number of students, credit hours, and faculty.  It includes the departments of Art+Design, Communication, Criminal Justice, History and Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Language and Literature, Music, Psychology and Family Science, and the School of Education.

The Search Committee for the dean was chaired by Dr. Jeff McCormack, Lawson Professor of Microbiology, and included representatives from the COLA (Dr. Gail Nash, Dr. Philip Patterson, Dr. Elayne Bowman, Dr. Gary Lindsey and Jeff Price) as well as representatives from other colleges (Brad Buxton, Dr. Burt Smith and Dr. Lynn McMillon).  The search process included the committee’s screening, interviews and assessment report; public sharing of documents and sessions with COLA faculty; and extensive feedback gathering from individual COLA faculty.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.