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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Programs offer leadership training for OSU in Tulsa faculty, staff

Successful Supervisor Series logo

OSU in Tulsa is offering two professional development programs for faculty and staff to develop leadership skills within the university. The Successful Supervisor Series will offer training opportunities for those in supervisory roles and the new Emerging Leaders Program will foster leadership skills in individuals with non-supervisory positions.

The Successful Supervisor Series, an eight-month program beginning in October, covers topics ranging from human resource law and managing employee performance to retention, communication and organization. Anyone interested in the program should review eligibility requirements, complete the online application and request a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31.

The Emerging Leaders Program, which begins in January, is a six-workshop series focusing on leadership qualities, building relationships, project management and ethics. Registration for the program will open Nov. 1. Interested applicants should review program requirements and request a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.

For more information about these and other development programs offered by OSU in Tulsa Human Resources, visit the HR website or contact Jennifer Lawson-Newby.

Faculty, staff recognized for contributions to OSU in Tulsa

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Video

OSU in Tulsa recently celebrated the contributions of faculty and staff at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa. OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett discuss the many outstanding milestones at OSU in Tulsa during the past year in a video presented at faculty and staff appreciation day.

Several major events were a success in the past year because of the efforts of faculty and staff, including the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery joining the OSU system, the 15th anniversary of OSU-Tulsa, the Mercy Health System partnership with OSU Medical Center and the annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. A slideshow of faculty and staff photos from the past year was also part of the annual event.

Service awards were presented to faculty and staff who have been employed at the university for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. More than 70 individuals were recognized for their years of service to the university.

Smith honored with Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Video

OSU-CHS recently honored Kent Smith, Ph.D., with the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award for his dedication to training medical and graduate students. Smith is an associate professor of anatomy and has taught clinical courses in gross anatomy and sports medicine and graduate classes in vertebrate paleontology.

A member of the Comanche and Chickasaw Nations, Smith founded Native Explorers as a way to interest American Indians in careers in science and medicine. The program combines anatomy, paleontology and medicine with American Indian cultural experiences. Since 2010, Smith has mentored nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate Native American students through the OSU-CHS program on scientific expeditions.

Smith is an affiliated research associate at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, American Society of Mammalogists, National Indian Education Association, Oklahoma Academy of Science and the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU-CHS in 2003, Smith served as an assistant professor at OU. He was previously honored for his teaching skills with the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.