One of the most important advantages a student receives from taking degree programs through the University of Oklahoma is our faculty. OU can use the same professors that teach the same degree program on campus because of the teaching format pioneered by OU in the early 1960s. The intensive classroom seminar sessions allow faculty to be away from campus a short period of time and teach the same courses.
All faculty members are appointed by the University of Oklahoma's Graduate College. Visiting faculty are recommended by the faculty in the academic department before approval of the Graduate College is requested. Visiting instructors must meet the same criteria and standards used on campus.
Academicians and executives who are acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields serve as visiting professors for a number of class sessions. In addition, guest lecturers who are experts in the specific fields may be invited to participate in the class sessions. The resulting interaction provides students with a vital balance of theoretical and practical instruction.
Dr. Alex Kondonassis celebrates a long history with the University of Oklahoma. He is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Economics Emeritus and Regents Professor of Economics Emeritus. Kondonassis served as Chair of the OU Department of Economics twice for a total of 17 years. He directed the Advanced Programs in Economics since its inception in the middle 1960s until his retirement in 2008. More than 2000 MAs have been awarded to date.
Kondonassis was a Fulbright professor at the Athens School of Economics in his native Greece and a visiting professor at Oxford University in England. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, authored 80 books, monographs, and articles and presented 85 major professional papers. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and the Dictionary of International Biography. He is widely known for his work in the field of global economics and remains in great demand at conferences worldwide.
Dr. Kondonassis has played a major role in the OU PhD program in Economics. He directed 65 PhD dissertations. Many of these PhD graduates attained distinguished careers in the private and public sectors, including appointments to endowed chairs, chairs of departments, and deans in universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Since he joined the OU faculty in 1958, Kondonassis has been appreciated repeatedly by his colleagues and students. He received the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 1964 and was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1971. Kondonassis has been recognized for his lifelong achievements and was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. To honor his contributions to the state of Oklahoma, the Governor of Oklahoma declared May 17, 2005 A.J. Kondonassis day.
Born in Athens, Greece, Kondonassis attended the University of Athens one year before coming to the United States to receive his AB degree with distinction from DePauw University in 1952. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in economics from Indiana University.
Dr. Tim Davidson received his PhD in 1982 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he pursued interdisciplinary studies in philosophy, psychology, and theology. Dr. Davidson joined the faculty at OU in 1997 and is a tenured faculty member, teaching on the Norman campus and for Advanced Programs. He is an associate professor and graduate liaison of the Department of Human Relations.
Prior to teaching at the University of Oklahoma, he worked in the mental health field as a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, as a public administrator, and as the president and chief executive officer of his own private corporation for counseling services. His psychotherapy practice featured extensive program development in hospitals and clinics (including the STAR program, a nationally recognized intensive in-patient program for trauma recovery), as well as direct service with individuals, groups, couples, and families in outpatient settings. His clinical work included treatment for debilitating psychological and biological illnesses, such as major depression, various anxiety illnesses, post traumatic stress, personality disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychoses, as well as general counseling for family conflicts and personal adjustment disorders.
His research interests are cross-disciplinary, in keeping with a key tenet of Human Relations studies. Most of his writings reflect his background in philosophical and clinical studies and include studies in areas as diverse as critical race theory, client confidentiality in a managed care setting, and phenomenological analyses of the ego. Currently, he is focused on quality of life studies and strength-based, solution-focused approaches to personal, social, and organizational problems. He is the primary author of the Graduate Student Quality of Life (GSQL) survey—a first of its kind standardized assessment instrument for graduate programs; and the originator of the STRENGTH acronym model—a training tool to improve intervention strategies in the helping professions.
Dr. Mendoza received his PhD in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. His research deals with statistics as they apply to psychological issues including data analysis, and his present work focuses on the statistical and measurement issues found in selection, validation, and validity generalization.
Psychological research often produces conditions in nonrandom samples, with errors of measurement, or situations where the independence assumption is not tenable. The aim of his work is to find distributions and procedures that can be used in these conditions. An Advanced Programs professor since 1996, Dr. Mendoza frequently teaches Organizational Behavior in Human Relations, Leadership in Organizations, and Research in Human Relations. He is the author of numerous publications in such journals as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology,and theJournal of Applied Psychology.
Dr. Mitra received her PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. She served as president of the Southwestern Economics Association and is currently serving as the Southwest Regional Director of the Association for Social Economics. She teaches Managerial Economics, Labor Economics, and Poverty, Income Inequality, and Public Policy for the Advanced Programs Econ Program. Her research interests are in the fields of development, labor, and social policies. Dr. Mitra has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2009, she received the Presidential Dream Course award for her undergraduate Economics of Discrimination course. In 2011, she was awarded the outstanding faculty award in Economics as well as the most inspiring faculty award by OU athletes.
An Advanced Programs professor since 1992, Dr. Kim teaches Interethnic Communication, Intercultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Communication, and International Communication. She is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as 11 books including Becoming Intercultural, Theories in Intercultural Communication, and Communicating with Strangers, which received the Outstanding Book Award in 1986.
Dr. Kim has served leadership roles in several academic organizations including Vice Chair and Chair of Intercultural Communication Division both in the International Communication Association and in the National Communication Association. She is a charter fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, of which she is the elected President for 2013-2015. She has also served on 11 editorial boards of academic journals including Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations.
Dr. Kim’s doctoral dissertation received the Best Dissertation Award from the School of Speech at Northwestern University where she earned her doctorate in Communication in 1976. Between 1976 and 1999, she received 11 Top Paper Awards from the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association and National Communication Association. She was named Fellow in 2002, and Top Scholar for Lifetime Achievement in Intercultural Communication in 2006, by the International Communication Association.