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Current Faculty Fellows

Cosette M. Armstrong

Cosette Armstrong

Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at the College of Human Sciences

Cosette M. Armstrong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at the College of Human Sciences. Her program of scholarship includes sustainability education and sustainable design and consumption. Dr. Armstrong’s educational research has explored pedagogical strategies, curriculum designs, and mechanisms for student engagement for the integration of sustainability within fashion-oriented disciplines. Her sustainable design and consumption work has explored how consumers experience attachment to fashion goods, consumer perceptions of innovative and sustainable business models, and most recently, mindful consumption. Her work as a Riata Faculty Fellow will focus on the sharing economy, leading entrepreneurship and merchandising students to collaboratively develop an innovative business platform that fosters the fundamental values of sharing. This initiative seeks to create a fruitful living lab for future learning and research.


Denise Blum

Denise Blum

College of Education

Denise Blum is an Associate Professor in Social Foundations in the College of Education at OSU. She is an educational anthropologist.

Her research focuses on the role of markets, governments and political economy in structuring education, socializing cultural identity(ies) and affecting equity issues in societies. She specializes in fieldwork in Mexico and Cuba using critical ethnography and emancipatory methodological approaches. In addition to articles on these topics, she has also written an ethnography about Cuban education, entitled Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen (The University of Texas Press, 2011). As a former Spanish teacher in the US and ESL teacher abroad, her teaching interests include transformative pedagogies, service-learning, popular culture, urban education and comparative education. She is the faculty adviser for OSU Cineculture, film screenings with discussion to raise awareness, and is affiliate faculty with the School of International Studies.


Phil Choo

College of Arts & Science

Phil Choo, Associate professor and Designer, teaches graphic design courses at Oklahoma State University. Choo earned his MFA from Iowa State University and was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota for three years before joining OSU in 2005. He creates body of work to challenge and value design as a creative problem-solving process, making objects, need finding, risk-taking, redefining lives, beauty combined with effectiveness, and the outcome of collaborations. After years of his success as a graphic designer, he is currently expanding his research interests to 3D functional objects and interdisciplinary study with Business, Engineering, and other disciplines. His work ranges from printed design to interactive design.


Adam Cobb

Adam Cobb

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management Project

Project: Improving the livelihoods of farmers by reducing fertilizer costs through ecological drivers

Adam is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. His research relates to sorghum and bean crops and their interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in the soil. Adam completed his Master’s in International Agriculture in 2011. Because he grew up in the Philippine Islands, he has an interest in poverty reduction projects and sustainable agriculture methods. Riata funding is used to assess soil ecological drivers, like AM fungi, as a way to reduce the fertilizer cost of food crops while boosting nutritional content at the same time. Currently, research sites in Nicaragua are being prepared as a field study in partnership with Opportunity International.


Lloyd Caldwell

College of Arts & Science

Project: Writing a book on Arts Entrepreneurship

Lloyd Caldwell is a member of the Theatre Faculty of Oklahoma State University, and a Riata Fellow & Free Enterprise Institute Fellow in the Spears School of Business. In a career spanning 30 years he has appeared off-Broadway and regionally, and in feature films and television. His credits include roles at the American Place Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre, La Mama Theatre Company, and a national tour as John Adams in 1776. His acting film credits include The Group, Dropped Frames, Resistance, and A Great Day. Since 1986 Lloyd has choreographed stage combat for 93 professional productions and 120 university productions in Canada, the United States and Europe. His fight choreography credits include the Undermain Theatre, The Traverse Theatre of Glasgow, The Berlin Comic Opera, the Royal Norwegian Opera, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lloyd is one of the founders of the International Order of the Sword and Pen, and served a five year appointment as the Executive Director. Through his company, Bladework, he has provided a wide variety of services to clients such as Universal Studios, Kings Productions, NBC, CBS, the BBC, and RTE’. In August he completed fight choreography for his ninth production of MACBETH, produced by Shakespeare Dallas. Lloyd is currently directing the upcoming production of All in The Timing.


Mihyun Kang

Department of Design, Housing, & Merchandising

Project: Development of Curricular for the Interior Design and Entrepreneurship Program

Mihyun Kang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at the College of Human Sciences. She focuses her scholarly work on sustainability in terms of both interior design and facility management to minimize negative effects and maximize positive effects on environmental, economic, and social systems over the life cycle of a building. She also has interests in design methodology for special populations to solve complex contemporary interior design problems. Her work as a Riata Faculty fellow will focus on the development of curricular for the Interior Design and Entrepreneurship program. A course assignment entitled Rebuilding Community: Value Proposition and Retail Space Design will be developed and implemented for Interior Design and Entrepreneurship students. It will allow interior design students to plan and execute an interior environment with an entrepreneurial perspective in the context of community, while entrepreneurship students will come to understand comprehensive retail environments that support and affect business.


Mark Perry

Mark Perry

Department of Music

Mark E. Perry serves as Assistant Professor of Musicology as well as the Music Business Coordinator at Oklahoma State University. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Kansas. His scholarly interests include the music of Spain and Latin America, music copyright, the composers Roberto Gerhard, Lejaren Hiller, and John Cage, as well as minimalism in music and electronic dance music. Active as a scholar, he has presented papers at national and international conferences such as the Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, International Council for Traditional Music, and Society for American Music. He has been invited to present his research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad de Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares, Spain), Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Katholieke Universiteit (Leuven, Belgium), University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Arnold Schönberg Center (Vienna, Austria), Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca, Italy), Turku University (Turku, Finland), and University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Engaged in publishing, he has contributed to the Roberto Gerhard Companion (Ashgate, 2013) and written many articles for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Grove Music Online, and Grove Dictionary of American Music. He has also made contributions to American Music, World of Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, Latin American Perspectives, ” Journal of the Arnold Schöneberg Center, MLA Notes, and Fontes Artis Musicae. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the recording review editor for American Music.

As a classical guitarist, he has performed in Europe, North America, and South America. Under the moniker thund3rbunny, he deejays and produces E.D.M. music. He owns and operates the record label Bunnyhous3 Records.


Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson

School of Architecture

Project: Establishing a cross-disciplinary academic collaboration between Architecture and the School of Entrepreneurship

Nathan Richardson is an associate professor in the School of Architecture. His work as a fellow is focused on the integration of design and entrepreneurship in teaching and scholarship. His current research addresses poverty-related concerns in developing countries through architectural interventions. One such project is focused on the design and construction of low-cost structures for residents and entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. Nathan teaches interdisciplinary coursework in architecture, entrepreneurship and real estate development. He received his Master of Design Studies with Distinction from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed architect in Oklahoma and Massachusetts.


Alexis Washington

Alexis Washington

Department of Management

Alexis Washington’s focal research areas span workplace issues such gender and diversity, status and influence, as well as interpersonal bias and mistreatment. Currently, Dr. Washington is working on research that examines the role of gender and race in the use and effectiveness of political skill, impression management and interpersonal influence tactics. In addition, Dr. Washington is pursuing research on the role of status in perceptions of diversity-enhancing human resource initiatives, such as recruiting and retention. Additionally, she is engaged in research focused on the roles of intersectionality and stereotypes on the experience of senior level women in corporate America. Dr. Washington also examines workplace interventions for diversity and inclusion in organizations.

In line with her influence research agenda, Dr. Washington has published research in such outlets as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, and contributed to edited books such as the Handbook of Prejudice and Discrimination and the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Studies. In addition, Dr. Washington is a member of and has presented research at the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Washington is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.


Gail Wilson

Gail Wilson

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Wilson joined the OSU faculty in 2007, following a four-year stint with the division of biology at Kansas State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology, while minoring in geology, from Mercyhurst University in 1979 and her master’s degree in biology from Slippery Rock University in 1983. She earned her doctoral degree in agronomy from KSU in 2003.

Wilson, a Sarkeys Distinguished professor in the OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, leads or is a major partner in research programs that are strongly collaborative with scientists at OSU, the Argonne National Laboratory, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Kansas State University and a number of other universities across the United States.

Wilson has published greater than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts in highly regarded scientific journals, and has secured more than $8 million in grants from highly competitive funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others.