Members of OCU's faculty and staff meet in a boardroom.

New Faculty

Petree College of Arts and Sciences

Jason Dunnington
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.A., Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.S., Southern Nazarene University

Email:, Campus Extension: 5231

Formerly an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University, Jason Dunnington was invited to join the faculty in the Sociology and Justice Studies Department this year. He has experience as a director of business development, advisor, and director of communication at an investment firm, and he has over six years of higher education teaching experience.

In 2008, Dunnington received the Southwestern Sociological Society’s first place award for their Visual Sociology Competition. He was a finalist for the University of Oklahoma’s Instructor of the Year Award in 2008 and nominated for the Dissertation of the Year Award in 2008-09 at the University of Oklahoma.

Imad Enchassi
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Endowed Professor of Islamic Studies

Ph.D., Daawa University Institute
M.A., University Institute of Vocation for Islamic Studies
M.A., University of Phoenix
B.A., Southern Nazarene University
A.S., A.A., South Plains College

Email:, Campus Extension: 5770

After moving to the U.S. at the age of seventeen, Dr. Enchassi began a long journey in education. He used his degrees to excel in the restaurant industry as a regional director and advisor for nearly two decades.

In 2004, Enchassi turned his volunteer activities into a full-time commitment, becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation, creating the first accredited Islamic school in Oklahoma City. He is a frequent public speaker, addressing audiences at academic institutions, government functions, and interfaith events, offering his expertise in Muslim principles, comparative religions, interfaith dialogue, and human rights.

Enchassi has received the Interfaith Alliance Community Service Award and was named a Visionary in Religious and Education Outreach in The Oklahoman’s 2011 Progress Edition.

Robert Roensch
Assistant Professor of English

M.F.A., Cornell University
B.A., University of Massachusetts

Email:, Campus Extension: 5771

Rob Roensch is a fiction writer. His first book, a collection of stories titled The Wildflowers of Baltimore, won the International Scott Prize for Short Stories and was published in the U.S. and U.K. by Salt Publishing.

Roensch grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and lived in Baltimore for the last ten years. During that time, he taught writing at Towson University; published short fiction in Epoch, Slice, and HOBART; participated in the PEN/Faulkner Writers-in-Schools program; and won an Individual Artists Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.


M. Nicole Warehime
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Justice Studies 

Ph.D., M.A., University of Oklahoma
B.S., Oklahoma City University

Email:, Campus Extension: 5023

The Sociology and Justice Studies Department welcomes alumna Nicole Warehime to the faculty this year. As a doctoral student, she taught classes at the University of Oklahoma and most recently taught at Oklahoma Baptist University. She received the Young Investigator’s Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression in 2010,and has published several articles and book chapters.

Warehime has research interests that include child advocacy projects (i.e., health and well-being of children, child maltreatment fatalities) and dating aggression among college/university students. She enjoys learning about new cultures while traveling domestically and internationally.


Laura Wilhelm
Assistant Professor of Education

Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma
B.S.Ed., Central State University

Email:, Campus Extension: 5456 

Laura Wilhelm taught most recently at the University of Central Oklahoma and had previous teaching assignments at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Missouri State University. She taught at the elementary level in Oklahoma and in Austin, Texas, and served as the director of Oklahoma State University’s Child Development Laboratory school.

Wilhelm has taught abroad in Germany and England and led study tours for young children in London, Cardiff, Paris, Brussels, Florence, Reggio Emilia, and Milan. Wilhelm’s first book, The Neglected Child: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent, co-authored with Dr. Ginger Welch and Heather Johnson, has just been published. She grew up in Tuttle, Oklahoma, and now lives in Edmond with her husband Mike, son Joseph, daughter Allyn, and an odd assortment of dogs, cats, fish, and just one turtle.


School of Law

Jennifer Prilliman

Jennifer Prilliman
Law Library Professor

J.D., M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma
B.A., University of Central Oklahoma

Email:, Campus Extension: 5174

Jennifer Prilliman’s research interests include legal information literacy and instruction, copyright law, open access, and ethics. Prior to entering the M.L.I.S. program, she taught advanced placement and college preparatory courses at a college preparatory charter school in Oklahoma City.

While in law school, Prilliman was a member of the Jessup moot court team, topic editor for the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology, a member of the Board of Advocates and she received the Dean’s Award for Advocacy. She is an active member in the Oklahoma Bar Association, serving on the Law Day and the Bar Technology committees. Prilliman is also a member of the Ginsburg Inn of Courts, American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Libraries.

Dulaney-Browne Library

Kristal Boulden
Assistant Professor of Library Science

M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma
B.A., University of Tulsa

Email:, Campus Extension: 5846

As electronic resources librarian, Kristal Boulden manages and promotes the library’s digital information resources. She also serves as the library liaison to the Meinders School of Business. Prior to joining Oklahoma City University, Boulden worked as a reference librarian at Rose State College and a medical librarian at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Since receiving her master’s degree, Boulden has dedicated her career to supporting student and faculty achievement. Her broad range of experience includes reference, instruction, digital engagement and social media management. She looks forward to working with the OCU community to enhance teaching, learning, and research.


Wanda L. Bass School of Music


Matthew Denman
Instructor of Guitar

M.A., University of Central Oklshoms
B.A., Oklahoma City University

Email:, Campus Extension: 4918

In addition to instructing guitar students at Oklahoma City University, Matthew Denman is director of education for the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and director of the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute.

The GFA recently awarded Denman the 2013 Augustine Award for Excellence in Guitar Education. He was named Teacher of the Year at the Classen School of Advanced Studies in 2010/11 and has been awarded the school’s Images of Excellence Award in 2012, 2010, and 2009. This summer, Matthew was featured on the cover of Soundboard magazine.

Denman’s students have recently won top awards at the University of Texas at Dallas guitar competition and the University of Texas at Brownsville guitar competition and festival. Many of his students have gone on to represent top universities and conservatories. Denman’s guitar students have been featured on OETA and PBS’ Austin City Limits. Matthew is often invited to be a guest clinician and to speak about guitar education throughout the United States.



Michael Raiber
Professor of Music Education

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.M.E., B.M.E., University of Tulsa

Email:, Campus Extension: 5567

Michael Raiber comes to Oklahoma City University as the Busey Chair in Music Education after teaching at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for the past sixteen years.

In addition to his teaching, Raiber serves as the director of teacher support and program evaluation for El Sistema Oklahoma. He worked as primary investigator on the collaborative research team for Oklahoma A+ Schools® and is currently the primary researcher for All Aboard, an integrated math and music curriculum for young children. Raiber coauthored, The Journey from Music Student to Teacher, which will be used in introduction to music education courses.

Raiber is president of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, serves the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group as southwestern division representative, and he is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.

School of Theatre

Jennifer McKnight
Instructor of Acting

M.F.A., B.A., University of Alabama

Email:, Campus Extension: 5727

Jenny McKnight has enjoyed an active career in Chicago,   performing at several theatres including Goodman, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Victory Gardens, and Remy Bumppo. She has appeared in numerous regional commercials, industrial films, and a Paramount feature film.

McKnight received a Joseph Jefferson Citation Award for Best Supporting Actress and has been nominated several times for the Citation Award. She received an After Dark Award and recognition by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago’s “Elite 8 Actresses.” Regionally, Jenny has performed multiple times at Milwaukee Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Kansas City Repertory, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

In a role as coach and mentor, McKnight has worked in the apprenticeship programs at Milwaukee Repertory and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and has led seminars on careers in theatre. She taught beginning-level acting and voice/diction courses at the University of Alabama and worked with student actors as a guest artist at Indiana University and Wabash