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Scholar Profiles

The Visiting Scholars Program at Oklahoma City University can lead you to find new goals and dreams while you help OCU students and faculty enrich theirs. Scholars and artists who are passionate teachers interested in sharing their knowledge through interaction with the diverse Oklahoma City University community are invited to take part in the program.

Past participants have appreciated the chance to interact with OCU students and the local community during their visits.

Shen Zhou

Shen Zhou

I am the OCU fall 2008 visiting scholar. In this semester, I teach economics in Meinders School of Business. I appreciate my experience here so much after living in Oklahoma city for nearly 2 months. I find out that OCU has many great professors and excellent students. I believe OCU will become a top university in the world in the near future.

Zeming (Nancy) Yuan

My Life in the United States of America at OCU
Visiting Professor, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, China

OCU Visiting Scholar in the summer and fall of 2007

Impressions of Oklahoma City University
After living in the United States for three months I am beginning to realize that the U.S has advantages in economy, management, law, culture, science and technology. I have learned a lot during my stay at Oklahoma City University. I would like to express my sincere thanks to both TUFE and OCU for giving me the opportunity to go through this experience. I know that the most important objective of this program is to learn the latest developments in the area of my academic interest and to get exposure to new ideas that can be adopted for improving the academic environment of China and Chinese universities.

Beyond Oklahoma City
Travel around the U.S with friends during summer vacation has enriched my life. We traveled through the middle part of the U.S from Oklahoma to Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Texas, we enjoyed different wonderful views and local foods. I saw that America has a lot of land, and sparse population, clean air and green grass and trees everywhere and realized the differences of scenery between city and countryside. There is a great contrast between OKC and Chicago. OKC is peaceful, calm and friendly, but Chicago is crowded, grand and noisy. I liked both.

Luther Ivory

Luther Ivory

Associate Professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee
OCU Visiting Scholar in religious studies for the 2005-2006 academic year

“What a great opportunity it is to be invited to Oklahoma City University. My responsibilities as a visiting scholar were to teach a course each semester relating to my area of interest - African American religion, and the theological-moral dimensions of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I shared my skills as a classroom instructor, but OCU shared much of itself in a variety of unconventional ways, and I certainly benefited from that exchange. I met exceptional, gifted, and engaged student scholars who put up with my unorthodox facilitation style. I learned and re-learned a great deal from them that helped me rethink some of my own positions on the course material. I met remarkable human beings throughout the college whose friendships became very special. I will treasure these associations all the days I remain alive on the planet. I got the chance to see and hear some very renowned personalities on the world stage who delivered public lectures at OCU.

“I also enjoyed getting to experience the local culture of Oklahoma City. I got an opportunity to speak to various religious communities and to visit and learn about some of the surrounding Native American communities.

“During my time as a visiting scholar, I was graciously given a campus apartment and college meal program. I was allowed access to the full range of academic resources at OCU, and I worked out daily in the fitness center.

“There can be no greater gift to a developing scholar than one which provides the opportunity for critical and collaborative exchange. The community of inquiry fostered at academic institutions like OCU is invaluable for anyone who is serious about developing the life of the mind.”

Mark Davies 

Mark Davies

Dean of Religion at Oklahoma City University

“The Wimberly School of Religion was delighted to have Dr. Luther Ivory. His prophetic teaching and scholarship in the areas of the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and in Black theology were an inspiration for our students. Many religion majors report that their experience with Dr. Ivory was life changing in that it motivated them to become even more involved in social justice issues in our world.

“Dr. Ivory is one of the premier MLK scholars in the country, and his work at OCU provided our students with the outstanding opportunity to be taught by a world-renowned scholar. Dr. Ivory’s passion and commitment to justice is remarkable, and it is matched by his desire to help young scholars find their own way in making a positive difference in the church and the world.”