MACU Professor, Dr. Kim Thomas, named President-elect of the Oklahoma Sociological Association for 2014
Provost Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, provost of Mid-America Christian University (MACU.edu), announced today that Dr. Kim Thomas has been named president–elect of the Oklahoma Sociological Association (OSA) for the year 2014.
Dr. Thomas began her affiliation with OSA during her nine years of teaching in the MACU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) where she taught in the disciplines of ministry and behavioral science.
Though she is now the Senior Director of Academics for Spiritual Formation in the university’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies, Dr. Thomas has continued active involvement in OSA across the years. She and recently retired MACU professor Dr. William MacDonald have both participated in OSA conferences, presented academic papers, chaired sessions, and have taken students to also participate in statewide OSA events.
“I’m so honored to be selected by my peers and colleagues to serve as president of OSA in 2014,” Dr. Thomas said. “But I’m even more excited to help raise awareness of Mid-America Christian University among those in OSA. “
One of the distinct benefits of presiding as president of the Oklahoma Sociological Association is hosting the annual fall conference at one's own campus, which Dr. Thomas and the university will do in the fall of 2014.
“It’s always been one of my goals to elevate other school’s awareness of Mid-America within the OSA. So it will be especially meaningful for MACU to host the OSA conference on our campus,” said Dr. Thomas.
This will be the first visit for most of these professionals to the MACU campus, and
Dr. Thomas believes this may be the first time that the conference has been held on the campus of private Christian institution; at the very least it’s been some time.
So the completion of Mid-America’s new 32,000-sq.ft education facility—Kennedy Hall—couldn’t come at a better time. The building is scheduled for dedication at the end of 2013.
Dr. Thomas said, “Kennedy Hall will be a wonderful venue for the conference where we can showcase for OSA’s 50-75 members all the ways MACU is impacting its students’ lives, our state, and the world.”
ABOUT MACU—Mid-America Christian University (MACU) offers a Christian liberal arts education through two dynamic colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers undergraduate degrees to traditional residential and daytime commuting students at the main campus in Oklahoma City. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) makes college education affordable and accessible to busy working adults and graduate students. Programs are offered online, at the main campus, and through the north OKC location. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440. Visit www.MACU.edu for additional information.