College of Fine Arts and Design

Meet the Deans

Your Deans' Mission Statement:

Becoming flexible, nimble, relevant, responsive, and globally oriented. Working to create a great experience for students that is meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and purposeful. Facilitating faculty productivity, teaching excellence, and a balanced professional life.

Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Pamela Washington, Ph.DPam Washington

Dr. Pamela Washington came to UCO from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1989. As Director of First-Year Composition, she directed the composition program, trained and supervised the English department's teaching assistants, and helped to oversee the tutoring lab.

As a specialist in Rhetorical History and Composition Theory, Dr. Washington helped to design the department's history of rhetoric courses and the composition strategies and theory courses. Her current areas of interest include gender-based rhetorics and the connections among rhetorical theory, literature and film.  With her rhetorical studies providing a strong background in the classics, Dr. Washington also teaches the department's world literature courses and has worked hard to incorporate non-western literature into the curriculum.

Dr. Washington has recently had a collection of essays, E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering the Career of a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, accepted for publication in the fall of 2012 by the University of Tennessee Press.  Having recently returned to the department after serving for eight years as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Washington looks forward to continuing to conduct research on nineteenth-century American women.  In addition, she has published numerous articles on traveling with children in Oklahoma, has served as an editor of Traveling Oklahoma with Children and Traveling Oklahoma as a Couple, and has recently been asked to write for the Travel Promotion Division of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. 

  Assistant Dean Charleen Weidell

Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Charleen Weidell, M.F.A.

Charleen Weidell came to UCO in Aug 2004.  She is a professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and served as chair of the Central Department of Art from 2007-2014.  She is also a faculty co-advisor for UCO’s student organization Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE).

Charleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and in Applied Design from San Diego State University.  She received her Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from San Diego State University in 2002.  

Charleen's work in metal has been exhibited and collected on the international, national, and local levels. "Tart Server," a broad blade silver server, was recently published in Contemporary Silver Part II: Recent Commissions written by collector Seymour Rabinovich and acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England. Her latest commissioned work was the Ceremonial Medallion for President Roger Webb at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Greg White

Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design:
Greg White, Ph.D.

Greg White, the Assistant Dean dof Outreach, is an actor, director, playwright, producer and presenter as well as the Executive Director for Broadway Tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma.

As a performer, Greg has created original roles in productions in New York City, traveled the country performing in Broadway National Tours and countless regional productions, toured the globe as a vocalist on major cruise lines (38 countries to date), and directed award-winning productions all over the nation. Greg recently played Karl, The Giant in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's BIG FISH.

Greg premiered his critically acclaimed original musical Flipside: The Patti Page Story about Oklahoma’s Singing Rage, Miss Patti Page at UCO. He collaborated with Miss Page on the production that won 18 Awards at the National Kennedy Center Festival in Washington D.C. Flipside then played Off-Broadway at the prestigious 59 E. 59 theatre to standing ovations. The show is now on a national tour. Greg recently paid tribute to another Oklahoma singer with his new musical Rising Starr: Kay Starr, A Life in Song.

While he holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, Greg also has two fine arts degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, he’s an Edmond Memorial Graduate, and he is proud to call Edmond his hometown.