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Craig Freeman, J.D.

Craig Freeman is interim vice provost and dean, College of Professional Studies, at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. In his role, he leads OSU-Tulsa's academic initiatives, including the OSU College of Professional Studies, which provides workforce-responsive degree and non-credit programs to serve the needs of Oklahoma's employers.


Prior to coming to OSU-Tulsa, Freeman served as director of the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications in Stillwater. In this role, Freeman created workforce-responsive graduate certificates, an undergraduate certificate in the emerging area of eSports and undergraduate degree options including one in Entertainment Media specifically for OSU-Tulsa.  His team significantly improved graduation rates, more than doubled available scholarships and leveraged alumni to support increased internship opportunities for students.


Under Freeman’s leadership, the school’s research output doubled and grant production increased significantly. In his role as assistant dean and senior inclusion officer in the College of Arts and Sciences, he championed efforts to foster inclusion and diversity throughout the college and increase recruitment for students from historically marginalized communities.


Freeman earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University and his juris doctor from Louisiana State University. He practiced law for several years in Louisiana, then joined the faculty of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication before coming to OSU in 2014. His research interests include media education, media literacy, advertising regulation and freedom of expression.


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