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Faculty honored with OSU-Tulsa outstanding teaching, research awards

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Three OSU-Tulsa faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and research during faculty and staff meetings early this week.

Dr. Claudia Maldonado-Otto, clinical assistant professor of teaching, learning and educational sciences, received the 2018 President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching. Dr. Hongyu Wang, program coordinator and professor of curriculum studies, and Dr. Stacy Takacs, director and associate professor of American studies both were honored with the 2018 President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.


Dr. Claudia Maldonado-Otto

Dr. Claudia Maldonado-Otto

Otto earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at OSU. After 10 years as a special education high school English teacher, she worked as a disability services specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education before joining Oklahoma State University as an instructor. She is known for her passion for teaching and the way she connects course content to real-world situations.

She is a prolific speaker on special education issues at state, national and international conferences and provides professional development workshops for secondary school educators throughout the state. Otto also is faculty sponsor of the OSU-Tulsa Hispanic Student Association.

Otto currently is awaiting publication of an instructional strategy book on autism she coauthored with Dr. Christine Ormsbee, OSU associate provost and director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence.


Dr. Hongyu Wang

Dr. Hongyu Wang

Wang earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeast Normal University in China and East China Normal University, respectively, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University.

Since joining the OSU faculty in 2001, Wang has developed a national and international reputation in the field of curriculum studies, particularly in the research area of curriculum theory, international curriculum dialogues, social justice education, East/West inquiry and nonviolence curriculum.

Her research publication and presentation record is extensive in both Chinese and English. Her co-edited book, ‘Cross-cultural Studies in Curriculum, Eastern Thought, Educational Insights,’ won the Outstanding Book Recognition award from the American Educational Studies Association. Her journal article, ‘A Nonviolent Approach to Social Justice Education’ was the most read article in the year after its publication.

Among other honors, Wang is the previous recipient of the Outstanding Book Recognition Award by the American Educational Research Association, the Critics’ Choice Book Award by the American Educational Studies Association and the 2006 OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award.

Dr. Stacy Takacs

Dr. Stacy TakacsTakacs received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her doctorate from Indiana University. She has received national and international attention for her groundbreaking analysis of the War on Terrorism in U.S. television from 2001-07. Her first book, Terrorism TV, remains the only book-length study of U.S. television’s role in mediating the conflict to and for the American populace and has garnered praise by noted scholars in the field of film and media studies.

Her second book, Interrogating Popular Culture, was designed as an accessible entry into the field of popular culture study. It has been well-reviewed and used in dozens of classes on the subject. She is currently working on a third monograph, A Cultural History of the American Forces Network, examining the TV network’s history, organization, programming and reception from the Cold War to today.

She is a popular speaker at national and international conferences as well as various television and radio shows. While at OSU-Tulsa, she has compiled an impressive and diverse research portfolio during her work as an American studies scholar. Takacs has been recommended for promotion to professor this year.


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