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Interim Dean

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5605 College of Liberal Arts LAS 250B , Box 182

Education and Certifications

A.B., English Language and Literature, Yale University, 1988
A.M., Literatures and Cultures in English, Brown University, 1994
M.A., English Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1995
Ph.D., English Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1998

Classes Taught

English Composition (ENG 1113)
English Composition and Research (ENG 1213)
English Cornerstone (ENG 2303)
Fundamentals of Literature (ENG 2413)
English Literature to 1800 (ENG 2543)
English Literature since 1800 (ENG 2653)
World Literature I (ENG 3193)
Literary Criticism (ENG 4263)
History of the English Language (ENG 4323)
English Capstone (ENG 4893)
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (ENG 5183)
Old English Literature (ENG 5633)


J. David Macey, Ph.D., (he, him, his), who joined the UCO faculty in 1999, is the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Macey served as the elected chairperson of the Department of English, in which he holds an appointment as a full professor with tenure, from 2007 until 2015 and again, as interim chairperson, in 2020 and 2021. He served from 2016 until 2019 as an assistant vice president in UCO’s Office of Academic Affairs, coordinating a range of initiatives in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and globalization. He was an assistant professor of English at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, from 2001 until 2004.

Macey has taught courses in areas including Old English language and literature, Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, literary and critical theory, and the history of the English language, and he has directed individual study courses and theses in a wide range of areas within the field of English Studies. He has chaired UCO’s Committee on Diversity, and he has served for more than two decades as the faculty adviser to the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE), UCO's 2SLGBTQIA+ student organization.

Dr. Macey is the co-editor, with Hans Ostrom of the University of Puget Sound, of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005) and of African American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students (2019), and he is the co-author, with Dr. Ostrom, of Forgotten African American Firsts: An Encyclopedia of Pioneering History (2023). He has published essays and presented papers at national and international conferences on topics including eighteenth-century Utopian fiction, the adaptation of Classical motifs in Renaissance poetry, the representation of gender and sexuality in literature and film, and the history of Oklahoma's 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Macey is a past recipient of the Diversity Round Table’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice's Oklahoma City Humanitarian Award, the Provost's Modeling the Way Award, and the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as a board member for Cimarron Alliance (now Freedom Oklahoma); for the national Unitarian Universalist 2SLGBTQIA+ organization Interweave Continental; for Sisu Youth, a nonprofit organization providing services to homeless youth in Oklahoma City; and for the Diversity Center of Oklahoma. Macey is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.

Honors and Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, UCO Diversity Round Table, 2021
Making a Difference Award, UCO 2SLGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association, 2018
Oklahoma City Humanitarian Award, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, 2013
Distinguished Faculty Adviser, UCO Student Association, 2013
Modeling the Way Award, UCO Academic Affairs, 2012
ADDY Award for Publication Design (Copywriting), Oklahoma City Ad Club, 2012
Torch Award, Cimarron Alliance Foundation, 2010
Faculty Merit-Credit Award for Scholarship and Research, UCO Academic Affairs, 2007
Neely Excellence in Teaching Award, UCO Foundation, 2006
Faculty Adviser of the Year, UCO Enrollment and Student Success, 2006
New Faculty Member of the Year, UCO College of Liberal Arts, 2005
Fezziwig Award for Teaching and Service, University of Puget Sound, 2004
Honorary Lavender Graduate, University of Puget Sound, 2002
Faculty Merit-Credit Award for Scholarship and Research, UCO Academic Affairs, 2000
Edgar Hill Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 1998
University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1994-98
Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1994-95
Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, 1988
Riggs Memorial Prize in the Humanities, Yale University, 1985

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by Appointment

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