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Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
lbeasley@uco.edu (405) 974-2535 Human Environmental Sciences HES 201B , Box 118

Education and Certifications

Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

  • Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • Dissertation: “Autonomy in a Constructivist a Classroom.”

M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Master of Education

  • Area of Concentration:  Community College Education- Family and Child Development

B.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Bachelor of Science, Family Relations and Child Development

Professional and Community Involvement

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1978- current

  • NAEYC OK Affiliate Representative 2005- 2008

Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), 1978 –current

  • SECA Conference Co-chair, 2001-02
  • Conference Policy Ad Hoc Committee, 2001-02
  • SECA Institute Ad Hoc Committee, 2001-02

Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children, formerly ECAO, 1978- current

  • NAEYC Representative, 2005-07
  • Conference Awards Committee, 2004-07
  • Past-president, 2002, 2020
  • President, 2001, 2019
  • President Elect, 2000, 2018
  • Member at Large,1985-86, 1996-98
  • Conference Chair & Committee, 1983-84, 98-99, 2018-20         

Experience

Administration

August 2007-15 Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma                        

Position Responsibilities:

  • Academic Administration and Faculty recruitment through media
  • Interview finalists for faculty positions
  • Partnered with deans to secure the candidate of choice
  • Complete faculty hires after vetted and approved by department and dean.
  • Assisted faculty and INS attorneys with visa applications
  • Lead Faculty Merit Credit Committee
  • Supervised newly expanded Tutoring Central
  • Coordinated and directed Fall and Spring Commencement ceremonies
  • Arranged two Provost Forums a year
  • Tracked 008-20chair elections and evaluations
  • Created and distributed fall start-up schedule
  • Arranged evaluations of Provost, Associate Provost, and Deans
  • Directed Faculty Handbook Editorial Board
  • Supervised Tutoring Central
  • Academic Affairs submission for RUSO Board Letter

Steering Committees Appointments

  • Strategic Planning- 5 year plan, President                                             2007
  • Commencement Steering Committee (originated)                                 2008-present
  • Emergency Management Crisis Team, Provost                                     2009-15
  • Inaugural Steering Committee, President Betz, Chair                           2011-12
  • Vision 20/20 Strategic Planning, President                                           2012-13
  • HLC Steering Committee Chair, Criterion One, Provost                       2012-14
  • Search committee for Vice President for Administration                       2013-14
  • Carnegie application for Community Engagement, Provost                 2014
  • Search committee for Provost of Academic Affairs, President             2014-15
  • Learning Commons Task Force, Chair, Provost                                   2014-15
  • UCO@125 Steering Committee, President                                          2014-15
  • UCO Presidential Receptions, VP Holzbeierlein                                  2018-19

Higher Education-Faculty

August 2005 – present Professor, Family Life Education (promoted 04-05)

  • College of Education and Professional Studies
  • Department of Family Life Education                                  

2015 – current Director of Academic Ceremonies, President’s Office

  • Organize 7-8 commencement ceremonies per academic year, originated Freshman Convocation-now in Student Affairs, President's Faculty & Staff Forum

August 2006-07 Chair, Human Environmental Sciences

  • College of Education and Professional Studies
  • Served, evaluated, supervised, 8 faculty members, 4 staff, and 18 adjunct instructors; Represented department on the Dean’s Leadership Team; Oversite on promotion, tenure, pre and post tenure; Completed all paperwork related to department; Involved in UCO Chairs Meetings; Fundraising; Mediated problematic issues in the department.

1986-96 Resident Teacher Supervisor and Adjunct Instructor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family Life Education
  • Supervision of Early Childhood Education Student Teachers in Oklahoma City and Edmond Public Schools; taught Child Development, Middle Childhood Development, and Infancy and Early Childhood Development. 

1979-85 Director, Child Study Center, Human Environmental Sciences, UCO

  • Directed the Laboratory Preschool that offered preschool for 3-year-olds in the morning and 4-year-olds in the afternoon; Created, prepared and implemented curriculum; developmental assessment; Parent home visits and conferences; Supervised and mentored student practitioners in the laboratory; supervised one assistant; Managed budget; Complied with health and safety state regulations; Paperwork needed for the Center; Assisted students that were observing children;

1978-79 Northeastern A&M College, Miami, OK

  • Instructor, Child Development
  • Afternoon Child Laboratory Director
  • Taught child development, nutrition for children, infancy, and program development; directed the afternoon laboratory preschool for 4-year-olds; worked with local Head Start Agencies to assist teachers working on a Child Development Associate.

Classes Taught

FMCD 2213                 Child Development

FMCD 3012*                Introduction to Family Life Education

FMCD 3223                 Infancy and Early Childhood Development

FMCD 3242                 Adolescent Development

FMCD 3092                 Middle Childhood Development

FMCD 4332                 Current Issues in Family Life Education

FMCD 4252                Administration of Child Care Centers

FMCD 4873*                Play and Program Development

 FMCD 4712/5912*       Parent Education, now Parent Intervention and Support (3hours)

 FMCD 4903                 Practicum:  Child Development, Marriage and Family    

 FMCD 5911*                Professional Development & Ethics

FMCD 5853                 Internship   

 FMCD 5373                 Life Span Development

FMCD 5363                  Family Theories

FMCD 5423                  Linking Families and Communities

*Courses developed and submitted to the UCO Academic Curriculum Council, approved by the OSHRE Regents

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