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University of Central Oklahoma


Holly K. Osburn, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Management. She is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders.

Osburn believes her mission is to show students that through learning and implementing what they learn, they can change the world and make a difference.,

Classes Taught

  • Art of Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leading People in Organizations
  • Leadership I & II
  • Team building

Education and Certifications

Osburn received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.


Osburn worked as a consultant and program manager for OU before becoming an assistant professor at Oklahoma Christian University. She has served as a professor of management in the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2009 and director of Leadership studies for the College of Business from 2011 to 2018. 

As the director of Leadership studies, Osburn created and developed a number of programs that seek to instill and develop leadership characteristics in students. One of her greatest accomplishments in this role has been establishing the Broncho Business Leader program, commonly referred to as “2B Leaders.” 

Honors and Awards

Vanderford Teaching Award 2017

Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017

Bobby G. Bizzell Innovation Achievement Award Runner-Up 2017

Edmond Leadership Class 2018


Osburn's research focuses on the areas of leadership, planning, creativity and business ethics.

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board Member: Institute for Emerging Leaders

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe my job is to inspire students to want to know more so they can be people of impact in their own communities."

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