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Instructor (Temp)

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5537 Center for eLearning and Connected Environments LAR 206 , Box 182


Dr. Alyssa L. Provencio is an instructor in the Department of Political Science and core faculty member of the Master of Public Administration program. She teaches a number of courses including Public Administration Dynamics, Research Methods, Fundamentals of Emergency Management, and Populations at Risk. At UCO, she is also involved in Pi Alpha Alpha, the Latino Faculty and Staff Association, and the DACA/Undocumented Students Taskforce. in 2018, she was selected to represent UCO in the Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latino Leadership program.

Provencio's teaching and research interests include issues of gender, race/ethnicity, representative bureaucracy, consensus building, and community empowerment. Her dissertation focused on understanding the contributions, experiences, opportunities, and obstacles of women that work for local emergency management agencies. Recently, she and her graduate student team worked on a project that examined state-level interagency collaboration and coordination between public safety organizations during emergency and non-emergency times.  She has been a panelist on minority issues locally and has presented at the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the Natural Hazards Conference in Bloomfield, Colorado. This representation led to participation in working groups with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which focused on tasks such as developing the Next Generation Emergency Management Core Competencies and drafting Research Standards for the Academic Discipline of Emergency Management. 

Provencio is a doctoral graduate of the Fire and Emergency Management program (FEMP) at Oklahoma State University. While there, she worked with Dr. Tristan Wu on a National Science Foundation-funded grant investigating Emergency Evacuations and Risk Communication during the 2013 Colorado Flood. 

Professionally, her background lies in the local government and non-profit sectors, working with such organizations as the City of Los Angeles and the Clinton Foundation. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Rebuilding Together New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Provencio holds an MPS from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and she received her BS from Kansas State University. 

Dr. Provencio’s hometown is Derby, Kansas and in her limited free time she enjoys watching independent films, home renovations, dancing to live music, baking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her snaggle-tooth cat, Lou, and better half, Tom. 

Classes Taught

Master of Public Administration

  • Public Administration Dynamics
  • Research Methods (Qualitative)
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • Populations at Risk
  • Environmental Justice
  • State Administration

Political Science

  • American National Government  

Education and Certifications

PhD, Fire and Emergency Management Administration, Oklahoma State University

MPS, Public Service, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

BS, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Emphasis: Event Planning and Coordination, Kansas State University

Office Hours

By appointment or anytime during regular business hours (M-F, 9 AM-5 PM) via Skype or Google Hangout by request.

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