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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Alyssa L. Provencio, Ph.D., (you can call her Dr. P!) is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and core faculty of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She teaches a number of courses in emergency and disaster management, public administration, and environmental and social justice. At UCO, she is also involved in Praxis, Latino Faculty and Staff Association, and the DACA Taskforce, among others. 

Provencio's teaching and research interests include issues of gender, race, vulnerability, representative bureaucracy, consensus building, and community empowerment in emergency and disaster management. ​Professionally, she has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Clinton Foundation, and attributes her passion for emergency management to the time she spent in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 

Provencio’s hometown is Derby, Kansas and she is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and Kansas State University.

​In her limited free time, Provencio enjoys gardening, baking, yoga, and exploring the outdoors. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her better half, Tom, and their snaggle-toothed cat, Lou.

Classes Taught

Master of Public Administration

  • Public Administration Dynamics
  • Research Methods (Qualitative)
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • Populations at Risk
  • Environmental Justice
  • Gender in Public 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 anytime during regular business hours (M-F, 9 AM-5 PM) via Zoom by request. You may schedule a meeting during any available time slot here:

Teaching Philosophy

To inspire students to embrace the educational process through my enthusiasm for, knowledge of, and experience with emergency management. I aim for an equitable classroom and to provide learning opportunities for all students by being inclusive, open-minded, and creative. I favor classroom dynamics that permit dialogue and open communication. I also believe in active learning and flipped classrooms, where exploration and practice are of prime importance.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

See personal website (link above).

Professional and Community Involvement

See personal website (link above).

The views expressed by UCO faculty and staff on their personal websites and social media pages do not necessarily reflect the positions of the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO faculty and staff are advised to follow the university’s social media guidelines and are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with policies outlined in UCO’s Employee Handbook and/or Faculty Handbook.