Two OSU-Tulsa faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and research during last night’s graduation ceremony at The Pavilion at Expo Square.
Dr. David Gray, visiting assistant professor of American studies, received the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching. Dr. Karina Shreffler, associate professor and graduate coordinator in human development and family science, was honored with the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.
Gray earned his doctorate in American studies at the University of Minnesota. He joined OSU-Tulsa in 2009 after spending a year as lecturer in the American Studies program at the University of California-Davis. Gray served his post-doctoral fellowship at University College Dublin’s Clinton Institute for American Studies in Ireland.
He is the author of Work Better, Live Better: Motivational Rhetoric and the Crusade to Sell the American Work Ethic and Inspirational Faith: The Cult of Motivation in the 21st Century. Gray has published numerous journal articles on the history of capitalism and work cultures and the ideologies of motivation, success and business culture. He is a popular presenter globally and nationwide. He was recently named State Scholar for the Oklahoma Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution and has been awarded public history fellowships for the Hagley Museum and Library and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Shreffler is a researcher in the OSU Center for Family Resilience and was named the 2017 OSU President’s Fellows Faculty Research Award recipient earlier this year for her groundbreaking research on teen mothers. She is the recipient of the 2012 OSU-Tulsa President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching.
A prolific author of journal articles, Shreffler’s research interests include childbearing intentions, behaviors and consequences of various reproductive experiences for individuals and couples. She also studies infertility, attitudes toward parenthood and pregnancy and work and family issues as well as teen pregnancy. She is principal investigator for the $1.9 million HATCH: Holistic Assessment of Tulsa Children’s Health project funded by the National Institutes of Health and the $29.5 million Environmental Exposures and Adolescent Risky Behaviors study funded through an endowment grant.