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Kamm Lecture to Address How College Affects Students

The Oklahoma State University College of Education, Health and Aviation will welcome Dr. Matthew Mayhew, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration at The Ohio State University, as the speaker for the 2018 Robert B. Kamm Distinguished Lecture in Higher Education on Tuesday, February 20. Mayhew’s address is entitled “How College Affects Students.” The 26th edition of the Kamm Lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. in Willard Hall room 010 and will be streamed live on

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2018 Kamm Lecturer Matt Mayhew

Mayhew’s focus is higher education and student affairs. He received his BA from Wheaton College, Illinois; his master’s degree from Brandeis University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Before coming to OSU, he served as an associate professor at New York University and an administrator at Fisher College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has focused his research on examining the relationship between college and its influence on student learning and democratic outcomes. To support the study of college and its impact on student development and learning, he has been awarded over $14 million in funding from sources including the United States Department of Education; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Merrifield Family Trust and an anonymous non-religiously affiliated organization with interests in social cooperation. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development. He recently received the American Educational Research Association Religion and Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award.

“Matt Mayhew is an uncommonly great choice for the Kamm Lecture because he is both a brilliant scholar and an amazing speaker,” says Dr. John Foubert, professor of educational studies and 2018 Kamm Lecture chair. “He knows the research about how the college experience affects students better than anyone, and can convey that research – and practical applications – with great dexterity. Students, faculty, administrators and staff will be equally thrilled to hear from Dr. Mayhew!”

The Kamm Lecture is named for Robert B. Kamm, Oklahoma State University President from 1966-1977, who served the university for more than 45 years. Annually, this event serves as a policy-impacting lecture that brings higher education leaders and private and public sector leaders together to examine the important issues in higher education.

For more information about the Kamm Lecture, please visit the Kamm page. To RSVP to the event, click here.

Literacies for a Better World: 21st Century Literacies Lecture Series

The Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research, along with Oklahoma State University College of Education, Health and Aviation and the OSU Writing Project will welcome Dr. Bryan Crandall and Dr. Sean Connors to speak at the 21st Century Literacies Lecture Series. In addition, the editors of the Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures will be sharing reflections from their award-winning publication and considerations for future educational research in digital spaces. The lecture series will be hosted on February 22 at 10 a.m. in Willard 010.

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Dr. Bryan Crandall and Dr. Sean Connors

Connors is an associate professor of English education at the University of Arkansas and has focused his research on young people who use new literacies and digital media to engage in activist causes and social justice issues. He creates opportunities for teachers and young people to take up new literacies and digital media in ways that encourage them to “imagine better” for their schools and communities. Connors on-going research with undergraduates highlights the creative potential of young people to use new literacies and digital media to affect change. 

Crandall is the director of the Connecticut Writing Project and assistant professor for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. His research is centered on the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, which means a human being is a human being because of other human beings and the bonds that are shared between them. Crandall’s 20 years of experience teaching and supporting writers helps to share the message that to support the individual writer, there must be respect and recognition for the many communities in which the individual writer belongs.

“We are eagerly anticipating the lectures by Drs. Connors and Crandall as they share their important literacy work with adolescents in urban and rural areas of the United States. Each is drawing international attention for their groundbreaking work within and outside of secondary classrooms,” said Dr. Shelbie Witte, associate professor of English education and adolescent literacy. “These four world-class teachers and researchers will be such a treat for our faculty, students and partner teachers.”

The 21st Century Literacies Lecture Series promotes innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship on 21st century literacies. This initiative focuses the interest and expertise related to 21st century literacies at a time when school reform initiatives are recognizing literacies as a common thread in successful personal, civic and economic life. 

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Both the Kamm Lecture and the 21st Century Literacies Lecture Series are part of OSU’s Research Week, February 19-23, featuring a variety of speakers, symposiums, performances and presentations aimed at highlighting the impact of research and creative activity at Oklahoma State University. A complete list of events is available at