Dewayne (Manuel) Dickens

Associate Professor Developmental Education, English - School of Liberal Arts & Communication

Contact Information

(918) 595-7046
Metro Campus Room MC 504

Dewayne Dickens, Ph.D., is a Developmental English Associate Professor. His doctorate is in Curriculum and Social Foundations (English emphasis) from Oklahoma State University with a dissertation focus on college persistence for African American males. In 2012, he was listed among the 100 Graduate Students of Significance by Oklahoma State University.

For additional credentials and projects, please refer to his linkedin.com posting:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dewaynedickens

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Reading I
  • Reading II
  • Writing I
  • Writing II
  • Academic Strategies
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Honors Composition II
  • African American Literature
  • Minority Literature
  • Social Justice
  • Business and Professional Speech

Graduate

  • Curriculum Issues
  • Educational Advocacy and Leadership

Education

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Social Foundations (May 2012), Oklahoma State University (OSU)
    • Cognate emphasis area: English
    • GPA of 3.843
    • Dissertation Topic: Persistence Barriers for African American Males in Community College
    • Listed among the 100 OSU Graduate Students of Significance
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Specializing in Secondary English Ed.), May 2002, OSU
  • B.A. English (Minor in Management), May 2000, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK
  • A.A. English, December 1993, Tulsa Community College
  • 87 Hrs toward B.A., August 1984 - May 1988, University of Tulsa              

Research Interests

  • African American Male Persistence in Community Colleges
  • Student Success in the Community College
  • Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • Technology in Classroom Instruction
  • Teacher Professional Education
  • Storytelling for Engaged Student Learning
  • Community Interaction            

Publications & Presentations

Publications
David, Kevin, Margaret Lee, John Bruce, Bryan Coppedge, Dewayne Dickens, Joyce Friske, Anita Hall, Michael Singleton, Jacalyn Swicegood, and Jerilyn Thorman. "Barriers to Success Predict Fall-to-Fall Persistence and Overall GPA among Community College Students." Journal of Applied Research in the Community College Spring 21.1 (2015): 5-13. Print.

Dickens, Dewayne. "Remembering Black History Month." Comp. Brian Thompson. Moment: Writing Retreat Anthology. Comp. Sharlene Kenyon and Jessica Lowther. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma State U Writing Project, 2015. N. pag. Print.

Dickens, Dewayne. "Where I'm From." OSU WP 2014 Anthology: Where We're From. Vol. 1. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma State U Writing Project, 2014. N. pag. Print.

Dickens, Manuel Dewayne. Beyond Statistics African American Male Persistence in Community College. Diss. Oklahoma State U, 2012. Ann Arbor: ProQuest, 2012. ProQuest LLC. Web.

Dickens, Dewayne. "One Paper Collaborative Assignment." Solving the Pedagogical Puzzle: Teacher Research in Action. Ed. Eileen Simmons. Vol. 1. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma State U Writing Project, 2008. 36-41. Print.

National and Regional Presentations and Planning
John Hope Franklin Center Symposium on Reconciliation and Justice: Conference Session Moderator and Introduction (May 2016) for Keynote Speaker Professor Anita Hill—Author and Activist

John Hope Franklin Center Symposium on Reconciliation and Justice: Conference Session Moderator (May 2016) for Keynote Speaker Dr. Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center

Travel Blog to Ghana, Africa (October 2015):http://www.offexploring.com/dewaynedickens

EdTechTalk on Teachers Teaching Teacher on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Letter to My Son” and Systemic Racism (July 2015)

TCC Metro Lecture Series Panel Member (February 2015): Clifton Taulbert Discussion of latest book publication, The Invitation:http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/race-relations-in-america-will-be-the-subject-of-an/article_3af5dbfc-3871-5d55-88e3-0d6d0a7798a2.html

John Hope Franklin Symposium Presentation (May 2014)—“The Forgotten Glory” and Other Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning beyond the Social Divisions”

Black, Brown, and College Bound Conference Presentation (with student mentees as co-presenters): “Sustained Motivation through Social Awareness and Social Responsibility” (February 2014)

John Hope Franklin Symposium on Race (May 2013)—Program Committee Collaborative Presentation, with my contribution of discussing curriculum design

Urban Sites Conference (April 12-14, 2012)—Coordinator for national conference for the National Writing Project serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university that provides professional development

John Hope Franklin Symposium on Race (May 2011)—“Who Am I Becoming as a Moral Anti-Racist Change Agent?”

Urban Sites National Writing Project (April 2011, Boston, MA)—“Writing about Race: Engaging in Risky Conversations through 21st Century Literacies”

Labette Community College English Faculty Professional Development Speaker for All-Day Session (October 2010)—“Race, (w)Riting, and Resilience”

Task Force Member, National Writing Project (2010)—“Framework for Success in Post-Secondary Writing”

Urban Sites National Writing Project (April 2010, Portland, OR)—“The Attendance Barrier: Helping Students Find Voice to Move from Victims to Victors”

Tulsa Community College—Panel Discussion Member with Pedro Noguera (February 2010)—“Why Race Matters”

Team Presentation with National Writing Project (May 2009)—National Conference on Race in Education (NCORE)

Urban Sites National Writing Project (April 2009, Louisville, KY)—“Student Resilience: Using Learning Journals”

State and Local Presentations and Planning
Chautauqua Performance Executive Production for community conversation: “Be My Neighbor: Remembering Tulsa’s Greenwood” (May 2015)

OSU Writing Project Writing Retreat (February 2015): Thinking Partner and Consultant for OSU-Tulsa Writing Retreat for Oklahoma Educators, resulting in a day of writing for professional development

Tulsa Community College Day of Vision Workshops for High School Students (November 2014)—“Writing for Success in College”

Tulsa Community College “Reciprocal Teaching” presentation to TCC instructors for Renew the Magic Spring Workshop (March 2014) and TCC Stayonference (October 2014)

Booker T. Washington High School presentation to students (October 2014, 2013, and 2012)—“Travel Diary: Tips on Writing the College Essay”

OSU Writing Project Teacher Professional Development: Advanced Institute Technology Workshop (Co-Facilitator with Sheri Vasinda, March 2014)

Readers’ Theater Executive Production for community play: “The Forgotten glory: Remembering Tulsa’s Greenwood” (February 2014)

Tulsa Community College presentation to second-year faculty (February 2014 and 2013)—Case Study on Constructivist Teaching, using Reciprocal Teaching for facilitation of discussion

TCC Convocation Presentation “Empowering Struggling Students: Equipping Students for Mastery Learning” (August 2013)

Week Summer Workshop for Teacher Professional Development on Common Core State Standards: “Reading and Writing at the Core”—Co-facilitated with Debby Yarbrough and Alan Blair (Woodward OK, June 2013)

Oklahoma State University graduate-level class presentation for special education teachers (April 2013)--Culturally Relevant Teaching in Special Education

Booker T. Washington High School presentation to parents (September 2012)--"Navigating College Applications: What They Really Want (Tips for Parents)"

Tulsa Public Schools (June 2011)—“Common Core in Action: Curriculum, Writing, and Technology” Coordinator and Presenter

Tulsa Community College Day of Vision Workshops for High School Students (November 2010)—“Working Smarter not Harder”

Tulsa Race Riot Symposium for Tulsa Public Schools (July 2010)—“Protocols for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Improving Student Achievement”

Tulsa Community College (December 2009) Celebrate Learning Academic Newsletter, “Why Achieving the Dream Matters at TCC”

Oklahoma State University Writing Project (June 2009, Stillwater, OK)—“Nurturing Student Voice: Student Deep Reflection in Spite of the Curriculum”

Tulsa Public Schools GEAR Up Faculty (April 2009, Tulsa, OK)—“African American Male Resilience Factors for Middle School to College”

Coordinator and Grant Writer (2004-2007) for Oklahoma State University to assist the part-time Tulsa Community College faculty in professional development training

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Co-Director, Camp Anytown—Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, February 2016-present; planning and executing all aspects of scheduling, logistical programming, and conflict-resolution needs of staff and students; assist in workshop presentations, assure positive participation of all attendees, help assure presenters feel welcomed and appreciated
  • Board of Directors—John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, August 2013-present; serving as a community educator for reconciliation and cooperation efforts for Tulsa and the nation; also serving on the Program Committee as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Center (that includes collaborating with multiple local and state educators in preparing appropriate curriculum for students K – University and community members who attend Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood Area)
  • Teacher Consultant—National Writing Project, Oklahoma State University Affiliate, August 2004-present; providing professional development “for teachers by teachers” to K-University educators that focuses on literacy instruction with research-based practices that emphasize writing and reading across content areas; working with teams of other teacher consultants to offer diverse perspectives and collaboration for professional development to broad audiences of educators across multiple content areas
  • Advisor, Camp Anytown—Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, July 2015; serving as cabin ombudsmen and first responder to any cabin conflicts or situations requiring advisor intervention, assuring counselors are fulfilling their roles and duties within cabins, communicating on an on-going basis with co-directors regarding cabins, and acting as lead facilitator for evening presentations as assigned (i.e., Diversity 101 and African American Culture night)
  • Holocaust Training Workshop Participant—Jewish Federation of Tulsa, July 2015; three-day, eighteen-hour professional development session on incorporating Holocaust awareness and discrimination prevention in classroom curriculum; session included two days of Echoes & Reflections training provided by Ephraim Kaye, Director of International Seminars at the International School for Holocaust Studies in Israel; Journeys in Film (JIF)’s “Defiant Requiem” Curriculum training provided by a JIF representative and an opportunity to meet local Holocaust survivors
  • Host Parent for Foreign Exchange Students—August 2014-June 2015; served as the US ambassador and liaison for two 16-year-old foreign exchange students (one from China and the other from Denmark) to introduce and blend diverse cultures for daily experiences
  • Adviser, African American Student Association—August 2002-present; guide students in leadership roles, day-to-day operations of fund raising and finances, along with event planning, community service, and peer recruiting; help create sense of student connection to College to promote persistence for graduation
  • Achieving/Completing the Dream Team, Tulsa Community College June 2007-present;—Served as the initial faculty representative for the 2007 introduction of the Achieving the Dream to the College; Academic Strategies Team Leader (2007-2009), Research Team Leader (2009-2012); Data Team Member (2009-2012); Focus Group Facilitator (2009-2012); African American Male Success Team Member and Research Contributor (2009-present)
  • Board Member—Antioch Baptist Church, 1995-present; responsible for reviewing church policies, procedures, annual calendar, tenure selection and mentoring, and serving as sounding board to the senior pastor

Awards

  • Faculty Innovation Grant for “Ghana Bound: Building Ties to Ancestral History,” 2015-2016
  • Faculty Innovation Grant for “Place-Based Education of Greenwood,” 2015-2016
  • TCC Foundation “African American Student Association Matching Funds,” 2015-2016
  • Enid Public Schools Grant with OSU Writing Project, “Because Reading and Writing Matter,” 2014-2015
  • Faculty Innovation Grant for “Be My Neighbor: Remembering Greenwood,” 2014-2015
  • TCC Foundation “African American Student Association Matching Funds,” 2014-2015
  • Catholic Diocese of Tulsa Grant with OSU Writing Project, “Literacy and Critical Thinking Strategies,” 2013
  • Faculty Innovation Grant for “Reader’s Theater: Remembering Greenwood,” 2013-2014
  • TCC Foundation “African American Student Association Matching Funds,” 2013-2014
  • Tulsa Public Schools Grant with OSU Writing Project, “Teaching American History: Writing Component,” 2013
  • Tulsa Community College Faculty Research Sabbatical Leave, 2012
  • Listed among OSU Graduate College Students of Distinction, Oklahoma State University, 2012
  • National Writing Project Urban Sites Grant, “Attendance Barriers: From Victims to Victors,” 2009-2010
  • Oklahoma Association for Community Colleges Poster Board Award, “Foldables for Writing,” 2009

Community Involvement

  • Co-Director, Camp Anytown—Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, February 2016-present; planning and executing all aspects of scheduling, logistical programming, and conflict-resolution needs of staff and students; assist in workshop presentations, assure positive participation of all attendees, help assure presenters feel welcomed and appreciated
  • Board of Directors—John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, August 2013-present; serving as a community educator for reconciliation and cooperation efforts for Tulsa and the nation; also serving on the Program Committee as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Center (that includes collaborating with multiple local and state educators in preparing appropriate curriculum for students K – University and community members who attend Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood Area)
  • Advisor, Camp Anytown—Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, July 2015; serving as cabin ombudsmen and first responder to any cabin conflicts or situations requiring advisor intervention, assuring counselors are fulfilling their roles and duties within cabins, communicating on an on-going basis with co-directors regarding cabins, and acting as lead facilitator for evening presentations as assigned (i.e., Diversity 101 and African American Culture night)
  • Board Member—Antioch Baptist Church, 1995-present; responsible for reviewing church policies, procedures, annual calendar, tenure selection and mentoring, and serving as sounding board to the senior pastor
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