MSC Professor Kirk Rodden earns doctorate from East Tennessee State University


Murray State College Professor and Social Science Department Chair Kirk Rodden has earned a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.  The title of his dissertation was “At the Intersection of Politics and Higher Education:  Policy, Power and Governing Boards in Oklahoma.”

“We congratulate Dr. Rodden on this outstanding achievement.  He has worked diligently to continue his education with the goal of earning a terminal degree in his field.  Students are the beneficiaries of his dedication and commitment to education and instruction,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Rodden earned his master’s degree in political science from Oklahoma State University and his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.  He is also a graduate of Kingston High School.  He began teaching government and history at MSC in the fall of 1990.  During his tenure with MSC, he has won the Neustadt Award for Teaching Excellence, Wanda Bass Award for Excellence in Teaching Oklahoma History, McCasland Award for Teaching Excellence and has been selected by MSC students as Teacher of the Year five times.

“I owe finishing my doctorate to the advent of online education and the encouragement of my wife Angela.  The program at East Tennessee State University was a perfect fit, and I hope to use what I have learned for the benefit of Murray State College students and staff, along with community members in our service area,” Rodden said.

Rodden has been chair of the social science department since 2002 and teaches Survey of American Government, Survey of American History before and since the Civil War, state and local government, and Oklahoma History.

His wife Angela is a nurse at Mercy Hospital and son Evan is a sophomore at Plainview High School in Ardmore.

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