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Headington College Faculty and Staff

The residents of Headington College are supported by a team of staff and faculty from across the OU campus. Their role is to ensure the safety and security of residents, and to support and encourage their academic success and involvement with their community in Headington College and the University of Oklahoma.

Senior Fellow & Associate Senior Fellow: Drs Keith and Kim Gaddie

The Senior Fellow acts as CEO of the College. This job also includes setting the intellectual tone for the College by establishing academic goals, guiding the long-term strategic development of the College, and setting priorities for the Faculty Fellows and staff of the College. The Senior Fellow reports to the Provost and serve as liaison to the President, the Provost, Vice-Presidents, and the academic deans. Together, the Senior Fellow and Associate Senior Fellow create and encourage a well-rounded college experience for everyone in Headington College.

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Email: Twittter: @gaddiewindage



Residence Life Coordinator: Megan Morrison

The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) reports directly to the Department of Housing and Residence Life. The RLC supervises the Housing and Residence Life staff (Resident Director and Resident Advisors) in both Headington and Dunham Colleges. The RLC is responsible for the safety and security of the buildings and residents, as well as enforcing housing policies within the community.


Resident Director: Aana Nadeem

The Headington College Resident Director reports to the Residence Life Coordinator and is responsible for the overall supervision, safety, and security of the residents and the physical structure of Headington Residential College. The Resident Director supervises the Resident Advisors and front desk staff.


Assistant Senior Fellow: Leslie Spielman

The Headington College Assistant Senior Fellow reports to the Senior Fellow and manages the daily administrative and academic operations of the college. They coordinate academic programming and other events held in the public spaces of Headington College. 


Administrative Assistant: Janet Huang

The Headington College Administrative Assistant reports to the Senior Fellow and the Assistant Senor Fellow. They assist the Assistant Senior Fellow with events and the administrative and financial operations of the college.


Graduate Mentors

The Headington College Graduate Mentors are graduate student staff who work with the Assistant Senior Fellow to develop programs and events for the academic and professional success of students.

Resident Advisors

The Headington College Resident Advisors (RAs) are live-in staff who report to the Residence Life Coordinator and the Resident Director. They provide support, encouragement, and leadership to the residents of their floor and the college.  They have prior experience with on-campus living and receive extensive training to help to facilitate a safe and positive living and academic environment. The RAs will work to establish a relationship with you and check in on your experience here at the University of Oklahoma. 

Faculty Fellows

The Headington Faculty Fellows are fulltime faculty who offer courses, seminars, reading groups, and other educational experiences in the College. Faculty Fellows are selected by the President of the University based on recommendations of the Senior Faculty Fellow and a committee of the Fellows of the College. Full time Faculty Fellows are appointed for a period of five years.

Dr. Julia Ehrhardt

Dr. Julia Ehrhardt is Associate Professor of Honors (American Studies). She graduated summa cum laude in English and Women’s Studies from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After earning her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1998, she was hired as one of the inaugural professors in the OU Honors College. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including lower and upper-level thematic classes in American literature and culture, cultural expression in the United States from 1865 to the present, and women’s literature. She also teaches introductory food studies courses at OU and abroad. Her research interests include the study of American women’s fiction, food in American literature, and the genre of memoir in the United States, and she is working on two research projects: one on fat, dieting, and authorship in American popular literature from 1890 to 1945, and another on fat characters in young adult literature. In 2016 she was awarded the OU Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching.

Dr. Lauren Ethridge

Dr. Lauren Etheridge is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience. The primary focus of her research is in genetic influences on brain activity and the application of heritable brain responses as reliable endophenotypes for complex brain-based disorders, particularly developmental and psychotic disorders. She is currently working to develop EEG biomarkers as outcome measures and/or response predictors for early behavioral interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and to resolve the etiological heterogeneity of ASD with a specific focus on sensory processing and sensory hypersensitivity. She is also involved in developing EEG biomarkers as outcome measures for drug treatment trials in Fragile X Syndrome and other rare genetic disorders associated with ASD.

Dr. Etheridge received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and completed her post-doctoral work at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is currently faculty in the Pediatrics Department at OUHSC and the Psychology Department at OU Norman. She regularly teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods: Experimental Design, and Physiological Psychology (Introduction to Neuroscience).

Dr. Darren Purcell

Dr. Darren Purcell is an associate professor of geography. A Kentucky native, he claims to be a child of the Cold War, which explains his interest in geopolitics. Starting his education at the University of Kentucky Darren went on to complete a MA there as well. He completed his doctorate at Florida State University in 2003. His first academic post was at the Florida A&M School of Business and Industry, a post he held for two years, before joining the OU family in 2005.

He teaches on a wide variety of topics, ranging from large introductory courses such as Human Geography and World Regional Geography to upper division courses such as Principles of Economic Geography, Geography of Europe, Political Geography, and Media Geographies. His graduate seminars have focused on geopolitics, popular culture and the information age.

Dr. Purcell’s research interests have focused on Eastern Europe, media, information technologies and geopolitics. He has published on how newly independent countries have used the Internet to establish an identity.  More recently, has looked at how various forms of humor impact our understandings of world events, in particular, American late-night comedians.

Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt

Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt is an associate professor of Marketing and Innovation in the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, his M.B.A. at Oakland University, and his B.S. degree (with Honors) in packaging from Michigan State University. He has held engineering positions at General Motors Corp. and Nabisco Foods where he worked with marketing extensively.  He joined the OU faculty in 2005. Previously, he held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois and Kansas State University.

Over the past 20+ years he has taught a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses. The past two summers he took about 30 students to France for a month in the Vichy program in the Price College of Business. He will do it again in 2017. He also taught multiple times in Warsaw, Poland in the University of Warsaw’s executive MBA program, most recently in 2016. He is going back to teach in Warsaw during the spring of 2017 for a short time. He has spoken with several departments and colleges about teaching effectiveness and strategies in large classes.  He has received multiple teaching awards including 3 in 2008, one in 2009, another in 2011, and he received the “Outstanding Faculty Member Award” from the Student Business Association, University of Oklahoma (2016).

With respect to research, Dr. Schmidt’s interests lie in new product development and marketing strategy, and his work has been published in major journals and conference proceedings.  He has received 5 research awards.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Product Innovation Management and served on the Board of Directors of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) and also as Vice President of Academic Affairs for PDMA.

Dr. Jane Wickersham

Dr. Jane Wickersham specializes in studying sixteenth century religious, cultural, and legal European history.  Her first book, Rituals of Prosecution: The Roman Inquisition’s Prosecution of Protestants in Sixteenth-Century Italy (published by University of Toronto Press) examined the Roman Inquisition’s characterization and prosecution of Protestant heresy, particularly how the Catholic Church’s understanding of the Protestant message evolved in the decades after 1520. She examined inquisitorial manuals (how-to books for inquisitors!), as well as inquisition trials, to demonstrate that inquisitors developed a prosecutorial culture capable of identifying and punishing an elusive “thought crime” by employing a well-established intellectual tradition of focusing on ritual practice, or the kinds of acts that might be observed within the community by neighbors, friends, and even relatives. Her next book project will focus on examining the prosecution of morality crimes in Counter Reformation Rome, especially the crimes of adultery and concubinage, during Pope Pius V’s pontificate.

Professor Wickersham teaches courses on the Reformation, the Renaissance, Inquisitions, modern Italy, and religious violence in early modern Europe. She received her B.A. from the University of Georgia; her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University; and was Assistant Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago before coming to OU.