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It is our hope to start what we think a rather needed discussion regarding formation of the new graduate program in our institution. The School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, has just established a Ph.D. program in Art History with only two areas of focus: Native American Art and Art of the American West. There is only handful of institutions in the U.S.A. which has similar, but not identical programs, and there are concerns of the faculty and higher administration how to implement this program to become a leading one in the country and worldwide. How to promote it in a way to recruit the best possible students and how to make it reputable, since the state of Oklahoma historically is not recognized as having high standard identification for visual arts, although the climate has immensely changed during the last ten years. At the moment, the University has obtained reputable collections of art works related to the mentioned areas of study. Henceforth, the Director of the School of Art and Art History and Associate Dean of the College, are submitting this paper to open discussion and solicit suggestions regarding establishment and promotion of newly designed doctoral program in not-so-recognized areas of study.

Keywords: Doctoral Program, State University, Oklahoma, Art History
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rozmeri Basic

Associate Professor, Art and Art History, The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Rozmeri Basic is an Associate Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Basic has received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Arts (Belgrade), a M.F.A. in Art History, and a Ph.D. in Art History and Comparative Arts from Ohio University. She teaches the following topic-seminars: Byzantine Art and Architecture, Byzantine Icons, Aegean Art, Cycladic Art and Architecture, Minoan Art and Architecture, Mycenaean Art and Architecture, Etruscan Art and Architecture, and Ancient Portraits. Her research is related to examination and interpretation of inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural issues in Carolingian, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine traditions. She presented and published her papers worldwide and she is an active participant in numerous professional organizations. In 2003 and 2004 she received two prestigious awards: a Fulbright award for senior scholars for research in Egypt, and a grant for publishing support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago. In 2007 she was one of the recipients of the newly established University of Oklahoma Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award while in 2008 she was selected as favorite faculty member by her colleagues, School of Art and Art History.

Dr. Mary Jo Watson

Director, School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Dr. Watson currently serves as the Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she serves as Curator of Native American Art for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. She has served as a curator, juror, and a lecturer for numerous art exhibits throughout the state of Oklahoma and with national traveling exhibitions. Dr. Watson developed the Native American Art History program at the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Professor Watson participates as a faculty member within various other departments at the University of Oklahoma, including the Native American Studies program, the Women's Studies program, the College of Liberal Studies and the International Studies program. Dr. Watson has received numerous awards, including the College of Liberal Studies Kenneth E. Crooks Faculty Award, the University of Oklahoma Regent's Award for Superior Teaching, The College of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award, the Oklahoma Governor's Art Award and the Marilyn Douglas Memorial Award from the State Arts Council. She received a second State Arts Council Award for Contributions in the field of American Indian Art and was also an Inductee into the Seminole State College Hall of Fame for Outstanding Alumni.

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