Office of the Dean - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Office of the Dean

Kalpana Misra was named dean of The University of Tulsa’s Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. She previously served as associate dean for arts and sciences for 10 years. Misra, who earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science along with a diploma in Mandarin Chinese from The University of Delhi, went on to receive her Ph.D. degree in political science at The University of Michigan.

Misra has been a member of the TU faculty since 1988. She enjoys teaching a wide range of  topics: women’s movements, comparative foreign policy, international relations and the politics of India and China. Both her steadfast commitment to her research and her students has been recognized. She was named the Political Scientist Scholar of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association in 1998, received the TU Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004 and the Thomas H. Buckley Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012.

From academic journals to encyclopedia articles, Misra’s writing and research are extensively published. In addition to several scholarly articles and book chapters, she is the author of From Post-Maoism to Post Marxism: The Erosion of Official Ideology in Deng’s China (Routledge) and co-editor of Feminism in the Jewish State: Some Contemporary Perspectives (Brandeis).

Misra’s university service is vast. In her 16 years in the Kendall College Office of the Dean, she has helped shape not only the academic rigor of the College but also the guiding principles that have established TU as a top school. Her signature initiatives as dean include the establishment of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and the D’Arcy Fellows internship program. Besides her administrative responsibilities as dean, she also serves as the director of the Organizational Studies interdisciplinary major.

Her profound sense of civic duty can be seen in the numerous list of boards and committees on which she has served. Currently, Misra serves on the boards of 108 Contemporary, the Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM), South Asian Performing Arts Foundation, the Knippa Interfaith Lecture Board, and the Working Group of The Alliance for Global Education.

Misra is dedicated to sustaining an academic environment that nurtures the highest scholarly and research aspirations of faculty and students.

Kalpana Misra
Dean, Kendall College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Political Science

Office of the Dean
Office of Advising
Chapman Hall, Room 111
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kirsten Olds
Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Art, Design and Art History
Chapman Hall, Room 110

Shaun Underwood
Director of Fiscal Affairs

Stephanie Boulden
Manager of Special Projects and Technical Needs
Chapman Hall, Room 111

Veronica Ostapowich
Director of Advising and Retention

Colleen Wilson
Enrollment Management Coordinator


  • Points of Pride
    • 96% placement rates in jobs or graduate school
    • Since 1991, there have been 365 Presidential Scholars.
    • In the past five years, 288 Arts & Science students traveled abroad to more than 42 countries.
    • Since 1980, 39 Arts & Sciences professors received the TU Outstanding Teacher Award.
    • 20 Arts & Science students received research grant awards (2016-2017)
    • Students have won competitive awards such as: Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Fullbright Scholarship and The Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship
    • Kendall College is home to six award winning journals: James Joyce Quarterly, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Russian Studies in History, Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and the student journal Stylus.
    • Kendall College alumni include: author Rilla Askew, Emmy-winning student director Chase Chambers, Chief of Operations at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center Monte Hawkins, author S.E. Hinton, actor Wesam Keesh, actor and producer Julius Tennon, actor Wade Williams
    • Students go on to pursue graduate studies at leading universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Oxford and Chicago to name a few.
  • Arts & Sciences Dean’s Circle

    Every university is strengthened by the annual giving of alumni and friends and TU is no exception. Gifts to the annual fund provide critical support for programs and expenses in the college that have no other dedicated funding source, and it allows the flexibility to address the most pressing needs that arise on a daily basis.

    Annual fund donors giving $2,500 or more are recognized as members of the Dean’s Circle, making them a dedicated group of partners with a proud stake in TU’s success.

    Examples of past uses of Dean’s Circle funds include:

    • Student organized TedX talk
    • Student research colloquiums
    • Student travel to participate in the National Student Advertising Competition
    • Etiquette dinners for more than 150 students
    • Partnered with the admissions office to increase student recruitment efforts by subsidizing campus visits and funding promotional videos

    If you are interested in being a part of the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences family, please visit our giving page.

    2016-2017 Arts & Sciences Dean’s Circle

    Ellen and Steve Adelson
    Melinda and Mitch ’79 Adwon
    Joanie and Tom Atkinson
    Olivia Belknap ’96
    Elizabeth Bender ’79
    Harriet ‘69  and Bill ’67, ’69 Derrevere
    Jean Ann ’72 and Tom Fausser ’70
    Linda Feagin ’66
    Marilyn Girouard ’51
    Kathleen Page and Michael Graves ’67, ‘70
    Kellie ’72 and Fred Harlan
    Nancy and Jerry ’61 Henry
    Mary Ann Hille ’65
    Robert Hogan
    Burt Holmes ’54
    Jenk Jones
    Mary Lhevine ’82 and George Schnetzer
    Susan ’95 and Bob Mase
    Judith McCormack ’63, ’77
    Teena and Paul Merrywell
    Paula ’61 and Malcolm Milsten
    Kalpana Misra and Murali Iyengar
    Valerie ’86 and Brad Naifeh
    Melinda Noel ’72
    Vicki Parry ’61
    Mindy ’80 and Jesse Pearson
    Kay and Tim ’78 Phoenix
    Peggy and Ron Predl
    Jean Roberts ’39
    James Ruddle ’57, ’61
    Frank Skipworth ’67, ’70
    Betty ’83 and Kelly Swindle
    Norma and Steve ’68 Turnbo
    Julia and Bill ’86 Watson
    Martin Wing


    Herbert and Roseline Gussman Foundation
    Pearl M. and Julia J. Harmon Foundation
    Harlan and Virginia Krumme Trust
    George H. Odell Foundation
    A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation
    Charles and Marion Weber Foundation

  • Board of Visitors
    • Caroline Abbott
    • Ellen Adelson
    • Mitch Adwon
    • Joanie Atkinson
    • Leta Bell
    • Barbara Blackburn
    • Don Blackburn
    • John Bovaird
    • Beth Bovaird
    • Laurie Brumbaugh
    • Bill Derrevere
    • Harriet Derrevere
    • Linda Feagin
    • John Finley
    • Linda Frazier
    • Marc Frazier
    • Greg Frizzell
    • Michael Graves
    • Monte Hawkins
    • Kim Johnson
    • Jenk Jones
    • Jake Jorishie
    • Cheryl LaFortune
    • Mary Lhevine
    • Judy McCormack
    • Paula Milsten
    • Bob Mogelnicki
    • Mahvash Moghaddam
    • Valerie Naifeh
    • TimPhoenix
    • George Schnetzer
    • Greg Spears
    • Julius Tennon
    • Bruce Tibbets
    • Frances Tibbets
    • Steve Turnbo
    • Bill Watson
    • Julie Watson
    • Melissa Weiss
    • Martin Wing
  • Contact

    Office of the Dean
    Chapman Hall, Room 111
    918-631-3721 fax
    Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    Stephanie Boulden
    Manager of Special Projects and Technical Needs
    Chapman Hall, Room 111

    Veronica Ostapowich, Director of Advising and Retention
    *First-time Freshmen and Current Students