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Faculty and Staff  

Linsday Allen
Adam Borth
Marlys Cervantes
Connie Donatelli
Ryan Doom
Mark Dykes

Dejon Ewing
Mike Fell
Josh Fleig
Mark Flickinger
Robin Graves
Julie Kratt

Deborah Layton
Amy McWhirt
Jamison Rhoads
Lois Sampson
John Sefel
Meg Smith
Part-Time Instructors


Adam Borth

Director of Communications, Instructor of Public Speaking

  • Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Masters of Education, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Baker University (Completion: 2015)
  • AQIP Steering Committee Member
  • Global Learning Outcomes Committee Chair
  • Professional Development Committee Member and Subcommittee Chair
  • Marketing Committee Member
  • 2012 NISOD Excellence Award Recipient
  • 2012 SIDLIT Presentation: Teaching Public Speaking Online
  • 2013 KCM Presentation: Jack of All Trades Journalism
  • 2013 NISOD Presentation: Incorporating Projects to Enhance Cross-Curricular Learning

Office: Brown Center, Room 206
Phone: 620.44.5278

Marlys Cervantes

Marlys Cervantes Humanities Department Chairperson
Instructor, English, Composition, Literature, Creative Writing
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - Oklahoma State University
  • MA - English (Native American Literature), Oklahoma State University
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Have presented at NISOD, NADE and Pop Culture conferences
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Tiger Booster of the Year 2004
  • Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence 2005-2006
  • Active in community organizations, such as RAIN Team, crisis intervention, Ponca Playhouse, and other arts organizations.
  • Commencement Speaker 2007, Cowley College

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #130
    Phone: 620.441.5560
Connie Donatelli
Connie Donatelli

Director of Vocal Music/Instructor, Music Appreciation, Choir, CC Singers
Arkansas City Campus

  • BS - Music Education, Kansas State University
  • MM - Music, Kansas State University
  • Master Teacher
  • Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
  • Kansas Music Educators Association
  • American Choral Directors Association

    Office: Brown Center, Office #212
    Phone:  620.441.5288

Ryan Doom

Instructor, English, Composition, Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, and Intro to CinemaDoom
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Wichita State University – Communication (Journalism)
  • MFA – Wichita State University – Creative Writing 
  • Has presented at the PC/AC and SWPCA conferences
  • Freelance journalist
  • Published in Mikrokosmos (2008 issue, Vol. 54) One short story entitled “European Mount” plus two photos, including the cover
  • Winner of the Carol and Elton Holman Screenwriting Award
  • Film critic for
  • Has a book of film analysis, The Brothers Coen: Unique Characters of Violence, due in Fall of 2009 through Praeger Press

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #127
Phone: 620.441.5306

Mark Dykes

Instructor, Graphic DesignMark Dykes
Arkansas City Campus

  • A.A. Graphic Design - Cowley County Community College
  • B.F.A. Graphic Design - Wichita State University
  • Multiple awards for design work and newspaper ad design.

Office: Kerr Technical Building #107
Phone:  620.441.5266 

Dejon Ewing

Theatre Director,
Instructor of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication and Theatre Appreciation
Arkansas City Campus

  • AA - Speech & History
  • BA - Speech & Theatre
  • MA - Speech & Theatre Education
  • Outstanding Young Educator, Ark City High School
  • Master Teacher, Cowley College
  • NISOD Master Teacher, Austin, TX
  • 1st recipient of Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
  • 2004 Commencement Speaker
  • NISOD Master Teacher

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #128
    Phone: 620.441.-5305
    E-mail: ewing

Mike Fell

Mike Fell Instructor of 3D Art, Design, and Art Appreciation
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA in Art and Biology - Southwestern College, Winfield KS
  • Graduate Study - Wichita State University, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, and Fort Hays State University
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Master Teacher of the Year candidate
  • Gold Star Award, Winfield Public Schools
  • Earth-saver Award, Kansas Natural Resources Council
  • Alumni Service Award, Southwestern College
  • Outstanding Young Man of America

    Office: Kerr Technical Building #110
    Phone: 620. 441.5235

Josh Fleig
Josh Fleig

Instructor, Music Appreciation, Concert Band, Jazz Band
Arkansas City Campus

  • AA Music - Cowley College
  • BME - Wichita State University
  • MME - Wichita State University

Office: Brown Center #
Phone: 620.441.5317

Mark Flickinger
Mark Flickinger

Instructor, Art History, Painting, Drawing
Arkansas City Campus

  • BFA - Painting and Drawing, Wichita State University
  • MFA - Painting, Henry R. Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University
  • Conducted painting workshops at Wichita Art Museum, Wichita Center for the Arts, Old Town School of Art
  • President of Arkansas City Arts Council
  • Instructor for Art Smart Program
  • Artist in residency for Arkansas City public school system
  • Private studio classes in painting
  • Art instructor, Denton Art Center
  • Guest Lecturer, Wichita State University
  • Associate instructor, Indiana University

    Office: Kerr Technical Building
    Phone: 620 441 -5255

Robin Graves
Robin Graves

Humanities Secretary
Arkansas City Campus

  • AAS, Cowley College
  • BS, Mississippi College
  • Additional course work at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern College

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #120
Phone: 620.441.5252

Julie Kratt

Julie Kratt

Instructor, English and Composition
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - English, Evangel College
  • MEd Education, Southwestern College
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers 1998, 2002, 2007
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award 1998
  • 1998 Ark City Christian Academy teacher, 5 years.
  • Cowley College part-time instructor, 7 years prior to becoming full time in 2004

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #129
Phone: 620.441.5385

Deborah Layton

Humanities Instructor: English, Composition, and American Literaturelayton
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Theatre, Oklahoma State University
  • MS – Teaching Learning and Leadership, Oklahoma State University
  • District Teacher of the Year, Blackwell Public Schools
  • Education Association member
  • Member of the National Council of Teachers of English
  • AQIP Action Project team member on Global Learning
  • Phi Theta Kappa Sponsor
  • Member of the Learning Success Team

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities office 125
    Phone: 620.441.5325

Amy McWhirt

Director of Academic Preparation - Humanities
Arkansas City
Amy McWhirt

  • BA - History/Spanish, Southwestern College
  • MEd - Southwestern College
  • Additional Graduate studies, ESOL, Emporia State University
  • Recipient National Security Exchange Program Grant to study in Mexico
  • Presenter NISOD and NADE conferences
  • Endowed Chair, 2010-2012
  • NISOD Excellence Award, 2011
  • Co-directs the Multi-Cultural Scholars Mentoring Program.

    Office:  Humanities Office #129
    Phone: 620.441.5397
Lindsay Allen

Instuctor, Applied Voice, Aural Skills, Music AppreciationRamirez
Arkansas City Campus

  • AA Music- Cowley College
  • BME- Kansas State University
  • MME Voice- Wichita State University
  • Public School teacher- 3 years
  • Cowley Adjunct Instructor- 2 years

Office: Brown Center #208
Phone:  620. 441.5362

Jamison Rhoads

Jamison RhoadsTechnical Director, Instructor, Stagecraft
Arkansas City Campus

  • BFA - Performance, Theater Wichita State University
  • MFA - Theater Design, Temple University
  • Asst. Professor of Lighting Design and Technical Direction, The University of New Orleans
  • Instructor and Technical Director,  Tufts University
  • Excellence in Scenic Design, Region V, ACTF, for Les Miserables School Edition, 2006
  • Excellence in Lighting, Region VI, ACTF, for Mademoiselle Blackwell, 2003.

    Office: Brown Center Theatre
    Phone: 620.441.5216

Lois Sampson
Lois Sampson

Instructor, Composition, Literature, Interpersonal Communications,
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma
  • MEd - Southwestern College, Winfield
  • Kansas Master Teacher Award
  • Ark City High School English and History Teacher, 5 years
  • Private school English and History teacher, 4 years

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #126
    Phone: 620.441.5254

John Sefel

Theatre Director

Director of TheatreJohn
Instructor, Acting, Theatre Appreciation, Theatre Practicum I-IV, special topics courses
Arkansas City Campus

  • AA – Northern Essex Community College – Theatre Arts
  • BA – Granite State College – Dramatic Literature and Theory
  • MFA – Baylor University – Directing (Theatre)
  • Co-Editor, Texas Theatre Journal, an annual peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Texas Educational Theatre Association
  • Co-Editor, Seven Deadly Sins: an Anthology of New Plays, Ghostlight Publications
  • Chair and Proceedings Editor of the Emerging Scholarship Symposium, Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council
  • Excellence in Editing Awards committee member, Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • SDC associate, NARAS voting member, and SAGe
  • Best Director for Void at the  Playwright’s Platform Festival, Boston Playwright’s Theatre
  • Best Director for One Flea Spare and Hamlet at the NHCTA
  • Best Director for Richard III at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards
  • “Fringe Favorite” audience choice award for overall production (playwright/adaptor), New England Fringe Festival
  • Outstanding Achievement annual award recipient by Northern Essex Community College’s Alumni Association
  • Presented and/or chaired panels at nearly a dozen conference events, including the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and various PCA conferences throughout the country
  • Published original writing in Stage Directions Magazine, in the anthology Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature Vol. II (JacPub), and through Green Light Press.
  • Upcoming chapter on Harry Potter-inspired activism to be included in Playing Harry Potter, to be published by McFarland Pub.
  • Touring respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • Formerly served as Founding Artistic Director of Ghostlight Theater Co., Producing Artistic Director of the Acting Loft Academy of Performing Arts
  • Directing credits with Ghostlight Theater Co, the Boston Playwright’s Theatre, the Central Texas Opera Festival, and many more
  • Film credits (as cast and crew) include titles seen at Sundance, DragonCon, Shockerfest, S.N.o.B., and New England Film & Video festivals, as well as on Mtv, Sci-fi, and the Sundance television channels.

Office: Brown Center, Office # 212
Phone: 620-441-5318

Meg Smith
Lois Sampson

Director of journalism, Adviser Cowley Press, Sponsor of journalism club, Instructor
Arkansas City Campus and online

  • BA – liberal studies, University of Washington
  • MM – educational technology, Pepperdine University
  • Association of Collegiate Press member
  • KACP member
  • Journalism Club sponsor

Office: Kerr Technology, 104A
Phone: 620.441.5287
Sponsor: Journalism Club


Part-time Instructors
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