Staff and Executive Committee

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John A. Brock, Founder

John A. Brock founded the Brock International Prize in Education in 2002.  John is Chairman of the Board of Medallion Petroleum, INC. Over the years, John has been associated with several oil and gas discoveries, including the East Thomas, Alex, and Grand Fields in Oklahoma, the Hope Field in Texas, and the Arapaho Field in Colorado. He served as an artillery officer in Korean War, serves on several boards of directors, and is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Both John and his wife, Donnie, are active in multiple civic organizations and are patrons of the arts.

Ed

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Dr. Ed Harris, Administrator and Chair of the Executive Committee

Dr. Ed Harris is Professor and Williams Chair of Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University. Ed received his MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University. During his twenty-five years at OSU, he has served as Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs; Director of Research, Extension, Technology and International Programs, and Coordinator of EDLE Domestic and International Cohorts. Ed is currently Administrator and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Brock International Prize in Education, which finds and awards the best educational ideas and shares them with the world. His primary research interests focus on school cultural, technology and society, as well as sustainable, context-based education initiatives.

Cindy Schaefer

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Cindy Schaefer, Director of Communications and Development

Cindy Schaefer received her BA in English and her MA in Mass Communications, both from Oklahoma State University.  She has more than 15 years of experience in the communications industry, and has worked in higher education, book publishing, and the non-profit sector.  Areas of special focus include web design, digital storytelling, and new media.  Cindy became a full-time staff member of the Brock International Prize in Education in January of 2014.

Executive Committee

Blais

Dr. Roger Blais, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Tulsa

Roger Blais is provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Tulsa since 1998, where he also serves as a professor of physics. He grew up in Minnesota, earned a BA in physics and French literature in 1966 from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. He taught at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia until 1977 when he came to Tulsa to join the physics faculty. He has been active in community programs including the Boy Scouts, PTSA president at Booker T. Washington High School (’97-’99), and the board of LOOK Musical Theatre. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Academy, and the boards of  and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and All Souls Unitarian Church. He is a fellow of the International Society of Automation and served as their Vice President for Automation and Technology.

Undiano

Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Director of World Literature Today, The University of Oklahoma

Robert Con Davis-Undiano is Director of World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma.  He is dedicated to innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and is a mentor and role model to Chicano and other minority students and faculty.  Joining the OU faculty in 1980, Davis was named executive director of OU’s international magazine World Literature Today and holder of the Neustadt Professorship in Comparative Literature in 1999.  Publishing in Chicano and American studies and literary criticism and theory, he is author, co-author, or editor of 12 books, including a textbook now in its fourth edition, and over 60 articles. He served as Dean of the OU Honor’s College from 2005-2009 and is currently overseeing the development of a collaborative partnership between the University of Oklahoma and Beijing Normal University.

Fry

Dr. Pamela Fry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Professor in the College of Education, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Pamela Martin Fry is the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Oklahoma State University. Fry previously served as Dean of the College of Education and School Head of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership at OSU.  Prior to moving to OSU in 2001, Fry was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Oklahoma with appointments at the associate dean, department chair, and program chair levels. Fry, a full professor in the area of Curriculum Studies, holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from OU. From OSU, Dr. Fry received a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Studies and a doctoral degree in the area of Curriculum and Supervision.  Fry’s research agenda focuses on the cultural and axiological analysis of teaching, learning, and curriculum at both the P-12 and collegiate levels. Over her career, Fry has provided leadership to education at local, state, and national levels including service as editor of one of the top national journals in teacher education and as one of four nationally-elected representatives to the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Pappas

Dr. James Pappas, Vice President for University Outreach; Dean of the College of Liberal Studies; and Professor, Departments of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies, The University of Oklahoma

Dr. Pappas serves as Vice President for University Outreach; Dean of the College of Liberal Studies; and Professor, Departments of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma (OU). He received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, with Masters and Bachelor degrees from Ohio University and the University of Utah respectively. Dr. Pappas oversees the program of academic outreach for OU that serves over 100,000 participants and includes a Kellogg Conference Center. In addition, his unit has numerous federal and state grants. These include supervisory and executive training for the Postal Service, two US Department of Education comprehensive centers, and delivers graduate degrees to armed forces bases throughout the US and Europe. The outreach division also offers business and executive development programs. As Dean of Liberal Studies, he administers a college which offers bachelors and masters degrees for working adults.