Professor of English
School of Liberal Art
Dr. Vivian Thomlinson might be the first to say that she didn't choose teaching - teaching chose her. When she wasn't finding fulfillment in her position as a public relations executive, she followed her heart and changed careers.
"I never looked back," Thomlinson says. "It was the best decision I ever made. I think people who are good teachers are called to teach, much like good preachers are called to preach. This is my service, and I love it."
It's only natural, then, that accolades for her work in the classroom have followed. Thomlinson was named 2006 Oklahoma Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Other honors include Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence, Student Government Association Professor of the Year, English Department Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year and the Command and General Staff College Award for Outstanding Teacher.
"I tell my students all the time that if they are even considering teaching, they should get certified," she says. "I am so glad I did, and no matter where I go, I will always have that."