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Oklahoma State University

Shiretta Ownbey


Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Services Director, Patricia Kain Knaub Center for Student Success

101 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-5053
Fax: 405-744-7113


Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Texas Tech University Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising
M.S. Texas Tech University Family & Consumer Sciences Education
B.S. Texas Tech University Family & Consumer Sciences Education


As Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services, I am involved in projects that contribute to student engagement, student success and student retention. In addition, I am interested in the study of experiential learning and how it is best integrated in the curriculum in higher education to engage students.


  • Lyon, M., Ownbey, S., & Russ, R. (2010). Choices for Colour, Light and Line of Women Living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities in the USA. Color: Design and Creativity.
  • Lyon, M., Ownbey, S.F., & Kang, M. (2009). Interior designer’s perception of the influence of technology on workplace performance. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 6(1), 67-75.
  • Callen, C. A. & Ownbey, S.F.   (2008). Associations between philosophies of human nature and perceptions of unethical consumer behavior. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 12(3).
  • Callen, K.S. & Ownbey, S.F.   (2005). Associations of demographic information and philosophies of human nature,Psychological Reports, 97, 363-377.
  • Farr, C.A., Ownbey, S.F., Branson, D. B., Cao, H., & Starr, C. (2005). Multimedia and problem-based learning in the textiles laboratory. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 23(4), 145-152.
  • Callen, K.S. & Ownbey, S.F.   (2003). Associations between demographics and perceptions of unethical consumer behavior. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 27(2), 99-110.
  • Kennemer, C.G. & Ownbey, S.F.   (2000). Overview of theses and dissertations completed in family and consumer sciences: 1999. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 29(2), 173-179.
  • Kennemer, C.G. & Ownbey, S.F.   (2000). A listing of theses and dissertations completed in family and consumer sciences: 1999. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 29(2), 180-219.
  • Ownbey, S.F. & Horridge, P.E.   (1998). The Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale: Test with a non-student, Asian-American sample. Social Behavior and Personality, 26(1), 57-68.
  • Ownbey, S.F. & Horridge, P.E.   (1997). Acculturation levels and shopping orientations of Asian-American consumers.Psychology and Marketing, 14(1), 1-18.
  • Ownbey, S.F. (1995). The internship portfolio: An innovative tool for experiential learning, critical thinking, and communication. In J. Overby & R. Patz (Eds.), Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Exercises, (Vol. 22, pp. 172-178). Madison, WI: Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning.
  • Ownbey, S.F. & Horridge, P.E.   (1992). Chinese-American values: A psychographic perspective. Journal of Home Economics, 84(4), 10-16.


  • Lyon, M., Ownbey, S.F., Kang, M., & Frey, L. (2008).  Technology in interior design firms: The changing face of design. Interior Design Educators Council Conference. Montreal, QC.

 Courses Taught

Master's Thesis DHM  5000
Doctoral Thesis DHM  6000
Master’s Creative Component HS  5240
Graduate Seminar in Human Sciences HS  6993


Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) 2008-2009
  • Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences, 1999
  • Outstanding Advisor Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences at OSU, 2001
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award from OSU Greek Community and InterFraternity Panhellenic Council, 2001
  • Professional Award from Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2003
  • Mortar Board Faculty Award from OSU Chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society, 2005
  • Regents Distinguished Teaching Award