Practitioner-Based Faculty

One of the unique benefits of the MPA program at Randall is that our faculty are all practitioners, with vast experience in the fields of service about which they are teaching. Learn more about them below.

Dr. Paulette Jones

MPA Director

Experience in public administration with government and non-profit organizations, and news reporting including government reporting.  Published in the (national) Journal of Public Affairs Education and national presenter at NASPAA. Director of the Management & Ethics Conference at Randall.

EdD, Oklahoma State University

MA in Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma

BFA, University of Oklahoma

Fields of expertise: Research, Management and Media

Dr. Timothy Eaton

President of Randall University

Affiliated with non-profit private college, Randall since 1989. President of Randall, 2004 to present; Postdoctoral studies at Harvard, 2009; Guest Lecturer at University of Oklahoma; Published: Path to the Professorate, 2009; The Reliability and Validity Study Report to the U.S. Department of Education, 2009, 2004 and 1999.   

Ph.D. and MEd, University of Oklahoma

Th.B., Randall University

Fields of expertise: Administration, Research and Quantitative Analysis

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Dr. Bill Powers

Senior Advisor on Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C.

Has served as Chief of Staff for the NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis managing day-to-day activities including personnel, resource, policy, and interagency strategy formulation. Provided key legislative input and guidance on public policy matters related to DHS implementation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy to secure the United States from terrorist attacks and response to natural disasters.

PhD and MPA, Bellevue University

Fields of expertise: Leadership and Security

Dr. Ken Berchenbriter

Systems Analyst Programmer at Oral Roberts University

Analysis of academic operations and management projects to improve overall efficiency and quality of the university processes. Previously with Mid-America Christian University - administration of undergraduate and graduate business programs of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Previously with CompSource Oklahoma - Administration of organizational project to migrate client reimbursement to client service environment. Awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation Award for Red Tape Reduction.

PhD, Northcentral University

MBA, Drake University

Fields of expertise: Management, budget, and finance

Dr. Jeremy Carter

Jeremy Z. Carter Law, PLLC

JD, University of Oklahoma

BA, Oklahoma State University

University of Oxford, Trinity Term

Field of expertise: Constitutional Law 

Professor Todd Jenson

Assistant City Manager, City of Moore

Previously Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Moore. 

MPA, University of Oklahoma

BA in Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Fields of expertise: Budget and Finance, and Economics

Professor Nate Kern

OG& E Bankruptcy Agent; Customer Reports Agent; Active Credit Agent  

MPA, University of Oklahoma

BA in Film and Video Studies with History Minor, University of Oklahoma

Courses: Introduction to Public Administration

Dr. Steve Kern

Dr. Kern has been a Southern Baptist pastor for 32 years, and has been the pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Oklahoma City for the last 16 years. He has taught biblical ethics at multiple colleges and universities. Dr. Kern was the founding pastor of Heart and Hand Ministries, founder of Oklahomans for Family Friendly Libraries, and co-founder of Oklahomans for Better Science Education. He has served on numerous committees and is a member of multiple organizations. He has also authored several books, including Judgment’s Greatest Question, No Other Gods, Eden’s Veil, Eden’s Son, Eden’s Tears, and Six Day Creation. He and his wife, the Honorable State Representative Sally Kern, have two grown sons and two grandsons.

B.S. in Sociology and Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University

M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

DMin., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Dr. Shirley Roddy

Dr. Shirley Roddy as served for 30 years in the area of education. She served as the liaison for the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority to the private and public colleges and universities of the State of Oklahoma for eight years, before leaving to establish the Adult Program at Mid-America Christian University.  She developed the program into the College of Adult and Graduate Studies and served as the Dean for 18 years, before taking the position of the University’s Dean of Academic Scholarship and Study Abroad. During her tenure as dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies she developed the program from one undergraduate program to 16 undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Roddy earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.A. in Human Relations, and a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration, all from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Jan Simmons

Dr. Jan Simmons has established the Infopoverty Institute (2004) at the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education. She has co-founded and directed the Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools (1991) and the National Conference Logistics Center (1996) (now ConferencePros) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). 

Simmons has negotiated and administered more than $23M in federal and state grants, is co-editor of three books, author of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and serves as peer reviewer for several publications and for federal grants.

B.S., Secondary Math Education

M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education Administration

Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration