The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education & the Arts (OSHEA), is home to a variety of subjects spanning the social sciences, humanities, creative writing, public service, education, and fine arts degrees. These degrees serve several of the noble professions: teachers, law enforcement, and public service, though in fact any degree offered in this school prepares students for success across any professional goal.
OSHEA is filled with faculty who develop in students the skills of analysis, expression, service to others, and an understanding of the human experience throughout history. They will guide you as you develop practical and philosophical skills to prepare you for a life of learning. Whether history is your passion or you were born to be a future educator, OSHEA faculty will prepare you with the critical thinking skills to create the change you want to see in the world.
“CU is small, but it’s a strong community where people are always nice and welcoming. The professors are proof of that.”
Message from the Dean
I am happy to be among the first to welcome you to the Cumberland University Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts. Our school is a catalyst for lifelong learning and success in a variety of career paths available to you. Our faculty will encourage you to develop critical thinking skills and lay educational foundations that will allow you to interact with others more deeply and thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spiritually.
I have been a part of the Oakley School since 2014, first as the Psychology Program Director and Associate Professor of Psychology, and now as the Dean. I have the privilege to support, inspire, and work closely with the truly incredible minds in Oakley who spend every moment of their day teaching and training future professionals like yourself.
I wish you all the best in this coming year, and I look forward to meeting you in person. If you see me on campus, please do not hesitate to say hello.
It’s time to rise!
Dr. Jenny Mason
Dean of the Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts