Michael PunchesProfessor of English
Division of English and Humanities
English Composition I, Comparative Religions, Eastern Thought, Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, World Literature I and II, English Literature I and II.
I have been teaching full-time at OCCC since 1989. My wife Mary, to whom I've been married for 31 years, is also a professor here. We are both English majors, so as far as books are concerned, we have two of everything. During my career, I have had the opportunity to teach at a four-year university, at a small private school where I taught grades 6-10, and of course, at OCCC. The community college is by far the best fit for me. I enjoy the diversity in age, ethnicity, religion, and career goals.
We live in Norman with our willful cat Lucy and any number of other foster cats who come and go. My wife and I are both Thunder fanatics. I love music (all kinds), but especially classic rock.