Bertha WiseProfessor of English
Division of English and Humanities
Courses TaughtEnglish Composition I (ENGL 1113)
Humanities--Classical/Medieval (HUM 2213)
Humanities--Modern (HUM 2223)
Survey of World Literature I (ENGL 2423)
Survey of World Literature II (ENGL 2433)
Survey of English Literature I (ENGL 2543)
Survey of English Literature II (ENGL 2653)
Introduction to Poetry (ENGL 2133)
BiographyI have lived in Oklahoma for over 30 years, but before that I was in many other states, including South Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, California, and Arizona. I also lived in Japan for two years, an experience for sure!
I started my educational journey at a college in South Carolina, but earned my BS in English Education at UCO and went on to earn an MA in English at UCO too. Being the first in my family to earn college degrees, I say it's not out of the question, if one wants it badly enough. I started teaching as an adjunct in 1985 at various colleges in the Oklahoma City area: Rose State College, OSU-OKC, UCO, and OCCC. In 1991, I became a full-time professor at OCCC.
Through the years, I have been afforded many opportunities to be a part of the OCCC community as a department chair, first faculty director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, coordinator of multi-divisional programs, and co-chair of the 2011 accreditation self-study. I am an active member of the Two-Year College English Association in the Southwest Region (TYCA_SW) as well as participating in many other professional activities.
I write poetry and have read at various locations over the years, most notably in Ukraine, Wales, Seminole, OK. I was a featured poet at the Poetry at Rose (Rose State College) one year, too.
I enjoy reading and traveling when I can. I also take care of my husband and two kitties and have a daughter and son, both grown with families of their own. I am a proud grandmother of a granddaughter and three grandsons too.