OCCC Faculty

Melinda Barr

Professor of History
Division of Social Sciences
Programs: History

Courses Taught

History 1483 United States Through Reconstuction

History 1493 Post Reconstruction to the Present

African American History

Survey of American and Family History




University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Bachelor of Arts – Letters, 1983

Master of Arts – American History, 1987

* Currently pursuing a Ph.D in Foundations of Educations


Instructor’s Manual to accompany American Realities, Volume I, by J. William T. Youngs, 2007, AB Longman, New York

Editor, Second Edition (2002), American Portraits, Biographies in United States History, published by McGraw Hill

“First Steps – Project Update” Caliber, February, 1999

“A Provisional Year” Caliber, Fall 1996

Professional Presentations:

“Ten Minutes Every Other Week: How to Retain Your Students and Help Them Achieve Their Dreams”, Master Presenter Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, May, 2008

“Let the National Endowment for the Humanities Pay for your Fall “Vacation”! WOW session presented at Oklahoma City Community College, March 29, 2007

Learning to Live: A Midterm Evening Conference on Classics of Educational Thought, October 12, 2006  Topic: “Educating for the Live Creature”

Oklahoma Educational Studies Association 2007 Conference: The Educational Significance of Trust, January 20, 2007  Topic: “ Measures of Leaning: The Carnegie Unit, John Dewey and the Lab School”

“Transcendental Thought and Utopian Communities” National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshop, Concord, Massachusetts, July, 2006

“Making the Transition from Secondary Sources to Primary Sources: Studying History Through Diaries, Letters, and Interviews”  OCCC Spring Writing Symposium, 2006

Scholar in Residence for National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit “Forever Free, Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation”, October, 2003

Stratford Hall Fellowship for African American Studies, 2001

Oklahoma Community College Faculty Development grant, yearly to present

“Chosen for Slavery, Fate, Economics, and the Enslavement of Africans” speech given for Black History Month (2003) and Community Awareness Week

Who’s Who Among American College Professors – 2000 to present

Judge for District 4 History Day Competition 1990-2009

Community Involvement:

Junior League of Oklahoma City –Community Research and Project Development Vice-Chairman (1999), $100,000 Grand Volunteer Award (1997, 1999), Nominating Committee (1999) Sustaining Advisor, 2000-present.

Barr Foundation - Board Member

Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Board Member 2010 to present

faculty name

Email: mlbarr@occc.edu
Phone: (405) 682-1611 ext. 7171
Office location: Social Sciences Center - Room 1H13C
Office hours:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. 1H8 5:30-8:00 p.m. 3L2 9:00-10:50 am (online) 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday: 9:30 to 11:20 a.m. 3P4 MB 11:30 to 12:50 p.m. 3L2 MB 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. 1H12 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. 1H8 No official office hours, but check my office if you need something Thursday: 9:30 to 11:20 a.m. 1H5 SS 11:30 to 12:50 p.m. 1X3 No official office hours, but check my office if you need something Friday: No official office hours, but check my office if you need something Office hours may be interrupted by meetings. It is always best to schedule an appointment.

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