OCCC Faculty

Markus Smith

Professor of Political Science
Division of Social Sciences
Programs: Political Science

Courses Taught

POLSC 1113: American Federal Government
POLSC 2103: Introduction to Public Administration
POLSC 2003: Religion and Politics in America
POLSC 2213: Contemporary Issues in American Politics
POLSC 2613: Scope and Methods of Political Science



Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Certificate in Religious Studies and Education, Harvard University (currently pursuing)
C.G.T.S., Phillips Theological Seminary
M.Ed., University of Oklahoma
M.A., University of Central Oklahoma
B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
A.A., Oklahoma City Community College

Professional Development:

Harvard University Division of Continuing Education - "Managing Yourself and Leading Others." Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013.

Educators' Leadership Academy - "Higher Education Department Chair Academy." University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2013.

Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) - "Journey to Success." Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2013.


Great Ideas For Teaching (G.I.F.T.), Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, 2013

Award for Teaching, American Association of University Professors, University of Central Oklahoma Chapter, 2013

Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011


"The Allegory of the Cave." Great Ideas for Teaching Anthology (Fall 2013), Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges.

Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach. UK: Lambert Academic Publications, 2012.

“Public Policy.” Oklahoma Government & Politics (4th & 5th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2012, 2008.

“Capital Punishment on Trial: The Issues of Cost, Deterrence, and Race.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, April 07, 2005.

“Capital Punishment on Trial in Oklahoma.” New Plains Review, Volume 4, No. 2., 2004.

“An Analysis of the Death Penalty in the State of Oklahoma.” The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual. NJ: Pearson Education/Prentice Hall, 2004.

Professional Presentations:

“Crash Course in Phenomenology and How It Was Applied.” Presented in 6933 Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education at the University of Oklahoma, 2012.

“Life After LA.” Presented at the 22nd Annual Spring Symposium at the University of Central Oklahoma, 2010.

“Persevering Through Adversity.” Presented to the Career Transitions Program at Oklahoma City Community College, 2009.

“Spring 2009 Advancing the Success of Students at OCCC.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, 2009.

“Leadership.” Presented to The Leadership Council (TLC) at Oklahoma City Community College, 2008.

You May Not Know:

John Stuart Mill is one of my favorite philosophers. Over the course of 15 years, I have competed, taught, trained, and coached U.S. Junior, Senior, and Collegiate National Champions in the Olympic sport of Taekwondo. I am also a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. I LOVE BEING A STUDENT!!!!!  

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Email: mssmith@occc.edu
Phone: (405) 682-1611, ext. 7730
Office location: Social Sciences Center - Room 1H13F
Office hours:

Please refer to your syllabus for my office hours. If you are not currently enrolled in one of my classes, please email me or give me a call. That contact information is provided on this page. You can also contact the Social Sciences Division Office at 405-682-7573 to get my current office hours.

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