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Cowley College Humanities Department is committed to meeting the academic needs as well as enriching individuals in language arts, mass communications, and journalism. The Humanities programs prepare students who transfer to institutions of higher education. They also fulfill the requirements for those who enter the workforce following their education at this institution by providing students with core curriculum and high quality programs.

Contact Information

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #120
Phone: 620.441.5252


Humanities programs are taught at the Ark City campus, the Mulvane Center, and through Cowley College Online.

Faculty & Staff

Marlys Cervantes
Kimberlee Cook
Ryan Doom   Robin Graves
Julie Kratt
Deborah Layton   Amy McWhirt
Lois Sampson
Meg Smith
Part-Time Instructors   
Marlys Cervantes    

Marlys Cervantes
Humanities Department Chairperson
Instructor, English, Composition, Literature, Creative Writing

Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - Oklahoma State University
  • MA - English (Native American Literature), Oklahoma State University
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Have presented at NISOD, NADE and Pop Culture conferences
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Tiger Booster of the Year 2004
  • Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence 2005-2006
  • Active in community organizations, such as RAIN Team, crisis intervention, Ponca Playhouse, and other arts organizations.
  • Commencement Speaker 2007, Cowley College

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #130
    Phone: 620.441.5560
Kimberlee Cook   

Instructor, English Composition and Public Speaking Cook
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Wichita State University – English
  • MA – Wichita State University – English

    Office: Brown Center
    Phone: 620.441.5252
Ryan Doom   

Instructor, English, Composition, Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, and Intro to Cinema Doom

Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Wichita State University – Communication (Journalism)
  • MFA – Wichita State University – Creative Writing 
  • Has presented at the PC/AC and SWPCA conferences
  • Freelance journalist
  • Published in Mikrokosmos (2008 issue, Vol. 54) One short story entitled “European Mount” plus two photos, including the cover
  • Winner of the Carol and Elton Holman Screenwriting Award
  • Film critic for
  • Has a book of film analysis, The Brothers Coen: Unique Characters of Violence, due in Fall of 2009 through Praeger Press

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #127
    Phone: 620.441.5306

Robin Graves   
Robin Graves

Humanities Secretary
Arkansas City Campus

  • AAS, Cowley College
  • BS, Mississippi College
  • Additional course work at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern College

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #120
    Phone: 620.441.5252

Julie Kratt

Julie Kratt

Instructor, English and Composition
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - English, Evangel College
  • MEd Education, Southwestern College
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers 1998, 2002, 2007
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award 1998
  • 1998 Ark City Christian Academy teacher, 5 years.
  • Cowley College part-time instructor, 7 years prior to becoming full time in 2004

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #129
    Phone: 620.441.5385

Deborah Layton   

Humanities Instructor: English, Composition, and American Literature layton

Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Theatre, Oklahoma State University
  • MS – Teaching Learning and Leadership, Oklahoma State University
  • District Teacher of the Year, Blackwell Public Schools
  • Education Association member
  • Member of the National Council of Teachers of English
  • AQIP Action Project team member on Global Learning
  • Phi Theta Kappa Sponsor
  • Member of the Learning Success Team

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities office 125
    Phone: 620.441.5325

Amy McWhirt    

Director of Academic Preparation - Humanities
Arkansas City
Amy McWhirt

  • BA - History/Spanish, Southwestern College
  • MEd - Southwestern College
  • Additional Graduate studies, ESOL, Emporia State University
  • Recipient National Security Exchange Program Grant to study in Mexico
  • Presenter NISOD and NADE conferences
  • Endowed Chair, 2010-2012
  • NISOD Excellence Award, 2011
  • Co-directs the Multi-Cultural Scholars Mentoring Program.

    Office:  Humanities Office #129
    Phone: 620.441.5397
Lois Sampson    
Lois Sampson

Instructor, Composition, Literature, Interpersonal Communications
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma
  • MEd - Southwestern College, Winfield
  • Kansas Master Teacher Award
  • Ark City High School English and History Teacher, 5 years
  • Private school English and History teacher, 4 years

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #126
    Phone: 620.441.5254

Meg Smith    
Lois Sampson

Director of Journalism, Adviser Cowley Press, Sponsor of journalism club, Instructor
Arkansas City Campus and online

  • BA – liberal studies, University of Washington
  • MM – educational technology, Pepperdine University
  • Association of Collegiate Press member
  • KACP member
  • Journalism Club sponsor

    Office: Kerr Technology, 104A
    Phone: 620.441.5287
    Sponsor: Journalism Club

Part-time Instructors
Cowley College uses part-time instructors that contribute diverse expertise to the learning experience.
Credentials for part-time instructors.

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