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Humanities Department

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
Ryan Doom
Kirsten Dos Santos   Robin Graves
Kyle Hays
Julie Kratt
Deborah Layton   Amy McWhirt
Jennifer Rupp
Meg Smith
Part-Time Instructors   

Marlys Cervantes    

Marlys Cervantes
Humanities Department Chairperson
Instructor: Creative Writing, Poetry, Journal Writing/Storytelling, Introduction to Literature and Native American Literature

Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - Oklahoma State University
  • MA - English (Native American Literature), Oklahoma State University
  • Advisor, Mile Marker Review
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Has presented at NISOD, NADE and at PC/AC and SWPCA conferences 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 #128
    Phone: 620.441.5560
Ryan Doom   

Humanities Instructor: English, Composition, Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, and Intro to Cinema

Mulvane Campus

  • BA – Wichita State University – Communication (Journalism)
  • MFA – Wichita State University – Creative Writing 
  • Advisor, Mile Marker Review
  • 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
  • Published book of film analysis, The Brothers Coen: Unique Characters of Violence

    Office: Mulvane Center
    Phone: 620.441.3051

Kirsten Dos Santos

Dos Santos
Humanities Instructor: English and Composition

Arkansas City Campus

  • BA - English Literature, Southwestern College
  • MEd - Curriculum and Instruction, Southwestern College
  • Pi Gamma Mu member: International Honor Society in Social Sciences
  • Presented at the Southwest PCA/ACA Conference

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #127
Phone: 620.441.5321

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
Kyle Hays   

Kyle Hays Humanities Instructor
Arkansas City Campus

  • MFA – Oklahoma State University – Creative Writing

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #130
    Phone: 620.441.5306

Julie Kratt

Julie Kratt
Humanities Instructor: Supplemental Seminar, Composition, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, and English Literature
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA, Evangel College
  • MEd, Southwestern College
  • Who's Who Among America’s Teachers
  • NISOD Master Teacher Award 1998
  • Ark City Christian Academy teacher, 1999-2004
  • Cowley College part-time instructor, 1991-1999
  • Cowley College full time instructor 2004-present
  • Academic Advisor
  • Presenter:  SIDLIT and iTrac technology conferences
  • Roundtable leader at Heartland CRLA Conference
  • Chair, Reading/Writing Subgroup of KBOR Developmental Education Working Group
  • Advisory Board Member, Building Writing Skills the Hands-On Way
  • Contributor, Norton Field Guide Coursepack

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #124
    Phone: 620.441.5385

Deborah Layton   

Humanities Instructor: English, Composition, and American Literature

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
  • Lead Instructor for Composition II and Public Speaking
  • Endowed Chair 2016-2018

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities office 125
    Phone: 620.441.5325

Amy McWhirt    

Amy McWhirt
Humanities Instructor: ESL, Engish, and Spanish
Arkansas City

  • BA - History/Spanish, Southwestern College
  • MEd - Southwestern College
  • MA TESOL 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.
  • Paul Stirnaman Award 2013-2014
  • HLC Team Member
  • Cowley Education Association President 
  • International Student Processes Committee Chair

    Office:  Humanities Office #126
    Phone: 620.441.5397
Jennifer Rupp    
Jennifer Rupp

Humanities Instructor: English and Composition
Arkansas City Campus

  • BA – Boston University – Psychology
  • MA – DePaul University – English
  • Cowley College Writing Center Coordinator
  • Presenter at JCCC Cavalier Conference

Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office #129
Phone: 620.441.5254

Meg Smith    
Lois Sampson

Director of Journalism, Adviser Cowley Press, Sponsor of journalism club, Humanities 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

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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