Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Karen Jobe

English Department Head
Professor of English


Email: jobekd@osuokc.edu
Phone: (405) 945-8694
Office: LRC 340



  • Ph.D. in English, (Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy) University of Oklahoma, 2006
  • M.A. in English, (Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy) University of Oklahoma, 1999
  • B.A. in English (With Distinction) Minor in History, University of Oklahoma, 1995
  • A.S. in Business: Oklahoma City Community College, 1991


Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Program Administration, Critical Pedagogy, Classical Rhetoric, Histories of Women’s Rhetorics and Writing practices, Rhetoric and Technology, Activist Rhetorics.



Karen Jobe joined the OSU-OKC Faculty in 2004 as Lead Instructor for English 1113. While at OSU-OKC, she has taught English 1113 and 1213, including multiple Honors Sections. She has also taught Argumentation, Women Writers, Masterpieces of Literature, and American Literature. From 2013 to 2015, she served as Humanities Department Head and in 2015, she began her role as Department Head for the newly formed English Department. Dr. Jobe has served the Faculty of OSU-OKC as Faculty Senate President, Vice President, Secretary, and Senator.


Prior to joining OSU-OKC, Dr. Jobe was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma where she taught English Composition and Technical Writing. She served as an Assistant to the Director of First Year Composition from 2002 – 2004, taught English 5113 (Teaching College Composition), facilitated the required “Workshop for new Graduate Teaching Assistants,” and the “Teaching with Technology Workshop” for Computer Mediated Composition.



  • L.E. Dean Stringer Award for Teaching Excellence (2015)
  • Hadsell Award for Research (2000)
  • Hadsell Award for Teaching (1999)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1995)

Before becoming an Academic, Karen worked for the American Cancer Society, various Oil Companies, and the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She considers her most important accomplishment to be her years as a stay-at-home mom with son Daniel and daughter Lauren.


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