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Chris Putman

Assistant Professor of Communication, Arts and Media


M.S., Northeastern State University
B.A., Northeastern State University

Contact Information

phone: 918.495.6871
e-mail: cputman@oru.edu


Academic Highlights

In an effort to keep pace with the media world and ensure fresh lectures, Assistant Professor of Media Chris Putman travels each year to locations providing the latest industry information.  Recently Hollywood was her destination where she toured Sony, Warner Brothers and CBS studios.  She explored the lots, studios, sets, props and costumes used in movies and television shows.  Putman heard about studio and early star history, latest filming techniques and was able to experiment on camera with a green screen.  She photographed the studios and sets to showcase during her Media and Pop Culture lectures.

To provide a relevant program of study, Putman adopts clients for her Branding and Promotions and Principles of Public Relations classes.  Students function as an agency and work for the client.  As a result, the client walks away with a new brand identity, a campaign for organizational promotion and a plan book filled with research, reports and collateral to integrate into the new brand.  Students reap real-world experience and a client's name for their resume.  One student won a national award for her client work.  Putman's takeaway is a satisfied heart.  

In Publication Workshop, students learn more than publications concepts and design software.  Student writers provide content for the Communication, Arts and Media department alumni magazine, The Communique.  Yearly 8,000 copies of the periodical are distributed.  The publication has won numerous awards including Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association's "Best in State."     

So how did Putman find herself teaching midlife?  After a 25-year career in public relations, Putman desired to pass on her life experience to young minds.  To do that she earned a business certificate, bachelors in Mass Communications/Education and masters in College Teaching/Communications from Northeastern State University, has completed some doctorate work at Oklahoma State University and is state certified to teach journalism and seven areas of business.

Now, after nearly a decade teaching at ORU, Putman continues to find the students absolutely refreshing; loves their bright minds, tender hearts and hunger for God.  

"I've taught and worked for several colleges and universities, but none compare to ORU," Putman said.  "The ability to pray in the classroom and integrate Christian principles into the curriculum is far more rewarding than simply providing material for a student to absorb."

Putman has been married to Jim, her best friend in high school, 33 years now.  He is a history and government instructor at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee.  Together they enjoy their vacation adventures such as whitewater rafting, indoor skydiving, air boating in the everglades, horseback riding in the mountains and touring castles and mansions.

Curriculum Vita
Published Works
  • "Solomon Was a Businessman" devotional book published by Wipf & Stock; contributing writer
  • "Teaching Millennials Through Service Learning Projects" SoTL-CHEd Online Journal Article; author
Publications (Media)
  • Street Scene Monthly Magazine, national advertising campaign
  • Daily Oklahoman, writing
  • Muskogee Phoenix, writing
  • Tulsa Front Page, writing
  • Grove Sun, writing
  • McDonald County Press, writing
  • Publications for nonprofit organizations
State Conference Presentations and Judging
  • "Extreme Makeover:  The New Look in Publications," NSU Media Day speaker
  • "Extreme Makeover:  The New Look in Publications," OSU Journalism Day speaker
  • "Publications Basics and Trends," ORUEF Conference speaker
  • "Women in Journalism," NSU English Day speaker
  • "Check That Source," OIPA speaker at OU conference 
  • ORUEF Yearbook Judge
  • NSU Media Day Yearbook Judge
  • OIPA Newspaper Judge at OU Conference