ORU Professor Receives Professional of the Year Award

Marcia LivingstonOral Roberts University Associate Professor Marcia Livingston was recently presented with the Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (OKTESOL) Professional of the Year Award. The annual award is given to an outstanding professional contributing to the field.

“I am proud Marcia is being recognized for her numerous contributions to the field of English language instruction,” said Dean of the ORU College of Education Kim Boyd. “Her passion for education, whether teaching ORU students or volunteering her time at English language learning classes, is breaking down cultural, communication and academic barriers on a global scale.”

Livingston was nominated for the award by colleagues and former students for her dedication, excellence and outstanding teaching abilities. She received an honorary plaque, which was presented at the OKTESOL Fall Conference.

“I am honored to receive this Professional of the Year Award from OKTESOL,” said Livingston. “It is a privilege to work with an organization that helps empower many in the international community to improve their lives and fulfill their God-given destinies, and to share my passion for the English language with the exceptional students and faculty at ORU.”

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Livingston completed her bachelor's degree in Spanish at the University of the West Indies. She went on to receive her MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and her Doctor of Education degree from ORU. She currently serves as an associate professor in the ORU College of Education as well as the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) coordinator.

About Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a professional association. Their mission is to offer opportunities to develop increased expertise to its members and others working toward the goal of teaching English to speakers of other languages and to nurture effective communication in Oklahoma’s multicultural settings while respecting individual language rights. To aid in this mission, OKTESOL connects groups within the state in order to foster communication among its language specialists at least once a year at its annual conference and through its newsletter and website.