Bryans, William

BryansWilliam S. Bryans
Associate Professor Ph.D., Wyoming

Address 108 Murray (South)
Phone (405) 744-8179

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday 12:00-2:00 and by appointment

Public History; State and Local; American West

Dr. Bryans has been a member of the Oklahoma State University History Department since 1987. His primary responsibility is directing its MA Public History program, which prepares students for careers as professional historians outside the academy. He has been a sub-grantee of the State Historic Preservation Office, conducting historic resource surveys, authoring historic contexts, and preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. On the OSU campus, in addition to mentoring many students to completion of their graduate degrees, he served for many years on the Old Central Committee, has taught Oklahoma history, and prepared an exhibit on William H., “Alfalfa Bill,” Murray for the reopened building bearing the name of this complex and controversial figure in Oklahoma history. He also was a member of the working group jointly organized by the national Council on Public History, Organization of American Historians, and American Historical Association that produced guidelines and a white paper titled Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Historian. He recently completed an administrative history of the Oklahoma City National Memorial for the National Park Service and is working toward its publication for a wider audience. Bryans also has served on the boards and in leadership roles of professional organizations at the local, state, and national level. These include the Stillwater Museum Association, Payne County Historical Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association, Preservation Oklahoma, Oklahoma Humanities Council (chair), and the National Council on Public History (past president).

Courses  Taught
2323 - Oklahoma History
3980 - Studies in History
4063 - Historic Preservation
4980 - Topics in History
5000 - Thesis
5021 - Teaching History at the Collegiate Level
5030 - Public History Internship
5033 - Introduction to Public History 
6000 - Dissertation
6100 - Directed Readings in History