Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Katherine Garlough makes her home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma; a M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma; and a BBA with honors from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Her forte is an ability to work collaboratively with various groups forging partnerships between individuals, agencies, and organizations. As reflected in her experience, her skills are in project management, grant writing, scholarship policy, strategic planning, conference organizing, publication editing, public speaking, volunteer supervision, personnel management, and contracts.
Currently, Dr. Garlough is an adjunct professor at Walden University where she is Committee Chair for doctoral students completing their EdD program. In addition, she is the managing partner of the Garlough Group, LLC, a provider of grant writing, assessment, English L2, and other consulting services for universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporate clients in Brazil, Iraq, and the USA.
In 2010-2011, she was an Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, she advised the government on their $500,000,000 scholarship program while liaising with administrators of international universities. For a KRG scientific research conference of more than 1,000 international participants, Dr. Garlough was a member of the executive committee. She also advised the Minister of Higher Education on matters of strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation. In addition, she was an invited speaker at conferences in the Middle East on peace studies and global education.
Prior to her international experience, Dr. Garlough was the Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) where she directed the assessment program to fulfill university accreditation requirements working with leadership across disciplines in their efforts to build strong and competitive programs. Her achievements there included a presentation with the University president at the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Annual Meeting. Her models of assessing faculty and administrators has been adopted by other institutions globally. She also initiated programs in international administrative exchanges for the University. Dr. Garlough was president of the board of directors of the local museum, where she wrote and was awarded several federal grants.
Dr. Garlough has extensive experience in grant writing and post-award federal compliance, including co-authoring the US-AID grant proposal while at the University of Oklahoma. When the $5 million dollar grant to revitalize higher education in Iraq was awarded in 2003, Dr. Garlough became the program administrator. She worked in collaboration with multiple agencies including the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), US Embassy in Iraq, Iraqi higher education ministry, and over 20 Iraqi universities. Dr. Garlough managed the simultaneous implementation of more than 15 programs while maintaining consistent federal reporting and compliance programs in a war zone. Staffs for budgets, human resources, and logistical management were also under her supervision. Also at OU, Dr. Garlough wrote grants for University Outreach and was assigned to the Vice President of Development, where she worked on several projects including the documentation of the strategic plans of 14 assistant vice presidents for fund raising.
As a professor of administration, she uses such theoretical frameworks as Millennium Generations, Diversity Education, and Bloom’s Taxonomy to support her pedagogy. After serving as an Expert Advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq in 2010 to 2011, she could live anywhere in the world; however, Dr. Garlough chose to return to the natural beauty of Tahlequah where she continues to reside.