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Dr. Jason F. Kirksey

Dr. Kirksey

Dr. Jason F. Kirksey is the Vice President for Access and Community Impact at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He also holds the rank of Associate Professor in the OSU Department of Political Science. Previously, Kirksey held the Hannah D. Atkins Endowed Chair for Political Science and Government Information as an assistant and associate professor in the OSU Department of Political Science from 1995-2010 and was President of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (2002).


Kirksey has served as PI (principal investigator) for approximately $10M in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding at OSU. During his tenure as Vice President, he also provided administrative oversight of an additional $11M in NSF and U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant projects. The four TRIO programs account for approximately $5M in federal grants serving first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. Most recently, Kirksey serves as co-PI on a $3.75M U.S. Department of Energy grant in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology.


Throughout his tenure as Vice President at OSU, Kirksey has raised approximately $20M in private, corporate, and foundation support to advance the university’s land-grant mission.


He holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics (1989) and an MA in Political Science (1991) from OSU, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans (1997). He is also a 2014 graduate of Class XXVII of Leadership Oklahoma.


Kirksey is a native of Denver, Colorado.

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