College of Fine Arts Welcomes New Faculty

August 25, 2014

Stephen Draper Justin Pierce Dr. Kathy Scherler

Stephen Draper joins the faculty as instructor of broadcast journalism. He served as the senior editor for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City from 2012-14. He has also held several other media positions, including social media consultant for Hands from the Heart Home Healthcare Services and media producer and volunteer coordinator for the International Mission Board in the Middle East. Draper earned his Bachelor of Science in electronic media and film from Townson University in Townson, Maryland.

Justin Pierce joins the faculty as instructor of music. He served as the temporary woodwinds and jazz ensemble instructor at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, from 2013-14, and as an adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Eastfield College, in Mesquite, Texas. He has served as an applied jazz saxophone instructor and lab band director at the University of North Texas in Denton, and has 10 years of teaching experience. He earned his Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and his master's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Kathy Scherler joins the faculty as assistant professor of music education. She served as assistant professor at Cameron University from 2013-14, where she directed choral activities. She also worked as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2008-09 and assistant professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 2004-08. She also has over 20 years of elementary and secondary experience teaching music. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Cameron University, master's degree from Texas A&M and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.