Todd Fuller has accepted the position of curator of the Western History Collections in the University of Oklahoma Libraries Libraries. Fuller is co-curator of the current exhibition, Red Dust Oklahoma: A Poetic History. He brings a passion for the collections and the stories they hold, extensive experience with outreach to scholarly and public audiences, and administrative, grant writing, and fundraising experience to his new role.
“Todd has impressed me from the very first time I met him," said Carl Grant, interim dean of OU Libraries. "He brings such incredible passion and energy to his work as well as fresh thinking and ideas to the needs of the job. I’m positively thrilled to welcome him to our team. With his dedication, the Western History Collections is going to be an even more prominent resource and differentiator for the University of Oklahoma."
Fuller holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and an M.F.A from Wichita State University. He served as the Associate Director for Research Development at the University of Oklahoma (2011-2018) and was the founding president of Pawnee Nation College (2004-2011). Dr. Fuller has held lecturer, instructor, and visiting professor appointments at OSU, Drake University, Northern Oklahoma University, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University.
"I look forward to working with University Libraries staff and others to advance the mission of the Western History Collections through developing diverse and collaborative programming, conducting dynamic outreach, expanding the holdings in strategic ways, and realizing sustainability that benefits researchers, students, staff, and the communities we serve," said Fuller. "Because of all these things (and so much more), it is my honor to be the next curator of the Western History Collections, a task I face with humility, dedication, perseverance, and excitement.”
The Western History Collections is a special collection within the University of Oklahoma Libraries system. Its purpose is to enhance the University Libraries general collection on the history of the American West; to support the research and teaching programs of the University of Oklahoma; and to provide opportunities for research through the acquisition, preservation, and access of materials relating to the development of the Trans-Mississippi West and Native American cultures.