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Jennifer Paustenbaugh 


Picture of Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Commission Member


Dr. Jennifer Paustenbaugh was appointed to the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women by Governor Brad Henry in 2003 and re-appointed in 2005 and 2010.  She served as Commission Chair for 2006-2007, has been a member and chair of the Nominating Committee from 2007-2010, served on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2007 and 2010, and chairs the Archives Ad Hoc Committee and the Hall of Fame Location Ad Hoc Committee.  Areas of interest on the Commission include women's health and elder care, family issues, and county-by-county status of women in Oklahoma.

Dr. Jennifer Paustenbaugh is Executive Director of the Women’s Archives at Oklahoma State University, Puterbaugh Foundation Professor of Library Service, and Associate Dean of Libraries for Planning and Assessment. with Commissioner Bob Darcy, she co-authored the award-winning Oklahoma Women’s Almanac (Oklahoma Political Science Association Press, 2005) and various Women’s History Month tabloids for The Oklahoman. These projects were recognized with the National Association of Commissions for Women Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She served as the consultant for the Commission's 2010 study Oklahoma Women's County Status: Baseline Statistical Report, 2010 and for the Commission's joint initiatives with OSU's Oklahoma Oral History Research Program to document the lives and experiences of Oklahoma's women legislators and inductees of the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame.  Dr. Paustenbaugh has been an affiliate member of the National Association of Commissions for Women since 2006, served as al elected member of the NACW Board of Directors in 2010-2011, and is currently serving as an appointed Assistant Director in 2011-2012.

Paustenbaugh has directed or served as a consultant for a number of very successful oral history projects projects focused on Oklahoma women including “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry: Oklahoma Women in the Dustbowl."  She has been involved in women’s issues on the OSU campus, most notably chairing the university’s Title IX Task Force in 1997-98 and serving as chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Welfare subcommittee during the university’s 1999 and 2009 NCAA recertification process.

Paustenbaugh holds leadership positions in the American Library Association, is president of the Stillwater Centennial Rotary Club for 2011-2012, and is an active member of the Stillwater Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  A native of Maryland, she holds a B.A., M.L.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and has made her home in Stillwater for the last 21 years.  She is married to Rich Paustenbaugh and they have two children, Erik and Kirsten.

Last Modified on 05/11/2012