Working Together: UT Martin is Home for the McCulloughs

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When Jeffrey and Desiree McCullough finished their graduate studies at Oklahoma State University in 2001, they were looking for a university where they could both teach. And they wanted it to feel like home.

Twelve years later, the native Oklahomans still love UT Martin. “UT Martin is a friendly place,” says Desiree McCullough, an associate professor of mathematics and statistics and current interim director of institutional research. “It’s been easy to make it our home.”

The McCulloughs agree that working on the same campus has its benefits.

“We typically ride to work together,” Jeffrey McCullough, an associate professor of engineering, says. “When we can, we go to lunch together. It’s easy because UT Martin isn’t that big of a campus.”

The University Cafeteria is their favorite place to eat on campus. Off campus, they enjoy local favorites Opera House and Los Portales.

The McCulloughs have embraced being Skyhawks, too. They especially enjoy attending Martin athletic events together.

“We both love sports and attend as many athletic events as we can at Martin and on the road,” Desiree McCullough says.