2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
    Sep 27, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

University Personnel



​President

Dr. Heath A. Thomas, President
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. University of Gloucestershire.

Administrative Staff

Melanie Allred, Taylor and West University Resident Director
     B.S., University of Central Oklahoma.

Kevin L. Armstrong, Network Systems Supervisor
     
B.S., University of Phoenix.

Brittany Barrett, Web Communications and Social Media Coordinator

Terra Bogle, Payroll Manager

Corey Bolgin, Director, Bison Recreation and Wellness
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Will Brantley, Vice President for Enrollment Management
     B.A., M.A., Union University; M.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Dallas Brose, Athletic Trainer

Allison Cade, Director of Community Experiences
     
B.A., Oklahoma Christian University.

Joy Carl, Director of International Student Services
     B.A., Cedarville University; M.A., Biola University.

Thomas Carter, Assistant Vice President for Technology Services
     B.S., Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Chase Chastain, Admissions Counselor
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Christien Crynes, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
     

Benjamin J. Cleveland, Assistant Director for Sports Medicine
     B.S., University of Alabama; M.S., Florida State University.

Clayton D. Coffman, Director of Athletic Communications
     
B.A., Flagler College; M.A., Trevecca Nazarene University

Tara L. Colvin, Endowed Scholarship Manager/NCAA Liaison
     B.S., Tarleton State University.

Lisa Cook, Senior Student Financial Services Counselor
     B.A., Oklahoma State University.

Christopher Cox, Head Baseball Coach
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., East Central University.

Danielle Cox, Director, Student Financial Services
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Canaan Crane, Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program
     B.A., M.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.

Christien Crynes, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Coy Cypert, Assistant Vice President of Creative Communications and Community Experiences
     B.S., East Central University.

Robert P. Davenport, Athletic Director
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., East Central University.

Larinee Dennis, Dean of Business, Health Science, and Education, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Co-Interim Provost
     B.S.E., Hannibal-LaGrange College; M.S.E., University of Missouri; Ph.D., New Mexico State University.

Cole Dibler, Admissions Counselor
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Caleb Dyer, Admissions Counselor
    B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Jason Eaker, Men’s Basketball Coach
     B.S., Texas Pan American University; M.A., Mercer University.

Gabriel Eliserio, Assistant Football Coach

Matthew Y. Emerson, Dean of Theology, Art and Humanities, Co-Interim Provost
     B.S., Auburn University; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Ph.D., Southeastern Theological Seminary.

Bettye Finch, Human Resources Coordinator
     B.A., University of Central Oklahoma; M.P.A., Norwich University.

Mark Fisher, Software Support/System Analyst

Lauri Fluke, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; Certified Public Accountant.

M. Steven Fluke, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Brooke Foster, Admissions Counselor

Kalyn G. Fullbright, Director of Admissions
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Breanne Gifford, Student Services Coordinator, College of Graduate and Professional Studies
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Matthew Gillentine, System Administrator/Analyst
     B.A., Randall University; B.S., Western Governors University.

David Gilmore, Energy Specialist

Adam Godwin, Assistant Track and Field Coach
   
 B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S., Cameron University

Paula Gower, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communication
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.E., University of Central Oklahoma.

Richard Laker Greenwood, Resident Director Lodge and Village

Erin Guleserian, Director of the Residential Experience
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., Dallas Baptist University; M.A., Dallas Baptist University.

Lori Hagans, Director of Career Services and Alumni Engagement
     B.S.E., East Central University.

Michael Hand, Special Assistant to the President for Great Commission Initiatives
     B.A., Tennessee Temple College; M.Min, Temple Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Tennessee Temple University.

Micah Hamilton, Director of Tech Support
 

Shannon Hester, Controller
     
B.S., Oklahoma State University; Certified Public Accountant.

LaShane Hill, Kemp MFT Clinic Director

James M. Hively, Senior Director of Development
     B.S., California Baptist University.

Mitchell R. Hollis, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
   
 B.A., Covenant College.

Austin Holton, Assistant Football Coach
 

Anna Howle, Head Volleyball Coach
     B.S., M.Ed., University of Oklahoma.

Christopher Jensen, Head Football Coach
     B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.E., Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Lester Kasterke, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administratiave Services
   
 B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Matthew Kearns, Director of Student Ministry
     
B.S., Southeast Missouri State University; M. Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

L. Matt Kennedy, Head Cross Country, Assistant Track Coach
     B.S., Midwestern State University.

Rachel Linton, Admissions Counselor
     B.S.E., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Joshua D. Mackey, University Archivist
   
 B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Wichita State University.

Mike Manlapig, Athletic Facilities Coordinator, Women’s Golf Coach
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Samantha Maples, Head Softball Coach
     B.H.S., Florida Atlantic University; M.B.A., Colorado Christian University.

Chele D. Marker, Cash Creative Director/Publications Manager
     B.A., Oklahoma State University.

Robert Marquardt, Manager of Facility Services
     M.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

William Ford Mastin, Head Track Coach
     B.M.E., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Ed., East Central University.

Crystal McKee, Director of Administrative Development
     A.A., Oklahoma City Community College; B.S., Mid America Christian University.

Marcia A. McQuerry, Director of Academic Records, Registrar
     B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma

Micah Meek, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Associate Dean of Online, Nontraditional and Graduate Education
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div, M.A., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kaleb Miears, Student Success Specialist
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Jack Moore, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Assistant to the President
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Tanner Morris, Associate Athletic Director for Fan Engagement
   
 B.A., M.S., The University of Southern Mississippi.

Carrie Myles, Associate Dean, Academic Support Services and Executive Director, Milburn Center
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., University of Oklahoma.

Alix M. Nelson, Admissions Counselor
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University

Kyle Opskar, Agee Resident Director
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Victoria Orms, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Bo Overton, Women’s Basketball Coach
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., East Central Oklahoma State University.

Chad Payn, Faculty Athletic Representative
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., United Sports Academy.

Bruce Perkins, Director of Prison Divinity Program
     B.A., Howard Payne University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., Oral Roberts University.

Brandon Petersen, Dean of Students, V.P. of Campus Life
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A.C.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ashlynn Philpot, Admissions Counselor
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Spencer Price, Admissions Counselor
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Julianna Proctor, Health and Wellness Specialist
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Anna Pumphrey, Resident Director
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Lea Ann Quirk, Director of OBU Alumni Association
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.   

Grace Randolph, Student Financial Services Counselor
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University 

Tim Rasnic, Vice President for Advancement
     B.A., University of Oklahoma.

Kenneth Reid, Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications
   
 B.A., Arkansas Tech University; M.A., Southern Nazarene University.

Dayla L. Rowland, Kerr and Howard Resident Director
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Kyle Rudek, Accounting Manager
     B.B.A., M.B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University.

Michael B. Schwab, Network and Telecommunications Technician
 

Melissa Scott, Student Financial Services Counselor
     B.S., Oklahoma State University.

Damon Seymour, Web Development and Digital Marketing Coordinator
     AAS, Oklahoma City Community College

David P. Shannon, University Police Chief 
     Ceritos High School; U.S. Air Force and Law Enforcement Training.

Ethan Shropshire, Director of Compliance
   
 B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; J.D., University of Oklahoma.

Alex Sigman, Admissions Counselor
     B.A., University of Oklahoma.

Clinton W. Sinclair, Photographer

E. Elbert Smith, Director, Tom Elliff Center of Missiology
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Randy L. Smith, Executive Vice President for Business and Administrative Services
     B.B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; Certified Public Accountant.

Brian Stackhouse, Director of Athletic Bands
     B.M.E., Arkansas Tech University; M.M., University of Arkansas; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.

Jessica Stiles, Cheer and Pom Coach
     B.M.C., University of Central Oklahoma.

Melissa Stroud, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Union University; M.T.S., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Heath A. Thomas, President; Professor of Old Testament
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire.

Perry Tripp, Programmer/Analyst


Joy Turner, Director of Global Mobilization
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Afton Urton, Resident Director WMU and Married Student Housing
   
 B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.

Jana Vandertook, Director of Faculty Services and Assesssment
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S., Grand Canyon University.

Teri Ford Walker, Assistant Registrar, Director of Academic Services
     B.S., Union University; M.R.E., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Nicholas N. Weisenborn, Associate Athletic Director for External Operations
     
B.A., Pittsburg State University; M.A., University of Oklahoma.

Tammi Welch, Business Services Administrator    

Michael D. White, Head Women’s Soccer Coach
     B.S.E., Samford University; M.A., University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Brian M. Whitlock, Assistant Track and Field Coach
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S.N., Wayland Baptist University.
 

 

University Faculty

(Under full-time appointment)

R. Jeanne Akin, Mary A. White Chair of Education, Professor of Teacher Education
     B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 1997; Associate Professor, 2003; Senior Faculty Status, 2003; Professor, 2009.

Tawa J. Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy
     B.A., University of Alberta; M.Div., Edmonton Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 2011; Graduate Faculty, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, 2017; Associate Professor, 2018.

Jonathan Ashbach, Elizabeth Randel and Ana Scales Assistant Professor in American Constitutional Law
     
B.A., Humboldt State University; M.A., Biola University; M.A., Hillsdale College; Ph.D., Hillsdale College
     Assistant Professor, 2021.

Meredith Bailey, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; D.P.T., University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

P. Kaylene Barbe, Frank W. Patterson Professor of Communications
     B.A., Baylor University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 1990; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 1996, Professor, 2009

Benjamin C. Baxter, Associate Professor of Animation and Media Production
     B.A., Ouachita Baptist University; M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022

Rafael Bello, Assistant Professor in Religous Studies; Ida Elizabeth and J.W. Hollums Chair of Bible
     B.A., UDF Centro Universitario in Brazil; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 2022.

Jaime Lee Brantley, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., M.S.N., Union University.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Robin R. Brothers, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing
     L.P.N., Autry Technology Center; A.D.N., Northern Oklahoma College; B.S.N., Northwestern Oklahoma State University; M.S.N., University of Oklahoma;
          Ph.D., Oklahoma City University. Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Joshua S. Brunet, Associate Professor of Art
     B.S., Indiana Wesleyan University; M.F.A., Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Brian Camp, Professor of Family Science
     B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
          Associate Professor, 2004; Senior Faculty Status, 2007; Professor, 2008.

R. Bruce Carlton, WMU Professor of Missions
     B.A., Georgetown Baptist College; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminar; M.A. Azusa Pacific University; D.Th., University of South Africa.
          Professor, 2011; Graduate Faculty, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, 2017.

Yuan-Liang Albert Chen, Professor of Physics
     B.S., Chung-Yuan Christian University; M.S., Ph.D., Baylor University.
          Assistant Professor, 1986; Senior Faculty Status, 1991; Associate Professor, 1992; Professor, 2000.

Antonio A. Chiareli, Professor of Sociology and Intercultural Studies
     B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University.
          Professor, 2016.

Harriet O. Cooper, Assistant Professor of Nursing
   
 B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University.
     Assistant Professor, 2021.

Canaan Crane, Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program; Professor of Psychology; Interim Kemp Clinic Director
     B.A., M.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 2007; Senior Faculty Status, 2011; Associate Professor, 2013; Graduate Faculty, 2014.

Timothy Darr, Lawrence Peitz Chair of Business, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Science
   
 B.S.E., M.S.E., PH.D, The University of Michigan.
     Assistant Professor, 2020.

John R. Dement, Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre
          Associate Professor, 2022.

Kelsey D’Emilio, Assistant Professor of Music, Chair of Division of Music
     B.M., Oberlin College and Conservatory; M.M., Westminster Choir College, D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2018.

Paul Donnelly, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Director of Criminal Justice Program
     B.A., Biola University; M.S., University of Texas, Tyler; Ph.D., University of Texas, Dallas; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2013; Associate Professor, 2022.

Nathan Drake, Associate Professor of Mathematics
     Ph.D., Clemson University; M.S., Clemson University; B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University.
          Associate Professor, 2018.

Holly Easttom, Assistant Professor of Journalism
     B.A., M.A., University of Central Oklahoma. Instructor, 2000; Assistant Professor, 2003.

Contessa E. Edgar, Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Division of Science
     B.S., University of Sioux Falls; Ph.D, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
          Assistant Professor, 2012; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2018.

Edward A. English, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
     Assistant Professor, 2021.

Kaine Ezell, Associate Professor of English
     B.M.E., B.A., Southern Arkansas University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas.
          Assistant Professor, 2012; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2018.

Rebecca Marie Farley, Associate Professor of Education
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Shaelene R. Fipps, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., East Central University; M.S.N., University of Oklahoma, D.N.P., Grand Canyon University.
          Assistant Professor, 2016.

Mark C. Franklin, Assistant Professor of Music
     B.M., Wheaton College; M.M., D.M., Florida State University.
          Assistant Professor, 2021.

Corey Fuller, Ruth J. Odom Professor in Fine Arts
     B.A., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; M.F.A., University of Central Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2009; Senior Faculty Status, 2014; Associate Professor, 2015.

David Gambo, Reverend A.E. and Dora Johnson Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
     B.S., University of Jos, Nigeria; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 2018.

Sheila E. Garland, Professor of Nursing
 

Laura K. Gramling, Assistant Professor of Nursing
     A.D.N., Oklahoma City Community College; B.S.N., M.S.N., Midwestern State University; D.N.P., Frontier School of Nursing.
          Assistant Professor, 2017.

Daryl D. Green, Dickinson Chair of Business, Associate Professor of Business
     B.S., Southern University A&M; M.A., Tusculum College; D.B.A., Regent University.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Graduate Faculty, 2017.

David Greenwell, Twyla Horne Assistant Professor of Accounting
     B.S., Oklahoma City University, M.B.A., University of Oklahoma; Assistant Professor, 2020.

Krista Hands, Professor of Mathematics
     B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2010; Associate Professor, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, 2015.

Keith Harman, Ernest C. Wheeler Chair of Business, Professor of Business
     B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Webster University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Professor, 2006; Senior Faculty Status, 2010; Graduate Faculty, 2014.

Robbie Henson, Lawrence C. and Marion Harris Chair of Nursing, Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S.N., University of Texas Arlington; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
          Assistant Professor, 1991; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Proffessor, 1997; Professor, 2006; Graduate Faculty, 2014.

Jeffrey M. Hogan, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation
     B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.S., Texas Women’s University; Doctorate, Evidence in Motion of Health Professions
          Assistant Professor, 2021.

David C. Houghton, Chair, School of Business, Professor of Business, Director of MBA Program
     B.S., University of Kansas; M.B.A., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati.
          Professor, 2010.

Bradley D. Jett, James E. Hurley Professor of Biology
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
          Assistant Professor, 1998; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2002; Professor, 2009.

Christopher Jones, Professor of Chemistry, Director of Stem Innovation
     B.A., Erskine College; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Professor, 2016.

Michael Jordan, Professor of Chemistry
     B.S., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
          Assistant Professor, 2000; Senior Faculty Status, 2004; Associate Professor, 2006; Professor, 2016.

Elizabeth Justice, Chair, Lawrence C. and Marion Harris Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education, Director of Access Certificate Program
     B.S.E., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; Ed.D., Grand Canyon University.
          Assistant Professor, 2015; Associate Professor, 2022.

Timothy J. Kaiser, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education

Annie M. Keehn, Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Access Certificate Program
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., East Central University.
     Assistant Professor, 2021.

Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson Chair of Religion, Professor of Bible
     B.A., Clear Creek Baptist Bible College; M.Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 1997; Senior Faculty Status, 2003; Associate Professor, 2003; Professor, 2009.

Kathleen L. Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Nursing
   
 B.S.N., University of Oklahoma; M.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University.
          Assistant Professor of Nursing, 2022.

Joan Klerekoper, Assistant Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., Avila University; M.S.N., University of Texas at Arlington.
          Assistant Professor, 2017

Camille T. Lafleur, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
     B.A., University of Kansas; M.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Graduate Faculty, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Louima Lilite, Claire McGavern-Nancy Montgomery Professor in Music
     B.M., Biola University; M.M., Pennsylvania State University; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music.
          Assistant Professor, 2008; Senior Faculty Status, 2013; Associate Professor, 2014, Professor, 2020.

Karen Longest, Professor of Psychology
     B.A., Southeastern Oklahoma State University; M.A., Central State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2002; Senior Faculty Status, 2007; Associate Professor, 2008; Professor, 2017.

Abigail Mace, Assistant Professor of Music Director of Preparatory Department
     B.M., Vanderbilt University; M.M., University of Texas at Austin; D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin.
          Assistant Professor, 2018.

Nathan Malmberg, Professor of Chemistry
     B.S., University of Wyoming; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
          Assistant Professor, 2005; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2011; Professor, 2022.

Claire Marquardt, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Preparatory Department
     B.S., East Central University; M.M., University of Oklahoma; M.M., University of Central University.
          Assistant Professor, 2022.

Sarah L. Marsh, Associate Professor of Mathematics
     B.S.E., University of Central Arkansas; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2011; Associate Professor, 2017; Senior Faculty Status, 2017.

Yvonne Mbote, Associate Professor of Chemistry
     B.S., M.S., University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Ph.D., University of North Dakota.
          Assistant Professor, 2012; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2018.

Mario Melendez, Auguie Henry Chair of Old Testament, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies
     B.A., Leavell College, 2010; M.C.S., Union University, 2012; ThM., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2017; Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019; Assistant                Professor, 2020.

Benjamin Myers, Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature, Director of Honors Program
     B.A., University of the Ozarks; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University.
          Assistant Professor, 2005; Associate Professor, 2009; Professor, 2015.

Patricia Nelson, Associate Professor of Music Education
     B.A., Trinity University; M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., Baylor University.
          Associate Professor, 2018.

Brent Newsom, Associate Professor of English
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
          Assistant Professor, 2012; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2018.

O. Alan Noble, Associate Professor of English
     B.A., M.A., California State University; Ph.D., Baylor University.
          Assistant Professor, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2020.

Stephanie J. Parker, Associate Professor of Nursing; Lawrence C. and Marion Harris Chair of Nursing, Chair, School of Nursing
     

Chad A. Payn, Chair, Exercise Science, Assistant Professor of Sports and Recreation and Health and Human Performance, Director of National Sport and Recreation Ministry Center
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., United Sports Academy
          Assistant Professor, 2016.

Bruce Perkins, Associate Professor of Religion
    B.A., Howard Payne University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., Oral Roberts University;
        Professor, 2020.  

John Powell, Professor of History
     B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
          Associate Professor, 2004; Senior Faculty Status, Professor, 2008.

Julianna Proctor, Health and Wellness Specialist

Sherri Thompson Raney, Professor of History and Political Science
     B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 1994; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2005; Professor, 2013.

Gary D. Rhodes, Professor of Media Production
     Ph.D., The Queen’s Univeristy (United Kingdom)
          Professor, 2021.

Randy Ridenour, Professor of Philosophy
     B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2000; Senior Faculty Status, 2005; Associate Professor, 2006.

Bret Roark, Ralph and Marie Barby Chair of Family Psychology, Professor of Psychology
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
          Assistant Professor, 1993; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 1999; Professor, 2005.

Jessica L. Rohr, Assistant Professor of English, TESOL
     B.A., Baptist Bible College; M.A., Missouri State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.
          Assistant Professor, 2017.

Rich Rudebock, Robert L. and Sara Lou Chair of Business, Professor of Business
     B.B.A., Kent State University; M.Ed., Texas Tech University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 2001; Associate Professor, 2008; Senior Faculty Status, 2010; Professor, 2014; Graduate Faculty, 2017.

Paul Anthony Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Religion, Assistant Director of Honors
     
B.A., Evangel University; M.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Th.M., Th.M., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 2022.

Stephen R. Sims, Associate Professor of Music 
     B.M.E., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.C.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.M.A., Texas Tech University.
          Assistant Professor, 2016; Associate Professor, 2022.

Megan Smith, Associate Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., Bob Jones University; M.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University.
          Assistant Professor, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, 2020; Associate Professor, 2022.

Daniel Spillman, Associate Professor of History
     B.A., Asbury University; M.A., Kent University; Ph.D., Emory University.
          Associate Professor, 2017.

Robert Lucas Stamps, Dickinson Chair of Religion, Chair of School of Theology and Ministry, Director of MA Program, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
     B.A., Auburn University; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Professor, 2022.

Charles Swadley, Associate Professor of English and Spanish
     B.A., M.A., University of North Texas; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Lecturer, 1997; Instructor, 1999; Assistant Professor, 2002; Senior Faculty Status, 2005; Associate Professor, 2009.

Cherith A. Tucker, Chair, Division of Mathematics, Associate Professor of Mathematics
     B.A., Southern Nazarene University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2013; Senior Faculty Status, 2019; Associate Professor, 2019.

Dale A. Utt, Jr., Associate Professor of Biology
     B.S., University of Rhode Island; M.S., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia.
          Assistant Professor, 1989; Senior Faculty Status, 1995; Associate Professor, 1998.

Gaston Craig Walker, Ernest C. and Ruby Wheeler Professor in Business
     B.B.A., M.B.A., Baylor University; M.A., Ph.D., Southern Methodist University.
          Associate Professor, 2000; Senior Faculty Status, 2004; Professor, 2009; Graduate Faculty, 2014.

M. Sidney Watson, Professor of English
     B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina.
          Assistant Professor, 1999; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2004; Professor, 2010.

Dawn Westbrook, Associate Professor of Nursing
     B.S.N., M.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University.
          Assistant Professor, 2010; Senior Faculty Status, 2015; Associate Professor, 2022.

Catherine (Alex) Webster, Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology and Design
     
B.A., Brevard College; M.F.A., Texash Tech University.
          Assistant Professor, 2022.

Lyda Wilbur, Assistant Professor of Spanish
     B.B.A., Cameron University; M.A., Millersville University; M.A., Oklahoma State University; Ed.D., University of Oklahoma.

Liying Xu, Assistant Professor of Finance
   
B.S., Zhejiang University; M.S., SINOPEC Research Institiute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP); M.A., Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin.  
          Assistant Professor, 2021.

Tony Yates, Professor of Science
     A.A., Hutchinson Community Junior College; B.S., Oklahoma Christian College; M.Ed., Southwestern Oklahoma State
     University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 2008; Senior Faculty Status, 2013; Associate Professor, 2014; Professor, 2020.

Kellie Young, Violet Sturgeon Minton Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
     A.S., Seminole State College; B.S., M.Ed., East Central University; Ed.D., Northcentral University.
          Assistant Professor, 2014; Senior Faculty Status, Associate Professor, 2020.

Professional Librarians

Charles Ackerly, Public Services Librarian
     B.A., St. Gregory’s University; B.F.A., University of Central Oklahoma; M.L.S., Emporia State University

Denise Jett, Collections Librarian
     B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma.

Joshua Mackey, University Archivist
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Wichita State University.

Julie Rankin, Director of Library Services
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma.

Emeriti

Manoi Smith Adair, Professor Emerita of Business
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.B.E., University of Oklahoma.
          Instructor, 1955; Assistant Professor, 1958; Tenure, 1960; Associate Professor, 1969; Interim Dean, 1981-82, 1984-85,
          1987-89; Professor, 1990; Professor Emeritus, 1997.

Bob R. Agee, President Emeritus
     B.A., Union University; M.Div., D.Min, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University.
          President, 1982; President Emeritus, 1997.

Oteka Ball, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Child Care Administration
     M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 1989; Associate Professor, 1995. Professor Emerita, 2005.

Carol Ann Bell, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M.E., William Carey College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 1990; Senior Faculty Status, 1995; Associate Professor, 1997; Professor Emerita, 2014.

William James Brown, Professor Emeritus of Music
     B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.M., University of Oklahoma.
          Instructor, 1964; Assistant Professor, 1967; Associate Professor, 1991; Professor Emeritus 1998.

Monte A. Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.S., Ph.D., North Texas State University.
          Associate Professor, 1986; Professor Emeritus, 2001.

Donald Clark, Professor Emeritus of Music
     B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.M., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 1967; Tenure, 1972; Associate Professor, 1987; Professor Emeritus, 2007.

Douglas A. Clark, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
     B.S., Wheaton College; M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., University of Illinois; Graduate Study, Texas Technological College.
          Assistant Professor, 1966; Associate Professor, Tenure, 1969; Professor Emeritus, 1983.

Johnny Cullison, Administrator Emeritus
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University.
          Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs/Physical Plant, 1970; Administrator Emeritus, 2007.

Claudine Dickey, Dean Emerita of Nursing
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Ed., Central State University; M.S. Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Dean, College of Nursing, Professor of Nursing, 1982; Dean Emerita, 2000.

Ronald Duncan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; Ph.D., Indiana University.
          Associate Professor, 1990; Professor, Tenure, 1995; Professor Emeritus, 2010.

James W. Evans, Professor Emeritus of Religion
     A.A. Decatur Baptist College; B.A., Wayland Baptist College; M.Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          J.W. Hollums Associate Professor, 1982; J.W. Hollums Professor, 1988; Professor Emeritus, 1998.

James Farthing, Professor Emeritus of History
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Duke University.
          Instructor, 1967; Assistant Professor, 1969; Associate Professor, Tenure, 1973; Professor, 1979. Professor Emeritus, 2005.

Ramona Farthing, Professor Emerita of French
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A.T., Duke University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Instructor, 1967; Assistant Professor, 1970; Tenure, 1975;Associate Professor, 1983; Professor 1990;
          Professor Emerita, 2005.

Betty Joanne Gorrell, Professor Emerita of Nursing
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S., Indiana University; Ed.D., University of Oklahoma.
           Consultant 1973; Assistant Professor, 1982; Associate Professor 1990; Professor, 1997; Professor Emerita, 2000.

Roger Henderson Hadley, Professor Emerita of Telecommunications
     B.A., Southern Oklahoma State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Associate Professor, 1985; Senior Faculty Status, 1991; Professor, 1995; Professor Emeritus, 2019.

Larry Joe Hall, Professor Emeritus of English
     B.A., in English, Oklahoma City University; B.D., Garrett Theological Seminary; M.A., North Texas State University; Ph.D., North Texas State University.
          Assistant Professor, 1974; Tenure, 1979; Associate Professor, 1980; Professor, 1986; Professor Emeritus, 2005.

Anne Hammond, Professor Emerita of English
     A.B., Morehead State University; M.S.E., Ouachita Baptist University.
          Assistant Professor, 1986; Senior Faculty Status, 1993; Associate Professor, 2002.

Cindy Meyer Hanchey, Professor Emerita of Computer Science
     B.S., M.B.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; Certified Data Educator.
          Assistant Professor, 1985; Senior Faculty Status, 1989; Associate Professor, 1989; Professor Emerita, 2013.

M.Dale Hanchey, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
     B.S., M.B.A., Louisiana State University; Certified Data Professional, Certificed Systems Programmer, Certified
     Computer Professional
          Assistant Professor, 1985; Senior Faculty Status, 1989; Associate Professor, 1989; Professor Emeritus, 2013.

Jim Hansford, Professor Emeritus of Music, Emeritus Director of Bands
     B.M., University of Southern Mississippi; M.M.E., Ph.D., University of North Texas.
          Associate Professor, 1990; Professor, 1993; Senior Faculty Status, 1994; Professor Emeritus, 2014.

Peggy Ann Horton, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.A.M., Furman University; M.M.E., Ouachita Baptist University.
          Specialist, 1968; Instructor, 1974; Assistant Professor, Tenure, 1980; Professor Emerita, 2001.

Rhetta Hudson, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M., M.M., University of Oklahoma.
          Specialist, 1967; Instructor, 1971; Assistant Professor, 1975; Tenure, 1977; Associate Professor, 1990; Professor Emerita, 2010.

J. Oscar Jeske, Professor Emeritus of Family Development and Counseling
     B.A., Southern California College; M.A., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary;
     Ed.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Assistant Professor, 1969; Associate Professor, 1972; Tenure, 1974; Professor, 1980; Professor Emeritus, 2003.

Juanita Johnson, Professor Emerita of Nursing
     B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.S., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 1986; Associate Professor, 1997; Professor Emerita 2005.

Ronald Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Music
     B.M., Ouachita Baptist University; M.M., North Texas State University; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma.
          Tenure, 1976; Associate Professor, 1990; Professor, 1996; Professor Emeritus, 2007.

Rosemarie Lones, Professor Emerita of German
     Akademisch geprufterUbersetzer, Diplomieter Dolmetscher, University of Graz (Autstria);
     Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant Professor, 1969; Tenure, 1972; Associate Professor, 1975; Professor, 1981; Professor Emerita, 2001.

Warren L. McWilliams, Professor Emeritus of Theology
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.
          Assistant Professor, 1976; Tenure, 1981; Associate Professor, 1982; Professor, 1988; Senior Professor, 2018;
          Professor Emeritus 2018

Sandra Meyer, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa.
          Instructor, 1975; Assistant Professor, 1980; Senior Faculty Status, 1980; Associate Professor, 1989; Professor Emerita, 2014.

William R. Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of English
     B.A., Oklahoma City University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
          Instructor, 1958; Assistant Professor, 1959. Tenure, 1966; Associate Professor 1969; Professor, 1971; Dean of Arts and
          Sciences, 1973-81; Dean of Unified Studies, 1981-82; Professor Emeritus, 1998.

Robbie Story Mullins, Professor Emeritus of Business
     B.S., Southern Oklahoma State University; M.S., Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
          Assistant Professor, 1984; Senior Faculty Status, 1990; Associate Professor, 1990; Professor, 1998; Professor Emerita, 2019.

John W. Parrish, Executive Vice President Emeritus
     B.S., M.S., Oklahoma State University.
          Instructor, 1964; Assistant Professor 1967; Director of Alumni and Annual Giving, 1979; Assistant Vice President for
          Development 1983; Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 1986; Senior Vice President for Business and External
          Affairs, 1991; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 1995; Interim President, 2007; Executive Vice President
          Emeritus, 2005.

Mary Kay Parrish, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.M., North Texas State University.
          Instructor, 1967; Assistant Professor, 1967; Tenure, 1969; Associate Professor, 1980; Professor Emerita, 2003.

Norma Partridge, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M.E., M.A., Ouachita Baptist University.
          Instructor, 1971; Assistant Professor, 1975; Senior Faculty Status, 1976; Associate Professor, 2001; Professor Emerita, 2010.

Jack Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Music
     B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.M., George Peabody College for Teachers. Associate Professor of Music 1967; Tenure, 1972;
          Associate Professor, 1983; Professor Emeritus, 2007.

C. Mack Roark, Professor Emeritus of Bible
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; B.D., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary;
     M.Th., Phillips University; M.A., University of Notre Dame.
          Professor, 1994; Professor Emeritus, 2005.

James Robert Scrutchins, Professor Emeritus of English
     B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; B.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Baylor University.
          Assistant, 1964; Instructor, 1965; Assistant Professor, 1968; Tenure, 1970; Associate Professor, 1980; Professor Emeritus, 2001.

J. Thomas Terry, Vice President Emeritus for Business Affairs
     B.B.A., Baylor University.
          Treasurer and Comptroller, 1967-75; Vice President for Business Affairs, 1975-82; Vice President for Business Affairs and
          Executive Assistant to the resident, 1982-95; Executive Assistant to the President, 1995-98; Archivist, 1998; Vice President
          Emeritus for Business Affairs, 2001.

Kathryne O’Bryan Timberlake, Professor Emerita of Music
     B.M., Baylor University; Graduate Study, University of Oklahoma.
           Assistant, 1953; Instructor, 1955; Assistant Professor, Tenure, 1979; Professor Emerita, 1990.

Doug Watson, Professor Emeritus of English
     B.A., Baylor University; M.A., West Texas State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
          Assistant Professor 1980; Tenure, 1984; Associate Professor, 1985; Professor, 1992; Professor Emeritus, 2010.

Joseph Robert Weaver, Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs
     B.A., Louisiana College; M.Th., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
          Chaplain, 1980; Assistant Professor, 1984; Associate Professor, 1987; Senior Faculty Status, 1988; Professor, 1993; Dean,
          College of Arts and Sciences, 1994; Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1996; Vice President Emeritus, 2005.

Martha Jane Wester, Professor Emerita of Art
     B.A., Baylor University; M.A. University of Oklahoma.
          Assistant, 1971; Instructor, 1975; Assistant Professor, Tenure, 1980; Professor Emerita, 2000.

John Clay Willis, Professor Emeritus of Business
     B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.B.A. Texas Christian University.

Slayden A. Yarbrough, Professor Emeritus of Religion
     B.A., Southwest Baptist College; Ph.D., Baylor University.
          Assistant Professor, 1979; Associate Professor, 1982; Tenure, 1984; Professor, 1988; Professor Emeritus, 2001.