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Dr. Rebecca Dark
Rebecca Dark earned her Ph.D in English with a concentration in Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently teaches literature and composition courses at DBU in addition to teaching Perspectives in Medieval Thought for the Honors Program. Recently she has also taken on responsibilities with the DBU Office of Institutional Effectiveness as the Assessment Coordinator. Along with numerous book reviews, she has published scholarly papers on medieval, early modern, and pedagogical topics, and she presents regularly at national and international conferences.
Dr. Philip Irving Mitchell
Philip Mitchell (MDIVBL, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., Baylor University) is Director of the University Honors Program at Dallas Baptist University. Dr. Mitchell has served in various capacities on campus since coming to DBU.
Associate Professor of English, he is deeply interested in the intersection of theology, literature, history, philosophy, and culture and is currently working on a book about the interrelationship of the work of C. S. Lewis and of Austin Farrer.
Dr. Mitchell is a contributor to such journals as Christianity and Literature, Logos, Mythlore, Religion and Arts, Seven, and Tolkien Studies. He also has chapters included in Baptism of Fire: The Birth of Modern British Fantastic in World War I (2015), The Christian College Phenomenon (2012), and Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (2015).
Dr. Ross O'Brien
Dr. Ross O'Brien is associate professor of management in the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University. He received his MBA from DBU and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, concentrating in strategic management with a minor in international business. After receiving his MBA, Dr. O'Brien taught at Universitas Baptis Surabaya and Universitas Kristen Petra in Indonesia and consulted in program development at the IEU Institute of Management, an Indonesian business school. Prior to returning to DBU, he also worked for AT&T before starting and running a Web development firm for seven years.
Dr. O'Brien teaches entrepreneurship and international management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His current research interests include social entrepreneurship and business creation in developing economies. To this end, he has taken students on travel study in Sierra Leone and Bangladesh to study small business development and micro-finance. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the Texas University Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. O'Brien has been married to Lisa Lane O'Brien for over 26 years. They have two sons, Connor and Colin, and live in Mansfield, Texas.
Dr. Mike Williams
Dr. Michael E. (Mike) Williams, Sr., known by many of his students as "Dr. Mike," is Professor of History and holds the M.Div. and Ph.D. (church history) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the M.A.C. T. in history from Auburn University. He has authored three books-- I. T. Tichenor and the Creation of a Baptist New South (University of Alabama Press), To God Be The Glory: The Centennial History of Dallas Baptist University, 1898-1998, and Victory Through Faith: A History of the Rosen Heights Baptist Church. Victory Through Faith received a “Church History Award” from the Texas Baptist Historical Society in 1997 and To God Be the Glory received a “Church History Award” from the Texas Baptist Historical Society in 1999. He is co-editing a book entitled, Turning Points in Baptist History to be published by Mercer University Press. He is especially interested in Baptist history, Nineteenth-Century American and Southern history, and Reformation studies.
Dr. Williams also serves as the Secretary for the Fellowship of Baptist Historians. He was named the 1999 DBU Outstanding Professor of the Year. The DBU Student Government Association previously named him “Professor of the Year” for the 1995-1996 academic year. His wife, Robbie, and three sons, Michael, Josh, and Carey, are members of the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
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