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Dr. Dave Arnott
Dave Arnott is a professor of strategic management and economics in the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Arnott’s dissertation studied the stock market effect of U.S. – Russian joint ventures.
Dr. Arnott started his career working for the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has been a regional sales and promotions manager in the sporting goods industry and has been owner/manager of a small manufacturing business.
He is the author of Corporate Cults, published by the American Management Association in 2000. He has also authored Who MADE My Cheese, a response to the popular book, Who Moved My Cheese, and The Leadership Quotient.
He is a retired marathoner, and he once rode his bicycle across the United States. He lives near Midlothian, Texas with his wife Ginger.
Dr. Richard Baca
Richard Baca was accepted at age sixteen by The Juilliard School in New York City. After receiving Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees from Juilliard, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Rome, Italy. Subsequently, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Baca is Professor of Music at Dallas Baptist University, where he has taught piano and fine arts courses for over twenty years. This year he is finishing his two year term as president of the Faculty Council. He has performed in numerous piano recitals and as soloist with orchestras, including the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed overseas, including a six week concert tour of Taiwan. Prof. Baca's most recent performance was as piano soloist at Ft. Worth's Bass Hall.
Professor Robert Burgin
Robert (Bob) Burgin served in the public schools in Arlington, Texas for 28 years as teacher, assistant principal, and as principal of Nichols Junior High School and Arlington High School. Professor Burgin and his family also served as missionaries to South Korea for ten years where he taught math and was principal of Korea Christian Academy in Taejon, Korea. During this time Professor Burgin also served as consultant to Korean churches and pastors and taught at the Taejon Baptist Theological Seminary.
Director of Secondary Education in the College of Education, Professor Burgin supervises student teachers and serves as the state Certification Officer for DBU. He received the BBA and M.A. degrees in School Administration from the University of North Texas. He was also the president of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Arlington, president of Region XI Secondary School Principals Association, and the Metroplex Teacher Education Center.
In addition, Professor Burgin serves as pastor of Abram Street Baptist Church, which began as a ministry of Mission Arlington. His wife, Tillie, began Mission Arlington and serves as its executive director. The Tillie and Bob Burgin Elementary School in Arlington is named in their honor. Bob and Tillie reside in Arlington and have two sons and four grandchildren.
Dr. Rose M. Collins
Rose Collins, who likes for her students to call her “Doc Rose,” earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and her Ph.D. in Humanities from The University of Texas at Arlington. Her doctoral studies included a humanities core and concentrations in the areas of comparative literature and of composition and rhetoric. Completing her fifth year of full-time teaching at Dallas Baptist University, she regularly teaches Advanced Written Composition and Introduction to Linguistics. She has also developed such courses as Current Christian Writers' Lives and Criticism, The Devotional Voice in Literature, and Greek and Roman Tragedy. Having been in love with Greek mythology since junior high school, having minored in Ancient Greek as an undergraduate, and having studied Greek and Roman thought in both of her doctoral concentrations, Dr. Collins is very excited about teaching HNRS 2301 Perspectives in Greco-Roman Thought in DBU’s Honors Program.
Dr. Collins says, “I am grateful every day that God called me to teach at DBU, for here I can love and serve God with my whole being—striving joyfully to fulfill in all of my classes Jesus’s admonition in Mark 10:12: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ At DBU the Lord has surrounded me with a loving, like-minded academic community of faculty, staff, students.”
Dr. Curtis Lee
Curtis Lee (B. S., M. S., Texas A & M; Ph. D., University of South Dakota) is Associate Professor of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He began his career teaching Anatomy and Structural Biology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. His research interests include cellular interactions in developing organisms, and he has published several articles in this field. Department coordinator for Biology, Dr. Lee is currently advisor for the University’s Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Professional Health programs. He is also an important liaison for students in participating in and pursuing opportunities for cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Lee was the 2003 Dallas Baptist University Outstanding Professor of the Year. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children and make their home in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Deborah McCollister
Deborah McCollister (B.A., Baylor; M.A., Ph.D., University of Mississippi) is Professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her major research interests are in nineteenth-century American and English Victorian literature, and the novel. She has published scholarly articles and read conference papers on Alcott, Dickens,Tennyson, and Blake, to name a few, and has been president of several organizations of college English professors. One of her passions is travel, and she enjoys taking DBU students and friends abroad with her. Recently she spent a month in the UK, three weeks of it studying at Oxford. The Honors Program is dear to her heart, for she chaired the study committee and the first Honors Council that brought it into being.
Dr. Philip 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 has also helped lead out in The Lily Campus Worship Formation Program and has taught Developing the Christian Mind.
He is deeply interested in the intersection of theology, literature, history, philosophy, and culture and is currently writing a book on Baptists and honors education. Dr. Mitchell is also an amateur poet, enjoys modern classical music and classic modern jazz, and teaches a young adult Bible study at his church. He has been twice nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He lives with his wife, Kristin, and two daughters, Noelle and Grace, in Cleburne, TX.
Dr. David K. Naugle
Dr. David K. Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University where he has worked for fourteen and a half years in both administrative and academic capacities. He earned a Th.D. in systematic theology and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentrations in philosophy and English literature.
He is the director of the Paideia College Society and established and directs Dallas Baptist’s weekly lecture series, the “Friday Symposium.” Dr. Naugle serves as a “Fellow” for the Wilberforce Forum, the Christian think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship in Washington, D. C. He also serves as an associate editor of Findings, a quarterly journal produced by the Wilberforce Forum and edits The Worldview Church E-Report, an information source designed to encourage Church leaders to implement a Christian worldview in their congregations.
Dr. Naugle is the author of Worldview: History of a Concept (Eerdmans 2002). Dr. Naugle's book has been selected by Christianity Today as the 2003 Theology and Ethics Book of the Year. He is an avid golfer, gardener, guitarist and drummer. He and his wife, Deemie, and daughter, Courtney, and dog, "Kuyper," live in Duncanville, TX.
Dr. Deanna Noyes
Dr. Deanna Noyes is professor of biology in the college of Natural Science and Mathematics. She has been teaching at DBU for nine years and also serves as the head of the Natural Sciences major. Her Ph.D., earned in 1997, is from the University of Southern Mississippi. She teaches upper-level Zoology, Ecology, and Botany, as well as First Year and Honors Biology. In addition, she teaches a pedagogy class for the College of Education and guides students in research projects.
Dr Noyes feels that God has called her to teach and, therefore, sees excellence in the classroom as a way to glorify the Creator. Encouraging students both to critically examine scientific evidence in the light of God's Word and to develop the skills inherent in scientific exploration enables each one to explore God's world and have a positive impact on it.
Dr. Noyes lives in Sachse, Texas, where she and her family attend First Baptist Church. She serves on the personnel committee, plays flute as a member of the praise band, sings in the choir, and is involved in the women's ministry. Her husband, Steve, and two sons, Johnathan and Joshua, love to travel, and all are ardent rock hounds wherever they roam.
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. Keith Rosenbaum
Dr. Rosenbaum is a native Texan with degrees from Baylor University (BA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., M.A., Ph.D.). For 25 years Dr. Rosenbaum or "Dr. R", as many of his students call him, has worked and taught in the area of psychology and counseling. He began his teaching career at Williams Baptist College in Arkansas where for six years he taught psychology and for two years served as the head of the Social Science and Religion Division. Before coming to DBU, he served as Director of Student Counseling and Testing and taught master level counseling and psychology courses at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, for 17 years. Dr. Rosenbaum has operated private counseling practices in Arkansas and Texas, led Marriage Enrichment Retreats for couples, spoken at training programs for counselors on counseling ethics, and written two articles on counseling for counseling professionals. He has been named to Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in Mental Health, and Who's Who in the Southwest.
Professor Rosenbaum loves to travel and dapple for his own enjoyment in photography and other artistic expressions. Dr. Rosenbaum lives in Joshua, Texas with his wife Terri. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Mary Nelson
Dr. Mary Nelson recently received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Rice University; her area of specialization is Shakespeare/English Renaissance. Mary received a B.A. from Baylor University where she majored in Theatre and English and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While pursuing her M.A. degrees at Southern Methodist University and Rice University, she taught in the English Department of both universities. During her time at Rice, she also served as an instructor in the Baylor College of Medicine Honors Premedical Academy and as an editorial fellow at Studies in English Literature.
She is a member of the Shakespeare Association of America and is currently preparing an article for publication in an upcoming collection entitled, Performing Maternity. She is delighted to be serving at DBU and is thrilled to be teaching in the Honors Program.
Dr. Mike Williams
Dr. Michael E. (Mike) Williams, Sr., known by many of his students as "Dr. Mike," is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of History at Dallas Baptist University. He 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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