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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. 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 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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