New faculty join the family at Wayland Baptist University

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University welcomed six new faculty members to its campus for the 2004-05 school year, which kicked off August 25.

In the Division of Business, James Hogue came on board as Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems. A graduate of South Plains College, Pasadena Playhouse College and Texas Tech University, Hogue is currently working toward his doctorate in Instructional Technology at Texas Tech. His teaching experience includes several instructional technology courses at Texas Tech over the past few years, and he has collaborated on two publications for presentation in the spring of 2004.

Hogue has done several workshops on computer software and usage, has judged several UIL meets in computer applications and has edited a textbook on computer skills. In previous years, Hogue worked for Shugart Studios in Levelland as a microcomputing manager and safety officer.

Gilbert Werema also joins the Division of Business as Assistant Professor of Marketing. A native of Kenya, Werema holds degrees from the University of Eastern Africa and Alabama A&M University. He is currently completing his doctorate in consumer economics from the University of Georgia, where he has served as an instructor of foreign languages and business Swahili since 1998.

Werema also served as a tutor for business students at the University of Georgia and has taught Swahili abroad for two years. He was a Mises Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute from 1994-2000 and was the 2003 recipient of the African Studies Institute Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Division of Fine Arts welcomed Gerald Dolter as a visiting professor from Texas Tech University. As director of Tech's music theatre program, Dolter has overseen 18 mainstage productions since 1998, including Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Prior to his higher education experiences, Dolter was an established opera performer and was the leading baritone with Germany's Bremen Opera from 1985-91. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and with symphony orchestras in a variety of cities.

Dolter also established an opera program for elementary children which has reached more than 55,000 students in Lubbock. He also developed a Young Artist Development Program in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Opera Company.

In the Division of Languages and Literature, Moumin Quazi, Ph.D. joins the faculty as Associate Professor of English. Quazi holds degrees from Texas Christian University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and the University of North Texas, where he earned a master's degree and his doctorate in English. Quazi comes to Wayland after a five-year teaching stint at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

He served as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and as an adjunct at Tarrant County College. He has written many articles for publication and presentation on a variety of topics including literature, poetry, culture and workplace safety, and he has reviewed books for the San Antonio Express Newsas well.

William Hahn, Ph.D. joined the faculty of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences as Associate Professor of Mathematics. With degrees from Baylor University, and North Carolina State University, Hahn comes to Wayland after two years as visiting assistant professor at Mississippi State University. He also taught for five years at Baylor. With special interest in statistics, Hahn has done research in the field and has extensive experience with data manipulation and analysis.

Though not a completely new face to the university, Debra Lavender-Bratcher relocated from Wayland's campus in Anchorage, Alaska, to join the Plainview faculty in the Division of Social Sciences. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and has taught for WBU since 1995, coming from a background as a clinical therapist for the Anchorage Center for Families and other entities.

Lavender-Bratcher holds degrees from Adams State College and the University of Denver and has worked toward the doctorate at Union Institute and University in Ohio. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has done numerous presentations on social issues.