New members join WBU faculty 

August 8, 2011 

PLAINVIEW – With Wayland Baptist University fall classes scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Plainview campus, offices and academic schools are gearing up for the new faces that will enter the classroom. Not all of those, however, are students. Several new faculty members will take positions at Wayland beginning this fall.

The School of Education adds two new faculty members and a current instructor in the school will be moved to faculty status. Rohan Thompson, who has served as the assistant track coach since 2006, will move to full faculty status with his promotion to head track and field coach. The athletic department is splitting the track and field and cross country programs. Coach Brian Whitlock will remain as the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country. Thompson holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Wayland, graduating in 2006 and completing his master’s degree in 2008.

Also joining the School of Education is J. Paul Fikes and Linda Murphree. Fikes will fill the position of Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science. Fikes completed his master’s degree in secondary education at Wayland in 2003 and is expected to complete his doctorate in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 2013. A 1997 graduate of Lubbock High, Fikes earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico. He has served as the head athletic trainer for the Plainview Independent School District since 2006.

Murphree will serve as an assistant professor of education. She received her M.Ed. from Wayland in 1991 and has worked for P.I.S.D. since 1971, most recently as the elementary instruction coordinator and dyslexia coordinator. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Wayland since 2004.

Dr. Clinton Lowin will return to his alma mater to take a position as assistant professor in the School of Religion and Philosophy. A graduate of River Road High School in Amarillo, Lowin earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1996. He completed a Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 and earned an Ed.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. Lowin has worked in ministry-related jobs since 1994 and comes to Wayland from his position as director of Kingdom Communities in Canton, Ohio. He was also working as an assistant professor of theology at Dordt College.

The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences welcomes Dr. Justin Lawrence to the faculty. Lawrence will take the role of assistant professor of justice and public administration. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Lawrence earned his Doctor of Laws degree in 2005. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of general studies degree from Tech. Since 2006, Lawrence has served as an adjunct professor of business at Wayland’s Lubbock campus. He has also been an associate faculty member for Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, and for the last two years has been an associate professor for business administration for Herzing University Online.

The School of Business has hired an assistant professor of business administration. Dr. Barry Evans will begin his teaching duties this fall. Evans holds a Ph.D. in human science from Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor of science degree in geology from Oklahoma State University. Evans has been an adjunct professor for Wayland since 2005 and has also taught courses for University of Incarnate Word and Liberty University.

The School of Fine Arts welcomes Adam Shirley as its new assistant professor of graphic design. Shirley has a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (ABD) from Texas Tech University as well as a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and a M.Div. degree from Abilene Christian University. Since 2006, he has worked as a graphic designer for Lubbock Christian University.