New faculty members join the ranks at WBU

August 27, 2013

PLAINVIEW – As classes begin at Wayland Baptist University this week, 11 new faculty members will welcome students to campus.

Amy Miles is the new Assistant Professor of Academic Achievement, teaching English and study skills. Miles holds a master’s degree in English from Hardin-Simmons University and earned her bachelor’s degree at Howard Payne University. Miles has been an adjunct instructor of English at various colleges and universities since 2004.

Rebekah Crowe is joining the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor of History. Crowe has completed all of her coursework and is working on her doctoral dissertation at Texas Christian University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wayland in 2002 and completed her master’s degree at Baylor in 2004.

The School of Fine Arts welcomes two new faculty members. Dr. Timothy Doty has been named Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. Doty holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas Tech University. Doty has taught courses at the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Lewis-Clark State College and Texas Tech. Most recently he served as the campus coordinator at Dunbar College Preparatory Academy, working with students who are “at-risk” of dropping out.

Mark Kirk joins the School of Fine Arts an Associate Professor of Theatre. Kirk holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State. Kirk has extensive teaching and practical experience in the theatre field. He has had several works published and has authored a number of playwright and film productions as well.

The School of Languages and Literature has hired three English professors. Dr. Maria O’Connell was named Assistant Professor of English after teaching several courses as an adjunct instructor. O’Connell earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wayland in 2006. She completed her master’s degree at Texas Tech in 2008 and her Ph.D. from Tech in 2012.

O’Connell received an outstanding dissertation award for her doctoral work at Tech. Her research was the study of masculinity in the novels of Cormac McCarthy. “I looked at how myths are passed through a social system from man to man and how people accept and live the myths without knowing that they are hearing the myths,” O’Connell said.

Also joining the School of Languages and Literature is Dr. Erin Heath as Assistant Professor of English. Heath earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University. Heath has taught film and literature courses at the collegiate level since 2009.

Troy Gregory, Ph.D., will also fill the position of Assistant Professor of English. Gregory completed his doctoral work in English at the University of Western Ontario. He holds a master’s degree from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s from St. Mary’s University. He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 2004, most recently at Berry College where he was a visiting assistant professor of English, rhetoric and writing.

The School of Music added two faculty members for the fall term. Dr. Scott Strovas was named Assistant Professor of Music History. Strovas taught several courses last year, coming to Wayland when his wife, Dr. Karen Beth Strovas, was named Assistant Professor of English. Strovas holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Claremont Graduate University as well as a master’s degree from Texas Tech, and two bachelor’s degrees in music theory and music performance, from Tech.

Anthony King was named Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Professor of Bands and Applied Percussion. King is charged with building the marching band program. King holds a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. He is currently working toward his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Texas Tech University.

The School of Religion and Philosophy has filled an online teaching position, naming Dr. Randolph Rogers as Assistant Professor of Religion. Rogers earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern and a Master of Arts and bachelor’s degree in religion from Hardin-Simmons University. He has taught as an adjunct professor of religion for Wayland since 2005.

Sean Ditmore, a 2010 graduate of Wayland, was promoted to Instructor of Library Science. Ditmore has worked at the Mabee Learning Resource Center since 2006 when he took a student job. He was worked full time at the library since 2009, most recently as circulation assistant and student assistant supervisor. Ditmore completed his master’s degree in library science at the University of North Texas in May.