Oklahoma Baptist University

FDC Activities

Current Workshops

Current Book Studies

Upcoming Research Forum

Previous Workshops

March 1-2
Faculty Development Spring Summit: 2012
"What's Trending in Higher Ed?"
Speaker: Bryan T. McKinney, J.D., dean and associate professor of law for the Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita Baptist University.
Tuesday, April 5, 5:00-8:00.
The Faculty Development Committee and Faith & Disciplines Committee would like to extend an invitation to you for our spring event. We will be hosting Darin Davis from Baylor University. His talk is titled "Educating for Wisdom and the Christian University." There will be a dinner to start off the evening.
Thursday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Benjamin Myers, Associate Professor of English, will discuss the
creative process that comprised his book Elegy for Trains. Corey Fuller,
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, will speak briefly on the art
direction for the cover.
(location TBA)
Would you like to learn how to practice "responsible selfishness"?
Attend the workshop entitled "Decreasing Compassion Fatigue: A Collaborative Effort" presented by the Residential Life staff and Rilda Smith
Thursday, March 10th, 2011at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Mabee Suite
Cookies, coffee, and fountain drinks will be provided.
January 5, 2011 at 11 a.m.
Winter Teleconference
Grading Student Work: Promoting learning through valuable feedback
Offered by the CCCU:Center for research in adult learning in partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University
Location: Executive Conference Room in Academic Center (Thurmond Hall)

Grading Workshop

BLT Session



Human Dynamics
Monday, September 25

Previous Book Studies

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming book study,
Academically Adrift, we'll start our discussion on Friday 4/1 with Ch. 1
& 2, then tentatively plan to continue with Ch. 3 & 4 on 4/15 and Ch. 5
on 4/29.
Book Study: How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
Facilitator: Dr. Karen Longest, OBU psychology



Responsible Scholars in Christian Community

Dr. Kina Mallard, Dean of Academic Programs, Gordon College, Massachusetts

Description: How do faculty at Christian colleges remain true to their calling as scholars? How do we as Christians encourage each other toward scholarship? During this address, Dr. Mallard will challenge new and seasoned teacher-scholars to return to the joy of research and to live out I Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up…”



"One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor and University President, and What I Learned Along the Way" by William A. Chace

Leader: Dr. Craig Walker



"The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good" by William Easterly

Leader: Dr. J. D. Powell

Previous Research Forums


Thursday, Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Andrew Armond: "Mystical, Anti-Theist, and Christian Iconoclasm: A Theoretical Experiment in Hospitable Reading.

Dr. Karen Youmans: "The Hospitable Text on Pilgrimage: Dialogism, Open Endings, and Fideism in The Canterbury Tales."

Wednesday, Nov. 9, noon

Dr. Jasmin Johnson:

The research presented was from Dr. Johnson’s doctoral dissertation, including a study conducted on the OBU campus. The approach to the study utilized a classic experimental design with analysis of variance testing to compare control and experimental groups. The study compared student outcomes after being in a simulated lab setting versus a live clinical experience. The findings from the research should stimulate discussion among any academic discipline that utilizes practicum experiences for student learning and socialization. Simulation pedagogy mimics the real world and embeds the learner in a virtual reality in which the possibilities are endless.



"What Will They Say About Being A Minority at OBU?"
A panel discussion led by Dr. Linda McElroy and student representatives
Monday, Feb. 26 & Tuesday, Feb. 27



Choices Suicide Awareness Program
Description: Dr. Rich Rudebock will present three perspectives on suicide -- reasons for suicide, signals of suicide, and what to do if you suspect an impending suicide attempt. This is vital information as we work with students during a very stressful part of their semester (as well as a stressful time of year).
Presenter: Dr. Rich Rudebock
Tuesday, Nov. 29 & Friday, Dec. 2
Working with International Students
Keely Robertson and Trent Argo
Monday, April 3


New Course Evaluation System
Presenter: Dr. Jim Colman
Tuesday October 25 & Friday October 28


Library Resources for Faculty
Presenter: Richard Cheek
Tuesday November 15 & Friday November 18
Legal Issues



Writing Effective, Reflective, Objective Growth Agreements

Description: Still pondering this year’s growth agreement??? Come and hear ideas on how to reflect on accomplishments and goals, what to include in a growth agreement, and how to set goals that are objective and lead to self-assessment.

Presenters: Sandra Meyer, Glenn Sanders, Pam Robinson, Genia James


Working with Student Athletes

Description: This workshop will cover some of the special issues faced by student athletes and their advisors, including maintaining eligibility, class schedules and attendance, and what is expected of a student athlete who attends OBU.

Presenters: Norris Russell, Carol Humphrey


Spiritual Formation Group: "The Way of Grace"
Jointly sponsored by FDC and Faith and Discipline Committee.
“The Way of Grace” will be looking at transitions in the light of selected passages from the Gospel of John.
Facilitated by Sandra Meyer
Institutional Change: Questions, Issues, and Answers
Speakers: Jody DeFehr and Charlotte Lankard

Tuesday, November 9

These have been difficult days and we have many more changes coming our way in the near future as well. The FDC wanted to provide the opportunity to come together as an OBU Family and have the opportunity to support one another through this time. We will be hearing from two chaplains/counselors. Jody DeFehr will be sharing, in case study manner, his experience of an institutional downsizing. Through sharing his story, we can gain some knowledge that will guide us through our own experience. Charlotte Lankard will be discussing the various emotional aspects that accompany these types of changes. Both Jody and Charlotte are OBU graduates and have a genuine heart for the university and faculty. Both have served an institution that has experienced such change.

Preparing Freshmen for the World of Higher Learning—Mind and Soul

Description: In response to faculty concerns about the absence of a true academic component in Welcome Week the 2002 Welcome Week Steering Committee, in conjunction with student development staff, developed a study for Freshmen based on Arthur Holmes’s The Idea of a Christian College. This presentation examines the manner in which the study (now in its third year) was implemented, goals of the experience, and student feedback. There will be ample time for response and discussion.

Presenters: Monica Mullins, Karen Youmans, Kristen Todd, Leslie Horn Poe

Tuesday, November 16 & Friday, November 19


Leading a Good Class Discussion

Description: The workshop on leading class discussions will cover topics such as questioning techniques, how to draw out quieter students, how to keep one or two students from dominating, dealing with differing opinions among students, and grading on participation.

Presenters: Bill Mullins, Sid Watson


OBU Is Campus Ministry: Fact or Fiction?
Description: The session will explore the purpose and mission of Campus Ministry at OBU revealing that OBU is Campus Ministry.
Presenter: Dale Griffin
Friday, March 4, & Tuesday, March 8,


Online Student and Course Evaluation

Description: Create your own course assessment tool online. In this hands-on workshop you will learn about an online resource that allows you to conduct individualized course assessments in "real-time" on the web. You will set up the tool for your individualized needs whether you are in a traditional or online course. Come find out how easily you can gather and summarize student comments (with graphs and charts) and use the input to enhance your course.

Presenter: Wanda Robinson

Tuesday April 12 & Friday April 15