Robinson Named Arts and Sciences Dean

Dr. Pam Robinson has been named dean of Oklahoma Baptist University’s College of Arts and Sciences. OBU President Mark Brister announced the appointment in late March.

Robinson had served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since June 2006. She replaced Dr. Debbie Blue, who became OBU’s senior vice president for academic affairs last summer.

Robinson served as chair of OBU’s teacher education division before moving to the interim dean’s post.

“Dr. Robinson is a proven educator and a qualified leader for the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Dr. Brister. “We appreciate her willingness to continue in this role and know her enthusiasm and commitment to OBU will serve her greatly.”

As OBU’s largest academic division, the College of Arts and Sciences is composed of five divisions: language and literature, behavioral and social sciences, science and mathematics, kinesiology and leisure studies, and teacher education.

A member of the OBU faculty since 1993, Robinson was an assistant professor of special education for six years, before being promoted to associate professor. She received the rank of professor of education in 2005.

Robinson received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Oklahoma State University in 1978. She continued her education at OSU, earning her master’s degree in student personnel and guidance in 1981, and her Ph.D. degree in special education in 1996.

Before coming to OBU, Robinson was director of federal programs for the McLoud Public Schools. She has served as assistant director of special education for the State Department of Education.

Robinson is a frequent presenter at conferences across the United States. Her presentations have included “Preparing Informed Educators,” “How to Prepare for College,” “Who Can Teach What,” “Legal Issues in Special Education,” “What They Forgot to Tell Me Before I Did My Student Teaching” and “Education Begins At Home.”

Last fall, she served as a discussion leader at an Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England. She also made professional presentations at the Moscow Economic School, in Moscow, Russia, in 2004 and 2006.

Robinson is a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Shawnee where she teaches in the college department and plays the organ. She also is a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. She and her husband, Charlie, reside in Shawnee.