Oklahoma Baptist University

Roark Promoted to Assistant Professor

OBU's Board of Trustees recently voted to promote Radonna Roark to assistant professor of French from her previous role, instructor of French. Roark completed a master of arts degree in teaching second language with an emphasis in French at Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., in July.

The board ratified the promotion for Roark during their meeting Friday, Oct. 8. Roark began teaching at OBU in 2000.

While in Bennington, Roark presented an action research project titled “Beauty in Impressionism: A case study of higher order thinking and anxiety in second language classroom at the University level.”

“These projects explored what was actually happening in my Intermediate French classroom as students investigated concepts such as ‘What is cultural Identity?’ as they learned about the cultural identity of French speakers in Martinique, and ‘What is beauty?’ as we studied Impressionism,” Roark said.

Roark earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in French education from OBU in 1989. She completed Cours de la Civilization from the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, France, earning credit for her work through the University of Oklahoma.

While studying for her bachelor’s degree at OBU, she was a member of the National/Student Education Association, Kappa Kappa Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa. She also was named on the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll every semester.

Prior to teaching at OBU, Roark taught French and Spanish at Seminole Public Schools, and she taught French at schools in Earlsboro, Okla., and Lubbock, Texas.

She is married to Dr. Bret Roark, Barby Endowed Professor of Psychology, who also graduated from OBU in 1989.