Nine Faculty Join OBU’s College of Arts and Sciences

Nine faculty members will begin their service at Oklahoma Baptist University's College of Arts and Sciences this fall. They join six other new faculty members on campus for the upcoming semester and cover the areas of education, language, sociology and science. Jennifer Allen-Ayres is an instructor of English. She recently worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond teaching composition and research courses. Allen-Ayres earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude, with a major in English and a minor in Japanese. She earned a master's degree in English from the UCO. Jennifer Barnett is an instructor of OBU's Intensive English Program. She serves as minister of education for Indian Nations Baptist Church in Seminole; as director and teacher at the Robert Haskins School of Leadership for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma; and as an instructor in OBU's Ministry Training Institute. Barnett earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned a master's degree in New Testament and religion, graduating summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. She currently is working toward a master's degree in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Dr. Tonia Crane is an assistant professor of education. She has served as adjunct professor at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn. She also served through Meridian Circle of Success, Inc., providing services for children with social, behavioral and communication disorders, and training and supervising therapists. She previously worked for the Department of Mental Retardation Services in Tennessee as a Middle Tennessee regional office behavior analyst. Crane earned a bachelor's degree in special education, a master's degree in instructional leadership and a doctorate in exceptional learning from Tennessee Technological University. Dr. Carolyn Gregory is an assistant professor of education. She served as an elementary classroom educator for Harrah Public Schools for 32 years, and previously worked in Choctaw and Earlsboro public schools. Gregory earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from East Central University in Ada, Okla., and a master's degree in education from UCO. She earned her doctorate from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Dr. Terry James is an assistant professor of education. James served as superintendent of the Durant Independent School District since 2004. Previously he worked as assistant superintendent of McAlester Public Schools and as an adjunct instructor for graduate-level education courses at ECU. James earned a bachelor's degree in English at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and a master's degree in secondary English from Indiana University in Bloomington. He earned a doctorate in secondary administration from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Dr. David Nagle is an assistant professor of German. He has served as adjunct professor of German at OBU, teaching German I and II and leading the German Club. He also has worked as a specialist for OSU's German online program. Nagle earned a bachelor's degree in history and German from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and a master's degree in education with a German focus from Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from OSU. Radonna Roark is an instructor of French. She has served as a lecturer in French language and literature at OBU since 2000. She taught French and Spanish at Seminole Public Schools, and she taught French at schools in Earlsboro, Okla., and Lubbock, Texas. Roark is returning to her alma mater, having earned a bachelor's degree with a major in French education from OBU. She completed Cours de la Civilization from the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, France, earning credit for her work through OU. Dr. M. Nicole Warehime is an assistant professor of sociology. She previously worked as an instructor in OU's department of sociology and was selected by OU faculty as the Graduate Student of the Year in 2007. Warehime earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice from Oklahoma City University. She earned a master's degree in sociology from OU, where she also earned a doctorate in sociology. Tony Yates is an assistant professor of science. He has served as an adjunct life science instructor at OBU, as well as a science education instructor at OU. He previously worked as a life science instructor at Seminole State College for 14 years. Yates earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City and a master's degree in biology education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He earned a doctorate in instructional leadership and curriculum from OU.