Three Faculty Join OBU’s College of Fine Arts

Three faculty members will begin their full-time service with Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts this fall. Dr. Vickie Ellis, Louima Lilite and Dr. Jennifer McQuade join 12 other new faculty members on campus for the upcoming semester.

Ellis is an associate professor of communications arts. She recently served as visiting professor in OBU's communications arts department, teaching research, public speaking and fundamentals of speech. Ellis previously worked for six years as associate professor of graduate education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant with a bachelor's degree in education. She earned a master's degree in communication studies from the University of North Texas in Denton, and she holds a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Ellis is a staff-development presenter of the material, "After the Tardy Bell - Laugh Together," instructing teachers in interactive workshops on how to gain student retention through curriculum-focused humor.

Lilite is an assistant professor of music. He most recently served as lecturer of voice at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.; lecturer of voice at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.; and teaching assistant at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

He earned a bachelor's degree, with a double emphasis in voice and piano performance, from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. He earned a master's degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He is pursuing a doctorate in voice performance at Eastman School of Music. Lilite has performed with the Buffalo (N.Y.) Philharmonic Orchestra, among other musical appearances.

McQuade is an assistant professor of music. Since 2006, she served as adjunct music instructor in OBU's music department, teaching applied voice and arts and western culture, as well as voice in the OBU Preparatory Program. She simultaneously served as adjunct instructor of voice at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, teaching applied voice, Italian lyric diction and French lyric diction voice in the Central Community Music School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. She earned an artist diploma in vocal performance from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, and holds a doctorate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Her awards include the Ole Miss Outstanding Opera Student and the Ole Miss Outstanding Graduate Singer.