College of Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

August 25, 2014

Dr. D.H. Dilbeck Tricia Hansen Kellie Young

Dr. D. H. Dilbeck joins the faculty as assistant professor of history. He served as an instructor in 2014 at the University of Virginia, where he previously served as a teaching assistant from 2011-2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and religion from OBU, and a master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Virginia. He also received the art, humanities and social sciences research fellowship for the University of Virginia. He has authored numerous articles and presentations.

Tricia Hansen joins the faculty as assistant professor of education. She served as a special education specialist from 2012-14 at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She also served as a special education teacher from 2005-12 in the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, California, where she previously worked as a special education paraprofessional from 1998-2005. She earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies from National University in San Diego, California, and her master's degree in special education from the University of San Diego.

Kellie Young joins the faculty as assistant professor of education. She served as an adjunct professor at OBU from 2006-14. She also taught kindergarten, second and fourth grade at Grove Public Schools from 2005-14. She also taught second, fifth and sixth grade at Moss Public Schools in Holdenville, Oklahoma, from 2000-05. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in secondary education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She was the Grove Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 and won the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Teacher of Today Award in 2012.

Dr. Alan Noble Dr. Michael Travers

Dr. Alan Noble joins the faculty as assistant professor of English. He served as an instructor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from 2008-14 and an instructor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, from 2006-08. He earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in English literature from California State University in Bakersfield and a doctorate in English and contemporary American literature from Baylor University. He has authored numerous articles and presentations.

Dr. Michael Travers joins the faculty as professor of English, chair for the Division of Language and Literature and associate dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He served as professor of English at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, from 2010-14; vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Louisiana College, Pineville, Louisiana, from 2008-10; professor of English at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2002-08; and numerous other teaching and academic positions beginning in 1972. He has authored numerous articles and presentations.