OC Welcomes New Faculty

OC’s newest professors bring academic accomplishments and professional experience to the classroom this fall. 

“The 2017-2018 list of new faculty is as impressive as our students – hailing from across the nation and around the world. They already are establishing their reputations in their academic fields and building impressive portfolios of teaching to make successful graduates,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Mike Fowler (69) returns to Oklahoma Christian after spending the last 11 years as a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Lipscomb University. Before that, he taught for more than 25 years at OC as a distinguished professor of biology. 

Fowler also served as a dean at OC while maintaining contacts and research projects at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and various hospitals in the metro area. His work in clinical laboratory medicine with a specialization in toxicology was nationally recognized.

Dr. Alden Bass joins the College of Biblical Studies as Assistant Professor of Bible. He holds a Ph.D. from St. Louis University in Early Christianity, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University. He also served as a minister for North St. Louis Church of Christ and on the Committee for Racial Reconciliation in the greater St. Louis area.

Eric Colgrove will direct the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra, and teach music appreciation, methods, and other music classes. From 2008 to 2017, he was director of bands at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Harding University and a Master of Music degree from Colorado State University.

Dr. Paul House (94) joins the faculty as an associate professor to lead the launch of OC’s new Nutrition and Exercise Science program. He earned his doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 2009. Dr. House joins OC after experience at Deer Creek Schools and at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned teaching excellence awards. 

Dr. Jonathan Hunt (04) returns as an assistant professor in biology. He received his Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. He is completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. At OUHSC, he was recognized with multiple awards for academic achievement.

Wes McKinzie (98) has joined the College of Business Administration faculty after 15 years in marketing and communications leadership at OC. He is spearheading the launch of the new bachelor of business administration program in sports management. He owns a bachelor’s degree from OC and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. 

Savannah Phillips (08) returns to OC to serve the School of Nursing as lead faculty for the maternal child course and as clinical instructor for the mental health course. Phillips earned her master of science degree in nursing education from Fort Hays State University in 2017. She previously served as director of nursing and nursing instructor at Flint Hills Technical College.

Dr. Sheldon Liang, a software engineer and architect, is a visiting professor of computer science. He is a past professor of computer science at Azusa Pacific University, Montana Tech, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. He owns a Ph.D from the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Christian Witness Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Lindsey Long (07) returns to Oklahoma Christian as a visiting assistant professor after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico in the field of biochemistry. Long earned her doctorate from Colorado State University in 2014, and has numerous publications along with strong education and training.

Fall 2017

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