OBU announces the hiring of two professors


Two new professors have joined the faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

Dr Jonathan Ashbach has been hired as an assistant professor of political science. Ashbach comes to OBU from Baylor University, officially joining the faculty in July ahead of the 2021 fall semester.

He received a BA in Politics and Economics from Humboldt State University, an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an MA in Politics from Hillsdale College, and a PhD. in politics also from Hillsdale. He recently taught at Baylor University before joining the OBU, teaching both US National Government and US Constitutional Development.

OBU Provost Dr. Susan DeWoody looks forward to Ashbach joining the faculty and is grateful for the knowledge and expertise he brings.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Ashbach to Bison Hill,” she said. “He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the role, coupled with his desire to integrate faith into political thought. We know that his academic work and teaching experience at Baylor and Hillsdale College will add to the OBU’s Department of Political Science.

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In addition, OBU announces the hiring of Dr. Mark Franklin as Assistant Professor of Music, Piano. Franklin comes to OBU from Florida State University, officially joining the faculty in July ahead of the 2021 fall semester.

He received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He went on to earn a master’s degree in music and a doctorate in music, both in piano performance, from Florida State University, where he taught piano as a graduate teaching assistant. His doctoral work included specialized studies in music theory pedagogy.

OBU Provost Dr. Susan DeWoody is delighted that Franklin is joining the Faculty of Music and for the skills, knowledge and experience he brings to this position.

“Dr. Franklin pursued excellence in piano performance from his undergraduate career at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music through to graduation from Florida State University,” said Susan DeWoody, director of OBU. “He is passionate about promoting music and the arts to educate the next generation of musicians and listeners. We are confident that Dr. Franklin will complement our excellent team of teachers at the Warren M. Angell School. of Visual and Performing Arts from the OBU.

For more information on OBU, visit okbu.edu.

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