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Release date:August 22, 2006

New faculty join Wayland family as new term begins

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University welcomed several new faculty members as the fall 2006 term opened on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

              Three new professors joined the Division of Languages and Literature, while one was added to the Division of Social Sciences and another joined the Division of Exercise and Sport Science. Dr. Ashley Faulkner was hired as assistant professor of English, Dr. Joshua Mora returns as associate professor of Spanish and Dr. Jose Rubio joins as assistant professor of Spanish after a stint as a visiting professor in the spring. Dr. Cassie Collins was added as assistant professor of psychology and Robert Davenport, named head men’s basketball coach in July, is also an instructor of exercise and sport science

              A native of the United Kingdom, Faulkner comes to WBU after three semesters at Clarendon College. He also taught briefly at West Texas A&M University in Canyon and at Frank Phillips College in Borger.

              Faulkner earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, and he has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in England. His doctorate, also from Queen’s University, is in literature, with his dissertation focusing on the work of poet Philip Larkin and the phenomenon of writer’s block.

              Mora returns to Wayland after a year at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Prior to that year, he taught all levels of Spanish for five years at Wayland, coming to WBU from teaching stints at Austin College and Midwestern State University.

              He holds three degrees from Texas Tech University, a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minor in sociology, a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese and a doctorate in Spanish and comparative literature. Mora has earned teaching awards at Midwestern State, Texas Tech and Wayland, has given numerous presentations and has published several articles.

              Rubio spent his spring semester as visiting professor at WBU after a fall term in Seville, Spain teaching Spanish for Texas Tech. Prior to that, he was a visiting professor at Tech for one year and a teaching assistant for several years while pursuing the doctorate.

              He holds the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in Spanish from Texas Tech, earning his final degree in 2005.  Rubio is an active member of the Lubbock community, having volunteered for the South Plains Food Bank, Catholic Family Service, Habitat for Humanity, Covenant Medical System and the American Cancer Society. He has co-hosted a monthly Spanish television show called “Que Pasa?” on KCBD-Channel 11 in Lubbock for several years, and previously hosted and produced a Spanish radio program for the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock.

              Collins comes to WBU full-time after teaching adjunctly for several years in the areas of sociology and psychology, joining her husband who is a professor of psychology, Dr. Perry Collins. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Collins has worked for the past year at Whiteaker Youth Center in Plainview as an evaluator and counselor for youth and children with mental health issues and previously did counseling-related work for the Central Plains MHMR Center, Covenant Hospital Plainview and the Lubbock Regional MHMR Center.

              She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology from Angelo State University as well as a master of education degree in counselor education and a doctorate in counselor education from Texas Tech. Collins has done much research on psychological issues, specifically senior adult issues, eating disorders and counseling ethics, and has collaborated on many papers with her husband and other colleagues.

              Davenport comes to Wayland from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg and has coached at several other colleges. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Arts degree in secondary education and health and physical education.