Lubbock Christian University is proud to announce the appointments of five new faculty members: Sam Ayers, Kaylene Brown, Terry Delaney, Brian Fisher, and Mark Wilkinson.
Dr. Sam Ayers has been associated with LCU since 1990 as an adjunct professor, but this fall he joins the fulltime faculty as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. Dr. David Boyer, Associate Dean of the School of Education, said, “We are blessed to welcome Dr. Samuel Ayers to the LCU School of Education team. His exemplary 30-year career of service to LISD and his contributions to the field of education at the national level make him uniquely qualified for this position. He shares our passion for training Christian educators, and, together we embrace our ongoing LCU mission of changing lives.”
Dr. Kaylene Brown will be serving as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science. She is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. She received her Ph.D. in counselor education from Texas Tech University in May 2005. Brown, along with her Shetland Sheepdog Sadie, take part in a Registered Animal Assisted Therapy Team. Apart from teaching, Brown owns a small private practice in Lubbock. Assistant Provost Dr. Beth Robinson said, “Dr. Brown is an outstanding Christian counselor. She brings a wealth of experience and exemplary academic credentials to our programs. Students appreciate her commitment to excellence in teaching and find her to be an outstanding mentor.”
Terry Delaney has joined the Nursing Department as an assistant professor of nursing. Delaney graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing with a BSN in 1988. She went on to attend Lubbock Christian’s Department of Nursing where she obtained her MSN in 2009. Delaney has served as a nurse at both Covenant Medical Center and University Medical Center as well as director of health services at Lubbock Christian University. She is married, is the mother of four boys, ages 12-20, and has 3 miniature Schnauzers. Dr. LaNell Harrison, RN/BSN program director, said Delaney has a strong background in nursing, which adds to her teaching role, and that Delaney loves working with students and helping them achieve their educational pursuits.
Dr. Brian Fisher comes to LCU from Pepperdine University, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Fisher received his Ph.D. in Mathematics with a specialization in Mathematics Education in 2008. Dr. Keith Rogers, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Science, said Fisher is a family man with a heart for students. He will be a great addition to the department with his focus being on math education.
Mr. Mark Wilkinson graduated from LCU with a Master of Science in Nursing in May of 2014 and began teaching in June. Prior to teaching, Wilkinson spent 35 years in ministry as a preacher and 15 years as a home health nurse. His role of minister and home health nurse coincided. Wilkinson met his wife, Cindy, at Lubbock Christian University in September of 1976. They have three children and six grandchildren. Dr. Harrison said Wilkinson’s passion for helping others and his experience in ministry will be valuable in Community Health with undergraduate nursing students.
Ayers, Brown, Delaney, Fisher, and Wilkinson join the 20 new faculty members that have been hired over the last three years. Past new hires include professors such as Dr. Mark Wiebe in the Bible Department and Dr. Amanda Boston in Chemistry. Lubbock Christian now has more than 105 full-time faculty members on campus.