Faculty Spotlight Archives

2013-2014

Marty Warren, Ph.D
Dr. Warren grew up in Texas spending the early half of her childhood in west Texas and the other half in the east Texas town of Gilmer. She grew up with a total of six siblings including half-siblings and step-siblings. She considers herself blessed to have had the support and love of parents, step-parents, and many siblings throughout her life. Read More...

Laurie Smith, Ph.D
Dr. Laurie Smith is a lifelong Texan, spending most of the earlier part of her life in Central Texas.  She cites the most significant event of her young life as being baptized at the age of 7.  Dr. Smith feels she was fortunate to have wonderful Christian role models in the form of her mother and her maternal grandparents.  Smith's mom also provided a model for her in her career choice because she was a teacher for over 35 years. Read More...

2012-2013

Dennis Robertson, Ph.D
Dr. Dennis Robertson grew up in the newspaper business in Northeast Arkansas. Although his entire family were farmers, Dr. Robertson chose journalism as his profession of choice early in life. At the age of 12 he became a beat reporter for his hometown newspaper – covering school news regarding his junior high school class. After school on certain days he hung out at the newspaper office, learning to develop film, set type, write headlines and captions, and do other miscellaneous chores around the shop. Before he left for college six years later, he was publishing the newspaper while the owner/publisher traveled on extensive vacations. Read More...

Martha Dudley, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor Martha Dudley grew up the youngest of five children in a small town in northeastern Ohio although now, after having lived Texas for nearly 20 years, she claims Texas as her true home.  Her path to teaching and nursing was somewhat different than most as Dudley is the mother of four children, and it was not until the youngest child went off to school that she had the opportunity to go back to school herself. At the age of 40, Dudley began her college career at ETBU in the Nursing program. She graduated in 2002 as a registered nurse and started her professional nursing career in Longview as a cardiac nurse. Read More...

Scott Ray, DBA
Dr. Scott Ray describes his path to higher education as "somewhat different" citing the fact that he started out working in business for 27 years, retired, and then started in academia. Dr. Ray says he never dreamed of being a teacher and administrator in a college environment, but in the 80’s when he was held back for promotion due to government sanctions of quotas and affirmative action his outlook changed. As is true for many, Dr. Ray's career path took several unexpected turns. Read More...

Catherine Cone, Ph.D
Dr. Catherine Cone describes herself as a third generation "Baptist preacher’s kid," and so she states, "I think for me to be Baptist is genetic. I can’t dance and have very little rhythmic abilities." One of Cone's favorite things to do as a young child was to catch whatever "critter" she could, show it to her mother, and then to watch her mother run away screaming over what she had just seen. Dr. Cone does reflect that her mother did finally decide to join in her hands-on style of studying these creatures and provided all sorts of jars with lids that had holes punched in the top to aide in the collecting. Read More...

2011-2012

Will Walker, Ph.D
Dr. Will Walker has a great love for physical activity and athletics, and comes from a family of educators and health-related professionals. The 2012-2013 academic year is Dr. Walker’s twelfth year as part of the ETBU family, his eighth as a full-time employee, and his sixth as a professor. After graduating from nearby Avinger High School in 1999, he attended ETBU and received his B.S.E. in Secondary History and Physical Education in 2003, his M.Ed. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Pedagogy) from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville in 2008. Read More...

Kristen Bugos, Ph.D
Dr. Kristen Bugos is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at East Texas Baptist University. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t organizing classes and lessons of all kinds for her three younger sisters and neighborhood children. She played piano and flute and was involved in school choir and band and a community band. The combination of her interests in teaching and music led to the obvious choice of a career in music education. As an eighth grader, she wrote in her journal, “I think I want to be a music teacher when I grow up.” Read More...

Sandy Hoover, Ph.D
David Sanders (Sandy) Hoover was born in Lawton, OK in 1978. He did most of his growing up in western Oklahoma where his family operated a small farm/cattle operation. Dr. Hoover shares that he learned about hard work there before he was old enough to know any better, and is glad that he had that opportunity. It is Hoover’s hope that he will be able to pass this appreciation for hard work on to his children, and his students. Read More...

Don Spencer, Ph.D
Although a native Texan (Fort Worth, 1957), Dr. Spencer spent most of his childhood and adolescent years in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Spencer states that it is by God’s grace that he was born into a Christian family where he was under the faithful preaching of the gospel of Christ from week to week, and at a young age, God graciously called him to faith in Christ. It is the piece of biography that he is most thankful for. Read More...

Traci Ledford, MFA
Traci Ledford, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, was born in Dallas and raised in Garland, Texas, where she was first introduced to theatre in Kindergarten. She turned down the role of the Mama Bear in The Three Little Bears so she could dance with a boy in another segment of the program. By third grade, however, she was working with classmates and neighborhood children to present homespun productions both at school and at home. That summer, her mother encouraged her to audition for Little Women at the local community theatre where Ledford was cast in the role of Beth. Ledford has studied theatre ever since; her pursuit led her to explore acting, directing, voice-overs, designing, and playwriting. Read More...

John Sargent, Ph.D
Dr. John Sargent serves the ETBU learning community as a Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education. His areas of expertise include Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education & Reading Disabilities, and the implementation of technology of instructional purposes. Dr. Sargent cites his love for teaching as the catalyst for his pursuit of a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and his continued involvement in the field of education. In addition to his service at ETBU, Dr. Sargent is an ordained permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, currently serving at St. Joseph’s Parish located in Marshall, Texas where he resides with his wife, Kathleen. Dr. & Mrs. Sargent have four daughters and six wonderful grandchildren. Read More...

Jerry Hopkins, Ph.D
Dr. Jerry Hopkins serves on the ETBU faculty as Professor of History. Dr. Hopkins’ research and work with the Billy Graham Center Archives enriched his understanding of both evangelical and non-evangelical traditions. Dr. Hopkins’ research and writing has focused on social, religious, political and moral problems, including racism. Read More...