SNU welcomes two new full-time faculty members

BETHANY, OK – The Office of Academic Affairs at Southern Nazarene University welcomes two new full-time faculty members to begin this fall 2010.

Jeffrey D. Griffitts

Ronald W. Wright

Jeffrey D. Griffitts, PhD joins the Department of Biology as an assistant professor in August 2010. Griffitts earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health in 2003 from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. His Doctorate of Philosophy was awarded in 2008 by the Department of Pathology of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In 2007-2008, Griffitts was selected by OUHSC to participate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program where he was instructed by now retired SNU faculty member Sharon Young, PhD. Additionally, Griffitts served as an adjunct instructor of biology at Oklahoma City Community College for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Ronald W. Wright, PhD rejoins the Department of Psychology and Counseling where he previously taught from 1997-2002. After serving at SNU's sister institution, Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio from 2002 to present, Wright began his role at SNU as professor and chair of the department on July 1, 2010.

Wright earned three degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California:  Master of Arts in Psychology in 1993, Master of Arts in Theology in 1995, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1991. Wright is also a licensed psychologist and published several works related to psychology and faith from 2003 to present.

He was awarded a Fulbright grant for teaching in the Master’s Program of Psychotherapy and Psychodiagnostics at the University of Bucharest in Romania. In addition to his teaching, Wright presented workshops on secondary trauma to two non-governmental organizations that worked with impoverished children and families in Romania.

Wright served as president of the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology from 2007-2009 and was named in Who's Who in Teaching in 2000.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.