Randall O' Brien Selected As Outstanding Professor

April 23, 1996

WACO, TEXAS - Dr. Randall O'Brien, associate professor of religion at Baylor University, who recently received the Collins Outstanding Professor award, will deliver the 1996 Collins Outstanding Professor lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Kayser Auditorium, located in the Hankamer School of Business.

The topic of his lecture is "The Voice is Jacob's, but the Hands are Esau's: Inveigling a Blessing Out of the Reluctant Audience."

In addition to delivering the lecture as the recipient of the award, O'Brien will be recognized at commencement Saturday, May 11, and will receive a cash award of $10,000.

O'Brien has taught at Baylor since 1991. He holds degrees from Mississippi College, Yale University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Carr P. Collins Foundation provides funds for the Collins Outstanding Professor program, which was initiated in 1994 to honor outstanding teachers at Baylor. A professor is elected annually by the senior class.

"It really feels good down deep because I love teaching, I love my students and I love what I'm doing," said O'Brien. "It makes me want to try harder."

All full-time faculty members who have taught at least four years as full-time faculty members at Baylor prior to the fall term and have taught during the fall, winter or spring terms of the year of their election are eligible to receive the award.

For more information, contact Dr. Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs, at (817) 755-3601.

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