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We believe that we can fully engage in our academic disciplines only after our hearts have been transformed by the grace of God.

Dr. Larry J. Frazier

Larry J.
Frazier, Ph.D.

Email: LarryFrazier@letu.edu

  • Dean of the College of Education, Arts & Sciences

  • Professor of Church History


"As teachers we believe that the God-given potential of our students is realized through the mastery of academic knowledge and skills, empowering them to respond to God's call, to function as co-workers in our academic disciplines, and to enter into the workplace with marketable skills. As scholars, we believe that students should be engaged in the discovery and expansion knowledge. By mentoring them into our academic disciplines, we impart the insight and ingenuity required to solve problems and make a difference in this world. As servants, we believe that we can fully engage in our academic disciplines only after our hearts have been transformed by the grace of God. This transformation leads us to integrate our faith and work as an expression of the love of Christ."

- Dr. Larry J. Frazier, Dean of the College of Education, Arts & Sciences

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Religion, Baylor University, 2002
  • M.A., Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
  • B.A., Christian Ministry & Behavioral Sciences, East Texas Baptist University, 1990

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute Senior Leadership Academy, 2010-2011.
  • Sonoma State University, College of Extended Studies, CT 700: Critical Thinking for Instruction and Learning, Spring 2009.

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Representing Your Institution Well: Engaging with the Media,” in The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans, ed. Laura L. Behling, 195-99. Jossey-Bass, 2014.

Longview News Journal Religion Columns:

"Sutton E. Griggs's Imperium In Imperio as Evidence of Black Baptist Radicalism," Baptist History and  Heritage 30 (Spring 2000): 72-91.

 

PRESENTATIONS

“‘Dad’ Joiner and the Mythology of the East Texas Oil Boom,” East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting, Nacogdoches, TX, 8 October 2015.

“Critical Thinking and Three Cups of Tea,” with Dr. Brenda Tinkham, Dean of Education, Chowan University, 28th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum, Raleigh, NC, 24 September 2010.

“Critical Thinking and the Teaching of Secondary Math,” NC Quest: Improving Achievement iN Mathematics, Murfreesboro, NC, 21-25 June 2010.

“Founding the Chowan Socratic Club: the Roles of Paul, Elder, and Lewis (C.S.) in the Pilot of the Chowan Critical Thinking Program,” 29th International Conference on Critical Thinking, Berkeley, CA, 22 July 2009.

"Contested Space: East Texas Baptists and the Oil Boom of the 1930s," Baptist History and Heritage Society Annual Meeting, Belton, TX, 24 May 2003.

"Christ-Images in the McLennan County Area: A Photo-Essay," The Christ-Haunted South: A Conference on Southern Religion, Social Practice, and Literature, Baylor University, 22 October 1998.

"The Implications of Sutton Griggs's Imperium in Imperio," Southwest Region, American Academy of Religion, Irving, TX, 14 March 1998. 

"The Ritual of the United Daughters of the Confederacy: A Liturgy of Southern Civil Religion," Southwest Region, American Academy of Religion, Irving, TX, 8 March 1997.

TEACHING AREAS

  • Church History
  • Baptist History
  • Critical Thinking
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Backgrounds
  • Biblical Literature
  • Religion and Society
  • Christian Ministry
  • Preaching

 

CHURCH SERVICE

  • Sunday School Teacher, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Longview, Texas, 2016-current
  • Deacon, Murfreesboro Baptist Church, 2003-2006; 2008-2011
  • Teacher, College and Career Sunday School Class, Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 2002-2011
  • Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Chilton, Texas, 1995-1996.
  • Minister to Youth, First Baptist Church, Quitman, Texas, 1989-1991
  • Minister to Youth, Smyrna Baptist Church, Atlanta, Texas, 1987-1989

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Trustee, White Oak Independent School District, 2014-current; Vice-President, 2018-present.
  • Board of Directors, Keep Longview Beautiful, 2014-2016
  • Board of Directors, Hertford County Habitat for Humanity, 2007-2011