Roman, Culham Accepted into UNISA Doctoral School

Two faculty members at Southwestern Christian University have been “green lighted” to continue their post-graduate studies through a unique distance education program at prestigious University of South Africa (UNISA).

Mark Culham, professor of theology, and David Roman, professor of creative arts, were both accepted into UNISA’s doctoral study program. UNISA has a strong distance learning program that includes Skype conversations, quick responses to email conversations and an extensive collection of online research resources, including journals, dissertations, periodicals, books and other resources.

UNISA is one of largest mega universities in the world with more than 400,000 students. As one of the world’s leading research institutions, its students and faculty have won numerous awards, recognitions and honors. Some of its more notable students have included King George V and Nelson Mandela.

Culham will be pursing a doctoral degree in Theology. His study will detail the historic interactions of Pentecostals with Christian apologetics. Apologetics is the discipline of defending a position through the systematic use of information. In addition, he will study the current level of importance of apologetics to Pentecostal ministries and scholars, and whether or not there exists a decidedly Pentecostal apologetic.

Roman will be studying for a doctoral degree in Musicology where he will explore the music compositions, structures and chord progressions of leading Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin. Roman hopes his work will lay groundwork for further research into the impact of music used in youth groups on our future worship leaders.

As their studies progress, both Culham and Roman will be required to make an onsite visit to Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa to defend their thesis.

Culham is in his fourth year at SCU where he teaches philosophy, ethics and theology. He has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Trinity College.

Roman is in his sixth year and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Creative Arts. He teaches music history and theory as well as composition and conducting. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts and a MBA from Oklahoma City University.

Accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, Southwestern Christian University is Christian liberal-arts University located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Since its founding in 1946, SCU has continued to focus on its primary mission of providing students a Christ-centered education, equipping them for a life of leadership, learning and service.