Two ETBU Professors Earn Their Doctorates
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MARSHALL, Texas (6/10/13)- East Texas Baptist University announces two faculty members, Robin McClaran and Laci McRee, have received their doctorates during the past academic year. The two professors are also alumnae of ETBU.

            Dr. McClaran earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences with an emphasis in Mathematics Education in May from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. McClaran taught at Marshall High School for 27 years before joining the mathematics faculty at ETBU this past fall.

            “I was elated and greatly relieved when I finally finished with my Ph.D. work. Being part of the ACCLAIM doctoral program was a life changing experience for me,” Dr. McClaran said. “Completing my dissertation marked the end of an amazing six-year journey and also marked the beginning of future research and work in mathematics education.”

Dr. McClaran graduated from ETBU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary Mathematics and her master’s degree is from the University of Texas-Tyler.

“I have to admit, I was initially at a loss as to what to do after defending my dissertation. For three years my focus was completing my dissertation, and it seemed that every waking moment while not teaching was spent thinking about it, working on it,” shared Dr. McClaran.

            Dr. McRee received her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University in Kinesiology with emphases in sport management and business administration. She compares the dissertation process to running a marathon.

“Much like a marathon, you have to make a decision to start, and make a decision to finish. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends and co-workers cheering me on,” said the Hallsville native.

After earning her master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Psychology from the University of North Texas, Dr. McRee came back to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science in the fall of 2011.        

“I get asked by my students about going from ETBU to having a Ph.D. I encourage and reassure my students by saying ‘If I can do it, you can do it. I am not smarter than anyone else.’ I just chose a professional path that required extra years in school,” said Dr. McRee, who graduated from ETBU in 2006.

“I am honored to be teaching next to the many professors who shaped me in my early educational years at ETBU. My hope is to give back to ETBU and contribute more to students so that they will go further and do more than they ever knew they were capable of doing,” concluded Dr. McRee.

ETBU provides a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for “Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” The 100-year- old Christian university offers a challenging curriculum in more than 40 areas of study.  For information, visit

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