Dr. Wendy Shirk

Dean, College of Arts & Cultural Studies

Wendy ShirkDr. Wendy Shirk is a woman of interesting contrasts. As a dramatic soprano in the Tulsa Opera Chorus, she fills the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with her powerful voice, performing in such well-known productions as La Bohéme and L'Elisir d'Amore. But there's another side to Wendy. This sophisticated, talented performer also takes to the firing range on weekends for a rousing competition of target shooting, a sport she took up because it was "something fun I could do with my husband and teenaged children." She also enjoys boating on Oklahoma lakes and scrapbooking, which she took up 17 years ago, "back before everybody started doing it. Creative Memories hadn't even started having home parties yet." Wendy's idea of a relaxing weekend is to sit around a table in a cabin by the lake scrapbooking with her longtime girlfriend. "In a good weekend, we can complete an entire album," she remarked.

Wendy met her husband Steven while she was an undergraduate student at ORU. They were married following her junior year in college. She went on to get her masters degree in speech communication consultancy from Oklahoma State University. Then, she returned to ORU to get her doctorate in educational leadership in 2002. While she was working on her doctorate, Wendy taught in ORU's communications department. In addition to her teaching, she also devoted time to building a consulting business and in 2005 she left ORU to pursue consulting full-time.

But, even though she was physically away from ORU, her heart remained on campus, and in 2007 when she was offered the position of Dean of the College of Arts & Cultural Studies, she was delighted to accept the new challenge. "There is no other place on earth like Oral Roberts University. We have the nicest group of faculty and students you will find anywhere. We seek unity in Christ, but celebrate our individual uniqueness. ORU is a place that appeals across denominations and ethnicities, a campus that welcomes everyone who wants to grow academically and spiritually." We're glad you're back Wendy!

B.A. from ORU
M.A. in Speech Communication Consultancy from Oklahoma State University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from ORU

Curriculum Vitae

Contact information: wshirk@oru.edu   918.495.7742