Dr. Linda Dunham grew up in nearby Broken Arrow, where her family attended Broken Arrow Assembly of God. It was there that she was saved and received the Holy Spirit at a youth camp.
She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from ORU as well as a master's in library science from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. As soon as she received her master's degree, she came back to ORU to work in a variety of different jobs. She started out as a reference librarian, taught educational psychology, media course and children's literature and library for the School of Education. In 1991 she was offered and accepted the chairmanship for Undergraduate Education.
Her passions lie with students and helping them find the call of God for their lives. She says sometimes it can be hard to minister in public schools due to the law, but a teacher can touch a student's life in many other ways. Christian teachers can pray for students' problems and show that they care about them by what they do and say in the classroom. Students can be reached by a teacher who cares enough to spend time with them.
Along with helping students find direction in their lives, Dr. Dunham also enjoys scuba diving, reading and boating.
She remembers that while she was an ORU student, she often had opportunities to hear Oral Roberts preach. He would eat lunch in the cafeteria with the students, and they were sometimes invited to his house to swim, socialize and pray.
Dr. Dunham credits her success to three things: first and foremost to her walk with God, second to her marriage, and thirdly to her education and continuing association with ORU.