Dr. Rob Hewell is Director of Instruction and Learning for Graduate & Online Education at Ouachita. He joined the faculty in 2001 as chair of the Department of Church Music which became
the Department of Worship Arts in 2011. In addition to his role as a member of the
music faculty, Dr. Hewell also taught for the Pruet School of Christian Studies.
With the advent of Ouachita Online in 2014, Dr. Hewell was in Ouachita's initial group
of online course designers. In the spring of 2015, he became Coordinator of Online
Course Development for the program and subsequently became Ouachita Online director
in August of 2016. Dr. Hewell has completed the following Continuing Education certificates
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Fundamentals of Online Teaching, Professional
Certificate in Online Education and Online Education Administration.
Prior to coming to Ouachita, Dr. Hewell was on the staff of the Arkansas Baptist State
Convention (ABSC) for eight years as a department director, consultant, and team leader.
Previous to his time with the ABSC, he was a full-time music minister and worship
pastor for more than a decade serving congregations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Louisiana.
Rob and his wife, Cyndy, live in Arkadelphia and have two adult daughters and two
What do you like most about your job?
It brings me a great deal of satisfaction to make it possible for students who might
never have the opportunity to work toward a degree on Ouachita's campus to enjoy the
benefits of a Ouachita education as participants in our online learning community..
It's also very gratifying to help former Ouachita students complete their degree through
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
I really like the serpentine-shaped sidewalk in front of the Berry-Peeples Bible Building.
We have plenty of straight sidewalks (many with 90-degree intersecting angles) and
a couple that are circular-shaped. The visual impression of that short curved walkway
provides a visual and experiential reminder that it's alright to be different and
try something new!
- Resident Fellow and professor of worship for B.H. Carroll Theological Institute
- Member of the Global Ethnodoxology Network
- Past-president of The Baptist Church Music Conference