Social work, physical therapy professors earn George Fox University graduate teaching, research awards

May 12th, 2017

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Muh Bi Lin and Jason Brumitt are honored by the Newberg, Ore., institution for the 2016-17 academic year

Muh Bi Lin

Muh Bi Lin

NEWBERG, Ore. – A social work professor who made the move to the U.S. from Taiwan two years ago and a physical therapy professor investigating the risk factors of collegiate athletes were honored as George Fox University’s top teacher and researcher/scholar, respectively, at the graduate level.

Muh Bi Lin, an associate professor of social work, was honored with the school’s 2016-17 Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. Also honored was Jason Brumitt, recipient of the Graduate Research and Scholarship for his work as an assistant professor of physical therapy.

Lin joined the university’s social work faculty in 2015 after serving for two years as the head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at National Chi-Nan University in Taiwan. He primarily teaches courses related to community and organizational practice, as well as the integration of nationality, art and spirituality in practice.

“My biggest satisfaction in teaching has always been in observing students’ gradually gaining clarity about their passion and thus engaging in an active learning process,” Lin said. “I am very delighted to see many of the service learning projects done by students have actually made an impact. Students are truly leaving a legacy while engaging in learning.”

Lin was humbled by his selection and said the award was “an encouragement and expectation of myself, much more so than an achievement.”

“I am truly humbled by the recognition,” he said. “When the citation about the award was read by our dean, I was thinking, ‘These are the qualities that I desire in teaching and in relating to students, and I am merely at the beginning of this journey.’ I am very delighted that students made the effort to provide this positive feedback.”

Lin holds a PhD in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (1997), a master of social work from the same school (1988) and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Soochow University in Taiwan (1977).

Jason Brumitt

Jason Brumitt

Brumitt admits he was surprised to win the honor as the top graduate researcher. For the past several years, his work has centered on collecting data on collegiate athletes and using it to identify risk factors that may lead to injury prevention programs.

For example, Brumitt will measure how far an athlete can jump or how quickly they can complete an agility drill. He then follows them over the course of the season tracking time-loss injuries. His goal is to see if there are risk factors, such as muscular weakness, for future injuries in sport. Once those risk factors are identified, there is the potential for injury prevention programs to be developed.

During this past academic year, Brumitt and his team focused on men’s basketball and exploring risk factors for jumper’s knee – a project that entailed the recruiting of nearly 100 male collegiate basketball players from around the Portland, Oregon, region. To successfully collect data on them, Brumitt was assisted by two fellow faculty members, a lab engineer, and several graduate-school students.

“I am fortunate and blessed to be part of the School of Physical Therapy team,” he said. “The culture that was created by the founding team really enables us to pursue excellence in the classroom. I think it really benefits our students, having a faculty united in Christ, to guide their transformation from student to clinician.”

Brumitt holds a PhD in orthopaedic and sports science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2011), a master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University (1999) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon State College (1995).

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,900 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Linda Samek
Provost, George Fox University

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