About Our People

Rae Casey (DPS), Jennie Harrop (DPS), Carol Hutchinson (DPS) and Michelle Shelton (DPS) presented a talk, titled “Breaking Down Silos: Technology, Teamwork, and Transformational Learning,” at the 2017 Magna Teaching with Technology Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Oct. 7. The group grounded their discussion in andragogical learning theory, focusing on (1) how transformational learning is possible in local and distance learning environments, (2) that meaningful learning communities must be created with intention, (3) that academic silos must be broken down to allow for relationships, and (4) that effective technology demands faculty teamwork.

Kevin Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) published two articles this fall on two different, but relevant, topics. In October, Kevin, along with coauthor James Briscoe from James Madison University, published “Mortification and Apodiorizo: Re-framing Apologia” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review. The essay challenges conventional methods of apology speeches and creates a new theory for seeking forgiveness for a transgression. Kevin also published “The Integration of Faith and Learning in the Communication Classroom” in the Journal of Christian Teaching and Practice. In that essay, he draws upon more than 30 years of teaching experience to provide a servant-leadership teaching model for the Christian communication classroom.

Brent Weaver’s (Music) composition Two Intermezzos was performed in September by “Rising Star” Sam Hong. The piece was inspired by the Intermezzos of Brahms, with a musical connection with American musical styles such as jazz, folk music and more recent popular styles. Brent is one of 12 local composers commissioned by Portland Piano International/SOLO to compose new works for solo piano, to be performed by young “Rising Star” pianists from across the globe. The works premiere in free, interactive concerts in Portland and around Oregon, and will be recorded for release in 2018.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “Monday” in the online publication Ascent Aspirations Magazine on Oct. 17. Ed’s piece was among those selected for the magazine’s “Friday’s Poems” segment. Ed also had a flash fiction piece, “Boil,” published in the October 2017 issue of the online literary journal Clockwise Cat.

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) presented “Stability and Oscillatory Analysis of Numerical Partial Differential Equations,” one of two invited addresses at the annual Oregon Liberal Arts Mathematics Colloquium on Oct. 21 in Forest Grove. The other invited address, “Diagonalization of Algebraic Structures over the Integers,” was given by Michelle Walty, a 2010 George Fox mathematics graduate who is a visiting professor at Pacific University after earning her PhD in mathematics in August from Texas Tech University.

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