Comings and Goings

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Alison Bruun has joined the advancement office as the director of development. She worked the past seven years for the American Diabetes Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington, the last five as executive director and the two before that as manager of special events and corporate development. During her tenure with the association, she oversaw the implementation of the Let’s Play Portland program, a nutrition and exercise initiative created to help address childhood obesity, and the annual Tour de Cure fundraising event. Previously, Alison worked as the director of development for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) in Portland, from 2011 to 2013. She has also worked as a legislative assistant for State Representative Scott Bruun in the Oregon Legislature (2005-11) and as a development specialist for Legacy Health Systems (2002-05). Alison earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Oregon in 1988. She lives in West Linn with her husband Scott. They have two daughters, Natalie and Katie, who both attend Oregon State University. The family attends Willamette Christian Church in West Linn.


Seth Van Der Eems has joined George Fox as a visiting assistant professor of art and design. He has worked as an adjunct professor in the university’s art and design department the past two years, developing curriculum for the Drawing I and II, Figure Drawing, and Architectural Rendering courses. His focus on foundations curriculum aims to set up students for cross-disciplinary and innovative practices. He holds a master of fine arts degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Asbury University (2014). Seth lives on campus with Kristina, an area coordinator at HMS, and their two girls, Etta and Finley. The family attends Church of the Vine in Newberg.


The human resources office welcomes Amilcar Del Cid as a business partner this month. He will be responsible for supporting administrators and staff. He worked previously for UPS, for which he was a human resources generalist for the past year and before that was a HR supervisor (2019) and HR generalist intern (2018). He also gained experience in the field as an HR intern for Home Forward, a housing authority in Portland, in 2018. Amilcar holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Portland State University (2018) and a bachelor’s degree in business management from the same institution (2018). He lives in Hillsboro with his wife Karen and attend Living Hope Fellowship.


Lora Froescher (Engineering) and Lynette Elwyn (Education) are no longer with George Fox.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Emma Glennen has transitioned to the position of director of undergraduate admissions and financial aid.

Keisha Gordon has been named associate director of undergraduate admissions. She will also continue to do athletic recruiting.

Alex Rolfe has been named interim dean of the libraries.

Corey Haverda has transitioned to a data analyst position in IT.

Mary Peterson has transitioned to the position of associate provost for external engagement and strategic initiatives.

The following position updates have been announced in the PsyD department: Kathleen Gathercoal is now interim program director; Celeste Jones is director of clinical training; Aundrea Paxton is associate director of clinical training; Glena Andrews is director of the Behavioral Health Center and the Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment Track; Mike Vogel is director of integration; Amber Nelson is the associate director of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and Mark McMinn is a researcher in residence and professor emeritus.

About Our People

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) edited and published the life stories of his mother and father: These Things I Remember: Live Stories from the Journey, by Alvin L. Anderson, and Checkpoints Along Life’s Journey: My Life in Eight Developing Countries, by Lucy Marva Clark Anderson. Paul’s following essays were also recently published: “John: The Mundane Gospel, and Its Archaeology-Related Features,” in The Bible and Interpretation; “The Fulfilled Word in the Gospel of John: A Polyvalent Analysis,” in Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels (London: Bloomsbury); and “On Vias Negativa and Positiva in John’s Dialectical Theology” in From Jesus to Paul: Evangelizing the Joy of the Kingdom (Rome: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce).

In addition, Paul’s report on acquiring The Saint John’s Bible for George Fox University’s 125th anniversary was featured by Saint John’s University, and Paul contributed four lessons on the Johannine Epistles to the Illuminate Friends Bible Study Series (Newberg: Barclay Press). Paul also provided 15 lectures on The Johannine Riddles and a Fourth Quest for Jesus for the evangelical theology faculty of Leuven, Belgium; co-led a workshop at the Northwest Yearly Meeting on “Making A Difference: On Callings to Serve and Leadership Development;” and provided a lecture on “The Reliability of the Gospel of John” for the South Africa Theological Seminary.

Gary Tandy (English) published an article, “When the Worst People are the Best Rhetoricians: (Mis)using Rhetoric in C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle” in The Lamp-Post of The Southern California C. S. Lewis Society (Spring/Summer, 2020).

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Kunsoo Paul Choi has joined the College of Business as a visiting professor of economics, teaching remotely. He arrives with more than 20 years of teaching experience, most recently as a part-time instructor of economics at Georgia State University Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia (2020) and as an online associate faculty of economics at Ashford University in San Diego (2011-present). He worked previously as a visiting associate professor of economics and finance at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina (2017-19), as an associate professor of economics at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia (2014-17), and as an associate professor of economics and biblical studies at Victory University in Memphis, Tennessee (2010-14). In the business sector, he gained industry experience as a financial advisor at Prudential Financial (2009-10) and Merrill Lynch (2007-08) in Tucson, Arizona. Paul holds a PhD in biblical studies from Drew University Graduate School (2003), a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1993), a PhD in economics from the University of Virginia (1990) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea (1976). Paul was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1993. He lives in Mableton, Georgia, with his wife, Petra. He has four grown children – Paul, Priscilla, Peter and Philip – and attends the Christ Mission Church. He plans to move to the Newberg area around the beginning of October.


The university has hired Burk Kleiber to serve as a visiting assistant professor of art and design. A ceramics instructor for 35 years, he has spent the last 27 years teaching the craft at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, where he has specialized in courses on wheel throwing, hand building, glaze chemistry and calculations, stoneware, porcelain and clay body skills. He previously taught at George Fox on an adjunct basis during the 2015-16 academic year. Burk also gained experience in the field as a sale proprietor for Fireworks Studio in Salem from 1998 to 2001, and for nine years (1988-97) he was the artist in residence at the Salem Art Association. Burk attended Chemeketa Community College and has done workshops with several notable artists, including Don Reitz, Tom Coleman, Tom Turner, Don Sprague and Don Hoskisson. He lives in Salem with his wife Jen, a professor of education at Corban University. They have three grown children: Madi, a sophomore at Corban; Roman, a 2019 graduate of George Fox; and Bronson, who is finishing his firefighter/emergency medical technician credentials. The Kleibers attend West Hills Community Church in Salem.


The Office of Student Life welcomes Chris Lee as an area coordinator this fall. He will serve in Pennington and Apartments West. An alumnus of the university, he arrives from Biola University, where he spent the past year as director of that institution’s Global Student Programs and Development office. Previously, he worked as a resident director at Biola from 2017 to 2019. Chris also gained experience in student affairs work at Geneva College, where he was a resident director for three years (2014-17). He earned a master’s degree in higher education from Geneva College in 2017 and a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries from George Fox in 2014. He is currently enrolled in Indiana State University’s educational administration doctoral program. Chris lives on campus with his wife Shannon and is still searching for a church, having just recently moved back to the area.


Dan Morrison joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of New Testament, working remotely on a half-time basis. He has worked the past three years as an assistant professor of New Testament and expository preaching at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. During that same span, he served as a U.S. Navy reserve chaplain at Navy Operation Support Center (Springfield, MO). Dan was also director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching at Evangel (2016-18) and, before that, served as a college and young adult pastor at Evangel Temple Christian Center in Springfield (2014-17). His experience previously included working as a communications manager at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario (2012-14), and as an editor/media specialist (2010-11) and editorial assistant (2007-10) for The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education organization. Dan earned a doctor of philosophy from McMaster Divinity College (2019), a master of divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2010) and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama (2005). He lives in Springfield, Missouri, and attends All Saints Anglican Church in Springfield.


The School of Physical Therapy welcomes Jaydee Romick to serve as a physical therapist in its clinic. A 2018 alumna of the university’s doctor of physical therapy program, she has worked the past two and a half years as the clinic director and as a physical therapist at APEX Performance, Wellness & Rehab in Tigard. As a student, she gained outpatient orthopedic internship experience working for TAI Nike in Beaverton, where she handled the majority of the patient caseload, and for PT Northwest in Salem. She also did an acute care and inpatient rehab internship at the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. In addition to her physical therapy degree, Jaydee earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Linfield College in 2012. She lives in Beaverton with her husband Jordy and brand new daughter, Blake. The family attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Tigard.


Media Production Services has hired Ethan Swihart as a media specialist. A 2020 graduate of George Fox, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts, he served as a student activities videographer during his time as a student (2018-20) and also worked as an intern in the university’s MPS department for the past three years. Ethan also gained experience working as an assistant editor for RETO Media, a real estate marketing and creative agency in Hillsboro, during the summer of 2019. He lives in Newberg with his wife, Heidi Lodahl, an elementary education major at George Fox. They attend Newberg Calvary Chapel.


The College of Business welcomes Gibran Zogbi as a visiting assistant professor of accounting this fall. He spent the past academic year teaching accounting and finance courses at Washington State University’s Carson College of Business. Previously, he served as department chair at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Gibran also ran his own financial service agency, providing more than 60 products in two states where he was securities licensed. His industry experience includes serving as assistant vice president with the Safeco Insurance Company in Seattle and as a director of product management with InsurQuest in Denver. In all, he has more than 30 years of experience in product management, accounting and finance. Gibran completed his DBA at George Fox this year and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University (1996) and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1989). He lives in Ridgefield, Washington, where he has been married 28 years and enjoys his five kids and his golden retriever. He worships at St. Sharbel Maronite Church, where one of his sons was recently ordained.


Mark Terry (Art and Design) and Cliff Rosenbohm (Social Work) are no longer with George Fox University. They have both been awarded emeritus honors by the ​institution.

Ryan Dougherty (VP, Enrollment and Marketing), Kelsey Brown (IDEA Center), Jan Campadore (Mail Services), John Heitz (Plant Services), Connie Holland (Library), Heidi Hopkins (Social Work), Jack Lyda (Adult Degree Program), Rick McNeal (Marketing Communications)​, Jordan Moody (Student Accounts), Audrey Paice (IT), Bethany Ramse (Counseling)​ and Jonathan Ramse (Business) are no longer with George Fox.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Lindsay Knox has been promoted to vice president for enrollment and marketing.

Debby Thomas has been named dean of the College of Business.

Justine Haigh has been named director of graduate programs in the College of Business.

Min Choi is transitioning from his area coordinator position to serve as a video producer for George Fox Digital.

Joel Gregor (PsyD) has transitioned from full time to an adjunct position in the doctor of psychology program.

About Our People

Monday, September 7th, 2020

The following professors have been granted tenure: Jason Brumitt (Physical Therapy), Jing Hao (Chemistry), Nathan Slegers (Engineering), Chad Stillinger (Engineering) and Matt Stump (Biology).

The following professors have been promoted from associate to full professor: Sarita Edwards (Christian Studies), Matt Meyer (Cinematic Arts), Brenda Morton (Education), Nate Peach (Business) and Seth Sikkema (Business).

The following professors have been promoted from assistant to associate professor: Gloria Doherty (Digital Learning), Nicole Enzinger (Education), Ryan Jacobson (Physical Therapy), Dane Joseph (Education), Kristie Knows His Gun (PsyD), Keelan LoFaro (Education), Gina Johnson (Politics), Heather Ohaneson (Christian Studies), Leah Payne (Seminary), Katy Turpen (Education), Donna Webb (Education), Kristi Wheaton (Education) and Rebecca Yazzie (Social Work).

Eloise Hockett (College of Education and Cultural Enterprise) published an article, “Improving Educational Attainment for Girls: A Case Study of One Rural Kenyan School,” in the August 2020 issue of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. The piece highlights the results of some of the education work Eloise has been doing in one of the primary schools in western Kenya since 2012.

Leah Payne and Brian Doak (Christian Studies), cohosts of the religion and pop culture podcast “Weird Religion,” were awarded a grant funding their project, “The Pedagogy of Podcasting: New Horizons for Theological and Religious Studies Teachers in the Digital Age.” With this grant, they will develop a small cohort of innovative faculty podcasters, whose podcasts – “Weird Religion,” “Profane Faith” with Daniel White Hodge of North Park University and “Things Not Seen” with David Dault of Loyola University – include a wide range of theological and religious studies approaches for digital learning.

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) coauthored an article, “Prospective Teachers’ Attention to Realism and Consistency with Negative Integers, Addition, and Temperature,” in Investigations in Mathematics Learning that was published recently. Her other coauthors on the piece were Jennifer Tobias from Illinois State University and Dana Olanoff from Widener University.

Comings and Goings

Monday, August 17th, 2020

The Graduate School of Counseling welcomes Laurie Bloomquist as an assistant professor of counseling this fall. She has run her own business, Living Hope Counseling, for eight years, and for the past 10 years has taught at Western Seminary in Portland as an assistant professor of counseling (2016-20), an instructor of counseling (2015-16), and an adjunct professor of counseling (2010-15). She also has extensive experience in clinical settings, serving at a number of Portland-area counseling centers over the past decade. Laurie also worked as a child and family therapist for Trillium Family Services (2009-12) and as a group facilitator for The Dougy Center for Grieving Children (2009-12). She holds a PhD in counseling from Oregon State University (2016), a master’s degree in counseling from Western Seminary (2009), and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of Idaho (2004). She lives in Portland and attends Bread and Wine Church.


After spending the past three years working at Portland Seminary on an adjunct basis, Kurtley Knight joins the university full time this fall as an assistant professor of spiritual formation. In addition to serving as a faculty advisor and adjunct professor of missional leadership at George Fox since 2017, he has spent the past year working as a senior teaching fellow at the Renovaré Institute in Denver. Ordained as a transitional deacon in the Anglican Church of North America in 2019, Kurtley has also served as the lead pastor and church planter at Epiphany Church in Dallas (2016-18), the church planter in residence at Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas (2015-16), as lead pastor at Hillcrest Church in Pittsburgh (2010-14), and as a Bible teacher at San Gabriel Academy in San Gabriel, California (2009-10). He began his ministry as a youth and young adult pastor at the Miramonte Blvd Church in Los Angeles (2005-06). He earned a doctor of ministry in leadership and spiritual formation from Portland Seminary (2016) and holds a master of divinity from Andrews Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan (2009), as well as a bachelor’s degree in ministerial theology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama (2005). A recent transplant from Dallas, he lives in Beaverton with his wife Ivah and attends Church of the Vine, an Anglican parish in Newberg.


The Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology welcomes Aundrea Paxton this fall to work as an assistant professor of clinical psychology. For the past two years she worked as a staff psychologist and adjunct professor at Biola University, where she supervised first practicum and advanced practicum students in the university’s counseling center. Previously, she was a registered psychologist at The Guidance Center in Long Beach, California, providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their family members (2016-17). She also worked at the same facility as a pre-doctoral intern (2015-16). Aundrea earned a doctor of psychology degree (2016) and a master’s degree in clinical psychology (2012), both from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University (2008). She lives in Tigard with her husband, Kerry, and 1-year-old daughter, Tiffany. The family is in search of a church home in the area.


Kari Velez joins the School of Nursing this fall as an assistant professor of nursing. She has worked since January as an adjunct clinical faculty member in the department and, for the past six years, has worked as a staff nurse for Salem Health in Salem. Prior to her move to Oregon, Kari was an intensive care staff nurse at Kosciusko Community Hospital (2010-14) and a rounding nurse with Northern Lakes Medical Associates (2007-10), both in Warsaw, Indiana. She holds a masters of science in nursing from Grand Canyon University (2019) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana (2007). Kari also studied biology for two years at George Fox (2003-05). She lives in Salem with her children, Aurora (10) and Oliver (8), and attends Salem Alliance Church.


Alumnus Mike Vogel joins the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology this fall as an assistant professor of clinical psychology. For the past year, he has worked as an assistant professor of counseling education in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He’s also served as coordinator for the university’s community counseling and play therapy centers during that time. Previously, he was an assistant professor of psychology (2018-19), an adjunct faculty member (2018) and a lecturer (2017) at MidAmerica Nazarene. Mike also gained teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at Kansas Wesleyan University (2017) and at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas (2016-17). This marks a return to Newberg for Mike, who earned a doctorate (2013) and master’s degree (2010) in psychology from George Fox. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently completing the doctor of ministry program at Sioux Falls Seminary, with an expected completion this fall. Mike lives in Newberg with Bridget and their two sons, Maddox and Ethan.


Brent Weaver (Music), Min Choi (Residence Life), Josh Sauerwein (Business), Mark McMinn (PsyD) and Rob Simpson (Student Life) are no longer with George Fox University.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Bryce Coefield has been promoted to director of intercultural life.

Allie Duncan has been promoted to MBA operations manager.

Jenny Elsey has been promoted to dean of student success and equity.

Kayin Griffith has been promoted to associate dean of student life operations.

Dave Johnstone has transitioned to the role of associate dean of students and director of commuter life.

Mitzi Martinez has been promoted to associate director of residence life.

Li-Zandré Philbrook is transitioning from her staff position as a physical therapist to an assistant professor of physical therapy.

After working as a visiting lecturer of cinematic arts during the 2019-20 academic year, Jacob Salsbury will serve as lecturer in the same capacity on a full-time basis this fall.

Liz Simmons has been promoted to the position of director of residence life.

Dan Van Der Water has been promoted to planning and space utilization manager.

About Our People

Monday, August 17th, 2020

The following employees were recently awarded faculty emeritus status by the university’s board of trustees: Kathy HeiningeMark McMinnRon Mock and Brent Weaver. Mark has retired from the PsyD department but will remain as a “scholar in residence” at the university.

Teresa Arnold (Biology and Chemistry) was awarded the 2020 Manager of the Year Award at the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers’ conference and trade show on July 29. According to the organization, to be eligible for the award a nominee must be a regular member of NAOSMM for a minimum of five years and have a lengthy record of achievement in one or more of the following areas: distinguished operational, educational or administrative activities; contribution to the advancement of the profession; and active attendance in at least five NAOSMM conferences. Teresa has been employed at George Fox for 17 years and has been an active member of NAOSMM for 16 years. Founded in 1974, NAOSMM has grown to include 500 members in the scientific industry. Members are from teaching, research and industrial fields, and are involved in purchasing, receiving, warehousing, distribution and inventory control of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, glassware and plasticware, instrumentation, and environmental health and safety.

Rebecca Hernandez (Academic Affairs) was selected by Oregon State University as a 2020 Alumni Fellow in partnership with the university’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Alumni Fellows program recognizes eminent alumni who have achieved success in their careers or have shown great accomplishment in their work within the community. This fall, Rebecca will be recognized for receiving the honor and will have the opportunity to give an online presentation to share her knowledge and expertise with students, faculty and staff at Oregon State.

Heather Ohaneson (Honors Program) is serving as the project director of a “Knowledge for Freedom” initiative that will provide an opportunity for intellectually curious but under-resourced high school students in rural Oregon to study philosophy, literature, and history at George Fox. The project is being funded by the Teagle Foundation, which has awarded a $25,000 grant over 12 months to develop the program. As part of Teagle’s Pathways to the Liberal Arts, this initiative supports success in liberal arts education, particularly for students from underserved backgrounds who might not otherwise have access to a rigorous liberal arts course of study.

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) is a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Patrice Tiffany, an associate professor of mathematics at Manhattan College. The $450,000 three-year grant has supported the use of modeling in motivating and teaching differential equations and funded intensive weeklong faculty developer and practitioner workshops, including two hosted at George Fox in summer 2019. Due to COVID-19 this summer, Corban and his collaborators developed remote teaching modules, published online by SIMIODE, to help professors utilize active learning activities while teaching online or preparing to switch to remote instruction. Corban’s other co-PIs are Brian Winkel, professor emeritus at the United States Military Academy; Audrey Malagon, professor of mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University; and Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics at Southwestern University.

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Andrea Scott joins the university this summer to serve as provost. She arrives from California Baptist University, where she was dean and professor of marketing in the Jabs School of Business the past four years. During her tenure, the Jabs School of Business experienced consistent growth while expanding its undergraduate majors and adding a master of science degree in information technology and an MBA business analytics concentration. Previously, she was a marketing faculty member in Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management for 12 years. Her business resume includes advertising agency experience with national clients such as General Mills and Wrigley at DDB and BBDO in Chicago, with NBC during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and working as a business analyst for Honeywell, Inc. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, an MBA from Emory University and a PhD in marketing from the University of South Florida. She lives in Riverside, California, and attends Relevant Church. She plans to move to Oregon in August.


An alumnus of the university’s doctor of education program, Jay Mathisen, has joined George Fox as director of educational leadership. For the past five years, he has worked as the deputy superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, a role in which he supervised the district’s schools and academic programming, led school design planning, and supervised human resources. Previously, Jay was principal of La Pine High School (2007-12) in La Pine, Oregon, where he earned “Oregon Principal of the Year” honors in 2011. His education leadership experience also includes serving as assistant principal at La Pine Middle School (2005-07), as principal of McKenzie Middle School and High School in Finn Rock, Oregon (2003-05), and as a teacher and coach at McKenzie schools (1995-2003). In addition, he has taught on an adjunct basis for Corban University and George Fox for the past 10 years. Jay earned an EdD at George Fox (2012) and holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Oregon University (2000), as well as a bachelor’s degree from Western Baptist College (1995). He lives in Bend and will be based at the university’s Redmond campus, while weekly traveling to campuses in Newberg and/or Portland. Jay and his wife Shannon have two daughters, Daisy (18) and Molly (16), and they attend Mirror Pond Church in Bend. Jay is passionate about education systems and partnerships in Rwanda, where he has served since 2010 and leads annual professional development trips with educators from the U.S.


Kate Wimer joined the university this summer as a research and instruction librarian and assistant professor. She arrives from Bryan, Texas, where she served as a reference and adult services librarian in the Bryan + College Station Public Library System for the past two years. Previously, Kate worked as a support specialist for the Research Center at the University of Denver Libraries (2015-18). She has served in various roles for public, academic and law libraries since 2010. Kate earned a master of library and information science degree from the University of Denver (2017) and a bachelor’s degree in history from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas (2014). She lives in Tualatin with her husband Zachary and is looking for a local church.


The following employees are no longer with George Fox University: Jamie Adams (Plant Services), Jonathan Anderegg (Communication Arts), Karen Bowdoin (Art and Design), Mike Campadore (IT), Erik Comfort-Bay (Plant Services), Belinda Creighton (Finance), Kathy Heininge (English), Kimberly Hergert (Theatre), Dwayne Hood (Plant Services), Kacy Hughson (Theatre), Carol Huchinson (Adult Degree Program), Bart Hutchison (Plant Services), Ryan Ingersoll (Library), Robin Jewett (Physician Assistant Program), Fiofana Kalugin (Plant Services), Mary Lou Lewis (Music), Ron Mock (Politics), Annette Nemetz (Business), Melinda Olson (Graduate Admissions), Nadine Pasin (IDEA Center), Chuck Rouse (Plant Services), Jennifer Salzman (Art), Keith Schneider (Student Life), Mark Smith (Plant Services), Stephanie St. Cyr (Student Life), Joyce Staats (Financial Aid), Daniel Winn (Plant Services), Jane Wilson (Admissions), Rob Westervelt (Catalyst) and Steve Winterberg (International Studies).

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Jennifer Macnab, formerly a senior enrollment counselor in the registrar’s office and most recently an adjunct professor, has been hired to be the assistant director of academic engagement for the seminary’s doctor of ministry program.

Angeleen Umfleet has transitioned from her role as an administrative assistant for history, sociology, world languages, and politics to a position as a student financial services specialist.

About Our People

Monday, July 20th, 2020

The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Project, a STEM higher education reform program supported by the National Science Foundation, honored Paige Parry (Biology) as one of its 25 QUBES mentors for the 2019-20 academic year. Paige was among a group who led professional development opportunities for their peers nationwide by offering their expertise and guidance into incorporating new educational practices and pedagogical approaches to teaching quantitative biology. Paige’s particular Faculty Mentoring Network, which she has led for two years now, is titled “Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology” and focuses on reducing barriers to implementing R programming in biology courses for students with little to no prior programming experience.

Jeff Walters (Engineering) continues to work on projects to promote water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries that include Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia, Nicaragua, East Timor and Chile, along with investigating how to integrate systems-thinking within engineering education. Recently, in connection to his work in this area, he gave a webinar talk for the Research in Global Design Seminar Series for Engineering for Change on his research, engaging Ethiopian, Kenyan and Ugandan water and sanitation stakeholders in systems-thinking and systems-modeling workshops. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) coauthored an article with George Fox alumna Kristina Hofer, titled “Opportunities for redefining unconventional units,” that was published in June in the journal Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12.

Terry Steele (Portland Seminary) had an article, “Beyond Immigrants as the Other: Relational Approaches to Global Ministry,” accepted by the Evangelical Missiological Society National conference in October. Another article, “The Culture Tree: A Powerful Tool for Mission Research and Training,” has been accepted for the July edition of the missions journal Global Missiology.

About Our People

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Four faculty members were recently honored with faculty achievement awards for the 2019-20 academic year: Todd Curtis (Engineering) and Jillian Sokso (Art and Design) were named the undergraduate teacher and researcher of the year, respectively, while Jennie Harrop (Department of Professional Studies) and Debby Thomas (Business) received the corresponding awards at the graduate level.

Nicole Enzinger (Education) coauthored a chapter, “Mathematics education communities: Crossing virtual boundaries,” in the recently published Springer book Borders in Mathematics Pre-Service Teacher Education. The chapter explores mathematics education communities within and across social media with a communities of practices lens and shares implications for teacher preparation. 

Ed Higgins (English Emeritus, Writer in Residence) recently published a review of George Fox alumna Joann Boswell’s poetry volume Cosmic Pockets on the Christian Feminism Today website. He’s also published a number of his own poems in recent months, including “Barricades/barracuda” (in Otholiths, an online magazine, on May 1); “Night Fear Illusions” (in Black Poppy Review, an online literary journal, on March 31); and “the full moon’s light,” Epistemology” and “refugees” (in The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration, an online literary site, on March 15).

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) and the university are featured in an article, “The Saint John’s Bible Illuminates George Fox University’s 125th Anniversary,” on The Saint John’s Bible website. The piece recounts the university’s history and its affiliation with The Saint John’s Bible.

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Jesse Richards (Advancement) is no longer with the university.

About Our People

Monday, May 18th, 2020

MaryKate Morse (Seminary) published a book this spring, Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together through Mentoring Communities (NavPress). In it, she offers a comprehensive mentoring community model to support and develop Christian leaders for the lifetime of their calling. This communal and formational approach to mentoring leaders was field-tested and proven to be effective in diverse cultures and faith contexts. 

Don Powers (Biology) and four colleagues published an article, “Hummingbird torpor in context: duration, more than temperature, is the key to nighttime energy savings,” in the May 2020 issue of the Journal of Avian Biology. The piece was the cover subject of the publication, dedicated to empirical and theoretical research in ornithology.

Paul Anderson was quoted in an article in the Atlantic (May 9, 2020) on Sidwell Friends School and its sense of fiscal responsibility in receiving governmental grants during the COVID-19 crisis. He also published an essay, “Inspiring Readings of the Inspired Text – Taking the Bible Seriously After the Manner of Friends,” in Quaker Religious Thought #134, and his essays, “Something Greater than the Temple is Here,” “Jesus Appeared: the Easter Resurrection” and “He Descended into Hell – The Ultimate in Social Distancing,” were published on the Psalm 91 web blog. In addition, his challenge to Hugo Mendez and Candida Moss, “On Biblical Forgeries and Imagined Communities – A Critical Analysis of recent Criticism,” was published by Bible and Interpretation. Paul also preached two Zoom sermons for Spokane Friends Church in April and May, and he spoke at the McMinnville Presbyterian Church on “A Quest for Jesus – One that Includes the Gospel of John. He also published an essay, “Elizabeth Fry – Prison Reformer and Quaker of Note,” in Quakers, Social Work, and Justice Concerns (Volume 7 in the FAHE Quakers and the Disciplines Series, of which Paul is the founding editor in chief). Finally, his essay “Receiving Holy Callings, Becoming Wholly Responsive” was published by the Oikonomia Network. Paul has been invited to gather as guest editor of a volume involving 14 essays on “Jesus and Spirituality” for the peer-reviewed international journal Religions.  

Movers & Quakers

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Linda Samek (Provost) is stepping down from her position this summer but will remain at the university as a full-time faculty member in the doctor of education program.

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The following faculty members are leaving George Fox this spring and summer to pursue other opportunities: Robert Bonner (Education), Patrice Brown (Art and Design), Anderson Campbell (Christian Studies), Isabelle Corneaux (French), Briana Currey (Social Work), Ben Hartley (Christian Studies), Jennie Headley (Social Work), Tricia Hornback (Intercultural Studies/Center for Peace and Justice), David Liu (Business), Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies), Sarah Song Southworth (Business), Shannon Stueckle (Education), Susanna Thornhill (Education) and Elizabeth Yarbrough (Nursing).

About Our People

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Paige Parry (Biology) published a paper, “Taking Temperature with Leaves: A Semester-Long Structured Inquiry Research Investigation for Undergraduate Plant Biology,” in The American Biology Teacher, an award-winning, peer-refereed professional journal for K-16 biology teachers. In addition, in recognition of Arbor Day, Plough magazine published Paige’s essay “What Forests Teach Us About Community,” in which she reflects on what she has learned about faith from her time studying forests. You can find the essay here.

Dan Brunner’s (Seminary) article, “Luther’s Mysticism, Pietism, and Contemplative Spirituality,” was published in Word and World (Winter 2020), a journal of theology and ministry. He also had his piece “Evangelicals and Roman Catholic Spirituality” published in the online newsletter of Paulist Press, Koinonia (April 2020).

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 4th, 2020

The following professors are retiring from the university this spring with emeritus status: Paul Chamberlain (Center for Study Abroad), Steve Grant (Health and Human Performance), Tim Tsohantaridis (Christian Studies) and Jeannine Graham (Christian Studies). Paul has served at the university for 43 years, Steve for 38 years, Tim for 32 years, and Jeannine for 14 years. Lu Ann Anderson (Education) has also announced she will be retiring from the university.

Jordan Nelson (Financial Aid) is no longer with the university.

Comings and Goings

Monday, April 20th, 2020

The university has hired Jenny Duquette to serve as a coordinator for the undergraduate teaching, administrative licensure, doctor of education, and master of education and endorsement programs. She has worked at Mt. Hood Community College for the past 20 years, as a student development technology specialist (2019-20), a degree audit coordinator and encoder (2006-19), a student records coordinator (2001-06) and a testing services coordinator (2000-01). This marks a return to George Fox for Jenny, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/social work in 1994. She lives in Beaverton with her husband, Jon, and daughters Lucy and Gemma. The family attends Beaverton Christian Church.


After serving at Portland Seminary for 12 years, Roger Nam is leaving George Fox to join the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta as a professor of Hebrew Bible this fall. Roger arrived at the university in 2008 as a professor of biblical studies and has served as dean of the seminary the past two years. The university is working on a succession plan for the dean position and will communicate it when it is finalized.

Laura Hartley, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences since the fall of 2013, is leaving George Fox this spring to take the position of provost at Seattle Pacific University.