Faculty Speakers Guide

These faculty listed are available to speak to community and church groups on selected topics related to their areas of expertise. Please call the College Communications Office, (805) 565-6055, with inquiries about speakers and topics.

Biology
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Economics and Business
English
History
Kinesiology
Mathematics
Modern Languages
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Sociology & Anthropology
Theatre Arts

 

Biology

Beth Horvath
Associate Professor of Biology
Invertebrate Zoology; Gorgonian Corals; Marine Biology; Marine, Natural History: California, Galapagos Islands, East Africa, New Zealand; Animal Diversity
M.S., California State University, Long Beach
565-6229

Steve Julio
Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Mechanisms of infectious disease
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6873

Eileen McMahon McQuade
Assistant Professor of Biology
Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Autoimmunity
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
565-6117

Frank Percival
Professor of Biology
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular, Physiology
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6119

Jeff Schloss
Distinguished Professor of Biology
T.B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences
Physiological ecology of water relations, Evolution of altruism and moral systems, Theological implications of Darwinism
Ph.D., Washington University
565-6118

Amanda Sparkman
Assistant Professor of Biology
Life-history Evolution, Comparative Endocrinology, Behavioral Ecology
Ph.D., Iowa State University
565-6283

Chemistry

Stephen Contakes
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Biochemistry
Ph.D., University of Illinois; Postdoctoral, California Institute of Technology
565-7153

Michael Everest
Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair
Physical Chemistry
Ph.D., Stanford University
565-6850

Kristi Lazar Cantrell
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Chicago
565-6175

David Marten
Professor of Chemistry
Organic, Organometalic Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
565-6189

Niva Tro
Professor of Chemistry
‘Chemistry, Culture, and Society,’ Environmental Chemistry, Surface and Interface Reaction
Ph.D., Stanford University
565-6238

Carrie Stein Hill
Instructor of Chemistry and Safety Officer
565-6208

Allan Nishimura
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley
682-2088

Amanda Silberstein
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles
565-7061

Communication Studies

Deborah Dunn
Professor of Communication Studies and Department Chair
Organizational Communication, Conflict & Reconciliation
Ph.D., University of Southern California
565-6780

Greg Spencer
Professor of Communication Studies
Rhetoric, Media Ethics
Ph.D., University of Oregon
565-6195

Lesa Stern
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Conflict 
Learning Assessment
Ph.D., University of Arizona
565-6138

Economics and Business

 Paul Morgan
Professor of Economics and Business
Comparative Economic Systems and Development,
Macroeconomic Policy
D.A., Illinois State University
565-6781

Edd Noell
Professor and Chair of Economics & Business
Labor Markets and Economic Justice, Macroeconomic Policy,
History of Economic Thought, Transition Economics
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
565-6782

Rick Ifland
Associate Professor of Economics & Business, Director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Department Chair
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
565-6248

Martin Asher
Professor of Economics & Business
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
565-6781

Enrico Manlapig
Assistant Professor of Economics & Business
Decision analysis, Dodd-Frank Stress Testing, and complex derivative valuation.
Ph.D., Colombia University
565-7183

Ramon Gupta
Adjunct Instructor of Economics & Business
Law
Ph.D., University of Washington

Coby Harmon
Adjunct Instructor of Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting
B.A. University of California – Santa Barbara

John Tynan
Adjunct Instructor of Business & Finance
Business & Finance 
MBA DePaul University

English

Paul Delaney
Professor of English
Tom Stoppard and Contemporary Drama, 20th-Century Irish Literature, Shakespeare in Performance, Faulkner
Ph.D., Emory University
565-6179

Cheri Larsen Hoeckley
Professor of English, Gender Studies Program Coordinator
Victorian Literature, Women Writers, The Novel
Ph.D., UC Berkeley
565-7084

Sarah L. Scripsky
Associate Professor of English and Department Chair
Rhetoric and Composition, Postcolonial Literature, (Neo-)Celtic Studies
Ph.D., Texas Christian University
565-6122

Randall VanderMey
Professor of English
English Romantic and Neoclassic Literature, Literary Theory, Composition Pedagogy, Creative Writing, Journalism, Dante, Classical Mythology
Ph.D., University of Iowa
565-7145

Paul Willis
Professor of English
Renaissance Literature, Creative Writing
Ph.D., Washington State University
565-7174

Elizabeth Hess
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
Shakespeare in performance, theatre history, dramatic literature, modern and contemporary British and Irish poetry, Greek tragedy
M.A., University of California – Santa Barbara
565-6260

Carmen McCain
Professor of English
Postcolonial literature, film and popular culture in Africa
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Theresa Covich
Adjunct Instructor of English

Early Modern Studies, Literature and the Environment, Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
M.A. UCSB
History

Alister Chapman
Associate Professor of History
British History, Modern European History
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
565-7087

Heather Keaney
Associate Professor of History
Modern Middle East
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-7148

Chandra Mallampalli
Professor of History
Modern South Asia
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
565-6139

Rick Pointer
Professor of History and Department Chair
Colonial and Revolutionary, Eastern Woodlands, Native American, Religion in America, Western Civilization
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
565-6194

Marianne Ruel Robins
Professor of History
Perspectives on World History, Medieval Mediterranean
Ph.D., University of Paris I, La Sorbonne
565-6197

Jason Eldred
Professor of History
Ancient World History
Ph.D., University of Virginia
565-6155

Rachel Winslow
Professor of History
International adoption, American history, research methods
Ph.D., UCSB
565-6793

Kinesiology

Gregg Afman
Professor of Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology, Fitness and Health
Ed.D., Brigham Young University
565-7005

Christine Milner
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Department Chair
Gerontology, disability studies
M.S., University of Oregon
565-6289

John Moore
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Men’s Basketball Coach
565-6013

Russell Smelley
Professor of Kinesiology
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Coach
Fitness and Health
M.Ed., University of Richmond
565-6108

David Wolf
Associate Professor of Kinesiology/Director of Soccer
Men’s Soccer Coach
Sociology and Psychology of Sport, Character & Leadership Development
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
565-6106

Ogechi Nwaeokelemeh 
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Physical Activity and Health, Public Health
Ph.D. Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
565-6861

Timothy Van Haitsma
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology, Fitness and Health
Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Utah

Tom Walters
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Physical Therapy, Biomechanics, Pain Neuroscience
D.P.T., Doctor of Physical Therapy, Chapman University
Sc.D., Rehabilitation Science, Texas Tech University (in progress)
OCS, Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
CSCS, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
565-6824

Mathematics

Russell Howell
Professor of Mathematics
Complex Analysis
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
565-6178

David Hunter
Professor of Mathematics
Algebraic Topology
Ph.D., University of Virginia
565-6075

Patti Hunter
Professor of Mathematics
History of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Virginia
565-6076

Jonathon Leech
Professor of Mathematics
Non-commutative Algebra
Ph.D., UCLA
565-6184

Ray Rosentrater
Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair
Ph.D., Indiana University
565-6185

Modern Languages

Dinora Cardoso
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
20th-Century Latin American Novels; Contemporary Latin American Women Writers; Ekphrastic Writing; Cuban Literature
Ph.D., University of Texas
565-7173

Mary Collier
Professor of French
French
Ph. D., Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV
565-7175

Mary Docter
Professor of Spanish
Spanish, Latin America
Ph.D., UCLA
565-7182

Leonor Elias
Professor of Spanish
Spanish
Ph.D., University of Texas
565-7085

Music

Grey Brothers
Professor of Music
Choral Conducting, Church Music, Music History
Ph.D., UCSB
565-6279

Steve Butler
Professor of Music
Composition, Computer Aided Music, Music History, Music Theory
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
565-6130

Han Soo Kim
Assistant Professor of Music
Violin, Strings, Chamber Music
D.M.A., The Juilliard School
565-6842

Steven Hodson
Professor of Music
Choral Conducting, Piano
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
565-6192

Michael Shasberger
Adams Chair of Music and Worship
Conducting, Church Music, Opera and Literature
D.M.A., University of Southern California
565-6280

Philosophy

Mark Nelson
Monroe Professor of Philosophy
Ethics (especially metaethics), Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
565-6130

James Taylor
Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair
Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Christian Apologetics
Ph.D., University of Arizona
565-6157

David A. Vander Laan
Professor of Philosophy
Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
565-6157

Physics

Ken Kihlstrom
Professor of Physics
Low Temperature Superconductivity
Ph.D., Stanford University
565-7015

Michael Sommermann
Professor of Physics
Nuclear, Theoretical
Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany
565-6094

Tom Wittemore
Adjunct Professor of Physics
Astronomy, Mirror-Making, Telescope Construction
Ph.D. Physics – University of Arizona
565-6893

Political Science

Jesse Covington
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
Political Theory and Constitutional Law
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
565-6784

Tom Knecht
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Role of public opinion in foreign policy
Ph.D., UCSB
565-6227

Susan Penksa
Professor of Political Science
International and Comparative Politics
Ph.D., Miami University of Oxford, Ohio
565-6198

Katherine Bryant
Adjunct Professor of Political Science
International Development
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
565-6155

Sociology and Anthropology

Thomas Jayawardene
Professor of Sociology
Third World
Ph.D., University of Surrey, England
565-6783

Felicia Song
Professor of Sociology and Department Chair
New media and technology, culture, consumerism and public life
M.A., Northwestern University
565-6155

Sarah Jirek
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Human Services, Sociological Practice, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Violence, Trauma Recover
Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work, University of Michigan
565-6278

Meredith Whitnah
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Gender, Cultural Sociology
PhD in Sociology, University of Notre Dame
565-6163

Theatre Arts

John Blondell
Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts
 Directing, Theory and Practice of the Modern Stage,
Contemporary Shakespearean Performance,
Mask and Physical Theatre, European Fringe Theater
Ph.D., University of California
565-6778

Mitchell Thomas
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Acting, Physical Theatre, Voice,
Speech, Actor Movement
M.F.A., University of Washington
565-6187

Jonathan Hicks
Technical Director
Technical direction, lighting design, color theory, installation art and performance art
MFA, Lighting Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
565-6821

Susan Alexander
Adjunct Dance Instructor
Dance Performance and Choreography
565-7040

Melanie Bales
Dance Instructor
Modern, Jazz, Ballet
565-7040

Miller James
Costume Designer
Resident Costume Designer
565-7040