Faculty Profiles Archive:

A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

Published: Summer 2015
A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

Chemistry Professor Stephen Contakes Embraces Integration of Faith and Learning and the Interdisciplinary Nature of the Liberal Arts During his post-doctoral research at Caltech in Pasadena, Stephen Contakes worked wit h undergraduates. “That experience led to my interest in... Read More

A Sociologist Studies Social Media

Published: Summer 2015
A Sociologist Studies Social Media

Felicia Song has Conducted Research on Mommy Bloggers and Considers the Way Social Media Shapes our Lives As a professor at Louisiana State University with large classes, Felicia looked for ways to connect with students. At Westmont, she seeks... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Published: Summer 2015

Activities and Awards for Westmont’s Outstanding Professors GREGG AFMAN (kinesiology) presented “Effect of Carbohydrate or Sodium Bicarbonate Ingestion on Performance During a Validated Basketball Simulation Test,” at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. SCOTT ANDERSON (art) published a dual portrait of Amy... Read More

Serving as a Steward for Student Life

Published: Fall 2014
Serving as a Steward for Student Life

As a vice president, Edee Schulze seeks to steward her gifts, relationships, opportunities and vocation in a way that pleases God Rather than follow a grand plan for her life, Edee Schulze has looked for the next opportunity to... Read More

Five New Faculty Arrive on Campus

Published: Fall 2014
Five New Faculty Arrive on Campus

Four academic departments have hired five tenure-track professors to teach and do research at Westmont Timothy Van Haitsma (Kinesiology) B.A., Calvin College; M.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Utah “I was a biology major and also a runner,” Timothy... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Published: Fall 2014
Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Three Westmont professors received the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award: John Blondell (theater arts, right) in the humanities; Kristi Lazar Cantrell (chemistry) in the sciences; and Rick Pointer (history) in the... Read More

Finding the Right Equation for Teaching

Published: Spring 2014
Finding the Right Equation for Teaching

A Westmont professor uses guided inquiry, an innovative way of teaching, to help students master chemistry. Michael Everest went to a workshop on pedagogy and decided to try what the presenters suggested. The experience has transformed his teaching. Chemistry... Read More

Remembering Kim

Published: Spring 2014
Remembering Kim

Computer science professor Kim Kihlstrom lost her battle with cancer but leaves a legacy in the lives of her students and colleagues. Kim Kihlstrom loved baking chocolate chip cookies and wearing matching dresses with her two young daughters. An... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Published: Spring 2014

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Gregg Afman (kinesiology) is the lead author of an article in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism exploring the “effect of carbohydrate or sodium bicarbonate ingestion on performance during... Read More

Mathematician Installed as Smith Professor

Published: November 2013
Mathematician Installed as Smith Professor

Russell Howell, a Longtime Mathematics Professor, Now Holds the Kathleen Smith Chair of the Natural and Behavioral Sciences Russell Howell, who has taught mathematics at Westmont for 35 years, was installed as the Kathleen Smith professor of the natural... Read More