Meet our Faculty

ArtBiologyChemistryCommunication StudiesEconomics and BusinessEducation and Liberal StudiesEnglishHistoryKinesiologyMathematics / Computer Science Modern LanguagesMusicPhilosophyPhysicsPolitical SciencePsychologyReligious StudiesSocial ScienceSociology & AnthropologyTheatre ArtsUrban Program
Art

Scott Anderson
Associate Professor of Art
Illustration, Painting, Drawing, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design
M.F.A., University of Hartford
565-6121

Lisa DeBoer (Chair)
Professor of Art
16th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish Art, The Visual Arts and Christian Worship
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
565-6123

Judy L. Larson
R. Anthony Askew Professor of Art History and Director of Westmont Museum of Art
American Art
565-6161

Susan Savage (Sabbatical Fall 2011)
Professor of Art
Painting, Drawing, Resist Dyeing, Collage
M.F.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6163 or 565-6162

Biology

Elizabeth Horvath
Associate Professor of Biology
Animal Diversity, Evolutionary Theory, Marine, Natural History: California, Galapagos Islands, East Africa
M.S., California State University, Long Beach
565-6229

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

Eileen McMahon McQuade (Chair)
Associate Professor of Biology
Genetics, Molecular
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at 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, and Behavioral Ecology
Ph.D., Iowa State University
565-6283

Chemistry

Stephen Contakes
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Biochemistry
Ph.D., University of Illinois
565-7153

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

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

David Marten
Professor of Chemistry
Pre-Health Professions Advisor
Organic, Organometallic
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
565-6189

Allan Nishimura
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Kathleen Smith Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Earth Science, Physical Science
Ph.D., University of California, Davis

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

Communication Studies

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

Omedi Ochieng
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Rhetorical Criticism, African Rhetoric
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Ohio
565-6018

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

Lesa Stern (Chair)
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 (Chair)
Professor of Economics and Business
Labor Markets and Economic Justice, Macroeconomic Policy, History of Economic Thought, Transition Economics
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
565-6782

Education and Liberal Studies

Michelle Hughes
Assistant Professor of Education
Educational Leadership, Secondary Education
M.A., California State University, Northridge
565-6257

Andrew Dean Mullen (Chair)
Professor of Education
History of American Education, Curriculum and Instruction in History/Social Studies
Ph.D., Columbia University
565-6288

Jane Wilson
Associate Professor of Education
Intrinsic Motivation to Learn, Educational Psychology, Literacy
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6171

English

Kathryn Stelmach Artuso
Assistant Professor of English
20th-Century Literature, Transatlantic Modernism, Anglophone and world literature
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
565-6839

Stephan Cook
Professor of English
British Romantic Literature and American, Jewish Authors, Film
Ph.D., Marquette University
565-7043

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

Jamie Friedman
Assistant Professor of English
Middle English narrative; Arthurian literature; Chaucer eccentric bodies; gender, racial/religious, sexual, and national identity constructions; aurality; hybridities and boundary transgressions; pre- and postmodern literary theories; feminist, gender, and sexualities studies; medieval women writers and readers
Ph.D., Cornell University
565-7248

Cheri Larsen Hoeckley
Professor of English
Victorian Literature, Women Writers, The Novel
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
565-7084

Sarah Skripsky
Assistant Professor of English
Rhetoric and Composition, Postcolonial Literature, (Neo-)Celtic Studies
Ph.D., Texas Christian University
565-6122

Randy 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

History

Alister Chapman
Associate Professor of History (Chair)
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
Associate Professor of History
Modern South Asia
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
565-6139

Rick Pointer (Leading Europe Semester Fall 2012)
Professor of History
American History
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
565-6787

Marianne Ruel Robins (Leading Mediterranean Semester Spring 2011)
Professor of History
Early-Modern European History
Ph.D., University of Paris I, La Sorbonne
565-6197

Kinesiology

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

Kathy LeSage
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
565-6120

Chris Milner
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
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

Glenn Town (Chair)
Professor of Kinesiology
Exercise Psychology, Nutrition: Clinical and Sport
Ph.D., Kent State University
565-7120

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

Mathematics / Computer Science

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

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

Patti Hunter (Chair)
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Virginia
565-6076

Wayne Iba
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
565-6799

Kim Kihlstrom
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Distributed systems, including intrusion tolerance, survivability, security, and fault tolerance
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6864

Jonathan Leech
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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

Modern Languages

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

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

Mary Docter
Professor of Spanish
Spanish, Latin American
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
565-7182

Leonor Elías
Associate Professor of Spanish
Spanish
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
565-7379

Music

Grey Brothers
Professor of Music
Choral Conducting, Church Music, Music History
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6279

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

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

Han Soo Kim
Assistant Professor of Music
Violin, Strings, chamber music
D.M.A., Stony Brook University
565-6268

Michael Shasberger
Professor of Music
Adams Chair of Music and Worship
Conducting, Church Music, Opera and Literature
Ph.D., 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
565-6259

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

David Vander Laan (Chair)
Professor of Philosophy
Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
565-7041

Physics

Ken Kihlstrom (Chair, Spring 2012)
Professor of Physics
Low Temperature Superconductivity
Ph.D., Stanford University
565-7015

Warren Rogers
Professor of Physics
Experimental Nuclear Physics, Cosmic Ray Muon detection
Ph.D., University of Rochester
565-6092

Michael Sommermann (Chair, Fall 2011)
Professor of Physics
Nuclear, Theoretical
Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany
565-6094

Political Science

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

Tom Knecht
Assistant Professor of Political Science
The role of public opinion in foreign policy
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6227

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

Psychology

Tom Fikes
Professor of Psychology
Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Perception and Action Systems
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
565-6115

Andrea Gurney (Co-Chair)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Child and Family Therapy, Child Development, Resiliency
Ph.D., Northeastern University
565-6057

Steve Rogers
Associate Professor of Psychology
Clinical Psychology, Adult & Adolescent Therapy, Neuropsychology
Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School
565-6818

Carmel Saad
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Social and Personality Psychology, Bicultural Identity
Ph.D., U.C. Davis
565-6884

Brenda Smith (Co-Chair)
Professor of Psychology
Cognitive, Developmental, Moral Development
Ph.D., Wayne State University
565-6113

Religious Studies

Charles Farhadian
Associate Professor of World Religions and Christian Mission
Christian Mission, World Religions
Ph.D., Boston University
565-7094

Bruce Fisk
Professor of Religious Studies
Early Christianity, Early Judaism, Greco-Roman Religions
Ph.D., Duke University
565-7020

Maurice Lee
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Systematic and Historical Theology
Ph.D., Yale University
565-7059

Tremper Longman III
Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies
Old Testament
Ph.D., Yale University
565-6168

William Nelson
Professor of Old Testament
Old Testament
Ph.D., Harvard University
565-6167

Caryn Reeder
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
565-7047

Helen Rhee
Associate Professor of Church History
Patristics–early Christian literature, Theology
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
565-6834

Curtis Whiteman
Professor of Historical Theology
Christian Doctrine, Historical Theology
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
565-7007

Telford Work (Chair)
Professor of Theology
Systematic Theology
Ph.D., Duke University
565-6199

Sociology and Anthropology

Thomas Jayawardene
Professor of Sociology
Third World
Ph.D., University of Surrey, Britain
Ph.D., International University for Social Studies, Rome
565-6783

Theatre Arts

John Blondell (Chair)
Professor 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, Santa Barbara
565-6778

Robert Hamel
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Assistant Professor of Design and Technology
565-6797

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

Westmont in San Francisco

Karen Andrews
Associate Professor of Urban Studies and English
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Brad Berky
Director of Westmont in San Francisco
Faith, Ethics and Vocational Formation seminar
Ph.D., in progress at Graduate Theological Union