Making the grade
George Fox recongizes top teaching and research with faculty achievement awards
Mark Terry Undergraduate Teaching
Last fall, art professor Mark Terry’s colleagues taped signs with the word “no” inside his office. It was a vain attempt to stop him from adding more to his overloaded schedule.
“He’s a defender and fighter for the arts,” says Tim Timmerman, chair of the visual arts department. “He’s doggedly charismatic about our department.”
Last spring, Terry inspired his ceramics class to create more than 1,000 ceramic bowls for a fund-raising event to assist tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. More than $11,000 was raised.
Terry recently built a wood-fired kiln for students and local artists. His anagama pottery recently was featured in an international exhibit.
Terry graduated from Willamette University, and earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary education at Western Oregon University.
Deb Worden Undergraduate Teaching
George Fox baseball players quickly learn they can’t coast through a class taught by business professor Deb Worden. The petite and lively professor frequently moves them to the front. “She’s very influential,” David Peterson (G05) says. “She expects baseball players to get good grades in her classes.”
Though Worden is one of the Bruins’ biggest fans, baseball players don’t get all her attention. “Deb will generously give students her time,” says business professor Dirk Barram. “She’ll go the extra mile to explain difficult course concepts.”
Worden also is passionate about investment theory. Her recent research on Generation X investment behavior was published in the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Financial Planning. Worden earned a doctorate in economics from Purdue University.
Clark Campbell Graduate Teaching
Clark Campbell, director of clinical training and professor of psychology, occasionally arrives on campus on his motorcycle.
“He’s something of a risk-taker and adventure-seeker,” says Wayne Adams, director of the department of clinical psychology. “As a teacher, he’s willing to go down roads others wouldn’t think of and explore a range of topics in his classes.”
Campbell consistently earns high evaluations from his students, and he’s earning recognition off-campus. He became a fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychologists, a distinction held by just 10 percent of American psychologists.
Campbell earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology at Western Seminary.
Paul Anderson Researcher of the Year
Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies, teaches at George Fox, but his research has led him across the globe.
In 1998-99, Anderson served as a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School. In 2004, he conducted study at Princeton Theological Seminary as a visiting scholar. He earned his doctorate in Scotland from Glasgow University.
Anderson regularly publishes articles on nonviolence, Quaker studies, and cognitive-critical approaches to studying the Bible.
“He’s at the top of his game and has been there for several years,” says Hank Helsabeck, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Anderson received a $300,000 Lilly Grant for a project designed to apply Quaker wisdom in decision making to unify Christian congregations regardless of church politics or organizational structure.
Back to School
Teacher education program helps immigrants meet Oregon credentials
Mavjuda Rabimova already had seven years of teacher training when she left her homeland of Tajikistan to teach elementary school students in Woodburn, Ore. Unfortunately, she didn’t meet Oregon’s teaching credential standards. So in order to teach here, she needed to go back to school herself.
George Fox, in partnership with The Oregon Quality Assurance in Teaching II Project, helped Rabimova realize her dream. Playing subcontractor of the OQAT II program, the George Fox School of Education has granted $1,800 scholarships to 29 candidates willing to work in high-needs schools.
“There were cultural and language barriers when I started,” Rabimova said. “But the people at George Fox really made a difference – not only in my life, but in the lives of my students.”
Rabimova, a second-grade teacher at Woodburn’s Heritage Elementary School,reported that every one of her 19 students passed the state math test last year. Her class also performs plays each year – the first act spoken in Russian, the second in English.
“Woodburn, which has such a large population of English language learners, has really been the focus of our efforts with this program,” says Marc Shelton, director of George Fox’s Master of Education program and its OQAT II project director. “It’s a winwin: we’re assisting the high-needs schools and those in need of licensure.”