Bruin Notes

Professors of the Year

Top Undergrad Teacher:
Kris Kays

Kris Kays

Kays, who has taught courses in the school’s psychology major since 2005, earned the university’s teaching honor for her contributions as an instructor, mentor and advisor.

In addition to her adjunct position with the George Fox doctor of psychology (PsyD) program, Kays (G87, PsyD94) worked a busy schedule this year covering classes in counseling, human sexuality, abnormal psychology, general psychology and first-year seminar. She also taught a section of the Liberal Arts and Critical Issues course, which engages senior students in research and response to a public issue of current significance.

Colleagues praise Kays for her ability to use class activities, lectures, presentations and creative assignments to keep students engaged.

Top Graduate Teacher: Anna Berardi

Anna Berardi

Berardi, a professor of marriage and family therapy, earned the award for top graduate teacher. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in private practice, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is an approved American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor.

As a therapist and educator, Berardi specializes in the application of attachment theory and social-cultural dynamics and its influence on our neurobiology as it relates to working with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. She brings this perspective into all courses she teaches, including the post-graduate certificate in trauma response services, a training program within the Trauma Response Institute, which she launched to sponsor training, research and service activities in support of individuals and communities facing traumatic events.

Top Undergrad Researcher: Lisa McMinn

Lisa McMinn

McMinn (G91), a professor in the university’s sociology major, received the research award for her extensive teaching, writing and speaking engagements as a Christian sociologist. She was honored for scholarship that impacts both the campus and the community at large.

McMinn’s scholarship is expressed in a variety of outlets, including books, articles and blogs – including the Christianity Today blog – and speaking engagements.

On campus, she served as a panelist addressing homosexuality and the Bible and presented a LACI lecture on “Seeing Sexuality: Understanding the Cultural Landscape.”

Top Graduate Researcher: Roger Nam

Roger Nam

Nam, an assistant professor of Old Testament studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, was named the top graduate researcher.

He joined the seminary three years ago and teaches Old Testament, advanced Hebrew, biblical theology, ancient Near East, and spiritual formation courses. In addition, he has done 14 academic presentations before his peers and published four peer-reviewed articles in the past four years.

This past year, Nam completed the manuscript for his first book, Portrayals of Economic Exchange in the Book of Kings, and delivered a paper at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Atlanta. He also serves on two national steering committees of the SBL, “Social Scientific Approaches to the Hebrew Scriptures” and “Economics in the Biblical World.”

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