Linda Samek, provost
After serving as provost on an interim basis to begin the 2013 academic year, Linda Samek was officially named the university's provost in December of 2013. She has served as dean of George Fox's School of Education (2008-2013) and previously was provost at Corban University. Before that, Samek worked as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and as co-director of the Oregon University System's Quality Assurance in Teaching Program.
The Office of Academic Affairs oversees:
- Faculty hiring, evaluation and development
- Curriculum development
- Academic issues for students
- Institutional assessment
Faculty Award Winners 2016
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Stephanie Fisher, nursing
Fisher specializes in teaching courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment while also overseeing clinical instruction in local hospitals and assisted living facilities.
“I love getting to teach students who want to learn and who get excited when they have their ‘aha’ moments when a confusing concept finally makes sense,” she said. “It is incredibly fulfilling to see students transition quickly from nervous new nursing students to confident and skilled nurses. I love getting to speak freely about faith here and being able to pray with students. It is my goal to help students have an impactful experience here as I did as a student.”
Fisher said her proudest accomplishment has been helping bring international service-learning trips back to the nursing department to give students the opportunity to experience short-term medical missions work.
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Nell Becker Sweeden, seminary
Most of the classes Becker Sweeden teaches are hybrid, with the majority of interaction online. “I seek to work alongside their learning process online, and then intentionally bring opportunity for them to establish their voice and presence in the classroom through activities focused on embodied practice during our face-to-face time together,” she said.
Among the courses she teaches or has taught are Christian History and Theology II, Women in Church History, Essentials of Christian Theology, History of Christian Spirituality and Renewal, Spirituality and Writing of the Mystics, and Dynamics of Leadership and Ministry Organizations.
Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate: Yune Tran, education
Since joining George Fox in 2011, Tran has disseminated research at 10-plus national and international conferences along with a series of publications to journals that include the Journal of Bilingual Research and Instruction (2013), Improving Schools Journal (2014), Multicultural Education Review (2014), Journal of Education and Learning (2015) and Religion and Education (in press). She hopes to secure a National Science Foundation grant to continue funding a project that educates elementary school students in computer coding, as well as to pioneer a STEM+CS minor for elementary education students at George Fox.
“Teaching is such a privilege,” she said. “I view it as activism in various facets: taking risks with new methods and content; playing a part in a critical juncture of students’ lives; and watching students transform into intentional, knowledgeable servants of Christ.”
Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Craig Johnson, business
Johnson's award was given in recognition for his work over an extended period of time. During his 27-year tenure at the university, he published four books, many of which are used at a number of universities, as well as 31 peer-reviewed journal articles and eight chapters in edited books. He’s also made 64 conference and 18 professional presentations and had his work cited more than 1,100 times.
In addition to teaching, writing and presenting, Johnson previously served as chair of the Department of Communication Arts and was the founding director of the school’s Doctor of Business Administration program.
“Along the way, I have been able to develop a variety of new courses,” he said. “George Fox has allowed me to pursue my interests as they have shifted. For that I am grateful. I have been able to explore and teach in communication, leadership and ethics. I am also proud that I have been able to speak to larger audiences outside of the university through my books, presentations and publications.
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