Linda Samek, provost

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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 2015

Sue O'DonnellFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Sue O'Donnell, psychology

O’Donnell, an associate professor of psychology, joined the psychology department in 2001, teaching a range of classes but specializing in human development courses, research methods and the history and systems of psychology. She is lauded for being an innovator looking for ways to bring the subject matter to students in new ways.

Andy MeszarosFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Andy Meszaros, physical therapy

Students describe Meszaros as organized, innovative, demanding and the kind of teacher who presents material in such a way that it triggers a “learning experience.” He expects students to bring their “A game” to class while at the same time reminding them that learning doesn’t stop at the end of class but that synthesis, analysis and critique continues outside of it.

Melanie Springer MockFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate: Melanie Springer Mock, English

As a professor of English, Springer Mock both teaches students how to write and publishes prolifically herself. She has written or edited three books, including The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and More, published in 2014 by Cascade Press, and is author of the forthcoming book If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming all God Means for You to Be, set for a July 2015 release.

Her essays on a wide array of topics have appeared in publications that include Christianity Today, The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, Mennonite Weekly Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Oregonian and Runner’s World Online.

Lori DeKruyfFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Lori DeKruyf, school counseling

Recently, DeKruyf and two national collaborators edited a two-part edition of Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association, which maintains a membership of more than 20,000. It was her work in school counselor professional identity that positioned her to serve as co-editor for this special edition.

DeKruyf’s research interests are reflected in the topics she has published and presented on locally, regionally and nationally. These include school counseling site supervision and school counselor professional identity, cross-cultural mentorship, cultural sensitivity, narrative counseling, and social justice advocacy.

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