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 2014

Nick WillisFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Nick Willis, mathematics

Willis, an associate professor of mathematics, specializes in teaching calculus, algebraic structures and introduction to proofs, among other courses. His primary area of research is in algebraic geometry, for which he has spent many years researching and classifying singular points of real polynomial curves.

Katy TurpenFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Katy Turpen, Master of Arts in Teaching program

Turpen, an assistant professor in George Fox’s MAT program, has taught on topics ranging from language and literacy, language arts and social studies methods, and structures for learning to human development, elementary mathematics and supervising. Previously, she taught American history at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville.



Brian DoakFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate: Brian Doak, biblical studies

Doak, an assistant professor of biblical studies, joined the university in the fall of 2011 after teaching a range of courses on the Bible, Classics and Hebrew language at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow, 2008-10) and Missouri State University (2004-06). He has conducted archaeological fieldwork with the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (Israel) and served as an editorial assistant for Harvard Theological Review. In 2009, he was awarded a Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Certificate of Distinction at Harvard University, and he is a recent recipient of the Aviram Prize (2012) for archaeological research.



Rodger BuffordFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Rodger Bufford, Doctor of Psychology program

Bufford’s work over the past year included securing, with fellow George Fox psychology professor Mark McMinn, a $200,000 research grant from the Templeton Foundation to explore how positive psychology may impact church communities. The grant will be distributed over three years and support five dissertation projects at two universities.



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