Thomas Shifley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Thomas Shifley

I joined George Fox in the fall of 2021 as an assistant professor of mathematics. Before my arrival, I worked the previous six years teaching various math disciplines – including calculus, differential equations, abstract algebra, and linear algebra – as an instructor of record (2019-20), head teaching assistant (2016-17) and teaching assistant (2015-20) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I also taught one semester as an adjunct professor at Westmont College in 2018, and in 2020 I earned the Department of Mathematics’ Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UC Santa Barbara. I've also been active with youth in my community, volunteering as a Young Life leader for several years, as a youth coordinator at my church, and as a mentor with the Malibu Boys and Girls Club. I also worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Dos Pueblos High School for four years.

Academic Background

  • PhD, University of California Santa Barbara
  • MA, University of California Santa Barbara
  • BS, Pepperdine University

Outside the Classroom

I live in Newberg with my wife, Kimberly, and our son, Josiah, and are expecting another boy in November. We attend Northwest Christian Church in Newberg.