Thomas Shifley

Thomas Shifley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics



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.