Jennie Harrop

Jennie Harrop, PhD, DMin

Department Chair/Associate

Professor of Professional Studies


Office: Portland Center #273

I joined the Department of Professional Studies in early 2013 as an adjunct professor. In the fall of 2014, I moved to a full-time professorship, and I am honored to currently serve as DPS chair. Before coming to George Fox University, I taught as an adjunct English professor at Chemeketa Community College (2011-2013) and as an online adjunct English professor for Liberty University (2011-2013). I also have taught English and served as a writing center tutor at the University of Denver (1997-2000) and at Colorado State University (1995-1997).

In the 1980s and 1990s, I worked as a crime and news reporter for such newspapers as The Oregonian, The Chicago Tribune, and The Tacoma News Tribune, an experience that greatly influenced how I approach and teach writing today. While living in Colorado, I wrote regular book reviews for more than a decade for the daily newspaper Denver Rocky Mountain News, and I currently write book reviews for Portland Book Review. I also currently serve as an assistant editor of ICCTE Journal (A Journal of the International Christian Community for Teacher Educators).

I am thrilled to teach in the Department of Professional Studies, where I continually watch our blend of Christ-centered care and adult-focused teaching inspire students to become the people God created them to be. I have a passion for teaching writing and literature, for working with adults, and for sharing the joy and peace that our Christian faith promises.

Academic Background

  • DMin, Semiotics & Future Studies, Portland Seminary
  • PhD, English, University of Denver
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Colorado State University
  • BA, Journalism, Pacific Lutheran University

Expertise and Research Interests

My doctoral studies in the late 1990s and early 2000s centered on the literature of the American West. As a native Oregonian and a writer, I have a vested interest in the growing canon of Western American literature and the ability of Western writers to earn the consideration they deserve. With my training and background as a newspaper reporter, I also am fascinated by how language is used to both transmit information and to inform and define cultures, and I enjoy helping students discover the structure and simplicity of effective writing. As director of the Portland Writing Center, I am pleased to see George Fox University offer one of the first writing centers in the country that is focused on the needs of adult learners.

I recently completed a second doctorate: a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Leadership in the Emerging Culture through Portland Seminary. I have a heart for nonbelievers and skeptics, and my seminary doctoral work considers ministry in light of contemporary culture, engaging with various social contexts and anticipating future trends.

Select Research Bibliography

Harrop, J. (2018). The simple math of writing well: Writing for the 21st century. Newberg, OR: Pennington Press.

Harrop, J. (2018). The Jesus Quotient: IQ -> EQ -> AQ (Doctoral dissertation). Portland Seminary, Portland, OR.

Harrop, J. (2013). Little sparks storybook 1. Mexico City, Mexico: Oxford University Press.

Harrop, J. (2013). Little sparks storybook 2. Mexico City, Mexico: Oxford University Press.

Harrop, J. (2013). Little sparks storybook 3. Mexico City, Mexico: Oxford University Press.

Harrop, J. (2010). Angling for repose: Wallace Stegner and the de-mythologizing of the American West. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Harrop, J. (2007). Angling for repose: De-mythologizing the American West in Wallace Stegner’s The big rock candy mountain. North Dakota Quarterly, 74(2), 19-39.

Harrop, J. (1997). After the rain. Nieve Roja Review, 1. Retrieved from

Harrop, J. (1997). Parallel tracks. Prairie Schooner, 71(4), 132-144.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • LACC 101 - Writing for Adults I
  • LACC 102 - Writing for Adults II
  • LACC 215 - Personal & Professional Assessment
  • LACC 285 - Western American Literature
  • MGOL 407 - Christian Faith & Thought

Outside the Classroom

I am blessed with a lively and joyful home in Sherwood with my husband, Karl, and our five children. During our off-work hours, my husband and I can be found cheering as our children play sports, dance hip hop, and sing on stage. We enjoy spending time with our church friends and extended family, and in the summer our family loves to camp and explore our beautiful state. As a fifth-generation Oregonian, I am pleased to be home again after living away for nearly 25 years. I have led Bible studies and small groups for many years, I am an elder in the Presbyterian church, and I preach occasionally at our home church in Sherwood.

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