Professors of the Year
Top Undergrad Teacher: Kathy Weiss
Weiss, a biology professor who teaches courses in three disciplines – biology, nursing, and health and human performance – earned the university's teaching honor, in part, for her ability to make complex, complicated material comprehensible in classes that included pharmacology, human anatomy and pathophysiology.
An associate professor of biology who has taught full time in the school's Department of Biology and Chemistry since 2008, Weiss also oversees the university's Science Outreach Program, a pre-college educational program that in recent years has extended science education to more than a dozen school districts and 60 schools.
Perhaps the words of one student sum it up best: "Although the subject she is teaching is tough, I've excelled because she believed I could, and motivated me to do so."
Top Undergrad Researcher: Doug Campbell
In the case of Campbell, the numbers speak for themselves: His works have been exhibited in more than 170 juried and invitational exhibits; he has received eight faculty development grants and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; and he's published two books, 39 art images, 82 poems and 55 book reviews.
During the 2011-12 academic year, the professor of art taught painting, printmaking, drawing, 20th century art, an "Art and Christ" course and "Art History from 1450." In addition, this past year he participated in several art exhibits while also publishing poems and the novel Parktails, an adventure tale that takes place in the aftermath of a great forest fire.
Campbell's creative focus has been directed toward producing and exhibiting paintings, prints and drawings. His writing and presentations have focused on the relationship between art and the Christian faith.
Top Graduate Teacher: Christopher Meade
Meade, an assistant professor of management who has taught at George Fox for four years, excelled at teaching in the school's MBA, adult degree, doctor of business administration and seminary programs.
In 2011-12, his teaching load included courses on strategic thinking, transformational leadership, ethical and legal responsibilities, and Christian faith and thought. He also served as president of LeadershipAlive.com, a nonprofit organization that helps inspire and coach emerging leaders, teams and organizations.
Previously, Meade started three small businesses and founded Grace Chapel, a multicultural church in Boise, Idaho, where he served as senior pastor for 18 years. He is the author of four books and is also a musician/songwriter and motivational speaker.
Top Graduate Researcher: Terry Huffman
Huffman, a professor of education who teaches research methods and social foundations of education, has specialized in Native American education for more than 25 years and is the primary author of "Transculturation Theory," a theoretical perspective on indigenous education used extensively by North American, European and Australian scholars.
Huffman's professional interests include minority education and rural education. He has written four books on American Indian education, including Theoretical Perspectives on American Indian Education and American Indian Educators in Reservation Schools. The South Dakota Council for Reconciliation recognized his work in American Indian education for its contribution toward improved race relations.
Huffman, who joined George Fox in 2003, is also active in chairing student dissertation committee work.
Seminary professors Dan Brunner and Roger Nam received Lilly fellowships for the 2012-13 academic year. Brunner received a $16,000 Collaborative Research Grant to support the research and writing for On Earth as it is in Heaven, an introductory textbook on ecotheology. Nam received an $8,000 Theological Scholars Grant for a project in which he hopes to better clarify our understanding of the economies of the Persian Empire.
Students Quinton Blanton, Abigail Cordova and Dyvisha Gordon will represent George Fox on the Oregon Campus Compact 2012 Student Advisory Board, which is made up of 19 students from 14 different colleges and universities statewide. The students are the first from George Fox to serve in such a role for the organization, which promotes civic and community engagement.
Scholar in Residence Laura Gifford received a Bordin-Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship to conduct research at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. She plans to look into the George Romney Papers, and secondarily, at the papers of 1970s-era Michigan governor William Milliken.
Seminary professor Richard Twiss was among 125 national faith leaders invited by President Obama to attend the third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast held at the White House April 4. The gathering was intended as a time for national leaders from the wide spectrum of Christian faith in America to meet for prayer, friendship, encouragement and community building.
Professors Irv Brendlinger (religious studies), Lisa McMinn (sociology) and Margi Macy (education) were each honored with retirement ceremonies in April to recognize their contributions to the George Fox community.
Professor Randy Woodley's new book, Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision, was published in May. In the book, Woodley, who serves as the seminary's director of intercultural and indigenous studies, examines the Native American notion of "Harmony Way," a concept that closely parallels biblical shalom.
In March, seminary professor AJ Swoboda released a new book titled Messy: God Likes It That Way. Described as both honest and humorous, Messy attempts to redefine faith from something that must be perfect to something that is imperfect, but can still offer beauty, meaning and purpose.
Protestant Hispanic Churches of Oregon, penned by Professor of Spanish Debbie Berhó, was published in March. The book contains observations about trends in the more than 250 Spanish-speaking Protestant churches in the state, and points to a common vision for ministry and decision-making when multiple cultural and language groups are housed within the same church.
Also released in March was Visiting Distinguished Professor Leonard Sweet's book Viral, which delves into the relationship-driven world of social media and relates it to our God-given desire to be connected to others. What would happen, he asks, if Christians devoted more attention to pursuing relationships?
Professor of Art Douglas Campbell had his poems "Reims Rendezvous" and "Paths" published in the Spring 2012 issue of Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature.
English professor Ed Higgins' poems "The Poetry Surgeon" and "Thought Fishing" were published in a 2012 anthology, Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity & Literature.
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