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 2017

Tim TimmermanFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Tim Timmerman, art

Timmerman, who arrived at George Fox in 2002, specializes in teaching painting, sculpture, mixed media, contemporary art forms, drawing and art history. He also oversees the school’s Minthorne Gallery and the university’s art collection.

“It is my desire that I help students develop their skill and proficiency as creators and makers in this world,” he says. “But moreover, it has been my hope that my students recognize and enflesh the truth that the arts are integral within all of life.”

Muh Bi LinFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Muh Bi Lin, social work

Lin joined the university’s social work faculty in 2015 after serving for two years as the head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at National Chi-Nan University in Taiwan. He primarily teaches courses related to community and organizational practice, as well as the integration of rationality, art and spirituality in practice.

“My biggest satisfaction in teaching has always been in observing students’ gradually gaining clarity about their passion and thus engaging in an active learning process,” Lin said. “I am very delighted to see many of the service learning projects done by students have actually made an impact. Students are truly leaving a legacy while engaging in learning.”

Bob HamiltonFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate: Bob Hamilton, engineering

Hamilton, a professor of physics, was honored for his research and scholarship on the properties of waves formed by the interaction of the solar wind – the blast of charged particles from the sun – and the sun’s magnetic field.

“The behaviors of the solar wind and the sun’s magnetic field are completely intertwined, and one result of their interaction is a type of wave which travels much like a wave on a plucked string,” Hamilton said. “The mathematics and physics of the wave dynamics are beautiful and are easily modeled numerically. These waves also have practical importance through their role shaping geomagnetic storms that can impact the world’s power grids and satellite communications.”

Jason BrumittFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Jason Brumitt, physical therapy

During the 2016-17 academic year, Brumitt and his team focused on men’s basketball and exploring risk factors for jumper’s knee – a project that entailed the recruiting of nearly 100 male collegiate basketball players from around the Portland, Oregon, region. To successfully collect data on them, Brumitt was assisted by two fellow faculty members, a lab engineer, and several graduate-school students.

“I am fortunate and blessed to be part of the School of Physical Therapy team,” he said. “The culture that was created by the founding team really enables us to pursue excellence in the classroom. I think it really benefits our students, having a faculty united in Christ, to guide their transformation from student to clinician.”

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