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 2018

Danielle WarnerFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Danielle Warner, music

Warner is primarily responsible for conducting the four choral groups on campus, and this past year she also taught conducting, her self-confessed true passion.

“What I love most about teaching is twofold,” she said. “First and foremost is my love for students. They are funny and hardworking and think critically about the material. They are willing to serve others in both mundane and profound ways and are willing to be vulnerable and open to anything.

“Secondly, I love teaching at a place where I have the ability to dream, explore exciting opportunities and collaborate with other colleagues. For example, we performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms this spring, and it was an extremely proud moment for me personally and professionally.”

SalazarBeronica.jpgFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Beronica Salazar, counseling

Salazar teaches a wide range of classes – including Additions Counseling, Psychopathology and Appraisal, Clinical Internship, and Treatment Planning – in the university’s four masters-level counseling programs.

“Teaching at George Fox provides me with the opportunity to serve out my personal mission while simultaneously positively impacting students’ lives,” she said. “I enjoy being able to aid in the forming of students into counselors/therapists, and more importantly helping them deepen or discover God’s love through the experiences and learning that happens through the course of their training.”

Brent WeaverFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate: Brent Weaver, music

Weaver, who has been composing music for 45 years – from solo piano works to symphonies and opera – was honored for his creative work rather than research. He has had his works performed all over the world and has written extensively for the school’s choirs, band and orchestra. In 2017, for the school’s 125th anniversary, he wrote a fanfare to mark the occasion.

“I get to work with terrific colleagues and fantastic students,” he said. “I chair a department that’s involved in honoring God through disciplined and joyful music making, serving a community of learners who honor the name of Christ, and I get to teach and do my creative work in the midst of that community.”

Nijay GuptaFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Nijay Gupta, seminary

Gupta said he was “surprised and deeply honored” to win the honor as the top graduate researcher. In addition to the six academic books he’s published, he’s written 24 articles, 12 book essays and dozens of journal reviews in recent years. He also has five academic books scheduled to come out in the next 18 months.

“I am grateful to have received several research grants and research leaves via George Fox’s Faculty Development Committee, which has made much of this writing possible in my four years at Portland Seminary,” he said.”

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