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 2019

Danielle WarnerFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Undergraduate: Sarita Gallagher, Religious Studies

Sarita has taught at George Fox for nine years and specializes in courses in cross-cultural ministry, world religions, church history, and biblical theology.
"I love George Fox's emphasis on serving the world with compassion and excellence in whatever profession you are in," she says. "The greatest joy that I have as a professor is seeing my students grow and learn both in their professions and as followers of Christ. I am very honored to win this award. It has been a joy to teach here all these years, and I look forward to many years to come."

SalazarBeronica.jpgFaculty Award for Excellence in Teaching - Graduate: Daniel Kang, Physical therapy

For Daniel, there is nothing more satisfying than hearing stories of how his former students are making a difference in their communities.
"My accomplishment lies in the impact I am making in future therapists and, in turn, the ripple effect it has on the community," he says. "It is not just my technical knowledge that I wish to share with our students; rather, I strive to be a positive agent in shaping the character and motivation of future physical therapists. I believe it is in this authentic sharing of myself that translates to worthy teaching."

Brent WeaverFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Undergraduate:  Rhette Luedtke, Theater

While the award came partly in recognition of Rhett's 16 years of directing plays at George Fox (32 shows and counting), the primary reason for his selection resulted from his artistic direction of the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, a group of 12 college theatre programs he formed three years ago for the purpose of developing new plays dedicated to peace and interfaith conflict.
"Given the rise in Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and general xenophobia in our country over the past year, we felt called to commission new plays to foster dialogue on our campuses about religious diversity," he says of the project. "This work is the pinnacle of the integration of my Christian faith as a Quaker and my work as a theatre artist. I'm excited to see how God blesses our communities through it."

Nijay GuptaFaculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship - Graduate: Leah Payne, Christian Studies

Leah's scholarship has been prolific since she joined the seminary in 2014. Since then, she has authored or coauthored 10 articles and book chapters and has presented 11 juried papers at academic conferences. She also has served on multiple grant teams that have won over $2 million from the Lilly Endowment, the Kern Foundation, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.
"I love getting to know my students and being a part of their lives as they make important decisions, explore who they are, and learn about the presence of God in their lives," she says. "Our students are extraordinary!"

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