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Kerry E. Irish
Professor of History
• 20th-century American Military, Political and Diplomatic History
• History of the American West
Named 2000 Professor of the Year at George Fox University.
EDUCATION: PhD in history from the University of Washington

Dale R. Isaak
Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
• Athletic training
• Sports medicine
• General health
Named the Northwest Athletic Trainers' Association's Educator of the Year for 2010. Previously worked as an athletic trainer for high schools and for the Institute for Athletic Medicine in Minnesota and is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer.
EDUCATION: MEd in physical education from University of Minnesota; MS in physical education and athletic training from Indiana State University.

Ryan Jacobson, DPT, PCS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
• Pediatric physical therapy
• Clinical leadership and mentorship
• Family-oriented care
Jacobson has served as pediatric rehab supervisor with Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children in Portland, Oregon, as well as program supervisor with PRIDE for Kids in Vancouver, Wash. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatrics (ABPTS), and he works to empower families of children with special needs and pediatric therapists through clinical practice, speaking engagements and professional mentorship.
EDUCATION: DPT & BS from the University of Puget Sound.

William G. Jolliff
Professor of English
• Contemporary poetry
• American literature
• Composition
Previously taught at Messiah College in Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University. Received Excellence in Teaching award at Messiah. Author of Whatever Was Ripe, a chapbook published by Bright Hill Press, 1998, and The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier: A Reader's Edition, Friends United Press, 2000.
EDUCATION: PhD in English from The Ohio State University

Kevin T. Jones
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
• Speech communication
• Communication studies/rhetoric and public address
Formerly served as an assistant professor at Chapman University. Also taught at Azusa Pacific University as an associate professor and director of the school's forensics program. Also taught at Asbury College, Bradley University and Otterbein College.
EDUCATION: Earned a doctorate in communication studies/rhetoric and public address from Louisiana State University, 1995

Charles D. Kamilos
Portland Center Librarian
Assistant Professor
Expertise and research interests include contemplative/mystical prayer and research methods.
EDUCATION: MA in library and information science from University of Iowa, MDiv from Brite Divinity School/Texas Christian University.

Kristina M. Kays
Associate Professor of Psychology
• Clinical psychology
• Parent training
• Grief and loss issues
Has 10 years of experience in a successful private clinical practice in Clackamas, Oregon, working with adolescents, adults and families. She taught previously at Clackamas Community College.
EDUCATION: PsyD in clinical psychology from George Fox; masters in psychology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.

David B. Kerr
Assistant Professor of Art
• Graphic design as it applies to marketing and ministry planning
Kerr has consulted and produced award-winning marketing tools for many industries such as: education, government, real estate, forestry/mining, manufacturing, medical, food, retail/wholesale, nonprofit, religious and knowledge-based industries. David spent 15 years developing a reputable marketing communications company based in Canada and serviced clients in North America. His marketing skills have produced annual reports and financial documents, product/service and informational brochures, viewbooks and catalogs, coffee-table books, admissions posters, advertising, exhibit displays, newsletters, development packages, case statements for fund-raising, logo and identity programs, and Web site design for the Internet.
EDUCATION: MA in business and corporate communication/graphic design from California State University-Los Angeles;
BA in Psychology, Bible and Visual Arts from Judson Baptist College-Portland.

Christopher J. Koch
Professor of Psychology
• Visual attention and object recognition
• Program/teaching assessment
• Sports psychology
Named recipient of the university's Faculty Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship in 2009. Taught at the University of Georgia and Truett-McConnell College in Georgia.
EDUCATION: PhD in cognitive-experimental psychology from the University of Georgia

Beth A. La Force
Professor of Education
• Reading and writing instruction
• Language acquisition and the importance of reading aloud to children
• Children´s literature and its integration into other subject areas
• First-year teachers and the process of becoming a teacher
• Moral development
EDUCATION: PhD in curriculum and instruction from Michigan State University.

Paul R. L'Esperance
Assistant Professor of Nursing
• Critical care and acute care nursing
• Cardiovascular nursing with emphasis on heart failure nursing care
• Mental health counseling with emphasis on Reactive Attachment Disorder
• Adult gerontological nursing practice
• Innovations in 21st-century nursing education
L'Esperance was previously a visiting assistant professor at George Fox and also continues to maintain his nursing practice while working in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. He has also held positions as a clinical nurse manager, hospital staff educator, and hospital clinical teaching associate. He also held a position as a licensed mental health counselor working with children, adolescents and their families.
EDUCATION: Master of Nursing Education: Gerontological Nursing Specialty, Master of Arts: Counseling, Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, Bachelor of Science: Nursing.

David Ming Liu
Assistant Professor of Management
• International professional management
• Business management
• Small and medium enterprise (SME)
Professor Liu joined George Fox in 2010 and brings nearly 20 years of international professional management, entrepreneurial and teaching experience to his position as an assistant professor of management in the School of Business’ MBA and DBA programs. He’s worked in senior managerial positions for two publicly listed companies in Hong Kong and Paris and traveled to more than 30 countries for business. He was the owner of a successful small and medium enterprise (SME) for nine years and taught English and business courses in China.
EDUCATION: Doctorate of business administration, City University of Hong Kong; MBA in international management, Willamette University.

Carleton H. Lloyd
Professor of Management
• Marriage, family, and parenting issues
• Mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorders
• Issues related to divorce recovery, single parenting
• Substance-abuse issues
• Human growth and development
• Emotional and developmental disorders
• Crisis intervention and critical incident stress
• Medical social work: pediatric oncology, emergency services, psychiatric care
• School social work
• Administration: school, social work agencies,hospital, church
• Integration of Judeo-Christian perspectives with social sciences
• Teaching teachers, training trainers, teaching the adult learner
• Neurolinguistic programming, neurolinguistic semantics
Previously taught at Colorado Christian University; Regis University in Colorado; Union Graduate Institute of Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas (Texas) Baptist University; and Columbia Christian College in Oregon. Ordained to the ministry in 1975. Has a "transdenominational" background, having served in various pastoral roles with Church of Christ, Christian churches, Disciples of Christ, Assemblies of God, Southern Baptists, Conservative Baptists, Community Churches, and Free Methodist churches. Has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars with churches on a wide range of subjects, such as single parenthood, divorce recovery, self-esteem, biblical exposition, death and dying, premarital counseling, and more. Received George Fox University's 1998 Faculty Achievement Award.
EDUCATION: PhD in social work from the University of Texas-Arlington

Rhett F. Luedtke
Associate Professor of Theatre
• Acting
• Directing
• Theatre history
• Acting/directing theory
Received an MFA in directing from Illinois State University and a bachelor's degree in English and theatre and television Arts from Valparaiso University. At George Fox, he directs the University theatre season and teaches acting, directing, theatre history, and acting/directing theory.
EDUCATION: MFA in directing from Illinois State University

Michael A. Magill
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
• Civil and Mechanical Engineering
• Applied structures
• Solid mechanics
• Fracture mechanics
• Structural inspection
• Finite elements
• Computer-aided analysis
• Machine tools
• Land surveying
Formerly production systems engineer for Amoco Production Company; computer analyst, structural engineer, and project supervisor for the Department of the Interior; professor of engineering technology at Oklahoma State University, and professor/department head of mechanical engineering technology at Purdue University. Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, Indiana and Oregon.
EDUCATION: PhD in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University

Mark S. McLeod-Harrison
Professor of Philosophy
• Philosophy and Christian faith
• Religious diversity and the Christian
• Apologetics
• Convergence church movement
Previously taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Westmont College in California. Former visiting instructor of the University of California and Austin College in Texas. Ordained in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. Author of Rationality and Theistic Belief.
EDUCATION: PhD in philosophy from University of California

Mark R. McMinn
Professor of Psychology, Graduate School of Clinical Psychology
• Integration of psychology and Christianity
• Psychology and the church
• Clergy-psychology collaboration
McMinn began his career at George Fox in 1984, then left in 1993 to take a faculty position at Wheaton College in Illinois. He taught at Wheaton for 13 years, holding an endowed professorship from 1996 to 2006, and then returned to George Fox University in 2006. He is author or coauthor of numerous books, including Integrative Psychotherapy: Toward a Comprehensive Christian Approach. APA fellow and ABPP diplomat in clinical psychology; licensed. Named recipient of George Fox's Faculty Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship in 2010.
EDUCATION: PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)

Christopher Meade
Director of MBA programs
• Ethical and legal responsibility
• Transformational leadership
• Community learning and consulting
• Research methods
• Organizational behavior and leadership
Chris currently serves as director of the university's MBA programs after teaching business courses at George Fox's Boise Center. He has served as a consultant and a leadership coach on a limited basis to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and individuals and companies in the private sector. He has more than 20 years of professional experience as an educator, entrepreneur, pastor, motivational speaker, author, musician and life coach.
EDUCATION: PhD in organizational learning with a leadership concentration, University of Idaho

Andrew Meszaros
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
• Muscle fatigue
• Neural control of movement and injury
• Sensorimotor neurophysiology
Previously, Meszaros was a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Toledo where he ran a neuromechanics laboratory and taught graduate/medical courses in neuroscience, neuro-rehabilitation, and anatomy. He is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching and professional service. He has served as a legal consultant on injury and as a manuscript reviewer for publications such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
EDUCATION: PhD in exercise science (neuromuscular physiology) & NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Injury Prevention Research Center) at the University of Iowa

Matt Meyer
Assistant Professor of Media Communications
• Film & TV sound
• Audio recording, editing and mixing
• The writings of P.G. Wodehouse
Meyer worked as a sound effects editor and mixer in Hollywood and Portland before coming to George Fox in 2005.
EDUCATION: MFA in film production from the University of Southern California

Rand Michael
Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Clinical Director of Marriage and Family Therapy
• Individual therapy
• Marital therapy
• Effective interpersonal communication and team building
• Marriage and family issues
• Transitions, loss, and grief
• International clinical services
• Organizational consultation and training
• Personal/executive coaching
• Clinical supervision
• Spiritual formation/integration of psychology and theology
Has taught at Warner Pacific College in Oregon, MidAmerica Nazarene College in Kansas, Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri, and Portland State University, as well as lectured at Kansas University Medical School. Clinical training includes work at the Menninger Foundation. Did six years of pastoral ministry.
EDUCATION: DMin in counseling and prevention services from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri.
Postdoctoral work at Kansas University, Brigham Young University in Utah, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Melanie Springer Mock
Professor of English
• Evangelical popular culture
• Biblical womanhood/manhood
• Christian feminism
Published If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming Who God Means You to Be (Chalice Press, 2015); The Spirit of Adoption (Cascade, 2014); Just Moms (Barclay Press, 2011); Worthy: Being Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else (Herald Press, forthcoming in 2018).
EDUCATION: PhD in English literature from Oklahoma State University

Ronald L. Mock
Associate Professor of Peace Studies and Political Science
Prelaw Advisor
• Conflict resolution
• Civilian peacemaking
• Peace issues
• Law and justice issues
• Community mediation
Mock is the author of Loving Without Giving In: Christian Responses to Terrorism and Tyranny. He is also the coauthor of When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel, published in the summer of 2004. He was the director for the Center for Peace and Learning from 1990 to 2003 and previously taught at Western Evangelical Seminary in Oregon and University of Detroit Law School in Michigan.
EDUCATION: Masters in public administration from Drake University; JD from University of Michigan

MaryKate Morse
Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary
Director of Masters Programs
• Bible and gender issues
• Healthy and effective spiritual leaders
• Healthy, growing churches
• Team ministry and development
• Spiritual formation
• Systemic change and transformation
Former missionary to Peru and Bolivia. Recorded minister in the Friends Church. Trained spiritual director. Church planter and current church consultant, especially in pastoral team/staff issues.
EDUCATION: PhD in leadership from Gonzaga University

Roger Nam
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
• Northwest semitics
• Archaeology
• Historical geography
• Assyriology
Specializes in the historical and social contexts that surround the Bible's textualization.
EDUCATION: MDiv, General Assembly Prebyterian Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea; ThM, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, UCLA.

John R. Natzke
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
• Electromagnetics
• Microwave engineering
• Numerical analysis of antenna devices
EDUCATION: PhD from University of Michigan.

Annette Nemetz
Assistant Professor of Management
• Corporate management and operations
• Strategy, vision and operating leadership
• Entrepreneurship
From 2003 to 2008, Nemetz was the executive vice president of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide’s global services network in Portland, serving in the areas of general management, strategy, vision and operating leadership. She also was the chief operating officer and senior vice president of Waggener Edstrom’s Microsoft account from 2000 to 2004. Before that, she founded and directed ORA Innovations, Inc., a Portland-based entrepreneurial venture that developed a patented medical device. Additionally, included in her 20-plus years of business and marketing experience, were management positions at Sun Microsystems and Sequent Computer Systems.
EDUCATION: MBA, Stanford University

Neal P. Ninteman
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Engineering
• General mathematics education
• Spiritual and personal mentoring of college students
• Cross-cultural ministry
• Development of student ministry groups
• Contemporary concerns of Russian youth
Spent 11 years with the ministry organization Campus Crusade for Christ; the first three years as business manager and ministry director for Athletes in Action Basketball, then the following eight years in Russia as campus ministry director at Moscow State Technical University, and then as national campus ministry director.
EDUCATION: MS in civil engineering from Stanford University

Susan L. O'Donnell
Associate Professor of Psychology
• Child and adolescent development
• Relationship research
Ongoing research examining children's motivation and parent (especially father)-child relationships. Also examining the relation between adolescent religiosity and risk behaviors. Annual presentations.
EDUCATION: PhD in child psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Paul Otto
Professor of History
Chairperson of Department of History, Politics and International Studies
• Early American and Native American history
• New Netherland, European-Native American relations in the Colonial northeast
• Wampum
• Native Americans in film and history
Named university's recipient of Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 2010. Named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2002, 2004, and 2005. Published book in 2006: The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley (New York: Berghahn, 2006). Published several articles, including "Reassessing American Frontier Theory: Culture, Cultural Relativism, and the Middle Ground" in Sylvia Hinton and C.A. van Minnen, ed., Frontiers and Boundaries in United States History; "Common Practices and Mutual Misunderstandings: Henry Hudson, Native Americans, and the Birth of New Netherland" in De Halve Maen LXXII; "Peter Stuyvesant" in American National Biography; "The Origins of New Netherland: Interpreting Native American Responses to Henry Hudson's Visit" in Itinerario VXIII; and "History as a Humanity: Reading and Literacy in the History Classroom," in The History Teacher 26. Received the Hendricks Manuscript Award in 1998 for his work on Dutch-Indian relations in New Netherland. Received the J. William Fulbright Research Grant for research in the Netherlands for 1993-94.
EDUCATION: PhD in history from Indiana University

Leah Payne
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in American Religious History/Women's Studies
• Church history & American religious history
• 19th century American revivalism
• Critical theories of religion
• Gender and ritual studies
• Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianities
• Theology and hermeneutics
Payne graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2013 and began a postdoctoral fellowship at Portland Seminary through the Louisville Institute in 2014. She has also taught at George Fox University. In addition, she was employed as a research assistant, teaching fellow and research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt University.
EDUCATION: PhD in history and critical theories of religion from Vanderbilt University

Nate D. Peach
Assistant Professor of Economics
• Environmental economics
• Regional economics
• Applied time-series data analysis
Peach received his PhD from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., in 2011. He served as an instructor and graduate teaching assistant for numerous classes during his studies. He also developed an online course for the university. His environmental research has focused on the role energy plays in the economic growth process. At the regional level he has analyzed various aspects of local housing markets.
EDUCATION: PhD in economics from Colorado State University.

Mary A. Peterson
Chair, Graduate School of Clinical Psychology
• Clinical supervision
• Healthcare management
Served as clinical coordinator for inpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment center programs in Scottsbluff, Neb. Current research includes predicting adjustment of youth with conduct disorder and defining outcome variables following secure residential treatment for adults with serious mental illness.
EDUCATION: PhD in philosophy in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology

Alex A. Pia
Director of International Student and Scholarship Services
• Needs facing international students studying in the United States
• Teaching of English as a second language
Pia previously taught at Portland State University, Concordia University, Warner Pacific College, and Mount Hood Community College, all in Oregon.
EDUCATION: MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Portland State University

Donald R. Powers
Professor of Biology
• Ornithology, particularly hummingbird physiology and behavior
• Comparative physiology
• Physiology ecology
Previously taught at Biola University, Saddleback Community College, and Sierra Community College, all in California.
EDUCATION: PhD in physiological ecology from the University of California-Davis

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