Faculty Spotlight

BY WENDY ROBINSON When you sit in a classroom during a discussion led by Heather Ross, associate professor of philosophy, you’ll most likely sit in a circle, surrounded by peers and Ross herself. Ross intentionally chooses a circle of chairs for learning so every participant is both teacher and learner....

BY CHRISTOPHER HAZELL As you step into Dr. Michael Lodahl’s office, you’re instantly immersed into the heart of academia. Shelves brimming with countless books, ranging from rabbinic theology to 18th century philosophy, adorn the quaint, scholarly room. Lodahl sits with a view of the Pacific stretched out before him. He is a lover of books, ideas, deep conversation,...

BY TIFFANY MUSICK MATTHEWS When students ask PLNU professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology Dr. Jeff Sullivan for career advice, he tells them to find what they’re passionate about and distinctly gifted in and use that to partner with God in what He’s doing. For Sullivan, this is more...

BY SHARON AYALA To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is hand-sized and made up of hexagons, like a soccer ball you can see all the way through. She points to each part and explains:...

by Sharon Ayala In junior high school, Dr. Nancy K. Murray, professor of fashion and interior design, took her first sewing class. She made a basic skirt and was one of two students to receive an A. For her 16th birthday, she received her first quality sewing machine, with which...

by Christine Spicer At sea off Santa Cruz Island headed toward Santa Barbara, six students and a professor are reading aloud to one another from Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana. They are in history class, albeit a quite unconventional one. For the past 10 years, Dr....

by Liz Green Dr. Jill Hamilton-Bunch graduated from PLNU in 1990 with the desire to be a teacher, and that’s exactly what she’s done for the past 22 years—plus much more. Hamilton-Bunch lives in Bakersfield with her husband, Darin (90), and their 8-year-old Queensland shepherd, Franklin, who they rescued from...

"Apart from the fact that he is neither a woman nor a Catholic, Winder;'s unique life perspective adds a matchless voice as well as depth and dynamism to the genre."