Dec. 12, 2017
Tania Abouezzeddine has studied and has experience in several areas in the field of psychology working on topics such as trauma, pediatric psychology, cross-cultural psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She is currently an associate professor of psychology at Biola, previously at the University of Southern California. Abouezzeddine graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a degree in psychology. She earned her master's degree at Boston University and later her doctorate in psychology specializing in clinical science at the University of Southern California. During her doctorate studies, Abouezzeddine studied the effects of social support from friends and family on adolescents consistently bullied in their school environment.
In addition to her work in the area of school trauma, Abouezzeddine received extensive training in the area of clinical neuropsychology working with populations across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics. After earning her doctorate, Abouezzeddine completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in pediatric neuropsychology assessing children with traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders and learning and developmental disabilities. In addition to clinical and academic work, Abouezzeddine is heavily involved in ministry both within her community and internationally. She has been in a position of leadership in her local Bible Study Fellowship class since 2006 and currently holds the position of class administrator. She currently leads a children's Sunday school class at her home church and is involved with international holistic training with World Orphans.
Stephanie Chan is a cultural sociologist who teaches courses in introductory sociology, globalization, cross-national sociology, Chinese society, and research design. Her research centers on issues of cross-cultural and international cooperation. She has conducted research on cross-cultural cooperation within transnational non-governmental organizations in China and on debates over U.S. policy for promoting human rights in China. She is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Biola University. Chan received her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continued to earn her master’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University and her doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.
Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an assistant professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, ageing, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).
Dr. Dryjanska belongs to INTERFASOL, the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to intergenerational family solidarity across Europe. She is also a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska recently served as the Coordinator for Italy of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; among other engagements, she represented this organization during the Working Group on “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” organized in 2013 by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences (Final Statement).
Stacy Eltiti completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Following doctoral studies, she worked on several research grants. The most noteworthy of which, investigated possible health effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields produced by cell phone base stations. Here at Biola, Eltiti teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of statistics, experimental and cognitive psychology. Eltiti supervises both Ph.D. research projects and Psy.D. doctoral papers. She also serves as co-chair of the Protection of Human Rights in Research Committee.
R. Douglas Geivett's interests range over the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, epistemology and the history of modern philosophy. He is the author of Evil and the Evidence for God and co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology and In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History. Geivett has contributed chapters to God Matters: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion; God Under Fire; The Rationality of Theism; and Does God Exist? The Craig-Flew Debate. Geivett is the former president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. In the past, Geivett has served as minister to college students at churches in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California and continues to speak in churches and on university campuses on subjects related to apologetics and the Christian life.
Dr. Kim specializes in the critical integration of theology and psychology with a particular interest in exploring the interrelationship of faith, spirituality, intellect, personhood, morality, and culture. He brings over 20 years of ministry experience to the classroom. His areas of expertise include faith formation & discipleship, philosophy of ministry, and qualitative research methods. He co-edited and contributed multiple chapters to Christian Formation: Integrating Theology & Human Development and The Heritage of Christian Education. He is a past recipient of Lilly Research Grants administered by the Association of Theological Schools (2007 & 2012). In addition to full-time teaching, he serves as a paper/research presentation coordinator for the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) and is actively involved in local church ministry.
David Shane Lowry obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina. His scholarship focuses on human empathy. His graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Lowry is writing two books. One book is an anthropology of Michael Jordan, and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. Lowry is currently part of an interdisciplinary research team that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the environmental aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. He will be teaching courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and other topics related to his research and writing.
Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches. He maintains an active consulting service in churches and is the former President of the American Society of Church Growth. He has earned degrees from Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary, the Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled, "Training Turnaround Leaders, Systemic Approaches to Reinstate Growth in Plateaued Churches." He has served as a Vice President for the Alliance Theological Seminary, and as the Academic Dean at The King’s College in mid-town Manhattan. McMahan now works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Intercultural Studies Program. He is married to Terri, and has two sons.
Armida Millán teaches graduate courses in marriage and family therapy, child/adolescent therapy, family psychopathology, multicultural issues in therapy and an undergraduate course in the psychology of family. Millán's research interests focus on family and child/adolescent issues. She is also interested in understanding how cultural and racial factors influence identity development and mental health. In addition, combat related PTSD and depression is an area of interest that emerged from her experience as a commissioned officer with the United States Air Force Reserve. Millán is currently inactive on Individual Ready-Reserve Status. Millán conducts parenting workshops and seminars on various topics, including ethnic minorities in education. Millán maintains a small clinical practice specializing in depression and anxiety, as well as family and child/adolescent issues.
Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so. Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. She is especially interested in the relations of Muslims, Christians and Jews from an historical perspective. Currently she is working on writing a history of world civilizations. Rood loves the arts, hiking, swimming and good conversation.
Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature/creative writing, Camille Tucker launched her filmmaking career with the short film Sweet Potato Ride, executive produced by Bill Duke (Predator, Deep Cover, Sister Act III). She has sold seven screenplays and a TV pilot to major studios including Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney Studios and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt, Todd Garner, Debra Chase and John Singleton.
Camille has completed six short films. Her short film Cellular won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Roxbury International Film Festival. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a two-time Sundance Writer's Lab semi-finalist.
In the fall of 2014, Camille came on board our full-time faculty as professor of screenwriting at Biola. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced screenwriting, as well as classes that help students to hone their skills in writing character and dialogue and screenplay coverage.
In addition, Camille is pursuing an M.F.A. in screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she is excitedly planning to make her feature film directing debut with Sorority Sistaz, a satirical social comedy. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Her passion is writing and directing women in extraordinary roles.
Victor Velazquez is currently a modern language professor at Biola University. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, American Association of Teachers of French and American Association of Teachers of Spanish, Portuguese and Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). Velazquez invests in his community and serves as a volunteer speaker for Child S.H.A.R.E., an organization that supports and encourages faith communities through the foster care and adoption process. He received his bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and master’s degree/doctorate in French Language and Literature from the University of California, Irvine. While working towards his doctorate, he was honored through several awards such as the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Award. Velazquez previously taught at Mount San Antonio College, Coastline Community College and University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Williams loves enlarging students' understanding and enjoyment of God while teaching Theology 1 and 2 courses at Biola University. He also teaches History of Atheism, Introduction to Philosophy, and Biblical Literature in the secular college context. He has taught theology internationally, including seminaries in Nepal and Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri ministries in Switzerland and Holland. Dr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at churches and conferences, in addition to serving as a teaching pastor at a local church. His academic works include Love, Freedom, and Evil (Rodopi, 2011), used in seminaries around the world and currently being translated to German, and his recent popular publication, The Exchange (AIMBooks, 2012). His research interests include the Trinity, divine and human agency, dialogue with atheists and theology of culture.
Allen Yeh is a missiologist who specializes in Latin America and China. He also has other academic interests in history, classical music, homiletics, social justice, the California missions, the Maya, and biographical interest in Jonathan Edwards (America's greatest theologian) and Adoniram Judson (America's first intercontinental missionary). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia. He earned his B.A. from Yale, M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, M.Th. from Edinburgh, and D.Phil. from Oxford. Despite this alphabet soup, he believes that experience is the greatest teacher of all (besides the Bible). As such, Allen has been to over 60 countries on every continent, to study, do missions work, and experience the culture. As Mark Twain said in 1857, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
Nancy Wang Yuen is a scholar of race and ethnicity in film, television and new media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (creative writing) and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. An associate professor of sociology at Biola University, Yuen enjoys helping her students view media through a critical lens. She teaches classes on research methods, race/gender in popular culture, Asian American studies and visual sociology.
Yuen's book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University Press, 2016), examines the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina/o actors face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes.
Yuen pioneered the first policy report on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in primetime television, in collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The Associated Press interviewed her for a feature on the report. She is currently conducting a 10-year follow up study evaluating not only the raw numbers but also the complexity of characters portrayed by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in network/cable television and digital streaming services.
Yuen is also co-curating an exhibit on Hollywood's Pioneering Asian American Actresses for the Japanese American National Museum.