Experts on "English"

Christopher Davidson

  • Chair, Department of English

Chris Davidson is associate professor of English and co-director of first-year writing at Biola. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, writing for competency, and creative writing. He has a bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman. A chapbook, Poems, appeared in 2012.

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Shelley Garcia

  • Assistant Professor of English

Shelley Garcia received her bachelor's degree in English and sociology at Vanguard University, and went on to do graduate work at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in contemporary American literature, gender and minority discourses and has taught courses such as "Race and Ethnicity in American Literature," "American Literature Since 1865," "Contemporary Women Writers and Feminist Theory," "Modernism and Masculinity" and "Landmark Texts of the 20th Century by U.S. Ethnic Writers."

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Katherine Purgason

  • Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Program Director, Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Professor of TESOL

Kitty Purgason brings to her classes in TESOL methodology, curriculum, materials and intercultural communication her years of experience living, studying, serving and teaching in India, Russia, Korea, China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Spain. She has received three Fulbright fellowships and the Biola Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She has been a U.S. State Department English Language Specialist. Her professional interests include methodology in local context and professional ethics.

Purgason has presented on methodology and materials-related topics at more than 30 local, state and national TESOL conferences, and has spoken about TESOL at Urbana and other similar conferences. She is the author of Professional Guidelines for Christian English Teachers (2016), "Planning Lessons and Units" in Celce-Murcia, Brinton, & Snow (2013), "Classroom Guidelines for Teachers with Convictions" in Wong and Canagarajah (2009), and English Language Teaching in Theological Contexts (2010).


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Dale Sprowl

  • Special Contract Faculty for English

Dale Sprowl teaches critical thinking, writing and literature at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. During summers she administrates the Young Writer’s Project at UCI. Her work with the UCI Writing Project began in 1981 in professional development coursework in cognition and composition. She also has contributed to the UCIWP texts on the teaching of writing. Her first chapbook, The Colors of Water, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. Her poems have also appeared in Pearl, Fire, A New Song, Ancient Paths, and Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places. She earned her bachelors degree in humanities and in history as well as a masters degree in history from Pepperdine University. Her affiliation with the school has continued by teaching in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and by supervising elementary and secondary student teachers. She is an Educator Associate for the American Psychoanalytic Association. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband and youngest daughter while her older daughter attends graduate school and her son works.

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