Sep. 20, 2020
“Art is created in infrastructure whether a frame, an altar, a chapel ceiling or a 90-minute feature.” Gerry has 35 years of experience in media education and is using that to expand CMA's infrastructure in equipment, faculty, facilities, courses, and funding since taking over the leadership role in 2016. The CMA program has since been endorsed by several industry publications, students are winning in film festivals, and classes and enrollment have been expanded. PhD UCI, MA Regent, BA FWBC.
Professor Fisher has over 35 years of experience in media as a faculty member, interim chair, production company owner and manager of media technology infrastructure.
He pursued a Ph.D. when film was still film, but his program included studies in artificial intelligence, human and technology interface, computer programming, decision making and statistics because he believed some day computers would play a role in media production.
At Biola he has been responsible for the department’s transition from analog to digital and now to cloud based media production. In his classes he has introduced mobile applications, compression and streaming science, digital cinema standards, augmented and virtual reality and many other topics.
As interim chair, Professor Fisher is charged with developing the five year plan to expand enrollment, develop new programs offered by Cinema and Media Arts and turn CMA into one of the top film schools.
Professor Fisher is a member of the Broadcast Educators Association and actively involved in the emerging technologies interest division.
Professor Fisher and his wife, Ellie, live in Irvine, California, have five children and seven treasured grandchildren.
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.
June Hetzel specializes in literacy processes, curriculum development, and spiritual formation. Hetzel has served in the roles of teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, writer, editor, consultant, and professor before becoming Dean of Biola's School of Education. She has served at school, district, and county levels, including four summer teaching overseas. Recent projects include co-editing a book entitled Inclusive Classrooms for Community Flourishing (2018, SKILD, published in Arabic); co-authoring a chapter called "Jesus, Justice, and Special Education Inclusion: A Case for the Shalom Model of Inclusion" inIntegrating Faith and Special Education: A Christian Faith Approach to Special Education Practice (2016, Wipf & Stock); editing a PreK–6 textbook series for English Learners, Passport to Adventure (Purposeful Design Publications, 2014); co-authoring a chapter for Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (2014); and co-authoring The Literacy Gaps: Building Bridges for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners (Corwin Press, 2009). A former in-house editor, she has authored 18 teacher resource books, including the Steps to Writing Success series (2002), Writing Fluency (2001), Writing Teacher's Handbook series (1999) and Responding to Literature (1993; 2002). She has written articles for numerous journals, such Journal of Psychology and Theology, Evangelizing Today's Child, the Home School Researcher, the Claremont Yearbook, Focus Publications, Salem Press, Starburst Publishers, the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Teachers of Vision and Christian School Education. She was the managing editor for the American Bookseller's Pick-of-the-List in the parent category: Homeschooling: Answers to Questions Parent Most Often Ask (1995) and co-editor for Beauty is Soul Deep: 180 Devotionals for Growing a Meaningful Inner Life (Barbour Press, 2003). Hetzel has most recently been keynote for the ACSI Early Childhood Conference in La Mirada, CA (2019); Christian Schools International, Washington, D.C. (2019); Morrison Academy, Taichung Taiwan (2018); and the ACSI International Administrators Conference in Qawra, Malta (2014) for Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Other speaking engagements include the Oxford Round Table, Oxfordfordshire, UK; Grace Christian Schools, Chiang Mai, Thailand; and UPH International Christian Higher Education Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia. Hetzel’s doctoral dissertation topic was “Factors that Influence Parents to Homeschool” and her heart is to support families in the education of their children, whether public, private, mission or homeschool paths. Her most recent graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology has led to research related to the spiritual lives of teachers and the role of spiritual disciplines in mitigating stress and promoting flourishing.