Apr. 16, 2021
Luke Aleckson is a Professor of Art at Biola University. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture and a B.S. in Art from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Summa Cum Laude. Past positions have included serving as Department Chair and Professor of Art and Design at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Director of Denler Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Instructor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Past exhibitions of his artwork have been held nationally, at venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Suburban in Oak Park, Ill. He maintains an active art practice out of Los Angeles, in which he explores disciplines such as sculpture, digital modeling, video art and installation art. Past honors include the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award, the SAIC MFA Fellowship Award and the Harvey Fellowship. Visit www.lukealeckson.coom to view more of his work.
Shieu-Hong Lin teaches core courses on computer science and mathematics in the areas of algorithms, artificial intelligence, data science, game theory, machine learning, optimization, and programming. His computer science courses adopt an analysis-design-implementation paradigm to connect the understanding of analytical frameworks with hands-on problem-solving experiences. To keep students abreast of the latest development in the fields, he often brings in elements of his research into the upper-division courses. He encourages students to participate in research projects and has published research results jointly with students. He strives to help students cultivate a holistic perspective of faith and learning to embark upon successful careers and impact the world for Jesus Christ in workplaces.
Lin’s research interests include various topics on algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and operations research. He has been working on optimization problems regarding transportation networks, data analysis of social networks, probabilistic reasoning using belief networks, and automatic verification of temporal logic specifications. Lin has studied how to best manage routing information for optimal vehicle refueling in transportation networks. This was achieved by applying data structures and algorithms needed for implementing a system that can effectively maintain the routing and refueling information dynamically to minimize the fuel cost of point-to-point delivery by motor vehicles.
Kenneth Nehrbass was a pastor before he and his wife Mendy joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2000. In 2002, they moved to the island of Tanna (in Vanuatu) to translate the New Testament with a team of nationals. In 2012 they moved back to the USA, and Nehrbass became assistant professor of International Studies at Belhaven University. In 2014, he moved to Biola to teach and direct the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in intercultural studies. He continues to volunteer as a translation and anthropology consultant with SIL and the Seed Company. His research focuses on contextual theology and missiological anthropology. He and his wife have four children.
Lloyd Peckham has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1974 and has served as a translator and consultant in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. Peckham has taught applied linguistics part time at Biola since 2005 and will be joining the Cook School of Intercultural Studies faculty on a full time basis under a special contract with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Peckham and his wife, Nancy have three sons who were all born on the island of New Guinea. Lloyd has leadership responsibilities at Calvary Church of Santa Ana and Calvary Life in a chaplain-like role amongst bicyclists.
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).