Experts on "Literary Criticism"

Joe Henderson

  • Associate Professor

Joe Henderson teaches Bible, literature, and hermeneutics. In his doctoral work at Fuller Theological Seminary, he studied hermeneutics and Old Testament literature. His dissertation on the poetry of the book of Jeremiah is the fruit of his interest in the relationship between the history of biblical interpretation and the history of literary criticism. His other interests include Robert Louis Stevenson's novels, Paul's theology, Milton's Prose, Brevard Childs' hermeneutics, Flannery O'Connor's stories, Charles Wesley's hymns and Francis of Assisi's life. Joe is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. He and his wife Conchie served at Rift Valley Academy as dorm parents for fifth and sixth-grade girls. Now they are the grateful parents of Kip, William and Laurel.

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Jane E. Kim

  • Assistant Professor

Jane E. Kim was born in State College, Pa. and grew up in Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English and French, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University. Her dissertation focused on the influence of Dante's poetic theology on British Romantic conceptions of the poet and poetry. Her current research interests include 18th and 19th-century British literature and the Bible and literature. Jane is thrilled to be a part of the Biola community and enjoys studying great books with the Torrey Honors Institute's bright students.

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Daniel E. Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitics

Prior to joining the Talbot’s Old Testament faculty full-time, Dr. Kim spent over 15 years on the Biola campus as an alumnus of both Biola and Talbot, and later as adjunct faculty. After majoring in Business as an undergraduate at Biola, he worked as an accountant and financial analyst before pursuing the pastorate and biblical studies. Dr. Kim maintained a connection to the business world during his theological education, serving as a corporate controller and later opening a franchise business. At present, he also teaches classes at Biola’s Crowell School of Business. His Old Testament research interests include the Historical Books of the Old Testament, the Targumim, Mesopotamian literature, and methods of biblical exegesis. At Talbot School of Theology, Dr. Kim is passionate about teaching Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis so that future pastors would be well-equipped to teach God’s Word accurately and effectively for the church. Having been both a pastor and elder, he has a fervent heart for the local church, and in particular for special needs ministries. His sincere hope is to see both business professionals and vocational pastors join together for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

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Marc Malandra

  • Associate Professor of English

Marc Malandra received his bachelor's degree in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master's degree in English and creative writing from the University of California, Davis. He also received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Professor Malandra has had opportunities to teach at University of California, Davis, various businesses and high schools in Japan, University of California, Santa Cruz Extension and at Hartnell College. His areas of specialization are nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, Anglo-American poetry and creative writing.

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Haein Park

  • Associate Professor of English

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Lyle H Smith, Jr

  • Professor of English

Lyle Smith grew up in Minneapolis, Minn. He attended Wheaton College, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also completed post-graduate work in English Renaissance studies. His dissertation dealt with the history of English anti-clerical satire between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, culminating in the Martin Marprelate pamphlets of 1588–89. He is married to a beautiful California girl who, for ten years, was a missionary in South Africa, worked until 2004 as a psychotherapist and taught in the Human Services department at California State University, Fullerton.

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Victor Velazquez

  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages
  • Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

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.

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