Apr. 4, 2020
John Bloom’s interests center on physics and the integration of science and Christianity. At the undergraduate level he regularly teaches the algebra-based Physics I and Physics II sequence, the First-Year Seminar and the Senior Capstone Seminar for department majors. Bloom has a passion for critical thinking, problem solving, and using hands-on lab experiments to help students gain an intuitive sense for physics concepts. Bloom seeks to bring greater theological and historical depth to biblical integration in teaching the Biblical Studies Department’s integration seminar: Christianity and the Natural Sciences.
At the graduate level he teaches Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design, and Advanced Seminar in Intelligent Design for the Master of Arts – Science and Religion and Scientific Apologetics for the Master of Arts – Christian Apologetics. He is the author of The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide, which surveys the relationship between Christianity and science, and demonstrates how God’s glory is clearly seen through the discoveries of science.
Don Galbadage’s teaching focuses on the disciplines of public health, medical sciences and applied health sciences. His areas of expertises are in epidemiology, biostatistics, disease control, preventative medicine, human physiology, pathology, microbiology, molecular biology and wellness promotion. Galbadage’s goal in teaching is that at the end of a course, students will be able to accomplish five broad objectives: 1) Define important concepts pertinent to the discipline, 2) identify the creative work of God in science and health, 3) solve theoretical problem using definitions they learned, 4) critique the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies used and 5) combine these methodologies to address any research hypothesis.
To accomplish his teaching goals and enhance students’ learning experience, Galbadage uses several different strategies. His teaching strategies promote a student-centered learning environment based on four learning principles: core-competencies, personalization, student-ownership and versatility. Galbadage encourages active student learning by giving his students ownership of their learning experience. This increases student engagement and helps foster a successful education. Education attained through meaningful learning is an invaluable foundation needed for students to build better lives and better careers. His mission as a teacher is to guide students through the process of meaningful learning and empower them to be independent lifelong learners.
Outstanding professors are not only effective teachers and researchers but also excellent mentors. Inspired by many exceptional professors Galbadage has benefited from, he makes himself available as a mentor for any students who want to discuss their research, career plans, educational goals, or professional applications. His goal in mentoring students is to invest in their lives, be an example of Christ-centered living, and see them succeed in life.
Richard Gunasekera, Ph.D., has enjoyed a 20-year career in higher education as professor and a scientist in the field of Biochemical Genetics and Forensic DNA. He earned his bachelor’s in biochemistry at Baylor University, where he researched and published in organic synthesis as an undergraduate. Gunasekera earned a master’s degree in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a master’s in molecular genetics and a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Before coming to Biola in 2018, Gunasekera founded the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Houston-Victoria and acted as the Department Head and later as Director of Graduate Studies. He has held faculty and research positions at Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Rice University in Houston. Gunasekera’s research now spans several interdisciplinary fields such as cancer biology, forensic DNA studies, nano-biotechnology and biochemical genetics. He has also received awards for excellence in teaching, research and as a distinguished faculty member from his previous institutions.
Working with his students and colleagues in research Gunasekera stays committed to the student and the classroom. He believes that all teaching in the sciences is an extension of rigorous research and discovery, and that a science professor is best when he professes what he practices in the laboratory. Thus, he considers teaching both graduates and undergraduates in the classroom and laboratory in a Christ-centered environment as his first calling. He is committed to work as a team member to contribute toward building a world class institution and continue to make Biola a national leader in the sciences.
Craig Hazen is the founder and director of the master's program with a concentration in Christian apologetics and director of the master's program with a concentration in science and religion at Biola University.
Craig is the editor of Philosophia Christi, a philosophy journal. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America; the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings; and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honor at Biola, and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics, including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and a former co-host of a national radio talk program.
Mark Makin is a philosopher specializing in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology, with a deep appreciation for the history of philosophy. His research focuses on the nature of explanation in metaphysics and its applications. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing jazz saxophone, indulging in Jane Austen film adaptations, rooting for the New York Giants and exploring America’s national parks.
J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He received a B.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals
(McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The
Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, and Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.) He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August, 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.
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.