Mar. 25, 2017
David T. Bourgeois worked as an information technology professional for 15 years for companies such as Southern California Edison and Texas Instruments before coming to Biola in 2002 to lead the information systems program. He received his master's degree in management science from California State University, Fullerton in 1994 and his doctorate degree in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University in 2006. Bourgeois currently serves as the undergraduate department chair and as the director of innovation with a focus on ensuring that all undergraduates are fully skilled in the digital technologies they need in their business careers. Bourgeois and his wife have been married for more than 24 years and have six children.
Monica Cure is a scholar of Comparative Literature, and visual and material culture. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (with a concentration in poetry) and Spanish literature, as well as a minor in art history, from Kenyon College. Dr. Cure received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. She specializes in late 19th/early 20th century British and American literature and culture, and representations of otherness.
An assistant professor in the Torrey Honors Institute, Dr. Cure engages in and promotes interdisciplinary thinking. She enjoys employing its Socratic-inspired pedagogy in a way that fosters perspective taking and strengthens critical thinking skills. She also helped establish and oversees the institute’s Academic Service Learning program.
Monica Cure’s forthcoming book, Picturing the Postcard: The Invention of the Postcard Through the Lens of Turn-of-the-Century Literature, and the Fantasy of New Media is under advance contract with the University of Minnesota Press. In it, she explores the literary and cultural evolution of the postcard at the turn of the twentieth century and what that reveals about the discourse of new media.Dr. Cure's current research project continues at the intersection of literature and culture, investigating the spirituality of travel through the concept of pilgrimage, medieval mysticism, and travel writing. Her other research interests include cross-cultural education, popular culture and media, art history, gender studies, and postcolonial studies.
Carolyn Mae Kim is a public relations professional who comes from a background working with global charities and national non-profits, developing creative PR and marketing campaigns. Her specialties include digital strategy, brand development, SEO and social media engagement. She currently is a Biola University faculty member and leads the PR program. Through her mentorship, a student-run firm, 6th Street, was launched and received national affiliation within two years. She also worked with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Biola chapter to help them grow from 3 active students to over thirty, as well as helping two students gain a position on the national e-board for PRSSA. She received the Award of Excellence for Community Relations and Institutional Programs from the Orange County Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 2012 for recognition of her work at Biola. Additionally, she received the Ginger Rudeseal Carter Miller Teacher of the Year in 2014 from the Association of Educators in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) Small Programs Interest Group due to her effective engagement in the classroom and innovative teaching projects. In addition to teaching, she maintains active participation in the world of public relations through her private consulting with small businesses and non-profits as well as her service as a board member for the Orange County PRSA. She is a national speaker who regularly addresses audiences on the topics of social media and digital communication, as well as publishing on the same topics. Carolyn received her PhD in communication from Regent University, writing her dissertation on organizational credibility and public perceptions within social media. She received her MA and BA from Biola University.
When she is not in the classroom or presenting to audiences, she enjoys traveling the world and exploring new cultures with her husband, Ki Yong Kim.