Experts on "Technology"

Carolyn Bishop

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Elementary Education

Carolyn Bishop was born in Toronto Canada. Carolyn received her education in California and started her career in education as a sixth grade teacher. Her post baccalaureate education focused on curriculum, staff development, cognition, educational administration and online learning and thinking.

Carolyn Bishop is serving the Biola students as the Director of Elementary Education implementing her knowledge of quality teacher preparation and technology in the process of educating future teachers to serve in all parts of the world. It is her desire to ensure high quality educators are in all classrooms and that the integration of faith is an integral part of each student's experience here at Biola University.

Dr. Bishop's research agenda has been around teacher preparation, program design, environmental impacts of online education, and online thinking and learning. Her current research project is regarding teacher dispositions and how best to shape the practices of teachers to positively impact student learning. She has published articles on online thinking and learning and quality teacher preparation.

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Gerald R. Fisher

  • Interim Chair, Department of Cinema and Media Arts
  • Professor, Cinema and Media Arts

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.

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Rebecca Hong

  • Dean of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Associate Professor

Dr. Hong teaches research methods and research in culture classes in the graduate program. While in the doctoral program at USC, she unearthed her love for research and decided to continue down that path. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Hong pursued a post-doctorate fellowship that examined the issues of educational access for marginalized students in Cambodia. It was the perfect intersection of two of her passions, research and traveling.

Dr. Hong continues to conduct research in the area of educational access for historically underrepresented students and uses research to give a voice to those who are traditionally marginalized in society. Her favorite moments in teaching are when she sees her graduate students excited about conducting research as a medium of bringing about social justice in education. Dr. Hong also sits on the Board of Directors of JOYA Scholars, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and preparing students for college success.

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John Liang

  • Associate Professor of TESOL

A native of Canton, China, Dr. Liang loves language studies and enjoys exploring theory and practice in language learning and teaching! He currently teaches in the graduate and undergraduate TESOL programs that offer teacher education courses to both pre- and in-service English teachers. Before joining the faculty at Biola in 2001, he directed an ESL program in the University of California, Riverside Learning Center. Dr. Liang received his doctorate in TESL/TEFL at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Dr. Liang is very active in research and is a frequent presenter at the TESOL and CATESOL conferences. His current research interests lie in pedagogical ESL grammar, ESL materials, second language reading and writing, and technology-enhanced language learning.

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