Experts on "Women"

Carolyn Kim

  • Associate Professor of Public Relations
  • Director of Public Relations Programs

Carolyn Mae Kim, Ph.D., APR, is an award winning scholar, educator and public relations (PR) professional. She currently serves as an assistant professor at Biola University and she has a background working with global charities and national non-profits, developing creative PR and marketing campaigns. Her research interests include credibility, digital strategy, social media and PR education.

Professor Kim’s research has been published in several journals and her book, Social Media Campaigns, launched in July of 2016. Her research on PR education and social media has also been presented nationally, receiving recognition such as the first place teaching paper award from the Public Relations Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2015, and third place in 2016. She is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional and a speaker who regularly addresses audiences on the topics of social media, credibility and digital communication.

Her teaching has gained national attention, receiving 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, she was a 2015 Great Ideas for Teacher Competition (GIFT) finalist. Some of the courses she designed include "PR Leadership and Advanced Campaign Design"; "PR Management, Philosophy, and Ethics; Social Media, SEO, and Digital Strategy"; "Journalism & PR Research Methods"; and "Crisis Public Relations."

Maintaining an active role in the profession, Professor Kim has served in numerous leadership roles within the industry. She is the chief research editor for the Institute for Public Relation’s Digital Media Research Center. In addition, she is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and also engaged with the local Orange County PRSA Chapter, where she served on the board of directors for three years. She has held leadership positions in PRSA’s Educators Academy executive committee, the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) Public Relations Division, and AEJMC’s Small Program Interest Group. She was selected by the Arthur W. Page Center as a Legacy Scholar to help develop an online ethics curriculum, worked with the PRSA in creating the online training program for the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations, and served as a co-chair for one of the chapters from the 2017 Commission on Public Relations Education report focusing on standards in public relations programs.

During her time at Biola University, Professor Kim designed and launched the PR major, with the number of students in the program doubling under her leadership. Through her mentorship, an award-winning, student-run firm was launched which 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. In addition, she helped the chapter have an officer serving on the PRSSA National Committee for four consecutive years, a first in Biola University’s history for the program. She also launched a PR honors program, PR Fellows.

Identifying her significant contributions to the profession, the Orange County PRSA Chapter presented her with the Distinguished Service award in 2016. In addition, recognizing of her work to rebuild the PR program at Biola, she received the Award of Excellence at the prestigious Silver Anvil ceremony for the Public Relations Society of America in 2016, as well as a PROTOS award from the Orange County Public Relations Society of America (OC PRSA) in 2015 and the Award of Excellence for Community Relations and Institutional Programs in 2012 from OC PRSA.

Professor Kim received her Ph.D. in communication from Regent University, writing her dissertation on organizational credibility within social media. She received her master's and bachelor's degrees from Biola University.

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Laureen Mgrdichian

  • Associate Professor of Marketing

Laureen Mgrdichian has been an associate professor at Biola since 2012. Besides teaching at Biola, she owns her own cookie business. She graduated from Biola in 1980 with a degree in communications, and completed her MBA with an emphasis in marketing and organizational development at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mgrdichian has been married to her husband Tom for 29 years, and they have three children who share the same birthday.

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Ronald W. Pierce

  • Professor of Old Testament

Ron Pierce has taught at Biola University in the undergraduate Biblical and Theological Studies division since 1976, specializing in the contemporary evangelical gender debate, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the OT book of Daniel. From 1986–2001 he and his wife Pat directed Biola's Israel-Palestine travel-study program, and continue to lead academic tours to the Holy Land for local churches. His published books include Discovering Biblical Equality (2005), Partners in Marriage & Ministry (2011) and a commentary on Daniel (2015), along with numerous articles for academic journals. Ron and Pat are active members at the Whittier Area Community Church, with whom Ron is ordained and where he regularly teaches adult classes.

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Itzel Reyes

  • Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
  • Spanish Club Faculty Advisor

Itzel Reyes earned her B.A. from Cal State, Dominguez Hills in Spanish literature with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation was titled “Espacios que asustan: Narrar el horror en el cine y el cuento español contemporáneo” (Scary Spaces: Narrating Horror in Contemporary Spanish Film and Short Story). Her research interests include Spanish horror, historical memory, literary and cinematic representations of violence and second language teaching and acquisition. She views her role at Biola as ministerial work where she has been blessed by the opportunity of pouring into Biola students in helping fulfill the university’s mission of equipping its students to impact the world in service of our Lord. She teaches all levels of G.E. Spanish and minor/major level classes.

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Judy Ten Elshof

  • Director, Spiritual Formation Core Program
  • Professor of Spiritual Formation and Marriage and Family

Professor of Spirituality and Marriage and Family, Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Director of Talbot’s Spiritual Formation Program, Spiritual Director, Associate Director of The Center for Spiritual Renewal, Founder of Hilltop Renewal Center, B.A., California State University, Fullerton, M.A., Talbot School of Theology, M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology.

Judy TenElshof’s goal as Director of Talbot’s Spiritual Formation program is to have all Talbot students understand the nature, process and practices of spiritual growth and to have them experience deeper intimacy with God and others. Her expertise as a teacher and conference speaker is in helping individuals and families grow relationally, morally and spiritually.

Judy has established and directed counseling centers in churches and Christian schools and is founder of Hilltop Renewal Center for Christian leaders.She has co-edited Women and Men in Ministry, authored several journal articles, along with chapters in Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation; Short-Term Missions Boom: The Guide to International and Domestic Involvement; and the Christian Education Dictionary.

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