Experts on "Women"

Tamara Anderson

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Dean of Administration

Dr. Anderson has a broad interest in the field of clinical psychology. She teaches psychopathology and ethics and law and is especially interested in the training of professional psychologists. Dr. Anderson's research interests focus on gender issues, attachment, ethics and law and conflict resolution, in addition to previous work in the area of eating disorders. She also has extensive experience in providing workshops on topics required for licensure in various mental health and related professions. In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Anderson is the Associate Dean of Graduate Students and serves as the Chair of the Admissions and Academic Qualifications Committee.

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Elizabeth Lewis Hall

  • Professor of Psychology

Elizabeth Hall's research interests include women and work, mothering, sexism, embodiment and meaning-making in suffering. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. In all of these areas, she strives to bring together psychological research and theological insights. She teaches integration courses in the undergraduate program, and co-leads a graduate research team on women’s issues.

Elizabeth Hall's appointment calendar is available.

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Carolyn Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Public Relations

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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Christina Lee-Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Undergraduate Psychology Internship Coordinator

Christina Lee-Kim is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Biola University. She regularly teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology department and supervises doctoral research. Her research interests include multiculturalism and gender issues, racial and cultural identity formation, Asian-American psychology and the use of qualitative research methods.

Christina Lee-Kim's appointment calendar is available.

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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 Biblical and Theological Studies

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

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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Judith Mendelsohn Rood

  • Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies

Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so. Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. She is especially interested in the relations of Muslims, Christians and Jews from an historical perspective. Currently she is working on writing a history of world civilizations. Rood loves the arts, hiking, swimming and good conversation.

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Anneke Stasson

  • Assistant Professor, Torrey Honors Institute

Anneke grew up in Olympia, Wash. and is thrilled to be living on the West Coast again after living for eight years in Boston. Anneke received her B.A. in English from Calvin College and her M.A. in Church History from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Most recently, Anneke received her Ph.D. from Boston University, where she studied the History of Christianity, Global Christianity and the History of Missions. Her dissertation was on twentieth-century missionaries and marriage counselors Walter and Ingrid Trobisch. Her current research continues to address the relationship between Christianity and cultural conceptions of gender, marriage and family life. Anneke and her husband, Stevie, have three daughters, Mary Lou, Eleanor and Ruthann, all of whom enjoy swimming, hiking, cooking and reading.

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Judy Ten Elshof

  • Professor of Spirituality and Marriage & Family, Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Talbot School of Theology
  • Director, Talbot's Spiritual Formation Focus
  • Associate Director and Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Renewal
  • Founder and Executive Director, Hilltop Renewal Center

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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Camille Tucker

  • Instructor, Screenwriting

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature/creative writing, Camille Tucker launched her filmmaking career with the short film Sweet Potato Ride, executive produced by Bill Duke (Predator, Deep Cover, Sister Act III). She has sold seven screenplays and a TV pilot to major studios including Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney Studios and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt, Todd Garner, Debra Chase and John Singleton.

Camille has completed six short films. Her short film Cellular won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Roxbury International Film Festival. She has also been a semi-finalist in the Motion Picture Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a two-time Sundance Writer's Lab semi-finalist.

In the fall of 2014, Camille came on board our full-time faculty as professor of screenwriting at Biola. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced screenwriting, as well as classes that help students to hone their skills in writing character and dialogue and screenplay coverage.

In addition, Camille is pursuing an M.F.A. in screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she is excitedly planning to make her feature film directing debut with Sorority Sistaz, a satirical social comedy. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Her passion is writing and directing women in extraordinary roles.

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