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

Dr. 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.

Dr. Hall's appointment calendar is available.

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Carolyn Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Public Relations

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.

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Christina Lee-Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Undergraduate Psychology Internship Coordinator

Dr. 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.

Dr. Lee-Kim's appointment calendar is available.

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Laureen Mgrdichian

  • Associate Professor of Marketing

Laureen Mgrdichian teaches in the areas of marketing, business communication, women, and consumer behavior. Her master's degree from the Anderson Graduate School of Management focused on marketing and organizational development. Mgrdichian has over 25 years experience in marketing promotions, management, and entrepreneurial ventures. She currently owns her own cookie business. Laureen and her husband have been married over 27 years and are the parents of triplets who hope to attend Biola in 2016.

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Ronald W. Pierce

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Ron Pierce has taught at Biola University in the undergraduate Biblical & 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 & 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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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. Dr. 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, WA and is thrilled to be living on the West Coast again after living for eight years in Boston. Anneke receieved her BA in English from Calvin College and her MA in Church History from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. 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 Christian Ministry and Leadership
  • Institute for Spiritual Formation and Christian Ministry and Leadership
  • Director of Talbot's Spiritual Formation Focus
  • Associate Director, Center for Spiritual Renewal
  • Founder, Hilltop Renewal Center
  • Professor of Spirituality and Marriage and Family,
  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership
  • Spiritual Director

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.

Dr. 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.

She 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 withchapters 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 7 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 6 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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