Introducing: Corban's zealous new faculty members…

Thursday, October 30, 2008

 

Dr. Janine AllenDean of Education, Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Allen leads Corban’s faculty and also teaches graduate-level education courses.  Formerly the Dean of Education and Counseling at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, she carries a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a doctorate from George Fox University.  A confident administrator, Janine adds her passion for biblical integration to her leadership role and classes.

Allen, her husband John, and her twin 15 year olds enjoy the great Oregon coast and mountains, hiking and snow-skiing.  Her teaching career began in the diverse area of Los Angeles. She’s been a Christian Education Ministries Coordinator as well a teacher in both private and public settings.  She returned to the public school system while she pursued an administrator’s license at the University of Oregon.  After working at the University of Oregon for a year, God directed her to NCU—where she “fell in love” with pre-service teachers and training them to use faith to inform practice.

Allen emphasizes, "I believe teachers can be dynamic leaders fully capable of effecting change within their school communities.  Therefore, the Christian teacher has a profound opportunity to serve their school community with a strong sense of purpose as they strive for professional excellence, think from a biblical worldview, and pursue a life that glorifies God."

Graduate student Joy Beshay said, “[Intro to Research] is an online class so having a professor who gives positive constructive feedback on assignments, like she does, is wonderful.”

Angela MooneyAssistant Professor of Education and ESOL Director  
Education faculty’s most recent “field agent,” Angela Mooney comes to Corban from Dallas, Texas, where she taught third grade.  She teaches upper level undergraduate courses and graduate ESOL endorsement courses.  Her degrees include a bachelor’s from Hannibal-LaGrange College and a master’s in intercultural studies and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Wheaton College.  She has experience with all ages, elementary to university students, and she’s passionate about sharing best practices for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). 

Mooney’s husband Tim is Corban’s new Director of Graduate and Adult Degree Admissions.  The couple has a 7-year-old son.  Her hobbies are reading and hunting for real estate online.  Wild Swans by Jung Chang is a favorite reread of hers and points to her love for Chinese people.

Mooney reminds her students that every person can influence the world for Christ, however they are called.  "God gifts us all to serve and glorify Him.  Last year I looked at the ELLs in my classroom and thought of all the people-groups represented:  Korean, Chinese, Polish, Finnish, and Spanish speakers.  I was honored I could be a little part of advancing the Kingdom right in my own classroom.  By educating teachers and pre-service teachers, I continue helping ELLs.”

“Angela Mooney is passionate about her content area!  She wants to make sure we think deeply about it,” said graduate student Wendy Trigg.

Jon Meyers (’99): Assistant Professor of Business 
Jon Meyers returns to Corban, this time as business faculty member for undergraduate and MBA students.  After graduating from Corban, he received an MBA and a law degree from Willamette University, as well as a law degree from the University of Washington.  Most recently in Cleveland, he worked at Ernst & Young, one of “the big four” in accounting, and he attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, where Former President Dr. Balyo pastored in the 1950s and 60s.

Besides teaching, Meyers consults part time for HR Central, designing and administering human resource programs for the firm.  He loves to work, read, follow politics, and travel.  In relocating back to Oregon’s majestic beauty, he enjoyed a long road trip; his favorite sights were Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Utah Olympic Park. 

Meyers hopes to “encourage students to personalize principles—to help them think, 'As an accountant someday, how might this influence me?'  I don't ever want students who've had me as a professor, at the end of four years, to say 'I don't have a clue' regarding their professional pursuits.”

So far, students in his classes are getting a clue.  Junior Melissa L’Heureux expressed, “He makes [his] class very understandable and really likes to have student interaction in the classroom.”  Senior John Traut said, “He is humble and very intelligent.  He does not compromise, has high standards, but handles issues gently.”

Paul Johnson:  Assistant Professor of Missions 
Paul Johnson joins the Ministry Department—from leadership at CAM International’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas—with his extensive experience in missions.  He has a bachelor’s from Simpson College and master’s degrees in cross-cultural ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Elected by his peers to promote missions during both his undergraduate and graduate programs, Johnson and his wife, Jenny, followed God’s direction into missions work with Latin American peoples.  The Johnsons have three children, born to them while serving as missionaries in Mexico.  The family likes to hike, bike, play sports, and serve in church.  Johnson is also in the dissertation phase of his doctorate, researching how the making of holistic disciples is central to the mission of Christ.

He challenges his students to seek where God is personally leading them:  "What I want to come through in every class is that we are all called to fulfill the Great Commission, be it near or far, and that we must intentionally pursue Christ to be conformed in His image."

“His low-key nature helps me relax and feel like I can participate freely in the information he’s sharing,” said transfer student Robin Williamson.  “He’s always open to comments and questions, and that is how I learn best.”

 

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