Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Gayne J. Anacker, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4682
E-mail: ganacker@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 248

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Philosophy University of California, Irvine 1991
M.A. Philosophy Washington State University 1980
M.T.S. Theology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 1979

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Arthur G. Cleveland, Ph.D.

Vice President for University Advancement
Professor of Environmental Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4492
E-mail: acleveland@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Yeager Center, D210

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Biology University of North Texas 1971
M.A. Biology University of North Texas 1968
B.S. Biology University of Texas at Arlington 1962

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James Lu, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4277/3434590
E-mail: jlu@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 256

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Duke University 1992
M.A. English Duke University 1988
M.A. Literature Institute of American Literature 1985

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Lisa Hernandez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4767
E-mail: lihernandez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 459

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 2006
M.S. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 2002
B.A. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 2000

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Chris McHorney, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Chair, Department of History and Government
Office Phone: (951) 343-4757
E-mail: cmchorney@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 270

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of California at Riverside 1997
M.S. International Studies Troy State University at Dothan 1990
B.A. Political Science University of California at Los Angeles 1984

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John Pate, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Chair, Dept. of Communication Arts
Office Phone: (951) 343-4493
E-mail: jpate@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Business Building 246/235

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Communication California State University at Los Angeles 1992
B.A. Speech & Drama California Baptist College 1978

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C. Daniel Prather, Ph.D.

Professor of Aviation Science
Chair of Aviation Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4924
E-mail: dprather@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 186

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Leadership University of Nebraska - Lincoln December 2007
M.P.A. Aviation Administration Southern Illinois University May 1997
B.C.A. Aviation Management Delta State University December 1994

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Melissa Antonio, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Phone: (951) 552-8629
E-mail: mantonio@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 469

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology University of California, Riverside 2010
B.S. Biological Sciences University of California, Riverside 2005

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Dennis K. Bideshi, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Microbiologist: M(CLS), M(ASCP)
Office Phone: (951) 343-4397
E-mail: dbideshi@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building (West), 200

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Genetics University of California, Riverside 1999
M.A. Biology California State University, Fullerton 1992
B.A. Biology California State University, Fullerton 1984

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Jim Bishop, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Business Law
Office Phone: (951) 343-4342
E-mail: jbishop@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 275

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
J.D. Law University of the Pacific 1975
B.A. Political Science California State University at San Bernardino 1972

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W. Daniel Blair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language
Director, Center for Deaf Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4762
E-mail: dblair@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 284

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Research University of Alabama 2006
M.Div. Theology/Ministry Beeson Divinity School, Samford University 1995
B.G.S. General Studies Samford University 1992

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Mark Blincoe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Office Phone: (951) 343-4953
E-mail: mblincoe@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 274

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. History University of Minnesota 2008
M.A. History University of Pennsylvania 2000
B.A. History and Sociology Whitworth University 1998

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Cynthia Boes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4904
E-mail: cboes@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Business Building, Room 231

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication The Pennsylvania State University 2010
M.A. Rhetoric Oregon State University 2003
B.S. English/Communication Corban College 1996

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Eric C. Brook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Humanities
Office Phone: (951) 343-4308
E-mail: ebrook@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 280

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Philosophy University of Essex 2013
M.A. Humanities California State University, Dominguez Hills 2007
M.A. Reformation Concordia University 2000
B.A. Philosophy (with Honors) California Baptist College 1999

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Berniece Bruinius Alspach, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4943
E-mail: bbruinius@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 260B

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. (ABD) English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2015
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English Florida State University 1998

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Jim Buchholz, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics and Physics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4359
E-mail: jbuchhol@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 138

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physics University of California, Riverside 1996
M.S. Physics Texas A&M University 1985
B.A. Science Education and Physics Indiana State University 1982

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Linn Carothers, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Program Director, Math, Applied Statistics and Physics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4961
E-mail: lcarothers@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 472

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Statistics University of Southern California 1987
M.Sc. Biostatistics California State University, Northridge 1979
B.Sc. Biological Sciences University of Southern California 1973

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J. Alex Chediak, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering and Physics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4912
E-mail: achediak@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 134

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering University of California, Berkeley 2004
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering University of California, Berkeley 2001
B.S. Ceramic Engineering Alfred University 1996

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Michael Chute, Ph.D.

Professor of Journalism
Director of Journalism/Public Relations
Office Phone: 951-552-8721
E-mail: mchute@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 363

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mass Communications University of Southern Mississippi 2001
M.A. Communication Missouri State University 1986
B.A. Journalism Oklahoma Baptist University 1972

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Ricardo J. Cordero-Soto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office Phone: (951) 552-8632
E-mail: rcordero@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 470

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Applied Mathematics for Life and Social Sciences Arizona State University 2011
M.A. Mathematics Arizona State University 2008
B.S. Applied Mathematics Universidad Metropolitana-San Juan Puerto Rico 2006

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Kenya Davis-Hayes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Office Phone: (951) 343-4370
E-mail: kdavis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 277

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. American Studies, History Purdue University 2005
M.Ed. Social Studies Education Campbell University 2000
B.A. American History Campbell University 1998

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Toni Dingman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4545
E-mail: tdingman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 265

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mythological Studies - Emphasis in Jungian Psychology Pacifica Graduate Institute 2009/2011
M.A. English Literature California Baptist University 2005
M.A. Composition/Rhetoric California State University, San Bernardino 1989

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L. Maggie Fanning, M. A.

English Lecturer
Office Phone: (951)343.4697
E-mail: lfanning@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, Room 252

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
M. A. English California Baptist University 2008
B. A. English California Baptist University May 2006

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Thomas E. Ferko, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Program Director of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Office Phone: (951) 343-4399
E-mail: tferko@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 464

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry Purdue University 2001
B.S. Secondary Education / Chemistry Juniata College 1992

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William Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the Spanish Program
Faculty Senate President
Office Phone: (951) 343-4646
E-mail: wflores@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 285

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Spanish University of California at Riverside 2011
M.S.E. Spanish Harding University 2005
M.Ed. English Hyles-Anderson College 1999

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L. Alan Fossett, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Office Phone: (951) 343-4265
E-mail: afossett@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 460

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Chemistry University of California, Davis 1987
B.S. Chemistry Northwest Nazarene College 1982

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Creighton Goodman, M.A.

Asst Professor of Aviation Flight
E-mail: cgoodman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: cgoodman@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Aviation Education Trident University 2010
B.S. Psychology Loyola University Chicago 2001

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Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, Ph.D. (In Progress)

Assistant Professor of Journalism
Journalism and New Media Program
E-mail: hhamilton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. (In Progress) Communication Regent University Projected 2016
M.S. Broadcast Journalism S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University 2007
B.A. Cinema and Broadcasting Arts Azusa Pacific University 2004

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Nathanael Heyman, Ph.D.

Assissant Professor of Biology
Office Phone: (951)552-8533
E-mail: nheyman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Mission Hall, 102

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physiological Sciences University of Arizona School of Medicine 2007
B.S. Biology Lee University 1997

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John Higley, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Office Phone: (951) 343-4610
E-mail: jhigley@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 271

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.P.A. Public Administration University of Laverne 2008
M.A. Management National University 1998
B.A. Social Ecology/Criminal Justice University of California at Irvine 1975

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Troy Hinrichs, J.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice
Office Phone: (951) 343-4692
E-mail: thinrich@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 278

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
J.D. Law Texas Tech University School of Law 1993
B.A. Philosophy Hardin-Simmons University 1991
B.A. English Hardin-Simmons University 1991

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Hannah (Ying) Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office Phone: 951-552-8634
E-mail: yhu@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 467

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Photochemical Sciences Bowling Green State University 2008
B.S. Chemical Engineering Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning CHINA 2002

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David Isaacs, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4373
E-mail: disaacs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 261

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Cultural Studies Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
M.A. Faith and Culture Trinity Graduate School 2000
M.A. Christian Apologetics Simon Greenleaf University 2000
B.A. English California State University at San Bernardino 1985

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DawnEllen Jacobs, Ph.D.

Vice Provost
Professor of English
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
Office Phone: (951) 343-4275
E-mail: djacobs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room C214

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1993
M.A. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1991
B.A. English Northern Illinois University 1978

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Steve Kish, M.Div.

Lecturer in Mathematics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4825
E-mail: skish@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 453

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.Div. Theology Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary 2003
B.A. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 1995

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Bonjun Koo, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4621
E-mail: bonjunkoo@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Mission Hall, 105

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Soil and Water Science/ Enviromental Biogeochemistry University of California, Riverside 2001
M.Sc. Organic Chemistry and Pesticide Konkuk University, Seoul, S. Korea 1993
B.Sc. Agricultural Chemistry Konkuk University, Seoul, S. Korea 1989

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Jacob Lanphere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences
Office Phone: (951)552-8383
E-mail: jlanphere@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Mission Hall 103

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Chemical and Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside 2014
B.S. Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside 2011

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Carla Liu, M.S.

Assistant Professor of English and TESOL
Office Phone: (951) 343-4434
E-mail: cliu@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 279

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Alliant International University Projected 2017
M.S. TESOL Nazareth College of Rochester 1990
B.A. Education/French Hope College 1984

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Tim Luther, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4283
E-mail: tluther@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 273

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of Idaho 1982
M.A. Political Science University of Illinois 1978
B.A. Political Science Blackburn College 1976

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Lee Lyons, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre
Office Phone: (951) 343-4919
E-mail: llyons@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Wallace Theatre

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.F.A. Theatrical Design San Diego State University 1988
B.A.A. Theatre San Diego State University 1980

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Elizabeth Malone, MFA

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Office Phone: 951-343-4778
E-mail: emalone@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Wallace 103

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MFA Acting Columbia University May 2010
BFA Drama New York University May 2004

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Michael Marse, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Coach - Speech & Debate Team
Office Phone: (951) 343-4207
E-mail: mmarse@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Business 223

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Communication Studies California State University at San Bernardino 2005
B.A. Communication Arts California Baptist University 2000

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Khamla Dhouti Martinez, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Spanish
Office Phone: (951) 343-4541
E-mail: kdhouti-martinez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Jame Building 250

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Spanish, Afro-Caribbean Literature University of Texas at Austin 2002
M.A. Spanish Middlebury College 1994
B.A. Romance Languages Washington & Lee University 1991

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John McCarthy, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Political Science
Office Phone: (951) 343-4656
E-mail: jmccarth@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 268

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of North Carolina 1975
M.A. Political Science University of North Carolina 1973
B.A. Economics Holy Cross College 1966

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Frank Mihelich, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Office Phone: 951-552-8651
E-mail: fmihelich@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Wallace Theater

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.F.A. Theatre/Acting Columbia University 2004
BA Philosophy California Baptist University 1998
BA Communication Arts/Theatre California Baptist University 1998

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Elisabeth Murillo, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Aviation Science
Office Phone: (714) 343-7365
E-mail: emurillo@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S. Commercial Aviation Delta State University Projected
B.S. Aviation Westminster College 2006

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Jennifer Newton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director, M.A. Program in English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4276
E-mail: jnewton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 262

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Baylor University 2004
M.A. English Baylor University 1999
B.A. English LeTourneau University 1997

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Michelle Nielsen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office Phone: (951) 552-8788
E-mail: mnielsen@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 476

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics University of Minnesota 2010
M.S. Mathematics, Statistics Minor University of Minnesota 2009
B.A. Mathematics and Secondary Education Bethel University 2003

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Marilyn Panaro, M.A.

Lecturer in Biology
Office Phone: (951) 343-4764
E-mail: mpanaro@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 453

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Bioethics Trinity International University 2003
B.S. Microbiology and Biophysical Sciences State University of New York at Buffalo 1988

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Frank Pankowski, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4263
E-mail: fpankows@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 468

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics University of Wroclaw (Poland) 1975
M.S. Mathematics M. Kopernik University, Torun (Poland) 1963

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Hyun-Woo Park, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Office Phone: (951) 343-4766
E-mail: hpark@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 201

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Entomology/Insect Pathology University of California, Riverside 1999
M.S. Agricultural Sciences/Insect Pathology Seoul National University, Korea 1995
B.S. Agricultural Sciences Seoul National University, Korea 1990

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Gilberto Perez, M.A.

Associate Professor of Spanish, Literature and Cultural Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4337
E-mail: gperez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 255

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Education Claremont Graduate University 1990
B.A. Spanish/History University of California at Riverside 1972

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Bruce Prins, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Biology Program Director
Office Phone: (951) 343-4266
E-mail: bprins@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 461

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology University of California, Irvine 1992
B.A. Biology Point Loma College 1983

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Irina Renfro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4549
E-mail: irenfro@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 258

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Languages & Literature St. Petersburg University, Russia 1974
B.A. Languages & Literature Saratov State University, Russia 1967

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Sandra Romo, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Journalism/PR
Faculty Adviser | Public Relations Student Society of America
Office Phone: (951) 343-4441
E-mail: sromo@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building 362

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D Communication Regent University Projected 2015
M.S. Education California Baptist University 2009
B.A. Liberal Studies with a minor in Social Science California Baptist University 2006

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Noé Ruvalcaba, Ph. D

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office Phone: (951) 552-8778
E-mail: nruvalcaba@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, Room 286

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph. D Spanish University of California, Riverside December 2011
M.A. Spanish University of California, Riverside June 2007
B.A. Spanish University of California, Santa Barbara June 2005
B.A. Latin American Studies University of California, Santa Barbara June 2005

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Patrick Schacht, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Office Phone: (951) 552-8819
E-mail: pschacht@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 448

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics University of California, Riverside 2013
B.S. Biochemistry Biola University 2007

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Michael Sill, PhD

Professor of Mathematics
E-mail: msill@calbaptist.edu

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Mathematics U.C. Riverside 2012
B.S. Physics Loyola Marymount University 2006
B.S Mathematics Loyola Marymount University 2006

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Daniel W. Skubik, Ph.D.

Professor of Law, Ethics and Humanities
Office Phone: (951) 343-4288
E-mail: dskubik@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 266

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Philosophy Australian National University 1989
J.D. Law UCLA Law School 1984
M.Div. Theology Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1997
M.A. Political Science University of Melbourne 1983
B.A. Religion California Baptist College 1980
B.S. Political Science California Baptist College 1980

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Owen Staley, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4697
E-mail: ostaley@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 252

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of California at Los Angeles 1996
M.A. English University of California at Berkeley 1987
A.B. Environmental Studies University of California at Berkeley 1980

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Kyle Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics
Office Phone: (951) 552-8723
E-mail: kstewart@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 136A

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physics / Astrophysics University of California, Irvine 2009
M.S. Physics / Astrophysics University of California, Irvine 2006
B.S. Astrophysics University of California, Los Angeles 2004

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Satoru Suzuki, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Office Phone: (951)552-8726
E-mail: ssuzuki@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 466

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Chemistry Arizona State University 1996
B.S. Chemistry/Biology Grand Canyon University 1991

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Daniel Szeto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Office Phone: (951) 552-8735
E-mail: dszeto@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Mission Hall Room 104

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences University of California, San Diego 1998
M.S. Molecular Biology San Diego State University 1990
B.S. Bacteriology University of California, Davis 1986

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Bradley Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office Phone: (951) 552-8729
E-mail: bthomas@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 471

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 2012
M.A. Mathematics University of California, Riverside 2008
B.A. Mathematics Azusa Pacific University 2006

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Erika Travis, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English & Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4362
E-mail: etravis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 260A

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2015
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

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Jennifer Tronti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate English Program
Office Phone: (951) 343-4290
E-mail: jtronti@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 269

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mythological Studies Pacifica Graduate Institute Projected 2016
M.A. English Claremont Graduate School 1995
B.A. English California Baptist College 1994

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Derek Updegraff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 552-8779
E-mail: dupdegraff@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 259

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of Missouri 2013
M.A. English University of Missouri 2008
M.F.A. Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2005
B.A. English: Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2002

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Laura Veltman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of American Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4649
E-mail: lveltman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 264

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of Wisconsin at Madison 2006
M.A. English University of Wisconsin at Madison 1998
B.A. English and Psychology Calvin College 1996

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Deron Walker, Ph.D

Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4652
E-mail: dwalker@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 281

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D Education Southern Illinois University 2004
M.A. History Eastern Illinois University 1995
B.A. History Eastern Illinois University 1994

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Mark A. Wyatt, D.Min.

Vice President for Marketing and Communication
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Office Phone: (951) 343-4474
E-mail: mwyatt@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room D231

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.Min. Executive Leadership Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary 2000
M.Div. Theology Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1983
B.F.A. Communications Valdosta (GA) State University 1975

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Peyton Beard

Administrative Secretary
Office Phone: (951) 343-4363
E-mail: pbeard@calbaptist.edu

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Donna Hebert-Pfeiffer

History & Government Department Secretary
Office Phone: (951) 343-4656
E-mail: dhebert@calbaptist.edu

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Kim Roper

Department Secretary
E-mail: kroper@calbaptist.edu

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Rita Schneider

Natural & Mathematical Sciences Secretary
Office Phone: (951)552-8662
E-mail: rschneider@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 454

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Debbie Spala

Natural & Mathematical Sciences Department Secretary
E-mail: dspala@calbaptist.edu

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Joshua van Baarsel

Lab Coordinator
E-mail: jvanbaarsel@calbaptist.edu

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Patty VanBuskirk

Communication Arts Department Secretary
Office Phone: (951) 343-4964
E-mail: pvanbuskirk@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Business Bldg. 245

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Rosemary Welsh

Department Secretary
Office Phone: 951-343-4590
E-mail: rwelsh@calbaptist.edu

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