Faculty and Staff

Division of Arts and Letters (CAS)

James Lu, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Department Chair, Modern Languages and Literature
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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Victoria Brodie, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Department Chair, Communication Arts
Office Phone: (951) 552-8310
E-mail: vbrodie@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 44

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership Pepperdine University 2019
M.A. Public Relations California Baptist University 2015
B.S. Communication University of Phoenix 2013

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Chris McHorney, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Department Chair, History and Government
Office Phone: (951) 343-4757
E-mail: cmchorney@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 111

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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W. Daniel Blair, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Deaf Studies
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.

Associate Professor of History
Office Phone: (951) 343-4953
E-mail: mblincoe@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 125

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.

Professor of Communication Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4904
E-mail: cboes@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building 038

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.

Professor of History and Humanities
Office Phone: (951) 343-4308
E-mail: ebrook@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 124

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

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Berniece Bruinius Alspach, Ph.D.

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

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English Florida State University 1998

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Kenya Davis-Hayes, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Office Phone: (951) 343-4370
E-mail: kdavis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 121

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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John Higley, D.P.A.

Professor of Criminal Justice
Office Phone: (951) 343-4610
E-mail: jhigley@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 216

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
Fellow, Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute.
Office Phone: (951) 343-4692
E-mail: thinrich@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point, Room 221

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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David Isaacs, M.A.

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

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

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Toni Kirk, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 204-7798
E-mail: tkirk@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 265

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mythological Studies - Emphasis in World Literature Pacifica Graduate Institute 2010
M.A. English Literature with emphasis in poetry, creative writing, multicultural literature, global literature, classic literature California Baptist University 2005
M.A. Composition/Rhetoric California State University, San Bernardino 1989

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Carla Liu, Ed.D.

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 2017
M.S. TESOL Nazareth College of Rochester 1990
B.A. Education/French Hope College 1984

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Lee Lyons, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre
Program Director, 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
A.A Theatre Phoenix College 1978

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Michael Marse, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Program Director, Forensics
Office Phone: (951) 343-4207
E-mail: mmarse@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building 037

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.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Program Director, 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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Frank Mihelich, M.F.A.

Associate 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
B.A. Philosophy California Baptist University 1998
B.A. Communication Arts/Theatre California Baptist University 1998

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Jennifer Newton, Ph.D.

Professor of 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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MaryAnn Pearson, Ed.D., APR

Professor of Communication
Interim Director of Student Publications, Lancer Media Group
Teach Public Relations, Journalism, Leadership and Communication
Office Phone: (951) 552-8186
E-mail: mpearson@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building 040

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership La Sierra University 2010
M.S. Education California Baptist University 2003
B.A. Liberal Studies - English California Baptist University 1999

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Chase Porter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office Phone: (951) 552-8199
E-mail: cporter@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point-A 225

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of Alabama 2018
M.Div. Divinity Samford University 2013
B.A. Christian Studies/Political Science Mississippi College 2009

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Noé Ruvalcaba, Ph.D.

Associate 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 2011
M.A. Spanish University of California, Riverside 2007
B.A. Spanish University of California, Santa Barbara 2005
B.A. Latin American Studies University of California, Santa Barbara 2005

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Sonya Singh, B.A.

Visiting Professor of Journalism
Assistant Director of Student Publications
Office Phone: 951-552-8911
E-mail: ssingh@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building 065

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
B.A. Psychology Pepperdine University 2012

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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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Erika Travis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and 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 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

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Jennifer Tronti, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English
Program Director, English (Undergraduate)
Office Phone: (951) 343-4290
E-mail: jtronti@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room #258

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Mythological Studies Pacifica Graduate Institute 2009
M.A. Literature in English Claremont Graduate School 1995
B.A. English California Baptist College 1994

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Laura Veltman, Ph.D.

Professor of American Literature
Director, Graduate Program in English
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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Patty VanBuskirk

Department Secretary, Communication Arts
Office Phone: (951) 343-4964
E-mail: pvanbuskirk@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 042

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Rosemary Welsh

Department Secretary, Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: 951-343-4590
E-mail: rwelsh@calbaptist.edu

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