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With a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, your professors will know you. They’re invested in helping you succeed. As you work towards your career goals, you will find your professors become more—they become your mentors who can help you along your journey, and ones you can still get advice from years after graduation.

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Kent Davis

Kent Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

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Kent Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Kent A. Davis , Ph.D., associate professor, specializes in physical chemistry and surface science. He has taught at PUC since 2003 and has also been a visiting professor at Texas State University-San Marcos and an adjunct professor at Trinity College. He enjoys reading, jazz, listening to classical music, and much more.


Degrees

B.S., Andrews University
1992
Ph.D., Indiana University
1998
Postdoctoral Research - Texas A&M University
1998-2000

Georgina Barcelow Hill

Georgina Barcelow Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Georgina Barcelow Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Georgina Barcelow Hill, Ph.D., specializes in rhetoric and writing, writing assessment, linguistics, and children’s literature. She is particularly interested in the rhetorical strategies for explanatory texts and rhetorical choices for academic persuasion. Hill has taught at Andrews University and at Western Michigan University, where she directed the first-year writing program. She has been an active presenter at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Hill serves as director of the Honors Program at PUC.


Degrees

B.A., Atlantic Union College
1977
M.A, Andrews University
1979
Ph.D., Purdue University
1988

Sara Kakazu

Sara Kakazu, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Sara Kakazu, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Sara Kakazu has presented research at the College English Association, NeMLA, and the International Conference on Narrative. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, early American literature, and African American literature, with particular focus on women's, captivity, slave, encounter, and travel narratives. She also teaches creative nonfiction and poetry.


Degrees

B.A., Walla Walla College
2002
M.A., Western Washington University
2004
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, New York
2012

Paul McGraw

Paul McGraw, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Paul McGraw, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Paul McGraw, chair, associate professor, specializes in American religious history with a specific focus on Adventist history and the development of the designation "cult." His Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Born in Zion?: The Margins of Fundamentalism and the Definition of Seventh-day Adventism." He is currently working on a biography of LeRoy Froom for "Adventist Pioneer" biography series. He also is interested in pretty much anything involving hockey, and loves to travel.


Degrees

B.A., Columbia Union College
1983
M.Div., Andrews University Theological Seminary
1990
M.A., George Mason University
1996
Ph.D., George Washington University
2004

Tammy McGuire

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

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Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D., professor, specializes in organizational communication. She taught English for 19 years at Sunnydale Academy (Missouri) and Upper Columbia Academy (Washington) and has written and presented extensively on communication topics, with several presentations to the 2007 National Communication Association Convention. She loves mountain climbing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and kayaking.


Degrees

B.A. in Language Arts Education, Union College
1984
M.A. in English, Eastern Washington University
1998
Ph.D. in Communication, University of Missouri - Columbia
2006

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Asher Raboy

Asher Raboy, M.F.A.

Resident Artist in Music

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Asher Raboy, M.F.A.

Resident Artist in Music

Asher Raboy is a composer, conductor, lecturer, and writer who lives in Napa and has been the music director of the Napa Valley Symphony since 1990. He directs the PUC symphonic wind ensemble and teaches classes in theory and composition. He enjoys racquetball, cooking, and chess.


Degrees

B.A., State University of New York, Binghamton
1978
M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University
1981

Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion & Social Science

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Greg Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion & Social Science

Gregory Schneider, Ph.D., professor of religion and social science, specializes in the conflicts and compatibilities of religion with psychology and the other social sciences. He also studies the history of American Wesleyan and Holiness traditions in America. He has been active in the American Academy of Religion, serving on the steering committees of two program units: the Wesleyan Studies Group and the Person, Culture, and Religion group, a unit dedicated to the interface between psychology and religion. He won a year-long Fellowship for College Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1985 and served on several review panels for that agency in the 1980s and 1990s. At PUC, he was the Walter C. Utt Visiting Professor of History for 2005-06. Outside the classroom, he regards his faculty sponsorship of the local Amnesty International chapter and his occasional roles as actor for the Dramatic Arts Society as his most important and rewarding contributions to PUC's community of learning. He also loves kayaking (flat water), sailing (dinghies), biking (mostly off-road), classical music (a virtuoso at spinning CDs), and fantasy novels (yes, even Harry Potter).


Degrees

B.A., Columbia Union College
1971
M.A., University of Chicago
1973
Ph.D., University of Chicago
1981

Jean Sheldon

Jean Sheldon, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

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Jean Sheldon, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

L. Jean Sheldon, professor, specializes in Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. She has worked as an instructor of religion at Hong Kong Adventist College, a graduation analyst for PUC, and a religion professor. Recently she has been working on "Mother Versus Child: A Feminist and Comparative Look at Exodus 21:22-25," in preparation for publication in a book to be published by Phoenix Sheffield. She enjoys writing, gardening, music, and cat psychology.


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University
1982
M.A., Loma Linda University
1984
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union and University of California, Berkeley
2002

Steve Waters

Steve Waters, D.A.

Professor of Mathematics

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Steve Waters, D.A.

Professor of Mathematics

Steve Waters, D.A., specializes in pure mathematics, especially abstract and linear algebras. In addition to teaching at PUC since 1982, he has been a visiting professor at Idaho State University. He enjoys music, reading and cats (often all at once). If (or when) time once again allows, he would also be interested in returning to the stage. He has recently published articles in the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences and the PanAmerican Mathematical Journal.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1979
M.S., Idaho State University
1980
D.A., Idaho State University
1983

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Ross Winkle

Ross Winkle, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

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Ross Winkle, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

Professor Ross E. Winkle teaches biblical studies. He has a professional focus in the New Testament and wrote his doctoral dissertation was on clothing imagery in the book of Revelation. He is a member of the Andrews Society for Religious Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He has received several PUC Faculty Development Research and Honors awards as well as two Herber Faculty Development Awards. He has been a student missionary in Tokyo, Japan, a chaplain in Portland, Ore., and a pastor for thirteen years in three successive church districts in Oregon. He is an ordained minister and occasionally leads adult Sabbath School discussions on campus and preaches in surrounding churches. He is married to Darla, a health professional, and they have three children: Tristan, Elise, and Alexis.


Degrees

B.A., Walla Walla College
1983
M.Div., Andrews University Theological Seminary
1987
Ph.D., Andrews University
2012