Faculty

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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YuFeng

YuFeng "Silver" Huang, CFI, AGI

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YuFeng "Silver" Huang, CFI, AGI

Instructor


Degrees

2016
B.S. Aviation, Pacific Union College

Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Assistant Professor

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Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Michael Jefferson grew up the son of a minister and nurse in the town of Ojai, California. Upon graduating from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, he received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. After working two years for Social Services in Loudoun County, Virginia, Michael started working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his internship in Washington, D.C., with Shambu N. Banik and Associates, former chair of the Presidents Counsel on Mental Retardation. Michael is currently completing his dissertation on the experience of interpersonal intimacy by the adult children of ministers. He teaches for both the psychology and social work department and ECE program at PUC. His mental health interest and training are in ADHD, depression, and men's issues. Michael and his wife, Kathy, have two boys, Christopher and Nicholas, and live in Angwin.


Kathleen Jefferson

Kathleen Jefferson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Education

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Kathleen Jefferson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Education

Kathy graduated from Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University in 1991 with a bachelor’s in elementary education and a minor in English. She completed a master’s in special education at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. For the past 23 years Kathy has taught in a variety of settings ranging from regular education 6th and 1st grade to special education remedial instruction K–8, as well as adjunct professor teaching education courses for Washington Adventist University and Pacific Union College. She served as Special Education Co-Director for Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for four years. She received the Zapara Exellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Kathy lives in Angwin with her husband and two boys.


Degrees

B.S., Washington Adventist University
1991
​M.S. Special Education, Johns Hopkins University
2002

Jefferson Joiner

Jefferson Joiner, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., N.R.E.M.T., W.E.M.T.

Associate Professor of Nursing & Emergency Services

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Jefferson Joiner, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., N.R.E.M.T., W.E.M.T.

Associate Professor of Nursing & Emergency Services

Jeff Joiner has worked in healthcare as an RN since 1980. He has served as staff nurse, department manager, nursing supervisor, and hospital vice-president. He obtained his MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care/Trauma. Jeff holds national certifications in Emergency Nursing and as a Wilderness EMT. He has been active in Emergency Management and Disaster Response at the local, state, national and international levels since 2001. He has over 10 years of experience in higher education teaching Nursing and Emergency Management. He has served as a content expert and lecturer in Disaster Response and Emergency Management. Jeff has been married to his wife Judy for over 30 years. They have two grown daughters and two grandsons. Jeff enjoys reading, scuba diving and international travel.


Degrees

AS, Southern Adventist University
1980
BSN, Southwestern Adventist University
1986
MSN, University of Kentucky
1996

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

Peter Katz

Peter Katz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

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Peter Katz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Peter Katz specializes in the history and philosophy of science (particularly theories of embodiment, emotion, and cognition) and the History of the Book (particularly popular readers, the history of literary studies, and reception theory). His research has been published in Victorian Literature and Culture and the Journal of Victorian Culture, as well as edited collections. Katz teaches courses in science and literature, literary theory, and online creative writing and publication, and was 2018 Educator of the Year.


Degrees

B.A. Pacific Union College
2010
Ph.D. Syracuse University
2015

Young-Chun Kim

Young-Chun Kim, M.Div.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

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Young-Chun Kim, M.Div.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Young-Chun Kim specializes in soteriology (the study of religious doctrines of salvation), Karl Barth and Martin Luther. He has worked as a teaching assistant, lecturer, consultant, and instructor-in-training at Fuller Theological Seminary and has taught English at the SDA Language Institute in Seoul, Korea. Kim has played the violin for over 30 years and enjoys drawing, traveling and learning new languages. The example of his family serves as a constant inspiration in his life.


Degrees

B.A. in Theology, Andrews University
2000
B.A. in Spanish Studies, Andrews University
2000
M.Div., Andrews Theological Seminary
2004

Kiwon Kwak

Kiwon Kwak, M.S.

Instructor of Exercise Science

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Kiwon Kwak, M.S.

Instructor of Exercise Science


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
2015
M.S., California Baptist University
2017

Brian Kyle

Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography

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Brian Kyle, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Photography


Degrees

B.S. in Photography, 2004
B.S. in Graphic Design, 2004

Tom Lee

Tom Lee, M.S.

Associate Professor of Education

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Tom Lee, M.S.

Associate Professor of Education

Tom Lee, associate professor and department chair specializes in secondary science, mathematics, and technology. An award-winning teacher, Tom spent 18 of his 29 years of teaching at Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Washington. There he received numerous grants to improve science education. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the International Society for Technology in Education. Professor Lee is an avid (dare we say rabid?) fan of the Seattle Mariners (baseball) and Seattle Seahawks (football) teams. He enjoys his family, guitar, scuba diving, poetry, corvids, footbag, and marine subjects.


Degrees

B.A., Union College
1975
M.S., Walla Walla College
1988

Denise Lee-Haye

Denise Lee-Haye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Denise Lee-Haye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

My graduate research included thermodynamic studies of protein-nanoparticle interactions. I enjoy helping our students reach their academic potential. I encourage them to also strive for physical and spiritual health, as they study. I love to hike, travel and watch nature documentaries, especially in 3D. I currently teach general and biophysical chemistry.


Degrees

B.A., Connecticut College
2004
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
2011

Helene Linzau

Helene Linzau, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Helene Linzau, M.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Helene Linzau teaches fundamentals of nursing. She continues to work occasionally at the St. Helena Hospital. She enjoys shopping for her nieces, quilting, taking pictures, and, if she has time, scrap-booking and traveling.


Degrees

A.S., Loma Linda University
1993
B.S. Loma Linda University
1996
A.S.N., Pacific Union College
1999
B.S.N. Pacific Union College
2000