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With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, 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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Rachelle Berthelsen Davis

Rachelle Berthelsen Davis, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

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Rachelle Berthelsen Davis, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

Rachelle Berthelsen-Davis, D.M.A., specializes in violin performance and violin pedagogy. She has taught at Columbia Union College; been the assistant director and concertmaster of the New England Symphonic Ensemble and assistant director of the New England Youth Ensemble; directed a middle school orchestra program; toured Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, China, Southeast Asia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean as a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician; and continues to participate in local chamber music and solo recitals. She is currently fascinated with alternative musical styles (non-classical music) and how to translate them to violin. She enjoys jamming with any group of instruments, reading, having interesting, meaningful conversations, and raising two young boys.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1994
M.M., Indiana University, Bloomington
1998
D.M.A., University of Texas, Austin
2004

Katrina Blue

Katrina Blue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Spirituality

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Katrina Blue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Spirituality

Katrina Blue specializes in teaching theology and Christian spirituality. Her Ph.D. dissertation is on “Union with Christ in the Writings of Ellen G. White.” She has presented papers at the Ellen G. White Symposium on the Holy Flesh Movement, and has published articles in the Ellen White Symposium Journal, a series on Paul in Galatians for the Compass Magazine, as well as Spectrum magazine. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has worked as a teaching assistant at Fuller Theological Seminary, a hospital chaplain, associate pastor (intern), and as an adjunct professor at Andrews University in the undergrad Religion Department as well as in the Theological Seminary. She is married to David, an anesthesiologist.


Degrees

B.A. Hons, Monash University
1995
M.A.I.C.S., Fuller Theological Seminary
2002
M.A.T., Fuller Theological Seminar
2008
Ph.D., Andrews University
2015

Jon Carstens

Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

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Jon Carstens, M.A.

Associate Professor of Art

As a professor of art history, Jon Carstens brings a breadth of knowledge of the humanities and a passion for art history, with a concentration in American art of the nineteenth century and the work of Winslow Homer in particular. He believes that “looking is not as easy as it looks," and in his courses he employs the visual image as a document to reveal how art and architecture reveal the cultural and historical milieu in which it was created.

Carstens rejoins the college faculty after previously teaching at PUC for 25 years. He lives in Angwin with his wife Claudia. In his free time, he enjoys auto racing, interior and landscape design, and travel.


Degrees

B.A. University of Redlands
1976
M.A. University of California, Riverside
1979

Kent Davis

Kent Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

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Kent Davis, Ph.D. - Chair

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

Sara Kakazu

Sara Kakazu, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Sara Kakazu, Ph.D. - Chair

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.

Associate Professor of English & Director of Honors

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Peter Katz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English & Director of Honors

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

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. - Chair

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

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D.

Professor of World Languages

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Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, Ph.D. - Chair

Professor of World Languages

Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti specializes in applied and sociolinguistics. She has worked as a Foreign Language Testing Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics and has taught ESL teacher training, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the college level as well as linguistics, literature, film, business and medical Spanish. She was recipient of a Title VII Fellowship in Bilingual Education from the U.S. Department of Education. Her hobbies and interests include linguistics, anthropology, archeology, international travel, and gardening.


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University
1989
M.S., Georgetown University
1991
Ph.D., Georgetown University
2002

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

Katharine Van Arsdale

Katharine Van Arsdale, M.L.I.S., M.A.

Associate Librarian

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Katharine Van Arsdale, M.L.I.S., M.A.

Associate Librarian

Katy Van Arsdale is the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at the Nelson Memorial Library. Katy collects, organizes, and preserves PUC’s rare books, historical documents, photographs, museum objects, and more. She also answers reference questions and enjoys teaching research skills. Before coming to PUC, Katy worked in archives at historical societies, museums, and research libraries. She even taught high school English and History for a while, which was a lot of fun. Now that she’s in California, she enjoys spending her free time to travel, hike, camp, and explore. Someday she’ll visit every national park.


Degrees

B.A., Andrews University
2009
M.A., M.L.I.S., Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
2013

Ross Winkle

Ross Winkle, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

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Ross Winkle, Ph.D. - Chair

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

Aimee Wyrick-Brownworth

Aimee Wyrick-Brownworth, M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Biology

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Aimee Wyrick-Brownworth, M.Sc. - Chair

Associate Professor of Biology

Aimee Wyrick, associate professor, specializes in ecology, herpetology and paleontology. She advises in biology, pre-dentistry and pre-dental hygiene. Her research interests include physical and biological influences on the Columbia spotted frog and plant taphonomy. Aimee has also worked as a research coordinator, instructor, and course coordinator for the University of Montana. Her other interests include gourmet cooking (with produce from her own garden), national parks, camping and hiking, road trips, and world music – all enjoyed with her husband, Greg.


Degrees

B.S., Pacific Union College
1996
M.S., Loma Linda University
1998
M.S., University of Montana
2004