Pacific Union College Welcomes New Faculty

By Jonathan Watts on June 13, 2007

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Pacific Union College welcomes six new faculty members this school year.

Donna Archer, assistant professor of nursing, teaches in the college's LVN to RN program. Archer was a major in the United States Air Force, where she was nurse manager of an alcohol and drug rehab unit and a mental health unit, before coming to PUC. She earned a master's degree in nursing at Loma Linda University in 1985.

Monte Butler, assistant professor of social work, teaches social work classes in the behavioral science department. Butler received his bachelor's degree from PUC in 1988, and earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Utah. Before coming to PUC, Butler was treatment supervisor at Salt Lake City's Division of Aging and Adult Services.

David Duran was formerly a senior scientist at Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., of Pasadena, CA, and an adjunct clinical professor at Loma Linda University's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He earned a bachelor's degree at PUC in 1974, and a doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska. Now a professor at PUC, Duran teaches general chemistry and organic chemistry.

Allan Payne, associate professor of technology and director of the college's flight center, teaches in PUC's aviation program. Payne comes to PUC from Walla Walla College, where he was an associate professor. He has a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical languages, an associate's degree in airframe and powerplant technology, and a master's degree in education administration.

Todd Peterson taught math, computer science, and dramatic arts at Paradise Adventist School (for grades 9-12) before becoming director of the college's Learning Center this year. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from PUC, and is currently working on a master's degree in business administration at Cal State Chico.

Monique Pittman, assistant professor of English, is finishing her doctorate from Purdue University. She is currently writing her dissertation on 16th century prose fiction. Pittman is responsible for PUC's Medieval and Renaissance literature courses; she also teaches freshman English classes.

Finally, Myron Widmer, formerly associate editor of the Adventist Review, has joined PUC's faculty as associate professor of religion. Widmer, who is director of the ministerial studies program, is responsible for the college's applied theology courses, including spiritual formation, homiletics, and the student pastor program.