The excellence of a school is built upon the excellence of its faculty, and despite the obstacles and tensions in our culture and in our world, Crowell faculty are moving forward. This list of recent faculty accomplishments is only a snapshot of their activities, each of which represents months, years and even decades of dedication, and illustrates the wide range of interests and expertise of our faculty.

Professor Elected to Masters Division of Orange County Bar Association

Thomas Wilson, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, Ethics, and Human Resource Management, has been elected to the Masters Division of the Orange County Bar Association. Such membership is limited to those with 25 or more years of practicing law, with the stated purpose to “uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession, apply the knowledge and experience of its members to promote the public good, and cultivate social intercourse among its members.”

Research on International Business Presented at Spain Conferences

Dr. Wlamir Xavier, Associate Professor of International Business and Finance, presented two papers at the EIBA 21 Conference in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 10-13. Both papers were about international business, his teaching area at Biola, and the influence of the government on the performance of multinational firms; one by providing subsidies (taxpayer money) to foster technological innovation, the other about shareholder activism.

Missiology Journal Publishes Professor’s Research

Professor of Economics and International Business Dr. Steve Rundle’s paper “The Motivations, Backgrounds, and Practices of Business as Mission Practitioners: Insights from an International Survey” (with Paul Mindong Lee) was accepted for publication by the journal Missiology.

New Book by Professor and Alumna Offers Advice for College Students

Dr. Jeff McHugh, Associate Professor, and Robert Curtis, Director of the MBA/MM mentor programs, along with entrepreneur and MBA mentor Sarah Y. Tse, co-wrote a book, From Illusion to Reality, about how college students can begin their career preparation long before graduation.

Professor’s Research Published in Christian Higher Education Academic Journal

In January, Associate Professor of Management Marketing Dr. Rachel Bodell had an article published in Christian Higher Education, Volume 21 Issue 1-2, “The Method Efficacy and Outcomes of a Marketing Service-Learning Project on the Integration of Faith-Related Perspectives into the Lives of Undergraduate Students.” Bodell was also elected by her Church Council to sit on the Board of Education for Trinity Lutheran Christian Preschool.

Universities Adopt Relevant Textbook Written by Professor and Alumna on Gen Z and COVID-19

Associate Professor of Management Jake Aguas, along with alumna Madeleine Prater (‘21), recently released a research-based textbook, Generation Z and the COVID-19 Crisis (Kendall-Hunt Publishing), which has been adopted by numerous universities for inclusion in their Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Behavior courses. Aguas has also been providing HR consulting and leadership development training for some of Canada's most prominent organizations such as Bayer Pharmaceutics,The International Minerals Innovation Institute, The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partners, and The University of Saskatchewan.

Professor Conducts Five-Week Financial Planning Seminar at Largest Latino Church in Los Angeles

Dr. Shane Enete, Associate Professor of Finance, presented a five-week seminar on personal financial planning for the largest Latino church in Los Angeles, RLA, during January and February. Enete also accompanied six Biola students to this year's Kingdom Advisors conference in Orlando. Along with over 2,000 other participants, the students interviewed with multiple firms and participated in breakout sessions with powerful Christian practitioners and thought leaders.

Photo: (top, L-R) Jeff McHugh, Steve Rundle, Thomas Wilson, Jake Aguas.
(bottom, L-R) Rachel Bodell, Wlamir Xavier, Bob Curtis, Shane Enete