Faculty and Staff | English Language Program

Bonnie Vidrine-Isbell

  • Director, English Language Program
  • Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.A.T., University of Washington
  • B.A., Loyola University, New Orleans

Bonnie Vidrine Isbell conducts interdisciplinary research which specializes in blending bilingual brain studies and second language pedagogy. She has taught English as a second and foreign language for 10 years in Washington, Louisiana, Thailand, Spain, and Belize. She has specialized in second language composition for the last six years.


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Elmar Hashimov

  • Assistant Professor, English

  • Ph.D., Ball State University
  • M.A., Butler University
  • M.A., Azerbaijan University of Languages
  • B.A., Azerbaijan University of Languages

Elmar Hashimov teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and language studies. He also directs the Biola Rhetoric & Writing Center, and coordinates Writing Across the Curriculum. With an extensive background in classical philology, Slavic and Germanic linguistics, and English Language Learner pedagogy, he is also passionate about mentoring and supporting global students on campus. In addition to...

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Aurora Matzke

  • Assistant Professor of English

Amy Obrist

  • Associate Professor of Modern Languages

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • B.Phil., University of Pittsburgh

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Christopher Davidson

  • Associate Professor of English

  • M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Chris Davidson is associate professor of English and co-director of first-year writing at Biola. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, writing for competency, and creative writing. He has a bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. His work has...

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Christine Watson

  • Instructor, English

Fitsum Mulat

  • Director of International Admissions
  • International Recruiting

James Hampson

  • Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Joshua Esau

  • Senior International Admissions Counselor

Stephanie Calley

  • Director, Global Student Programs & Development

    Education: Biola University, B.A., Intercultural Studies; CSULB, M.A., Linguistics/TESL.
    At Biola since (as employee): July 2013
    StrengthsFinder Top Five: Relator, Achiever, Focus, Learner, Discipline

    What do you do in your job? I support and empower our “global” students—those who have spent a significant number of their developmental years in another country. They have unique needs and...

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    Ranjini Gnaniah

    • Immigration Specialist

    Jessica Chen

    • Student Immigration Advisor