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Faculty | B.A. in Intercultural Studies

Bulus Galadima

  • Dean, Cook School of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Trinity International University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University
  • M.A., Wheaton Graduate School
  • B.A., Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Nigeria

Bulus Galadima did his education in Nigeria, the United States and briefly in Scotland. He has been involved in higher Christian education for over 20 years. He has taught undergraduate and graduate studies in Nigeria and the US and served in various higher education leadership roles in Nigeria. He has also served as a pastor in Nigeria and the US. In 2003, Galadima, along with other Christian...

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Steve Barber

  • Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Co-Director, Biola Summer Institute of Linguistics Program

  • D.Miss., Biola University
  • M.A., University of Texas at Arlington
  • B.A., Trinity College

Dr. Barber has been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International for over 25 years. He has extensive field experience in native language literacy and Scripture use with North American native languages. He has also done research and consultations in Guatemala, Peru, Brazil and Papua New Guinea. The majority of his work has been in politically sensitive contexts. Dr. Barber has...

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Moussa Bongoyok

  • Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Marla Campbell

  • Professor Emerita of Intercultural Studies

Murray Decker

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., North American Baptist College

Murray Decker has taught at Biola University since 1993, teaching courses such as Interpersonal and Intercultural Adjustment, Foundations of Global Studies, Short-term Mission Leadership, Experiential Learning Theory, Intercultural Internship, Cross-cultural Issues in Spiritual Formation and Gospel and Culture. His field experience includes serving in Cameroon, West Africa as a missionary, as...

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Leanne Dzubinski

  • Associate Dean
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Education and Studies
  • Program Director, Ph.D. Intercultural Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Emory University

Leanne Dzubinski comes to Biola after more than 25 years of cross-cultural ministry. She has served in a variety of ministries, including professor at the Spanish Bible Institute and Theological Seminary, church ministry in Barcelona, Spain and Graz, Austria, theological education by extension (TEE) in Austria, leader development for missionaries and continuing professional development for...

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Rick Floyd

  • Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Co-Director, Biola Summer Institute of Linguistics Program
  • Adjunct Professor of Modern Languages

  • Ph.D., UC San Diego
  • M.A., University of Texas
  • B.F.A., North Texas State University

Dr. Floyd has been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International since 1975. He worked in Peru for 26 years on the translation of the Scriptures into the Wanca Quechua language.  He has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California San Diego. He has served on the Board of Directors of SIL International and has a current role as a Senior Translation Consultant....

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Katrina T. Greene

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., American University
  • B.S.F.S. (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service), Georgetown University

Katrina Greene directs the International Development Minor and Emphasis/Concentration within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS). She is a socio-cultural and applied anthropologist who has conducted ongoing field research among women, including female entrepreneurs, in the black townships of Cape Town, South Africa since 1997, including doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar...

Research Interests

  • Developmental and applied anthropology
  • Black economic empowerment in South Africa
  • Economic anthropology
  • Gender and community development issues

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Doug Hayward

  • Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Westmont College
  • Diploma, Moody Bible Institute

Dr. Hayward was a missionary for 20 years among the highlands Dani people in Papua, Indonesia. His ministries include church planting, community development coordinator, leadership training and staff development, and supervision. He has written three books on the Dani people, plus numerous journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and chapters in books on missiological topics. He teaches classes...

Research Interests

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Missiology topics

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Paul Langenwalter

  • Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Professor Langenwalter is an archaeologist who focuses on the cultural ecology of the peoples of California, the American West and Oceania. His studies include research in human adaptations, ethnicity, animal use and culture change. He brings 27 years of teaching experience to Biola, coupled with experience in museology, vertebrate paleontology and cultural resource management. A long-term...

Research Interests

  • Archaeology and paleontology
  • Human adaptations
  • Ethnicity
  • Animal use
  • Culture change

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Michael Lessard-Clouston

  • Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
  • Program Director of Applied Linguistics

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.Ed., University of Toronto
  • M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary
  • Hons. B.A., York University

Michael Lessard-Clouston aims to help equip students for a variety of careers that address language-related issues. Before coming to Biola in 2005, he served for 10.5 years as a professor of English and Language Education at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. His doctoral work was on second language education and literacy, and he is on the review boards for the Japan Journal of...

Research Interests

  • Corpora in language learning and teaching
  • Second language acquisition
  • Vocabulary learning and teaching

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John Liang

  • Professor of TESOL

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

A native of Canton, China, Liang loves language studies and enjoys exploring theory and practice in language learning and teaching! He currently teaches in the graduate and undergraduate TESOL programs that offer teacher education courses to both pre- and in-service English teachers. Before joining the faculty at Biola in 2001, he directed an ESL program in the University of California,...

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Alan McMahan

  • Undergraduate Chair, Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director Undergraduate Studies for Intercultural Studies
  • Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M. Div., Alliance Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Nyack College

Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and...

Research Interests

  • Rapidly growing urban churches in Asia
  • Understanding successful leadership patterns in multi-ethnic churches
  • Re-examining receptivity theory in light of contemporary research into epidemiology (or the spread of infectious diseases and the diffusion of innovations)
  • Exploring the frontier of systemic church growth interventions
  • Understanding and predicting effective transformational leadership development experiences and examining these practices in various cultural contexts

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Kenneth Nehrbass

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • Program Director, MA Intercultural Studies
  • Chair, Graduate Studies of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Kenneth Nehrbass was a pastor before he and his wife Mendy joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2000. In 2002, they moved to the island of Tanna (in Vanuatu) to translate the New Testament with a team of nationals. In 2012 they moved back to the USA, and Nehrbass became assistant professor of International Studies at Belhaven University. In 2014, he moved to Biola to teach and direct the M.A....

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Kevin D. Pittle

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology

  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University

Kevin Pittle is Chair of the Anthropology Department, Program Director for the undergraduate Cultural Anthropology concentration in Intercultural Studies, and is coordinator for both the Anthropology minor and the minor in Social Justice, Human Rights and Conflict Transformation. His primary academic interests center on three broad themes: (1) worldview studies (cultural knowledge,...

Research Interests

  • Worldview
  • Cultural Continuity, Change & Innovation
  • Social Justice Action & Advocacy
  • Conflict & Conflict Transformation
  • Interreligious Peacemaking
  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Migrants
  • Folk & Popular Islam
  • Emerging Post-Secular Spiritualities

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Kitty Purgason

  • Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Program Director, Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Professor of TESOL

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Oberlin College

Kitty Purgason brings to her classes in TESOL methodology, curriculum, materials and intercultural communication her years of experience living, studying, serving and teaching in India, Russia, Korea, China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Spain. She has received three Fulbright fellowships and the Biola Faculty Awards for Excellence in...

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Thomas J. Sappington

  • Chair, Department of Missions and Intercultural Studies, Talbot School of Theology
  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • Th.D., Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Tom Sappington was involved in pastoral ministry for nine years before being called to ministry in the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, where he and his wife served for 15 years in Central Java. During his years in Indonesia, he taught various courses in New Testament, Spiritual Conflict and Pastoral Ministry at six branches of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Indonesia. In...

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Rich Starcher

  • Professor of Intercultural Education & Missiology
  • Program Director, Doctor of Intercultural Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska
  • D.Min., Carey Theological College
  • D.E.A., Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A., Biola College

Richard Starcher served as a pastor in rural Nebraska and as a missionary in Africa for 20 years. He taught at the Goyongo Bible Institute in Zaire, at the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology in the Central African Republic and at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya where he also served as Dean of Extension Studies. He continues to teach and serve as an educational...

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Allen Yeh

  • Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

  • D.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.Th., Edinburgh University
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Yale University

Allen Yeh is a missiologist who specializes in Latin America and China. He also has other academic interests in history, classical music, homiletics, social justice, the California missions, the Maya, and biographical interest in Jonathan Edwards (America's greatest theologian) and Adoniram Judson (America's first intercontinental missionary). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the...

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