Faculty | Journalism and Integrated Media, B.A.

Tamara Welter

  • Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Journalism & Public Relations
  • Adviser, The Point magazine
  • Adviser, narrative book projects

  • M.A., Regent University
  • B.A., Evangel College
  • Ph.D., Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

Professor Tamara Welter brings an unusually helpful perspective to the journalism and public relations classrooms, blending insights gained from her professional experience with knowledge and understanding of the academic life. Professor Welter carries a firm commitment to integration of faith and craft and strives to challenge students not only academically and professionally but spiritually...

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Michael Longinow

  • Professor of Journalism
  • Print Journalism Advisor

  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Wheaton College

Dr. Michael Longinow is the former chair of Biola's Department of Journalism and the advisor of The Chimes newspaper. During his tenure at Biola, he's overseen the rapid expansion of journalism within the university, hiring new faculty members in the fields of photojournalism, broadcast journalism and public relations. He's led the department in a convergent approach to teaching and a...

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Stewart Oleson

  • Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism Advisor

  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School
  • B.S., University of Illinois

Stew Oleson brings a diverse professional background to his position teaching broadcasting in the Journalism Department at Biola. Stew is an award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, former Assistant State's Attorney in Chicago, a travel show host, and a standup comedian.

Stew grew up in Moline, Illinois where he attended the Evangelical Free Church and graduated with a BS in Journalism...

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Carolyn Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Public Relations

  • Ph.D., Regent University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

Carolyn Mae Kim is a public relations professional who comes from a background working with global charities and national non-profits, developing creative PR and marketing campaigns. Her specialties include digital strategy, brand development, SEO and social media engagement. She currently is a Biola University faculty member and leads the PR program. Through her mentorship, a student-run...

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Courses

Faculty Member – Biola University August 2011 – Present

  • Shaped the public relations program in the Journalism and Integrated Media department for the School of Arts and Sciences, ultimately launching the emphasis into a major in the 2014-2015 school year and launching four program emphasis in August 2016. During this time, the number of PR students more than doubled within the program.
  • Implemented robust curriculum change, with the goal of a strategic design in education to equip students with core competencies needed in the profession. I was tasked to create program learning outcomes (PLOs), course learning outcomes (CLO), and key assignments in each course to accurately assess student learning.
  • Designed PRime Time, a series of events throughout the academic calendar to help students with academic advising and pre-professional preparation competencies,as well as retention for key student groups within the program.
  • Served as the faculty adviser for the PR student groups including Biola’s PRSSA chapter, turning the chapter from a struggling chapter of three students into a nationally recognized chapter, carefully building networks within the local professional community with the chapter and also helping mentor student-leaders, with one result being Biola’s selection as a regional conference host in 2015.
  • Launched the student run firm, 6th Street, an opportunity for students to gain hands-on opportunities with real-world clients, developing portfolio pieces. Helped the firm gain national affiliation through PRSSA and receive a national award.
  • Initiated the honors program, PR Fellows, which connected students with professional, industry mentors, facilitated the PR Fellows mentoring incoming PR students to create a better culture for new students, and guided the students through original research to present at an academic conference.

Brian Cannon

  • Associate Professor of Journalism and Integrated Media

  • Ph.D., Regent University
  • M.S., University of Illinois
  • B.A., Eastern Illinois University

Brian Cannon is a professor in Biola University’s Department of Journalism and Integrated Media. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. He also has a Doctorate in Philosophy from Regent University. Cannon is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and the Association for Education in...

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Anna Sinclair

  • Adjunct, Journalism

  • M.O.L., Biola University
  • B.S., Northern Arizona University

Anna Sinclair earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations at Northern Arizona University, then went on to obtain her Masters of Organizational Leadership at Biola University. During that time and beyond, Anna began her professional employment in the Public Relations arena.

Anna spent several years working for the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, Calif. (her hometown) and then...

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Alicia Braaksma


    • M.A. Ed., Azusa Pacific University

    Alicia Braaksma earned her Masters degree at Azusa Pacific University in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. For more than a decade Alicia has been both an educator in the field of English and Journalism at the secondary and post secondary level and formerly worked as an entertainment reporter in the media industry. During her time in the media industry, Alicia worked both...

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    Bill Simon

    • Instructor, Journalism

    • B.A., Westmont College

    B.A. in English and Political Science, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 1983; M.S. in Journalism, Medill School, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1990.

    "Bill Simon is a communications professional with 26 years of media experience extending into radio, television, print (magazine and publishing), and web content. His range of knowledge extends into written formats such as press...

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