Seaver College welcomed Paul Begin (Seaver ’99) home to its International Studies and Languages Division. Since graduating from Seaver College, Paul went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His research interests include film theory and Hispanic studies.
The Natural Science Division at Seaver College added several outstanding members to its already strong cadre of scientists. Joseph Fritsch, with his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, comes to Pepperdine with a wealth of experience, most notably from Pfizer Global Research and Development.
After joining Pepperdine as a visiting professor in 2004, Rodney Honeycutt, Ph.D., was welcomed by the Natural Science Division as a permanent faculty member this year. Considered a leader in the field of genetics, Rodney brings with him an impressive record of research. Among his many posts that have positioned him as a national authority in his field, Rodney has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation.
Also in Natural Science this year are two visiting professors - Zohair Isshak and Ana Tontcheva. Before coming to Pepperdine, Ana, a graduate of UCLA whose field of study is organic chemistry, was a scientist both in design and research at Dow Chemical and in absorbent technology at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Professor Isshak, who comes to us from Vanderbilt University as a senior lecturer in mathematics, does research in the history of mathematics, but his self-stated passion is for teaching students.
The Communication Division also added several distinguished members to its faculty this year. Kara Gould earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah and maintains research interests in media production practices, media history, and production pedagogy.
Like Kara, Johny Garner also is an expert in the field of communications. Johny’s interest lies with personal and organizational communication theory. Johny earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University where he studied communication theory.
Michael Lasley comes to Seaver College as a visiting professor in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division from Syracuse University. His research interests focus on diversity in higher education, popular culture, and the agrarian American South.
Also joining the Humanities and Teacher Education Division as a visiting professor is Leslie Kreiner-Wilson who received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Leslie brings her unique interests in popular culture, Americana, and American film.
An accomplished pianist and professor of music, Louise Lofquist comes to Pepperdine’s Fine Arts Division as a visiting professor. She received her D.M.A. from USC in the field of keyboard collaborative arts. Her research interests include music history, European history, and modern languages.
Seaver’s Social Sciences Division added Bryan T. Mc Graw as a new member of the faculty. Bryan comes to us from Harvard University where he completed his Ph.D. in 2005. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Erasmus Institute at the University of Notre Dame.
Cooker Perkins has joined Seaver College in the field of sports medicine. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University where she also received an Excellence in Teaching citation. Cooker was a postdoctoral fellow in the field of disease prevention research at Stanford University before coming to Pepperdine.
The Business Administration Division has welcomed Elliot McGucken as a visiting professor. With his Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Elliot has turned his attention to technology and business. He is especially interested in the field of artistic entrepreneurship.
Paul Gift, with his Ph.D. from UCLA, brings his research interests in antitrust law, industrial organization, law and economics, and econometrics. He is teaching economics at the Graziadio School.
Nelson F. Granados began this year as professor of information systems in the Graziadio School. His postgraduate work is from the University of Minnesota where he is completing his Ph.D. and where he has taught as a member of the faculty in the Carlson School of Management.
With his research interest in the field of industrial organization and applied microeconomics, Carl R. Gwin comes to the Graziadio School as a professor of economics from Baylor University. Carl received his Ph.D. from Indiana University where he taught strategic pricing, microeconomics, and macroeconomics.
Registered as a professional petroleum engineer, Warren J. Hahn brings a wealth of practical experience to the Graziadio classroom. He has served as an economic consultant for BP America, ARCO Oil and Gas, and Vastar Resources. With his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, Warren is an expert in the decision sciences.
Finally, the Graziadio School welcomed Kenneth Ko to offer his expertise in the field of decision sciences. With a significant history of professional experience with companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ken brings his interest in product strategies in high technology industries to the classroom. With his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he teaches quantitative analysis, operations management, and statistical analysis.
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) welcomed Jeanmarie Hamilton Boone to its Education Division. Jeanmarie received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and specializes in curriculum development, construction and assessment for reading, and language arts in linguistically and culturally diverse student populations.
The School of Law continued its efforts this year to bolster its faculty by adding two professors with national reputations in their field. Ed Larson comes to Pepperdine from the University of Georgia, where he served as chair of the history division. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. In 1998, Ed won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, Summer of the Gods: The Scopes Monkey Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
Thomas Stipanowich was named the director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the field of dispute resolution, Tom brings to Pepperdine’s nationally ranked program a depth of practical and theoretical experience. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and has served as the president and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy added an economics professor to its faculty this year. James Prieger is a professor of economics coming to Pepperdine from the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include regulated product innovation and taxation of telecommunications.