Faculty

Amy C. Ackley (2014- ), Assistant Professor of Graduate Education
B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University
M. Brooke Adamson (2002- ), Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Boise State University; Ed.S., Northwest Nazarene University
Jay Akkerman (2004- ), Assistant to the President for Congregational Engagement
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; D.Min., Asbury Theological Seminary
Donna M. Allen (2004- ), Professor of Communication
 B.A., M.A., Eastern Nazarene College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Tomás Álvarez (2022- ), Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Spanish American Nazarene Bible College; B.A., Inst. Voc. Enrique Diaz de León, Guadalajara, Mexico; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
Jacob Amundson (2021- ), Associate Professor of Art
B.A., Greenville College; M.F.A., Azusa Pacific University
Lisa Amundson (2020- ), Professor of Graduate Education
​B.S., Greenville University; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Missouri
Tim Anstine (1999- ), Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; Ph.D., University of Nevada
Joseph Bankard (2007- ), Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.A., San Diego State University; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
Mike Bartlett (2013- ), Associate Professor of Graphic Design
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University, M.F.A., Academy of Art University
Catherine Becker (2016- ), Associate Professor of English
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Mercy College; Ph.D., Idaho State University
Stacey Berggren (2019- ), Chief Admissions Officer
B.S., Troy University; M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
Rodney G. Birch (2017- ), Librarian
B.A., Vennard College; M.I.S.L.T., University of Missouri-Columbia; Ed.D., Olivet Nazarene University
Nikki Bodenstab-Lee (2022- ), Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.W., Boise State University
Rick Boyes (2014- ), Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
B.S., Boise State University; M.A., Ph.D., Idaho State University
Duke Bulanon (2011- ), Professor of Engineering
B.S., University of San Carlos, Philippines; M.S., Ph.D., IWATE University, Japan
Brennan Carmody (2023- ), Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S., College of Idaho; B.S.N., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.N., Gonzaga University
David Chaplin (2009- ), Professor of Economics
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.S., Texas Christian University; Ph.D., Colorado State University
Jennifer Chase (1996- ), Professor of Biology
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.S., University of Manchester; Ph.D., Yale University
Justin Clardie (2014- ), Professor of International Relations
B.A., Olivet Nazarene University; M.A., Indiana State University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jason Colwell (2013- ), Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.S., M.S., University of Alberta, Canada; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Jennifer Cornell (2022- ), Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University
John Cossel, Jr. (1999- ), Professor of Biology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., Oregon State University; D.A., Idaho State University
Dave Covington (2018- ), Organizational Change Manager
B.A., Prairie College, Canada; M.B.A., Corban University; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
Peter Crabb (2000- ), Professor of Economics
B.A., Michigan State University; M.B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oregon
Laura Crawford (2022- ), Assistant Professor of Educator Development
B.A., M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University
Heidi Curtis (2013- ), Professor of Graduate Education
B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University
Ron Curtis (2024- ), Associate Professor of Music
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.MEd., Boise State University
John Dally (2021- ), Professor of Music Education
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.M., American Band College-Sam Houston State University of Huntsville; D.M.A., Boston University
Joshua Daniels (2021- ), Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S., Liberty University; B.S.N., Boise State University; M.S.N., Western Governors University
Jeff Edmiston (2019- ), Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
B.A., M.S., Northwest Nazarene University, Ph.D., Walden University
Steven D. Emerson (2017- ), Vice President for Finance & Operations
B.A., M.B.A., Northwest Nazarene University
Lori Fairgrieve (2007- ), Professor of Counselor Education
B.A., Biola University; M.A., Azusa Pacific University; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Ben Gall (2011, 2018- ), Associate Professor of Kinesiology
B.S., M.T.E., Eastern Oregon University; Ed.D., Capella University
Julia Ganske (2023- ), Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University, M.M., Boise State University; D.A., University of Northern Colorado
Robin Gilbert (2022- ), Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S.; Northwest Nazarene University
Amy Gilles (2013- ), Associate Professor of Studio Art
B.A., Hope College; M.F.A., University of Illinois
Joseph Gorman (2010- ), Professor of Practical Theology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
Joshua Griffin (2013- ), Associate Professor of Engineering
B.S., LeTourneau University; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Darrin L. Grinder (1999- ), Professor of English
B.A., University of Michigan-Flint; M.A., D.A., Idaho State University
Timothy Hahn (2022- ), Assistant Professor of Theology
B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.A., Nazarene Theological Seminary; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
Dale Hamilton (2013- ), Professor of Computer Science
B.S., Seattle Pacific University; M.S., University of Montana; Ph.D., University of Idaho
Sheryll Hampton (2017- ), Assistant Librarian
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.L.I.S., San Jose State University School of Information
Jerry Harris (2003- ), Professor of Chemistry
B.A., B.S., Northwest Nazarene University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Bethany Hazel (2018- ), Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Wichita State University; M.S.N., Western Governors University
Julie Helgeson (2023- ), Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., M.S.N., Northwest Nazarene University
Alaina Henry (2023- ), Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Multnomah University; M.A., George Fox University
Jennifer Hill (2013- ), Professor of Education
B.A., M.S., Ed.S., Ed.D., Northwest Nazarene University
David Hille (2018- ), Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Ayokunle Hodonu (2016- ), Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.A., Boise State University; D.A., Idaho State University
Rebekkah Hulen (2020- ), Associate Professor of Nursing
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; B.S.N., Boise State University; M.S.N., Regis University; Ph.D., Idaho State University; CNE
Joshua D. Jensen (2016- ), Dean, College of Business; Professor of Business
B.S., University of La Verne; M.P.A., California State University, Northridge; M.B.A, Northwest Nazarene University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Michael Kipp (2004- ), Professor of Practical Theology
B.S., California Polytechnic University; M.R.E., Nazarene Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
S. Bradley Kurtz-Shaw (2017- ), Vice President for Academic Affairs
B.A., Greenville College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dan Lawrence (2001- ), Professor of Physics
B.S., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; Ph.D., Purdue University
Diane K. Leclerc (1998- ), Professor of Theology
B.A., Eastern Nazarene College; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; M.PHL., Ph.D., Drew University
Maja Ledgerwood (2021- ), Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.A., M.S.W., Northwest Nazarene University; D.S.W., Capella University
Kelly Lindley (2023- ), Vice President for External Relations/Advancement
B.A., Washington State University; M.A., Gonzaga University
Jeff Lineman (2000- ), Professor of Business
B.S., Eastern Nazarene College; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; M.S., Baker University; Ph.D., Capella University
Elizabeth List (2013- ), Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., M.A., Psy.D., Azusa Pacific University
Sarah Marion (2018- ), Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Judy L. Marlett (1996- ), Dean, College of Arts & Humanities; Professor of Music
B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College; M.M., Ithaca College; D.A., Ball State University
Dean L. Matlock (2015- ), Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Boise State University
Kevin McCarty (2019- ), Associate Professor of Computer Science
B.S., University of California, Riverside; M.S., Ph.D., University of Idaho
Bethany Mello (2015- ), Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.N., Walden University; D.N.P., North Dakota State University
Mark Michaelson (2022- ), Assistant Professor of Academic Success & Advising
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.A., San Diego State University
Marty Michelson (2023- ), Professor of Biblical Studies & Theology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Southern Nazarene University; M.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; Ph.D., The University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Grant Miller (2021- ), University Chaplain
B.A., M.A., M.Div., Northwest Nazarene University; Ph.D., Boise State University
Matthew Millsap (2019- ), Associate Professor of American History
B.A., M.A., University of Central Arkansas; Ph.D., Baylor University
Kevin Mokhtarian (2022- ), Associate Professor of Business
B.B.A., Friends University; M.S., Ph.D., Kansas State University
Stephen Morgan (2017- ), Associate Professor of World History
B.A., Anderson University; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Barry L. Myers (1998- ), Professor of Computer Science
B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., University of North Texas
Rachel Neitzey (2023- ), Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Grand Canyon University; M.A., Regent University 
Jamee C. Nixon (2007- ), Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences; Professor of Biology
B.S., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., University of Southern Maine; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Stephen Parke (2010- ), Professor of Engineering
B.S., M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Chadwick Pearsall (2023- ), Assistant Professor; Director of Global Connections
B.A. Northwest Nazarene University; D.A., Idaho State University
Joel K. Pearsall (2015- ), President
B.A. Northwest Nazarene University; J.D., Willamette University College of Law
Benjamin Pearson (2019- ), Assistant Professor of Physics
B.S., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Karen Pearson (2022- ), Vice President for Student Life
B.A., M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University
Brent D. Peterson (2007- ), Dean, College of Theology & Christian Ministries; Professor of Theology
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Lawanna Pierce (2002- ), Dean, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences; Professor of Graduate Social Work
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.W., Roberts Wesleyan College; Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Autumn Pratt (2021- ), Assistant Professor of Engineering
B.S., University of Idaho; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University
Amy C. Rice (2014- ), Associate Librarian
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.L.S., Simmons College; M.A., Northwest Nazarene University
Holly Ripley (2018- ), Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Grove City College; M.A., North Carolina State University; Ed.S., Northwest Nazarene University
L. Michelle Rowley (2020- ), Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Boise State University; Ed.S., Northwest Nazarene University
Beronica Salazar (2019- ), Associate Professor of Counselor Education
B.S., Boise State University; M.S., Northwest Nazarene University; Ph.D., Idaho State University
Chandra Salisbury (2019- ), Assistant Clinical Professor of Counselor Education
B.A., George Fox University; M.A. Northwest Nazarene University
LoriAnn Sanchez (2012- ), Dean, College of Education; Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University; Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Christa Sandidge (2018- ), Associate Professor of Professional Studies
B.A., M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
Mary Schmitt (2022- ), Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Southern Nazarene University; M.Div., Duke University Divinity School
Bethany Schultz (2017- ), Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
B.A., M.Ed., Northwest Nazarene University; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
Scott A. Slater (2007- ), Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.W., Walla Walla College
Duane Slemmer (1986-1989; 1995- ), Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S., Western Oregon State University; Ed.D., Boise State University
Janet Stellway (2017- ), Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work
B.A., M.S.W., Ed.S., Northwest Nazarene University; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
John Stennett (2019- ), Associate Professor of Graduate Social Work
B.S., Grand Canyon University; M.S.W., Northwest Nazarene University
LeAnn Stensgaard (2001- ), Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.S.W., Walla Walla College
Julie Straight (2004- ), Professor of English
B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fred Sutton (2012- ), Associate Professor of Business
B.S., California State University; M.B.A., Keller Graduate School of Management; D.B.A., Argosy University
Mollie M. Sweet (2003- ), Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Miami University; M.B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; Ph.D., Northcentral University
Bethany Townsend (2019- ), Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
B.A., M.A., Adams State University; Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Heidi Tracht (2010- ), Dean, Academic Services; Associate Professor of Academic Success & Advising
B.S., Olivet Nazarene University; M.S., Capella University; Ed.S., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University
Jamie Tucker (2006- ), Associate Professor of Art
B.A., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; M.F.A., Indiana State University
Linda C. Valenzuela (2017- ), Dean, College of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., California State University; M.P.H., Portland State University; M.S.N., Western Governors University; D.N.P., Boise State University
Michelle Van Beek (2016-2018; 2022- ), Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Boise State University; M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University
Dennis R. Waller (1982-1986; 1990- ), Professor of Communication Studies
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; M.A., Boise State University; Ed.D., Seattle University
Whitney Ward (2018- ), Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., Northwest Nazarene University
Konya Weber (2001- ), Associate Dean, College of Business; Professor of Business
B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University; M.B.A., St. Joseph's University; Ph.D., Touro University International
Jane Weis (2013- ), Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S., University of San Francisco; M.S.N., University of Cincinnati
Heidi Zickefoose (2022- ), University Registrar
B.A., Northwest Nazarene University; MoTS, Southern Oregon University