Faculty Research, Presentations, and Awards

Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and World Christianity, completed a Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning grant and participated in a retreat entitled “Supporting Holistic Latina Excellence in Theological Religious Education.” 

Ernest Bonat, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, published “Building Machine Learning Clustering Models for Gene Expression RNA-Seq Data” on Medium, an online writing site, in Fall 2022. His prior blog posts on the site boast over 44,000 views.   

Gene Chin, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music, presented a voice workshop to 300 high school choir students at the Willamette Valley Collaborative Choral Festival hosted at Lane Community College. 

Corynn Gilbert, Ph.D., Director of Development, presented her doctoral research on alumni role identity at the regional conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The workshop, entitled “Alumni in Training,” provided alumni directors and university fundraisers the skills and knowledge to teach undergraduate students the impact of donor giving on their university experience.  

Ryan Melton, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Psychology and Counseling and Associate Professor of Counseling, co-authored a book chapter with three Bushnell CHMC graduate students entitled “System Focused Therapy and Other Psychotic Disorders, DSM 5 and Family Systems” to be published by Springer. In addition, Dr. Melton presented two conference presentations at the most recent gathering of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) held in Portland, Ore.  

Marilyn Montgomery, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, co-authored a book chapter entitled “Ethical and Legal Considerations in Telemental Health” published in the text Telemental Health: What Every Student Needs to Know (McKenna & Nunnery, Eds.). 

Reed Mueller, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, co-authored a peer-reviewed article entitled “Metacognitive Awareness for IL Learning and Growth: The Development and Validation of the Information Literacy Reflection Tool (ILRT)” in the journal Communications in Information Literacy (Volume 16).  

Latrissa Lee Neiworth, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Business, Leadership & Technology, has been selected to teach doctoral students at Pepperdine University in addition to her leadership role at Bushnell. She will teach “Ethical Leadership, Equity, and Justice” for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  

M.Tip Phaovibul, Ph.D., Instructor of Computer Technology, serves on the organizing committee of the USA Mathematical Olympiad, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.  

Ray Ricks, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Education, was inducted into the Washington State Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Ricks was recognized for his career achievement in coaching high school basketball. In addition to his faculty role, Ricks serves as an assistant coach for the Bushnell University women’s basketball team.  

A.J. Swoboda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and World Christianity, spoke at over 50 churches, conferences, universities/seminaries, and small groups over the last year, including the North American Baptist Pastors conference (Idaho) and in Sweden where his book After Doubt (Baker Press, 2021) was translated. In addition, Dr. Swoboda is a frequent guest on numerous national and international podcasts, blogs, and websites. He most recently spoke at the Santa Barbara Missions Conference “Engage 2023” at First Presbyterian Church (Santa Barbara, Calif.). 

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