Langley, British Columbia—Trinity Western University’s two newest professors are not only increasing Langley’s population, but its range of expertise. Joining the Langley community and entering their second month on faculty at TWU are Paul Brown, assistant professor of environmental studies and Linda Schwartz, associate professor of music and acting dean of the faculty of professional studies and performing arts.
Brown comes from the University of Idaho where he received his PhD in soil, organic chemistry and biochemistry and spent this past year as an instructor. For several years, Brown has worked on finding a natural substitute for synthetic pesticides, including three years of research for the German Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, two and a half of which Brown spent at the Institute in Germany. His findings are currently being tested on field plots in Idaho, and have potential application for agriculture and horticulture sectors in both Canada and the United States.
“I’m a biologist and ecologist at heart,” says Brown, who instructs environmental chemistry and laboratory work in biochemistry at TWU. “I like working with students because there are always questions that come up that force me to think in ways that I haven’t thought of before.”
Linda Schwartz is also residing in B.C. for the first time. After instructing at Winnipeg’s Concord College and the University of Winnipeg for 20 years, eight of which she served as chair of the department of music at both institutions, she will teach TWU students in a variety of areas, focusing primarily on music theory.
“Most of the work I do is not necessarily teaching skills of music but working with ideas about music,” says Schwartz. “I want to allow students to discover their own gifts and to develop skills in critical thinking.”
While in Winnipeg, Schwartz taught courses in music theory, composition, and popular culture. She was a founding member of the Manitoba Composers Association, board of directors member for Winnipeg’s The Opera Project, coordinator of several music festivals, and occasional jury member for the Manitoba Arts Council. Amidst her various responsibilities, Schwartz managed to find time to be an active composer and continues to work in this area today.
“I compose for anything from electronic, electro-accoustic and film music all the way to chamber works and choral works,” says Schwartz, who is working on a mix of composition projects at the moment.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21