Trinity Western University announces new faculty appointments and programs

Nearly a year after Dr. Jonathan Raymond's inauguration as the third president of Trinity Western University, the vision to profile and expand the academic excellence of the University is being realized.

TWU's School of Business launched their new Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, which offers two unique specializations—an entrepreneurship and innovation stream and a management of not-for-profit and charitable organizations stream. The 22-month program is particularly notable as one of the few faith-based business graduate programs in Canada.

Dr. Mark Lee, MBA, D.B.A., and the MBA program director explains that this faith-based approach is an innovative approach. “The TWU MBA is designed to be a community of learners who understand that the highest goal of business is not simply to create a profit, but to ethically generate and manage society's resources.”

In addition to this unique program, this fall TWU also welcomes the launch of the Religion in Canada Institute (RCI), a new TWU initiative of interdisciplinary research exploring Canadian expressions of religion and spirituality. As the first institute of its kind to be operated by a faith-based university, RCI hopes not only to be a centre of research in Canadian religion, but also to facilitate research collaborations with external scholars in the field.

Continuing TWU's commitment to academic excellence, new faculty hires - all notable professionals in their fields - are joining the University's caliber of professors.

Joining the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are three new scholars.

Dr. Stephen Dunning, Associate Professor of English, comes to TWU from Douglas College, where he has been a full-time instructor in the Department of English, and the University of Ottawa's English Department, where he served as a part-time lecturer. Dr. Dunning has received SSHRCC scholarships for both his Masters and Doctorate research, and was also the recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1987.

A recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Durham, England, Dr. Joel Lohr will be joining the TWU faculty as a Sessional Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Dr. Lohr specializes in several Biblical areas including the Pentateuch, Jewish-Christian dialogue and the history of Biblical interpretation.

Dr. Darren Provost, an M.A. and Ph.D. graduate from Yale University is the newest addition to the History Department, as an Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Provost specializes in Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Europe; the history of marriage, divorce and family; and the history of Christianity. His work has received the support of the Canada Research Council, as well as numerous grants from Yale University and the University of British Columbia.

Three new full-time scholars are joining the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Dr. Sonya Grypma, Associate Professor of Nursing, has taught at several universities, including the University of Lethbridge and the University of British Columbia. She is also the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her recent publication, Healing Henan: Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission, 1888-1947, tracks the efforts of Canadian missionary nurses to develop hospitals in China.

With numerous refereed publications in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology of the cell, Dr. Julia Mills' research interests lie in cell signaling in the fields of Neuroscience and cancer research. In addition to her research and teaching experience at University of British Columbia, Queen's University and the University of Toronto, Dr. Mills was also coordinator of the Careers in BioMedical Science Seminar Series at the University of Toronto and worked as a consultant for a biotech company and pharmaceutical recruiting organization.

Dr. Anthony B. Siame comes to TWU with over 12 years of university teaching experience, and has taught at both the University of Botswana and the University of Zambia. Besides teaching, Anthony has written and presented his research extensively at local and international conferences in the areas of fungal toxins in food systems and algal toxins in wastewater.

Joining the School of Business, Dr. Murray D. MacTavish, Associate Professor of Business and Business Administration, has a variety of teaching experience, including being a guest lecturer in Haiti, Australia, and China. Murray's interest in the development of values-based leadership has resulted in a long list of refereed publications and professional conference presentations. During his earlier work in developing entrepreneurial leaders, MacTavish co-founded the Chester Entrepreneurship Camps and the Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship.

In addition to these new faculty members, Dr. Peter Durovic, Mr. Aaron Caleb, Ms. Cindie Chase, and Mr. Don Hill have all been moved to sessional contracts.

Programs proposed for Fall 2008 include B.A. degrees in Sociology and Christian Studies, and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.


Writer: Amber Butler

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum