2013 Issue

Justice, Spirituality, and Education: Working Definitions from Secular, Judeo-Christian, and Biblically-Based Perspectives

June Hetzel

June Hetzel (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

June Hetzel, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. She currently serves as the Dean of Education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Dr. Hetzel has served in public, private, homeschooling, and international educational settings. She is passionate about the role of the Christian educator to live a Spirit-led life in right relationship with God and others, and the centrality of the gospel message as the central hope of all educational endeavors.

Rachel Beck

Rachel Beck (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

Rachel Beck is a recent graduate of Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute in La Mirada, California, holds a degree in Communications. Beck was educated in Germany during her K-12 years, speaks conversational French, and has assisted Dr. Hetzel in teaching in a trilingual setting in North Africa. Beck currently serves as a research assistant and is completing her first novel.

Achieving an Ethnically and Racially Diverse Student Population in Higher Education

Christie Curtis

Christie Curtis (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

Christie Curtis (BA UC Riverside, MA Biola University) is an assistant professor at Biola University pursuing her Ph.D. degree in higher education. As part of her doctoral program, she has written a paper addressing spirituality and student outcomes. Included in Christie's submission are her preliminary findings on the spiritual needs of several ethnic groups. A native Californian, Curtis specializes in grammar and writing curriculum development. Curtis has been married for forty years to her husband Bob. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, whether surfing, going to national parks, or their annual week of summer camp at Forest Home.

Do National Curricular Standards Ensure Educational Equity?

Albert Cheng

Albert Cheng (University of Arkansas)

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 with a degree in pure mathematics, Albert Cheng taught algebra, statistics, and pre-calculus at James Logan High School in Union City, California. In 2010, he enrolled in Biola University to pursue graduate studies in education with a focus on policy. Since earning a Master’s of Education in 2012, he has moved from his native California to Fayetteville, Arkansas where he is currently a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Some of his research interests are civic values, moral formation, and school choice.

Western Philosophical Conceptions of Justice

Fred Ramirez

Fred Ramirez (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

Dr. A.Y. "Fred" Ramirez was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He obtained his degree in curriculum studies at Indiana University, and served as an associate professor of education at California State University, Fullerton from 1998-2008, and currently is an professor of education at Biola University. Prior to this he worked as a high school teacher in both public and private schools teaching a variety of subjects. His research interests include families and schools, international education, social justice, and diversity. He has spoken at national and international conferences and has published his research in journals such as Educational Leadership, Multicultural Education, International Education, The School-Community Journal, the Journal of Thought, and others.Fred Ramirez is also a master scuba diver trainer (instructor), and president and founder of EdActs Global, Inc. (www.edactsglobal.org). While he is not working in these three areas, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling.

Eric Twisselmann

Eric Twisselmann (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

Eric Twisselmann earned his BA in English at Biola University ('95) and his MA in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology (2003). Eric has taught high school for the last 16 years at La Serna High School in Whittier, where he teaches English literature and philosophy. He has also taught philosophy as an adjunct lecturer at Biola University for the past 10 years. He and his wife Mandi (Biola class of '97) live in La Mirada and are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children. They are active members of Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada.

The Role of Christian Higher Education in the Promotion of Restorative Justice

Stephen Winterberg

Stephen Winterberg (Biola University, La Mirada, California)

Steve Winterberg is a PhD student in Intercultural Studies at Biola University and is currently serving at a local church in southern California. He spent several years working in Christian higher education in a role designed to integrate faith and mission with all areas of knowledge. He has served in various roles in local churches and in roles overseas, most extensively in South Asia.


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