Call them Gordon’s Band of Five. In addition to already full summer schedules that include research projects, professional trips, and family vacations, these five full time faculty members have added another priority to their agenda: advising first year and transfer students in a new pre-orientation program. This Band of Five is comprised of a physicist, an accountant, a biologist, a minister and a literary critic, providing new students a range of insights and perspectives. And they’ve already answered a number of questions from incoming students about courses, majors and well, All Things Gordon. Meet them here.
In preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Faculty Central will highlight the new members of the full-time faculty over the next few weeks.
Daniel Darko will join the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries this fall as an associate professor. A native of Ghana, Daniel studied in his home country, Croatia, and the UK before earning his PhD at King’s College (University of London). He comes to Gordon most recently from Pennsylvania, where he taught courses in theology at the University of Scranton in addition to serving as both an associate pastor at Light of the World Church as well as the founding director of the non-profit Africa Potential, Inc. Daniel has a variety of research interests, but his scholarly work focuses primarily on the Pauline epistles and especially the letter to the Ephesians.
For Gordon’s third international “China Seminar,” Economics & Business professor Stephen Smith—in collaboration with Gordon’s Global Education Office, Biola University and Westmont College—led 9 students from Gordon, 16 from Biola and eight from Westmont, along with two other professors May 27 to June 15 on a 19-day intensive study tour, logging some 20,000 miles along the way. As part of the four-credit academic seminar, the group visited businesses, factories, agencies and churches, talked with owners and professors, and learned about the realities of economic growth in a nation that has experienced massive change over the past thirty years.
“China right now has shifted away from low tech, labor intensive production to more high tech production,” said Smith, who grew up in Hong Kong, earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and now regularly visits China as part of his scholarship and research on international economic issues. “It’s a classic transition that happens in countries where you see economic development working.”
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(Stephen Smith pictured here stands in front of the Bank of China in Hong Kong.)