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What is Speaker Connect?

Speaker Connect is La Sierra University's speakers bureau. Our educational experts are available to speak at your church, school, or group event. This group of sociologists, theologians, historians, artists, and storytellers with extensive research findings has a passion for lifelong learning and improvement.

 

 

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Art/Creativity

Tim Musso

tmusso@lasierra.edu

951.785.2178

 

Topics:

  • How to Solve Almost Any Problem with Creativity

Professor Musso has worked on graphic design in Spain, as well as with U.S. accounts including Pepsi Co., Doritos, Dannon and Lays. He has also showcased artwork in China. For more information about Professor Musso, click here.

Biology (Discovery of New Species)

Dr. Lee Grismer

lgrismer@lasierra.edu

951.785.2345

 

Topics:

  • The discovery of new species of amphibians and reptiles in Southeast Asia

Dr. Grismer teaches Herpetology, Vertebrate Natural History, Anatomy & Physiology, and a summer field course in Malaysia and General Biology. For more information about Dr. Grismer, click here.

Education

Dr. Dora Clarke-Pine

dclarkep@lasierra.edu

951.785.2334

 

Topics:

  • Unconscious acts of plagiarism in higher education
  • Problems with the writing domain, including at the doctoral level
  • A theoretical framework for why individuals gravitate toward abusive relationships.
  • A theoretical framework for why Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) victims often resort to violence without provocation.

Dr. Pine is an associate professor of education, in the Department of School Psychology and Counseling. Some of Dr. Pine’s research interests include: Personality/gender issues, counseling theory, and juvenile crime. For more information about Dr. Pine, click here.



Dr. Margaret Solomon

msolomon@lasierra.edu

951.785.2292

 

Topics:

  • Education Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
  • Ethnicity and Educational Achievement
  • Value-based Leadership
  • Generating Critical Knowledge on Leadership
  • Developing Scholar Practitioners in Education

Dr. Solomon is a professor of Administration and Leadership in the Department of Education. Her research interests include: Identifying and testing school leadership models that work for the educational achievement of students from marginalized communities, Developing Learning Communities on Critical Pedagogy to impact teacher practice. To find out more about Dr. Solomon, click here.



Dr. Linda Caviness

lcavines@lasierra.edu

lindacaviness@mac.com

951.785.2203 (office)

818.359.1166 (cell)

 

Topics:

  • God's Thumbprint on You and Me: Design throughout the brain and body provide evidence of a Creator's handiwork and a masterplan for health and optimal function.
  • Heart-Brain Science: Implications from psychophysiology for resilience, stress reduction and thriving.
  • Neuroeducation: Lessons from neuroscience for effective teaching and learning.

Dr. Caviness is Chair and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at La Sierra’s Education Department. Her background is in speech, language and literacy, and educational administration and her research interests include brain-based learning, reading and language arts, and liberal studies.

English Literature

Dr. Lora Geriguis

lgeriguis@lasierra.edu

951.785.2312

 

Topics:

  • The Bible as Literature (e.g. metaphor, story, character)
  • Nature (including weather, animals, plants, etc.) as a topic in culture (e.g. art, literature, film)
  • Reading poetry as an act of worship
  • British history (e.g. the monarchy, the rise and fall of the empire)
  • The emergence of female writers in England and America

Dr. Geriguis is an associate professor of English and director of the English Graduate Program. To learn more about her work, click here.

Health (and Exercise Science)

Dr. Rob Thomas

rthomas@lasierra.edu

951.785.2082

 

Topics:

  • The connections between academic performance and physical activity
  • History of SDA physical education
  • Importance of an active lifestyle
  • Repetition speed in strength development

Dr. Robert Thomas is Chair and Associate Professor of the Health and Exercise Science department. His expertise is in Exercise Physiology, Sociology & Philosophy of Sport and he is working on a book to be completed in the summer of 2012 entitled: “History of SDA Physical Education in NAD Colleges & Universities.” To learn more about the Health and Exercise Science department, click here.



Dr. William Andress

wandress@lasierra.edu
951.785.2174

 

Topics:

Dr. Andress is an associate professor in the health and exercise science department. To learn more about his work, click here.

Neuroscience (Educational Emphasis)

Dr. Linda Caviness

lcavines@lasierra.edu

lindacaviness@mac.com

951.785.2203 (office)

818.359.1166 (cell)

 

Topics:

  • God's Thumbprint on You and Me: Design throughout the brain and body provide evidence of a Creator's handiwork and a masterplan for health and optimal function.
  • Heart-Brain Science: Implications from psychophysiology for resilience, stress reduction and thriving.
  • Neuroeducation: Lessons from neuroscience for effective teaching and learning.

Dr. Caviness is Chair and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at La Sierra’s Education Department. Her background is in speech, language and literacy, and educational administration and her research interests include brain-based learning, reading and language arts, and liberal studies.

Psychology

Recruitment Techniques

Bobby Brown

bbrown@lasierra.edu

951.785.2249

 

Topics:

  • The effects and importance of Christian Education
  • Recruitment Techniques

Mr. Brown works as the Associate Vice President for the Department of Enrollment Services. Having spoken to many students considering higher education, he has vast experience in traveling, recruitment, and how to reach a young, student demographic. To visit the Enrollment website, click here.

Religion and Ethics



Dr. Maury Jackson

mjackson@lasierra.edu

951.785.2097

 

Topics:

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion and ethnicity
  • Practical theology
  • Ethics

Dr. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry. To learn more about him or the La Sierra Divinity School program, click here.



Sam Leonor

sleonor@lasierra.edu

951.785.2090

 

Topics:

  • Relationships
  • Youth and Young Adults and the Church
  • Faith Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Spirituality
  • Adventist Missions

Pastor Sam is the main chaplain for La Sierra. To learn more about him click here.



Dr. Fritz Guy

fguy@lasierra.edu

951.785.2015

 

Topics:

  • "Science and Religion—Enemies, Friends, or Strangers?"
  • "The Theology of Ellen White"
  • "The Adventist Quest for Truth"

Dr. Guy is a veteran theologian and Research Professor of Philosophical Theology at La Sierra. To learn more about his extensive expertise in ministry, theology, philosophy and ethics, click here.

Sociology/Anthropology

Dr. Kenneth Crane

kcrane@lasierra.edu

951.785.2369

 

Topics:

  • “Mobilizing Communities through International Study Tours: Project Mexico Immersion and New Immigrants in the Midwest.”
  • “The Social Construction of Morality Reconsidered: A Christian Interactionist Perspective.”
  • "Religious Adaptation of Latino/a Adventist Youth: Findings from AVANCE."
  • "Emergent NGO Actions against Human Trafficking: Voices for Rights, Livelihood, and Protection.”
  • "Negotiating Options for the Forgotten: NGOs and Iraqi Refugees in Transit."
  • “Transnational Communities as “Sister Cities”: Testing the social and economic obligations of “civic kinship.”
  • “Divergent Perspectives on Sister Cities in Indiana and Guanajuato.”
  • “Crossing and Crisis: A Spiritual Geography of Migration.”
  • “Project Mexico Immersion: Confronting Transnational Migration.” Introduction and screening of documentary film.
  • “Pilgrims in Capitiro: Mexican Youth and Transnationalism in Indiana.”
  • “Modalities of Social Engagement of Latino Churches in Northern Indiana.”
  • “To be with my people: Latino Churches in the Midwest.”
  • “Communities of Memory and Engagement: An Ethnography of Latino Churches in Rural Michigan.”
  • "The Effect of Female Labor Force Participation on Gender Roles in Latino Adventist Families."

Dr. Crane is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at La Sierra. Along with many peer-reviewed articles, he has authored three books. For more information about Dr. Crane, click here.

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