New faculty eager to challenge and nurture

Last Updated 17 November, 2015

NNU is pleased to welcome the newest members of its faculty to campus this fall. The 15 new additions span across undergraduate, graduate, adult and professional programs.

Amy Ackley, joins the education department as an instructor of innovation in education, and is an NNU alumna from the class of 2001. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction.

Also joining the education department is Tawny Billings, assistant professor of education. She earned her B.A. in sociology and M.Ed. in education at Biola University before receiving her Ed.D. in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University in 2014.

Assistant Professor Rick Boyes joined the counseling department. He earned a B.S. in psychology at Boise State University and an M.S. in counseling and Ph.D. in counselor education and counseling at Idaho State University.

Assistant Professor of International Relations Justin Clardie holds a B.A. in political science from Olivet Nazarene University, an M.A. in political science from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Michelle Hunt returns to her alma mater. She graduated from NNU in 2003 with a B.S. in Nursing and in 2013 with an M.S. in Nursing.

Becky Louber comes to the Department of Kinesiology as an assistant professor. An NNU alumna, she graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in sports management. She then went on to earn an M.S. in exercise physiology from Baylor University in 2013.

Dustin and Olivia Metcalf joined NNU as co-directors of the Office of Spiritual Formation and university chaplains. They both received their B.A.s in religious studies at NNU, Dustin in 1999 and Olivia in 2000. They also hold master’s degrees, both from Nazarene Theological Seminary; Dustin’s degree is in theological studies, Olivia’s degree in divinity.

Assistant Professor Stevan Pekovich joined the biology department. He earned a B.A. in microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University. In 1999, he participated in a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in pathology and enzymology.

NNU alumna Amy Rice returned to NNU as assistant professor of library services. She graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in English then went on to Simmons College where she earned an M.S.L.S. in library science before returning to NNU to earn an M.A. in spiritual formation.

Assistant Professor of Education Ryan Roberts returned to NNU this fall. An NNU alumnus, he graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in elementary education, in 1993 with an M.Ed. in elementary education in curriculum and instruction and in 2005 with an M.A. in spiritual formation. Most recently he earned a D.Min. from Drew University in global online.

Gregg Russell joined the university as administrative faculty in the NNU Doceo Center for innovation in teaching and learning. He holds a B.S. in elementary education from Boise State University and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from University of Idaho.

John Stutz joins NNU as assistant professor of engineering. He holds a B.S. from the University of Alabama, an M.S. from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, all in mechanical engineering.

Professor Leonie Sutherland has joined the nursing department. She earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Phoenix, an M.S. in nursing from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph.D. from the University of San Diego.

Celia Wolff is an assistant professor of biblical studies. She earned a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School.

In addition to the academic positions they assume, these individuals may also be found in their lesser-known roles of landscape artist, world traveler, martial arts teacher, photographer, couch potato, musician, outdoor enthusiast and horse whisperer, to name a few. Interests and abilities such as these ensure that NNU’s professors will be wonderful contributors to our liberal arts education.