Faculty Highlights

Lynn Reaser

Lynn Reaser, Ph.D.
UCLA
Business

As PLNU’s chief economist, Dr. Reaser conducts over 300 media interviews annually and addresses numerous domestic and international conferences and forecast events. She is also chief economist of the Council of Economic Advisors for California state controller John Chiang and is a participating economist in many leading economic gauges and surveys. She received the National Association for Business Economics Outlook Award for most accurate economic forecast in 2011-12.

Fun fact: Dr. Reaser is an avid tennis player, swimmer, and cycler and is also skilled at playing the organ.

Walter Cho

Walter Cho, Ph.D.
MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Biology

Dr. Cho’s research focuses on the study of biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna. Before coming to PLNU, his research efforts were concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico, where he studied the potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities. He has participated in multiple oceanographic research cruises in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans using a variety of vehicles including manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and autonomous robots.

Fun fact: Dr. Cho has been to the bottom of the ocean twice and keeps in his office volcanic basalt and pumice from hydrothermal vents on the seafloor. He also considers himself a Trekker.

Lynn Reaser

Lynn Reaser, Ph.D.
UCLA
Business

As PLNU’s chief economist, Dr. Reaser conducts over 300 media interviews annually and addresses numerous domestic and international conferences and forecast events. She is also chief economist of the Council of Economic Advisors for California state controller John Chiang and is a participating economist in many leading economic gauges and surveys. She received the National Association for Business Economics Outlook Award for most accurate economic forecast in 2011-12.

Fun fact: Dr. Reaser is an avid tennis player, swimmer, and cycler and is also skilled at playing the organ.

Walter Cho

Walter Cho, Ph.D.
MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Biology

Dr. Cho’s research focuses on the study of biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna. Before coming to PLNU, his research efforts were concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico, where he studied the potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities. He has participated in multiple oceanographic research cruises in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans using a variety of vehicles including manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and autonomous robots.

Fun fact: Dr. Cho has been to the bottom of the ocean twice and keeps in his office volcanic basalt and pumice from hydrothermal vents on the seafloor. He also considers himself a Trekker.

Dave Adey

Dave Adey, MFA
Cranbook Academy of Art
Art and Design

Dave Adey’s artwork has been exhibited throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, and Miami. His work has been featured in Art in America, Art Ltd., Riviera Magazine, the San Diego Union Tribune, and Wired.com. He is also the recipient of numerous awards—such as the 2010 San Diego Art Prize by the San Diego Visual Arts Network and the 2010 Exhibition of the Year from the San Diego Fine Art Society—and has been recognized as one of “San Diego’s Top 10 Creatives” by Riviera Magazine and one of San Diego Home and Garden’s “Stars of San Diego.” His 2010 exhibition "John Henry" was ranked one of the top 10 exhibitions of that year in Southern California by The Huffington Post. 

Fun Fact: He's dead serious about being a crummy banjo player.

Nicole Cosby

Nicole Cosby, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Kinesiology

Dr. Cosby's research in sports medicine has been largely focused on lower extremity injuries, primarily ankle sprains and treatments that can be used following ankle sprains to improve motion at the joint. She is an assistant professor of kinesiology, teaching classes ranging from risk management and emergency response to pharmacology. Dr. Crosby, who ran for PLNU in her days as an undergrad, also works with the cross-country and track and field teams as an assistant athletic trainer.

Fun fact: Dr. Cosby is a fraternal twin and has fraternal twins.

Dave Adey

Dave Adey, MFA
Cranbook Academy of Art
Art and Design

Dave Adey’s artwork has been exhibited throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, and Miami. His work has been featured in Art in America, Art Ltd., Riviera Magazine, the San Diego Union Tribune, and Wired.com. He is also the recipient of numerous awards—such as the 2010 San Diego Art Prize by the San Diego Visual Arts Network and the 2010 Exhibition of the Year from the San Diego Fine Art Society—and has been recognized as one of “San Diego’s Top 10 Creatives” by Riviera Magazine and one of San Diego Home and Garden’s “Stars of San Diego.” His 2010 exhibition "John Henry" was ranked one of the top 10 exhibitions of that year in Southern California by The Huffington Post. 

Fun Fact: He's dead serious about being a crummy banjo player.

Nicole Cosby

Nicole Cosby, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Kinesiology

Dr. Cosby's research in sports medicine has been largely focused on lower extremity injuries, primarily ankle sprains and treatments that can be used following ankle sprains to improve motion at the joint. She is an assistant professor of kinesiology, teaching classes ranging from risk management and emergency response to pharmacology. Dr. Crosby, who ran for PLNU in her days as an undergrad, also works with the cross country and track and field teams as an assistant athletic trainer.

Fun fact: Dr. Cosby is a fraternal twin and has fraternal twins.

Maria Zack

Maria Zack, Ph.D.
UCSD
Mathematics

Dr. Zack’s industry experience includes consulting work for the Institute for Defense Analysis Center for Communications Research, as well as involvement in numerous strategic planning efforts in the U.S. and abroad. Her research interests include mathematical history, architecture and mathematics, cryptography, and cryptanalysis.  She is an active member of Nexus Network: Architecture and Mathematics, for which she has published several papers. She shares her enthusiasm for mathematical history and architecture by taking students to England to study every other summer.

Fun fact: She has spent the last 16 years working with Tumutumu Mission Hospital in Kenya to help them strengthen their health care programs. She also has a large Labrador Retriever that she runs on the beach with every Saturday.

Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson, Ph.D.
Ohio University
Journalism

Dr. Nelson is the director and founder of PLNU’s journalism program. He has written for publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Sojourner’s Magazine, and Christianity Today, and has authored or co-authored several books. He has traveled throughout the world, to places such as India, Kosovo, Tibet, and Tanzania, to cover stories of human interest and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting. Dr. Nelson serves as host for PLNU’s annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Past attendees include Donald Miller, Gay Talese, Anne Lamott, Ray Bradbury, and Amy Tan.

Fun fact: Dr. Nelson is a hockey enthusiast and enjoys watching the sport and getting on the ice whenever he can.

Maria Zack

Maria Zack, Ph.D.
UCSD
Mathematics

Dr. Zack’s industry experience includes consulting work for the Institute for Defense Analysis Center for Communications Research, as well as involvement in numerous strategic planning efforts in the U.S. and abroad. Her research interests include mathematical history, architecture and mathematics, cryptography, and cryptanalysis.  She is an active member of Nexus Network: Architecture and Mathematics, for which she has published several papers. She shares her enthusiasm for mathematical history and architecture by taking students to England to study every other summer.

Fun fact: She has spent the last 16 years working with Tumutumu Mission Hospital in Kenya to help them strengthen their health care programs. She also has a large Labrador Retriever that she runs on the beach with every Saturday.

Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson, Ph.D.
Ohio University
Journalism

Dr. Nelson is the director and founder of PLNU’s journalism program. He has written for publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Sojourner’s Magazine, and Christianity Today, and has authored or co-authored several books. He has traveled throughout the world, to places such as India, Kosovo, Tibet, and Tanzania, to cover stories of human interest and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting. Dr. Nelson serves as host for PLNU’s annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Past attendees include Donald Miller, Gay Talese, Anne Lamott, Ray Bradbury, and Amy Tan.

Fun fact: Dr. Nelson is a hockey enthusiast and enjoys watching the sport and getting on the ice whenever he can.

Larry Rankin

Larry Rankin, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, 
Ann Arbor
Nursing

Dr. Rankin has worked as a staff nurse in the U.S. Navy, a psychiatric-mental health nurse, a case manager, and a mental health consultant. He has also served as a parish nurse liaison with the Mercy Health System. He is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in their Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program and has served on a national Graduate Nursing Education Committee (GNEC) with the AACN to re-write geriatric nursing competencies. One of his passions is nursing missions, and he has worked with LoveWorks and Heart to Heart International to co-lead trips to Jamaica and Haiti.

Fun Fact: He's a huge basketball fan and proudly displays a Snoopy dog figurine in his office.

Linda Beail

Linda Beail, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Political Science

Dr. Beail’s studies are concentrated in the fields of American politics, political theory, and gender politics. She has written widely on the politics of popular culture and gender in elections, including her book Framing Sarah Palin: Puritans, Pit Bulls, and Politics. She also serves as director of PLNU’s Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies, which encourages students to explore women's issues and celebrate the gifts God has given them to contribute to the world. She recently spent a week studying women in the Arab world in Amman, Jordan.

Fun fact: Her most prized possessions in her office are her "Barbie for President" doll, a teacup from the women's suffrage movement, and photos of her kids.  

Larry Rankin

Larry Rankin, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, 
Ann Arbor
Nursing

Dr. Rankin has worked as a staff nurse in the U.S. Navy, a psychiatric-mental health nurse, a case manager, and a mental health consultant. He has also served as a parish nurse liaison with the Mercy Health System. He is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in their Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program and has served on a national Graduate Nursing Education Committee (GNEC) with the AACN to re-write geriatric nursing competencies. One of his passions is nursing missions, and he has worked with LoveWorks and Heart-to Heart International to co-lead trips to Jamaica and Haiti.

Fun Fact: He's a huge basketball fan and proudly displays a Snoopy dog figurine in his office.

Linda Beail

Linda Beail, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Political Science

Dr. Beail’s studies are concentrated in the fields of American politics, political theory, and gender politics. She has written widely on the politics of popular culture and gender in elections, including her book "Framing Sarah Palin: Puritans, Pit Bulls, and Politics." She also serves as director of PLNU’s Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies, which encourages students to explore women's issues and celebrate the gifts God has given them to contribute to the world. She recently spent a week studying women in the Arab world in Amman, Jordan.

Fun fact: Her most prized possessions in her office are her "Barbie for President" doll, a teacup from the women's suffrage movement, and photos of her kids.  

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