Fresno Pacific University appoints 17 new faculty for 2016-2017

Susan Cox, Ed.D.
Interim Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Business
Sara Mendez
Instructor, Business
Catherine Peck, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Assistant Professor, Business- Accounting
Andrew Shinn
Instructor, Business
Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.
Pupil Personnel Services Program Director, Bakersfield, Clinical Assistant, School of Education

Between August 1 and October 1, 2016,17 new regular faculty members began teaching at Fresno Pacific University.

School of Business

Susan Cox, Ed.D., interim dean, assistant professor. Ed.D., California State University, Fresno; M.A., University of San Francisco; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sara Mendez, MBA, instructor. MBA, B.S., Fresno Pacific University.

Cathy Peck, CPA, assistant professor. M.S., University of Memphis; B.S., University of Arizona.

Andrew Shinn, MBA, instructor. MBA, California State University, Fresno; B.S., Eastern Nazarene University.

The School of Education

Margaret Ameel, Ph.D. candidate, clinical assistant professor, director of teacher education, Merced Campus. Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Eastern Michigan University.

Jonathan Gage, Ed.D. candidate, clinical instructor, pupil personnel services program director, Bakersfield Campus. Ed.D., California State University, Fresno; M.A., Fresno Pacific University; B.A., Fresno State. 

Manjula Joseph, Ph.D., assistant professor, mathematics education. Ph.D., M.A., The Ohio State University; M.Phil., Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India; M.Sc., Bangalore University, Bangalore, India; M.Ed., B.Ed., Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India; B.Sc., Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Tamaye Ota, M.A., assistant professor. M.A, Fresno Pacific University; B.A., California State University, Fresno.

Vicki Hieber Pontius, Ed.D., clinical assistant, program director, designated subjects education. Ed.D., Alliant University; M.A., California State University, Fresno; B.A., Notre Dame de Namur University.

Angelica Reynosa, Ed.D., co-director of the Office of Clinical Experience and director of field experience placements, clinical assistant professor. Ed.D., M.S., B.A, California State University, Fresno.

Heather Rutowicz, M.Ed., clinical instructor. M.Ed., Bowling Green State University; B.S., The Ohio State University.

Mary Winslow, M.A., clinical instructor, interim multiple subjects credential coordinator, Visalia Campus. M.A., Fresno Pacific University; B.A., California State University, Fresno.

School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences

Bethany Alvey, D.M.A., director of choral activities, assistant professor, music. D.M.A., University of Miami; M.M., Temple University; B.S., Towson University.

Melanie Howard, Ph.D., assistant professor, biblical studies. Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.T.S., University of Notre Dame; B.A., Messiah College.

Daniel Larson, Ph.D. candidate, assistant professor, English. Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A., B.A., University of New Mexico;

Graciela Perez, Ph.D., associate professor, Spanish. Ph.D., DEA, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a la Distancia

School of Natural Sciences

Lisa Hood, DNP candidate, clinical assistant professor, nursing. DNP, California State University Northern Consortium; MSN, California State University, Fresno; A.S., Merced College; L.V.N., Clovis Adult School.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations