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09/23/13 5:42 pm Age: 2 yrs

Nine New Professors Join WWU


By: Camlynne Waring

New Faculty 2013-14

Photo by Chris Drake

Walla Walla University is proud to welcome eight new instructors for the 2013-14 academic school year. These instructors bring both academic and industry experience to the classroom and will help encourage excellence in thought at WWU.

Brant Berglin joined the School of Theology in January as an assistant professor in New Testament studies and Greek. Berglin is a 1995 WWU theology graduate. He received a Master of Divinity from Andrews University and is currently working on his doctoral degree. Berglin has spent 10 years pastoring and church planting in several Alaskan locations, including Anchorage, Dillingham, Fairbanks and the North Pole.

Conna Bond is joining the School of Business as an assistant professor of business. Bond taught a class on business ethics last year with excellent student reviews. Previously, Bond served as editorial and marketing director at Bond Communication and Design, in addition to serving as communication director for Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries. Bond is a Whitman College graduate with a law degree from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.

Karen Clausen-Brown is joining the English Department as an assistant professor of English after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. Clausen-Brown is a 2007 WWU graduate.

Emilie Butler joins the Portland campus School of Nursing as an instructor in nursing. A 2010 WWU graduate, Butler previously worked as a staff nurse at Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Denise Dunzweiler comes to WWU from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines where she was the dean of graduate studies. Dunzweiler joins the School of Education and Psychology as a professor of education. She obtained her master’s degree at Sonoma State University and a doctoral degree at Andrews University.

John Foster is a 2007 WWU graduate joining the Mathematics Department as an assistant professor of mathematics. He comes to WWU after completing doctoral studies at the University of Oregon.

Gerry Larson is the new athletic director, in addition to a new instructor in health and physical education. Larson is finishing his master of education at University of Idaho. Previously, he worked in WWU’s Marketing and Enrollment Department.

Joel Libby is a 2004 WWU graduate joining the Art Department as an instructor. Libby’s artwork has focused on portraiture and the human form, though he has woodworking and sculpture experience as well.   

Kirt Onthank comes to WWU as an assistant professor of biology after completing his doctoral studies at Washington State University. Onthank obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees from WWU.


Published September 23, 2013.

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