Office of the Provost

At the heart of 四虎影院 College's academic leadership lies the Office of the Provost, orchestrating initiatives to foster intellectual inquiry and educational excellence. 

On the left there are links that inform you about many aspects of 四虎影院's academic program. Please feel free to 四虎影院 the Provost's Office if you have questions about academics at 四虎影院.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty聽

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu, PhD


As 四虎影院's chief academic officer, I am honored to work with 四虎影院's outstanding faculty, staff, and students.

One of the nation's foremost Christian colleges, 四虎影院 has long been grounded in the evangelical tradition and is strongly committed to the liberal arts. Faculty value academic rigor and energetic scholarship, and they enjoy the wide exploration of ideas across many fields of study. They are also eager to help build connections between a life of faith and spiritual devotion and a life of inquiry and analysis. In the classroom and beyond it, students will have opportunities to learn and grow together, not only at our Montecito campus but throughout the world. With small class sizes, students have many chances to get to know their professors as teachers, mentors and scholars. Our desire is to help students prepare to serve God with faith, compassion, imagination and wisdom.

四虎影院 Names an Accomplished, Engaging and Inspiring Leader as Provost

鈥淪tatistically speaking, my path shouldn鈥檛 have led me to this moment...鈥

Remaining Faithful to the Call: Academic Excellence with Christ Holding Preeminence

Although new to the 四虎影院 family, I marvel at God鈥檚 FAITHFULNESS to the college, allowing it to survive and to thrive 鈥渢hrough many dangers, toils and snares...鈥

Nathan Huff (Art) presented his third solo exhibition at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara. 鈥淔orest for the Trees鈥 explored the beauty and wonder of the natural world through 15 surrealistic paintings, several sculptural works, and a floor to ceiling hanging installation featuring painted slivers of native trees and handmade ladders created from tree trunks.

Scott Anderson (Art) illustrated the cover for the December 2023 issue of MAD Magazine; his second cover for the publication.  Additionally, his portrait of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, originally painted for Mother Jones Magazine, was chosen for the 66th annual exhibition of the New York Society of Illustrators, and will be displayed at the Society's Museum of American Illustration in NYC later this spring. It was also selected for the 62nd annual juried exhibition of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Laura Drake Schultheis (Biology), along with 四虎影院 Garden Manager and Sustainability Coordinator Janell Balmaceda, secured funding from the Regional Wildfire Mitigation Program to begin an oak restoration project in collaboration with the Spatial Informatics Group鈥揘atural Assets Laboratory and the Montecito Fire Department. The funding supported the planting of approximately 40 native coast live oaks between the west side of campus and the Las Barrancas housing community, with the combined goals of reducing fire risk, increasing native plant cover, and improving ecosystem health and resiliency. Multiple agencies as well as 四虎影院 student volunteers were involved in planting the young trees, and the project lays groundwork for future student volunteer and research opportunities for years to come.

Steve Julio (Biology) and two collaborators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were awarded a two-year NIH grant for $240,000 to study the mechanism by which Bordetella, the bacteria that causes whooping cough, persists in the respiratory tract in order to cause disease.

Kristi Lazar Cantrell (Chemistry) and her collaborators have published an article 鈥淐omputationally Designed Molecules Modulate ALS-Related Amyloidogenic TDP-43(307鈥319) Aggregation鈥 in ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Written in collaboration with a research group at UCSB, the article includes the work of 四虎影院 students Ethan Walker and Joshua Jang.

Guang Song (Computer Science) and a co-author published an article in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation titled 鈥淐oarse-Graining Waters: Unveiling The Effective Hydrophilicity/Hydrophobicity of Individual Protein Atoms and The Roles of Waters鈥 Hydrogens鈥.

Carolyn Mitten (Education) spoke at the 2023 Meredith Fellows Implementation Conference on 鈥淪upporting Teacher Candidates Knowledge and Implementation of Rubrics.鈥  She was also invited to deliver a professional development session at Coastline Christian Academy in August on implementing number talks in K鈥12 classrooms. Finally, her research article 鈥淐omparing PSTs' Perceptions of Math and Literacy Methods鈥 was featured in the newsletter of the California Council on Teacher Education's Winter 2023 issue.

Dan Jensen (Engineering) and his students Elijah Cicileo, Jonah Swanson, Josh Wozniak and Tasha Loh presented their research to scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH in September 2023. The title of the research presentation was 鈥淎 Weighted Design Matrix Approach for Informing Digital vs. Physical Prototyping Options.鈥

Doug Fontes (Engineering) presented a conference paper entitled 鈥淪ustainable Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting for Electronic Worn at the Knee鈥 at the 2023 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in New Orleans, LA.


Steve Porter (Martin Institute) presented 鈥淲hen God Doesn鈥檛 Heal: Receiving God鈥檚 Formative Grace Through Bodily Pain,鈥 Holy Spirit Symposium (Biola University); 鈥淜nowing Christ Today: The Shape of Christian Spiritual Formation,鈥 Evangelical Theological Society; and 鈥淚nternalizing the Love of God: A Theological Psychology of Receiving and Resisting Love,鈥 Evangelical Theological Society.

Maryke van der Walt (Mathematics) presented her research on blood glucose prediction at the Southern California-Nevada section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in October 2023, as well as at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2024.

David Etterbeek鈥檚 (Music) most recent performance highlights include concerts with Andrea Bocelli at the Hollywood Bowl in May, and performances as principal trumpet with the New West Symphony in November. He recently finished recording a new four movement work for solo trumpet by Ojai composer John Biggs. Etterbeek gave the new work, Four Miniatures for Trumpet Alone, its premiere at 四虎影院鈥檚 faculty recital last fall.

In collaboration with colleagues in the music department, Ruth Lin (Music) led the 四虎影院 Orchestra and Choir as part of the 四虎影院 Christmas Festival. With two performances at the historic Granada Theatre, the premiere performance space in Santa Barbara, the performance of music and readings embodying the theme of 鈥淔ullness of joy鈥 was presented to over 2200 in attendance.

Zig Reichwald (Music) published a new book, Mendelssohn and the Genesis of the Protestant A Cappella Movement, with Cambridge University Press.

Edward Song (Philosophy) presented his paper, 鈥淚s There an Independent Principle of Fairness,鈥 at the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2023.

Bob Haring-Kaye (Physics) and two students from his research group, Natalie Fogg '24 and Reese Toepfer '26, presented their research at the Joint Meeting of the American and Japanese Nuclear Physics Societies in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, in November 2023. Both students received funding from the highly-competitive Conference Experience for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation in support of their participation.

Caryn Reeder (Religious Studies) has published 鈥淲omen's Emotion, Community, and Politics: Interpreting Tears in Luke 23.27鈥31鈥 in the journal New Testament Studies (November 2023).  She also presented a paper, 鈥淪lavery, Gender, and Meals in the Gospel of Luke,鈥 at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in November 2023.

Helen Rhee (Religious Studies) published two book chapters: 鈥淧ain in Ancient Medicine and Literature, and Early Christianity: The Paradox of Inshareability and Agency,鈥 in Disability, Medicine, and Healing Discourse in Early Christianity: New Conversations for Health Humanities (eds. S. R. Holman, C. L. de Wet, and J. L. Zechaer; London & New York: Routledge, 2023), 47鈥64 and 鈥淲ealth, Poverty, and Almsgiving,鈥 in Cambridge History of Early Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2023), 613鈥32.  She also served as a panelist for two panels at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX: 鈥淧atristic Research, Patristic Wisdom: Challenges and Possibilities,鈥 for Contextualizing North African Christianity (program unit) and a Book Review Session, Begging for Their Daily Bread: Beggar-Centric Interpretations of Matthew 6, by Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, for Jesus Traditions, Gospels, and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World (program unit).

Holly Beers (Religious Studies) was invited to be a consulting reviewer for the revision of the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible in the area of Synoptic Gospels and Acts.  She also presented two papers at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in November 2023. As an invited panelist in the 鈥淐hristian Theology and the Bible鈥 program unit she offered 鈥淎 Biblical Studies Scholar Listens and Responds to a Systematic Theologian: A Review of 鈥楬earing and Doing: The Speeches in Acts and the Essence of Christianity.鈥欌 In the 鈥淗omiletics and Biblical Studies鈥 program unit she gave a paper entitled 鈥淔illing up the Sufferings of Christ: Preaching Colossians 1:24 With and Among Diverse Voices.鈥

Sameer Yadav (Religious Studies) spoke on a panel on 鈥淣on-Contrastive Transcendence and the Creative Agency of God鈥 at the 2023 annual American Academy of Religion meeting, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of Modern Theology. He also offered a plenary lecture (鈥淭he Liberative Norm in Christian Theological Knowledge-Seeking鈥) for the Religious Epistemology and Psychology Workshop at Seattle Pacific University. He gave invited lectures at Union Theological Seminary (鈥淛oban Theology and Christian Pessimism鈥) and Loyola University Maryland (鈥淧essimism and the Problem of Evil鈥).

Sandra Richter (Religious Studies) published a book chapter, in The State of Old Testament Studies by Baker Academic titled 鈥淓nvironmental Approaches in Old Testament Studies,鈥 an article in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 鈥淓conomics and Urdeuteronomium: A Response to K氓re Berge, Diana Edelman, Philippe Guillaume, and Benedetta Rossi,鈥 and a book review in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly of Philippe Guillaume's The Economy of Deuteronomy's Core. She served as Asbury Theological Seminary's guest lecturer for the 鈥淪cholars Who Preach鈥 annual event, filmed her newest curriculum on 鈥淒eborah & the Book of Judges鈥 with Harper Collins, and served as the plenary speaker for The Mission Society's presidential retreat at the Billy Graham retreat center in North Carolina.

Felicia Song (Sociology) was interviewed for the Holy Post podcast in their series on teens and digital technologies.

Jonathan Hicks (Theater Arts) was the Associate Lighting Designer for the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet's 48th presentation of The Nutcracker at the Arlington Theatre.


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