The Author

I have created this website because I want to offer my expertise to other Christians who are engaging in the college search.  I know from both personal and professional experience that this can be a stressful and confusing process.  My hope is to make your college search experience easier and more meaningful.

I’ve worked in higher education for almost twenty years. As a Christian who is also a sociology and criminology professor, I have utilized my teaching gift to successfully help my students learn and engage with the community.  In fact, I’ve won three different teaching awards at two different universities.  I have published in the areas of religion and higher education, and I even authored a book exploring how to predict prison riots.

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I currently serve as the Dean of Instruction at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.  I possess a combination of interests related to social psychology, personal improvement, and leadership development.  I have a masters degree in exegetical theology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and a Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.  I completed a certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University.  I also received strengths coach training from the Gallup Organization and have completed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program.

In addition to teaching a variety of sociology and criminal justice courses in the past, I have also served as a program coordinator for criminology, a department head, and an associate dean at the University of Northern Iowa.  From 2015-2018, I served as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dixie State University.

I have been married to Kathryn Featherstone since 2001.  We have two daughters, Ellie and Aubrey. As a family we enjoy visiting the beach and eating frozen yogurt. Visit my LinkedIn profile for further information about my academic background and training.

(This site represents my perspectives, produced during my own time, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Linn-Benton Community College.)