Langley’s brain gain: TWU adds 13 new full-time faculty to teaching roster

Langley, BC—In addition to welcoming more than 3,000 students to campus this fall, Trinity Western University has added 13 new full-time faculty members to its teaching roster. Some of these faculty members have moved from across Canada and the U.S. to begin their teaching positions at TWU, while others have been contributing to the Langley community for years. Below are a few of TWU’s new faculty faces:

Brian Korb (School of Business): Just a few years ago, Korb was teaching economics and finance at West Point, New York, in the top U.S. Military Academy where notable U.S. officials and American presidents have been trained. This year, it is TWU students who will glean from Korb’s 15 years of combined experience in personal, corporate and government finance.

“I look forward to teaching values and ethics along with course material and to impacting students’ lives in a small classroom environment,” says Korb, who is one of only 800 people in Canada and the U.S. to hold both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations, the top professional designations in financial planning and investment management.

Korb also holds a Masters in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan. He moved from Dayton, Ohio, to the Lower Mainland along with his wife and three children.

Michael Bodner (Human Kinetics): Bodner’s fitness credentials have granted him membership into the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and have led him to a full-time position teaching exercise management, scientific foundations of human movement and biomechanics at TWU. Bodner is no stranger to the Lower Mainland, as he lived in Langley for 20 years and is a graduate from R.E. Mountain Secondary School as well as Trinity Western University.

Bodner also holds a Masters of Science in Human Kinetics from UBC and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He served as the fitness director for the Cambie Community Centre in Richmond for three years and remains an adjunct member on the Fitness Wellness Outdoor Pursuits Committee for the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation.

“This fall I am very excited to be working with such a dynamic Human Kinetics faculty in a full-time capacity,” says Bodner. “And I’m especially looking forward to interacting with our students.”

John Dyck (Political Science): In his spare time, Dyck has served as a professional wheelchair basketball regional coach for the Southern Interior of B.C., and as the assistant coach for the Manitoba Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Team. It’s off the court where he demonstrates his political prowess.

For the past 19 years, Dyck has taught political science at the post-secondary level, including nine years at the University of Manitoba. This year, he will teach courses such as Canadian Government and Politics, a course for students preparing to study at TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa.

“Being involved in the Laurentian Leadership Program is very exciting,” he says. “I’ve been involved in student leadership training for a number of years, and view this as a further opportunity to equip students with leadership skills.”

Dyck has a Masters in Political Science from the University of Manitoba and is currently finishing his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He also owns and operates the education consulting firm, Prudentia Educational Services International.

Kim Franklin (School of Education): Franklin has shared her teaching expertise in a number of roles since earning her Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. For the past 15 years, she has worked at Pacific Academy in Surrey, serving as a classroom teacher, learning assistance teacher, director of instruction, vice-principal and principal.

This year, she will impart her expertise at TWU, as she teaches classes on language arts curriculum and pedagogy for students planning to teach grades kindergarten through seven.

“I look forward to working with the very dedicated and enthusiastic education students,” says Franklin, “helping to equip and encourage them as they begin their professional teaching experiences.”

Franklin is currently working toward her Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University.

Other faculty joining TWU include: Geraldine Bergmans-Jordan (Geography), Margaret Downey (School of Education), David Erickson (Human Kinetics), Michelle Gallagher (Spanish), Rick Goossen (School of Business), Carol Molcar (Counselling Psychology), Rick Sawatzky (Nursing), Deanna Schick (Human Kinetics) and David Squires (Music).

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 35 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26