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Faculty Profiles

Mr. Bob Dickson


Chairperson, Communication Department
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A., U.C. Santa Barbara
M.S., Northeastern Oklahoma State University
Joined TMU 2002

Bob Dickson has been a professional writer since 1997 and a teacher at The Master’s University since 2002. He has taught courses in the English Department, the Biblical Studies Department, the Degree Completion Department and the Communication Department. He also worked as a writer in TMC’s Marketing Department. In 2014 he moved into a full-time faculty role in the Communication Department, where he serves as department chair.

Bob spent five years as a sports writer for The Santa Clarita Signal, where he received an Associated Press News Executives Council award for sportswriting in 2003 and shared in a National Newspaper Association award for best sports series with The Signal sports staff in 2006. His articles have appeared in regional and national magazines and newspapers, and he has been published three times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. For close to six years, he was a writer at Grace to You.

 E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

Dr. Julie Larson


Professor of Communication
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University
of Southern California
Joined TMU 1983

Upon completion of her master's degree, Dr. Larson began teaching part-time at The Master's University. She joined the faculty in a full-time capacity in 1985 and was soon asked to organize and implement the communication major. While building the Communication Department, Dr. Larson continued post-graduate studies, working on a doctoral program in Communication at USC. She received her Ph.D. in Communication in 1995 after completing work on her doctoral dissertation, "A Narrative Analysis of the Scopes Trial". Continuing her professional development, Dr. Larson is currently involved in researching Christian causes with respect to creation and evolution as argued in the legal arena.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

  

Mr. Matt Green


Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., The  Master's College
Joined TMU 2014

Matt Green graduated from the Master's University with a degree in Organization Management. Since graduating from TMC, Mr. Green has built a successful career as a producer, writer, and director. In 2014, he began teaching within the Communication Department as an adjunct instructor and joined the faculty full time in 2015.  

Mr. Green's experience in film and video production began in 1999. He has produced music videos, a DVD concert series , and the inspirational feature film, No Greater Love (distributed by Lionsgate). Most recently, Mr. Green co-wrote and directed the upcoming TV show, Typecast. His faith-based feature film script, Reckoning, co-written with actor Anthony Tyler Quinn, will soon be in production. 

Matt has been married to his beautiful wife Natalie for 12 years and they have 3 wonderful kids. 

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

 

 

Mr. John Beck


Associate Professor of Communication
B.S., Ohio University,  M.A., University of Southern California
Joined TMU 2007

Prior to joining the faculty, John Beck taught as an adjunct at The Master's University for eight years and has been an executive in the software industry for just over 20 years serving as CEO and General Manager of a local entertainment software company for ten of those years. He has also been an entrepreneur and investor in software related companies.

Mr. Beck serves as an elder at Grace Baptist Church and is active in college and small group ministries at the church.  Mr. Beck has been married to his high school sweetheart Mary for over 22 years and they have two children, Emma and Timothy. Emma is a student at The Master's University and Timothy is presently a student at Saugus High School.

John Beck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Ohio University Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Arts degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

 

 


Adjunct Faculty Profiles

Mr. Nicholas da Silva


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
Gnomon School of Visual Effects, 
Joined TMU 2016

 

Nick da Silva has been working in the visual effects industry for twelve years.  He was born and raised in South Africa where he was a 3D modeling supervisor for ten years.  He moved to the U.S. in 2001 when he married his wife, Caitlin, who is a graduate of The Master's University.  In 2012 he attended Gnomon School of Visual Effects, where he graduated in 2015 from the Entertainment Design & Digital Production Program with a major in Effects Animation for Film.  After graduating, he began work at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he is currently a senior effects designer.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

  

 

 

 

Mr. Eric Hance


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.F.A., University of Florida 
Joined TMU 2016

 

Eric Hance came to know Jesus in 1996 right before getting his first job in Visual Effects.  During the next five years he and wife, Lori, met and had four children:  Josiah, Emily, Tabitha, and Joel.  Currently Eric and Lori help teach and lead in ministries at their local church. 

Eric is an Emmy-awarded VFX artist.  As a CG Supervisor his projects have been awarded and nominated for several VES and Emmy awards.

He has numerous credits in animation, TV, and film including:  Star Trek, Lost, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, Terra Nova, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Hunger Games.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

 

Mr. Scott Lang


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., The Master's College
Joined TMU 2014

 

Scott Lang has been involved in copyediting and proofreading for nearly 20 years.  He served as the director of communication at Grace Community Church for 15 years, where his duties included art direction, interacting with designers and printers, and writing and editing copy.  He currently works as the editorial coordinator at Grace to You.  Over the years, Scott has edited published books and journals, websites, post-graduate theses, and correspondence.  He taught his first class at The Master's University in 2014.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu  

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Donna Morley


Adjunct Faculty, Communication         B.A. The Master's College;                  Ph.D., Trinity Theological Seminary                     Joined TMU 2009

 

Donna Morley Ph.D. (Biblical Studies) is a writer and national speaker who has appeared on a dozen Christian television programs and over a hundred radio programs.  She has authored four books (and finishing two) including Choices that Lead to Godliness, which was the runner-up for the ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award.  She has published with Crossway Books, Harvest House Publishers and started Faith & Reason Press.  She has a passion not only to research and write but to develop writers.  Her husband, Brian Morley, is a full-time professor in the Department of Biblical Studies at The Master's University, and an adjunct in the Department of Communication.  Their ministry, Faith & Reason Forum, seeks to both equip Christians and reach non-Christians.  They are the proud parents of two children who like their mother (B.A. Christian Education), are graduates of the school.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

Mr. Jeff Noe


Adjunct Faculty, Communication         B.A., UCLA               M.A., Talbot School of Theology                  Joined TMU 2015

 

Jeff was born and raised in southern California, and moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 2001 to pursue church ministry.  He currently serves as Senior Pastor at Oak Hill Bible Church, an independent evangelical body that gathers in Stevenson Ranch.  Jeff and his wife, Tanya, have been married for 25 years, have two grown children, Chandler and Tyler, and are happy residents of Castaic.

Jeff's passion for education began with his years of study at UCLA, and continued through his advanced studies at Talbot Theological Seminary.  In addition to communication, his academic passions are church history and historical theology.  When he finds time,  Jeff's favorite pastimes are coaching youth football, theological blogging, and rooting for the Burins and the Dodgers.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

   

Ms. Jennifer O'Shea


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, M.A., CSUN                    
Joined TMU 2016

 

Jennifer O'Shea earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2002.  Since then, she moved back to her hometown, Santa Clarita, earned her master's degree in Secondary English Education, and has been teaching English and Journalism at West Ranch High School for the last twelve years.  Having advised the student newspaper for six years, she was delighted to take the opportunity to teach journalism classes at the college level.  Jennifer taught her first class at TMU in the spring of 2016.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

  

 

 

Ms. Kathy Powell


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., Los Angeles Baptist College,                          M.A., California State University, Northridge
Joined TMU 2013

 

Kathy Powell is an alumna of Los Angeles Baptist College and received her M.A. in English literature from California State University, Northridge.  As both teacher and principal at Via Vera Christian School for over thirty years, Kathy gained wide experience in teaching a range of courses and levels K-12.  She has also worked at College of the Canyons as a tutor, Learning Center supervisor, and English instructor for eight years.  She joined TMU faculty in 2013.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Anne Powell


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., The Master's  College,                   M.A., California State University, Northridge
Joined TMU 2013

 

Anne Powell is an alumna of The Master's University and received her M.A. in English from California State University, Northridge.  She has 10 years of experience in the educational field and is a member of the Modern Language Association and the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Peter Shickle


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., The Master's   College
Joined TMU 2014

 

Peter Shickle graduated from The Master's College with a B.A. in Communication.  For about a year after graduating, he bounced around living out of his car and working on various small film projects.  Then he got a call to work logging tapes at Original Productions for shows such as Deadliest Catch, Axemen, Ice Road Truckers, and many more.  He slowly climbed the ladder to become an Assistant Editor, dealing with the technical side of television, working on multiple shows.  Soon he became a Jr. Editor, editing multiple shows on Nat Geo, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Spike, and NBC.  Later, he jumped to 5x5 Media, a newly formed production company, and was in charge of maintaining the technical aspects of Post.

Peter is currently an editor working in TV.  His list of shows include American Ninja Warrior, Food Fighters, Ice Road Truckers, Bet On Your Baby, etc.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu

 

 

Ms. Sophia Taylor


Adjunct Faculty, Communication
B.A., The Master's College,                   M.A., California State University, Northridge
Joined TMU 2014

 

Sophia Taylor is a native Californian.  She was raised in Sacramento, but moved to Santa Clarita to attend The Master's College and has remained here since.  She met the great love of her life, Andrew, while they were attending TMC and became his bride in 2009.  They have three children, Genevieve (Evie), Adelia (Addie), and Caleb.  The Taylors attend Placerita Bible Church and enjoy being able to serve together in PBC's counting ministry. Ms. Taylor's favorite past times are reading, writing, crafting, swimming, and collecting full-length, classic Disney animated features.

Ms. Taylor received her B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Spoken Communication from The Master's College in 2007, and attributes her love of learning to Dr. Julie Larson, who was her undergrad mentor and is now her esteemed colleague. Ms. Taylor received her M.A. in Communication Studies with dual emphases in Rhetoric and Performance Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2014.

E-mail contact: Communications@masters.edu