Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)

Students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree can choose to participate in the undergraduate education program, which combines a Liberal Studies major with an Education minor. Students who choose to take this path will take coursework that applies to their bachelor’s degree and their teaching credential simultaneously. Students who complete all 18 credits of credentialing coursework as part of their bachelor's degree have only one semester of student teaching following graduation in order to complete the credential (note: some state tests are required).Teachers impact the lives of children in an unending way.

Liberal Studies Department Mission

The mission of the Liberal Studies major is to thoroughly prepare students with the knowledge and skills of a broad liberal studies background necessary to enter the professional field of teaching.

Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major serves two purposes. It is a per-credential major designed for students who desire a teaching career in Elementary Education. Focuses in the Liberal Studies program include the arts, sciences, religion, anthropology, language and grammar, mathematics, literature and social sciences.

*Also available for working adults and individuals wishing to complete their degree in Simpson University's convenient 16-month, Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. Liberal Studies - Adult Studies, ASPIRE program.

Paul R. Jones Jr, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
Liberal Studies Division Chair


pjones@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4189

Profile:

Dr. Jones is currently serving in the School of Education at Simpson University. He teaches several courses in the teacher credentialing, administrative credentialing and the master's degree programs. His professorship has mostly served students in northern California.

Before coming to Simpson University, Dr. Jones was an educator in the California public school system for 30 years in Shasta County in two school districts: the Anderson Union High School District and the Shasta Union High School District. He held many positions including teacher, mentor teacher, science department chair, basketball and tennis coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, curriculum coordinator, director of special projects, director of special education and director of alternative education.

Dr. Jones is a member of several professional organizations: California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), National Association Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and a member of Phi Delta Kappa until the chapter disbanded.

Educational Background:

  • Ed.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., Chico State University
  • B.A., Sonoma State University

Courses Taught:

  • Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary (Teacher Credentialing Program)
  • Tests and Measurements (PASC/MA program)
  • Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction and Supervision (PASC/MA)
  • Leadership, Law, Personnel & Fiscal Management (PASC/MA)

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Pam Havlick, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Leadership Studies Department Chair
Division Chair of Psychology, Business and Leadership Studies


phavlick@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4976

Profile:

Pam Havlick came to Simpson University in 2005 with twenty two years of Physical Education teaching and coaching experience at Pomona College in Southern California. She holds graduate degrees in both Physical Education and Theology and enjoys educating and motivating people in becoming active and exercising properly for life long health benefits. Pam likes to kayak, hike, bike, play table tennis and read during her spare time.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., California State at Northridge
  • B.S., Pepperdine University

Courses Taught:

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Motor Learning and Performance for Elementary Physical Education
  • Walking for Fitness
  • Aerobics
  • Weight Training
  • Recreational Kayaking
  • Table Tennis

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Harold Lund, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Math Department Chair


hlund@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4713

Profile:

Professor Lund enjoys studying mathematics as it was developed by ancient civilizations. He has lectured and participated in various seminars relating to the math of ancient civilizations such as the Mayans, Babylonians and Egyptians. He is listed in the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" several times, most recently in 2007.

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.S., Taylor University

Courses Taught:

  • Math

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Lois J. Nichols, M.M.

Instructor of Music

lnichols@simpsonu.edu
530-226-4159

Profile:

Lois Nichols has a passion for music literacy through education and performance. In addition to being a music instructor and giving piano lessons at Simpson University, she also has her own private studio of piano students and does extensive accompanying for solo and ensemble recitals (both instrumental and vocal).

Lois plays with the worship team at Neighborhood Church in Redding, serves as accompanist for the community choir Trinity Repertory Singers, and has played for rehearsals and performances of the Northstar Opera Repertory Theater in Redding. She and her husband, Tim, have three sons, who all graduated from Simpson.

Educational Background:

  • M.M., Kansas State University
  • B.M., Wichita State University

Courses Taught:

  • Piano
  • Children's Music
  • Introduction to Music
  • Handbell Choir

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  • Liberal Studies students will develop knowledge of the California Academic Content Standards in subject areas taught by multiple subjects teachers.
  • Liberal Studies students will synthesize and demonstrate subject knowledge and pedagogical skills needed to teach Kindergarten through eighth grades.
  • Liberal Studies students will be prepared to enter the Teacher Credentialing program.