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Ngoc Bui

Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences & Professor, Psychology

Dr. Ngoc H. Bui is a tenured full professor in the psychology department at the University of La Verne, who is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Effectiveness, Planning, and Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology, with a minor in quantitative research, at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1994. Dr. Bui earned her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in social psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to coming to La Verne, Dr. Bui was a full-time social sciences instructor at Metropolitan Community College, located in Elkhorn, Nebraska (1999-2002).

Dr. Bui’s research interests include teaching and learning psychology, attitudes, procrastination, social cognition and media psychology. She has also supported student research by publishing and presenting with undergraduate and graduate students in the psychology program at the University of La Verne. Dr. Bui has 18 refereed journal publications (8 of which were co-authored with students), 16 book and film reviews, and 23 poster presentations since arriving at La Verne. She has also served as chapter advisor to Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at the University of La Verne since 2002. Dr. Bui has been awarded the Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award (2007, 2008, 2009), the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award (2006), and the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award (2012). She has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Student Mentoring for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne (2016), and was inducted into the La Verne Academy (2017), which is dedicated to collegial leadership in research and scholarship. She has served on a variety of committees, including the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Sabbatical Committee, the General Education Committee (as co-chair), and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Professional Support Committee. Dr. Bui is currently President-elect for Psi Chi Honor Society’s Board of Directors.

She lives with her husband, Kent, her two children (Grace and Ben), and her two cats. In her free time, Dr. Bui is an avid reader of dystopian fiction, fantasy, and YA novels.

Dr. Bui’s scholarly work can be found at Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Brian Clocksin

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences / Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Brian D. Clocksin joined the Dean’s Office following five years as the Chair of the Kinesiology Department. Since his arrival to La Verne, Dr. Clocksin has worked with his colleagues in Kinesiology to rename the department (previously Movement & Sports Science), secured funding to remodel and purchase equipment for the Kinesiology Lab, and launch an Engaged Department initiative.

Prior to the University of La Verne, Dr. Clocksin was a tenured, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). While at Hofstra, Dr. Clocksin served as the Graduate Director for the M.S. in Physical Education and the Director of Adventure Education. During his seven years at Hofstra, Dr. Clocksin led the development of two new master degree programs and a 5-year dual-degree (BS/MS) program. Brian played a leadership role in accreditation reviews for NCATE and TEAC and was a program auditor for NCATE SPA affiliate NASPE. He also served as the Chair of the Council for Adventure Outdoor Education and Recreation. Dr. Clocksin spent four years on the Board of Directors for the Pomona Valley YMCA. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of School Health, the International Journal of Aquatics Research and Education, and the Physical Educator.

Professor Clocksin received his B.S. in Exercise Sciences from Willamette University (Salem, OR). He received his M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah. His research has focused on the role physical activity and sport play in the development of personal and social responsibility, community engaged learning, and adventure education. Dr. Clocksin has 14 published articles in the leading peer-reviewed journals in his field and routinely presents at national conference in his area of specialty and on topics of student learning and engagement. In 2013 he collaborated with a colleague to publish a textbook Using Sport & Physical Activity to Teach Personal and Social Responsibility. Brian has successfully received nine grants to support his research and enhance the educational experience of students. He was a 2017 recipient of the Spirit of La Verne Award as an Engaged Scholar.

Dr. Clocksin has been actively engaged in faculty governance since arriving at La Verne. He spent two years as the vice president for the faculty senate. He is currently part of the Institutional Assessment Taskforce and collaborated with colleagues to develop a measurement plan for the Baccalaureate Learning Outcomes. Brian participated in the 125-year planning committee, represented the College as part of the University Personnel Council, and was on the VP of University Advancement search committee. Brian lives in Pomona with his wife Kimberly and their two children, Lilka and Michael.

Ian Lising

Assistant Professor, Speech Communications

Professor Ian T. Lising received his B.A. in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He received his M.A. in Education from the University of La Verne. He was a lecturer in the English Department and Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Debate Coach of Ateneo from 1994-1999. He also taught English at Ateneo High School from 1994-1997 and Communications and English at the Assumption College, San Lorenzo from 1997-1998. He began coaching the ULV Forensics Team in the fall of 1999 and started teaching in the Speech Communication Department in 2000.

Professor Lising was the co-Founder, Chair and Coach of the Ateneo Debate Society from 1991-1998. He coached the 1st Asian Debate Champion team at the inaugural event in 1995. In 1999, he served as the Championship Director of the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC). Later that year, he coached the University of La Verne to the Final Round of the Oxford Union International Intervarsity Debating Championship.  His teams from Ateneo and La Verne have become WUDC Octofinalists, Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Grand Finalists. At the 2003 WUDC in South Africa, La Verne was the only American university to advance past the preliminary rounds. In 2007, La Verne won the U.S. National Championships. As a debater, Professor Lising was twice a Finalist at the World Masters Debating Championship.

He served as the World Debate Council Chair from 2002–2008 and was named World Council Member Emeritus. He is a six-time Grand Finals Adjudicator at the WUDC. He has also adjudicated the semifinal of the Australasian Debating Championships and the finals of the Yale Intervarsity, Oxford Intervarsity, Cambridge Intervarsity, Canadian University Society Intercollegiate Debate National Championships, U.S. Universities National Championships, and All-Asian Debating Championships.  His textbook on debating was published by Kendall Hunt in February 2010. Across the House: The Art and Science of World Universities Championship Debating offers a formal introduction to debate style from the WUDC.

At the University of La Verne, he teaches Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, Persuasion and Social Influence, Science Communication, Results-Oriented Interviewing, Public Controversy and Criticism, Rhetorical Theory, and Voices of Revolution. The University appointed him Speech Communication Department Chair in 2009 after he became tenured. Lising has served on the International Studies Institute, CAS Curriculum committee, and on the University Faculty Senate. In 2017, to commemorate the University of La Verne’s sesquicentennial, he was honored as one of its 125 Influential Individuals.

Denise Shiokari

Executive Assistant to the Dean of CAS