Around campus, our professors are often described as widely knowledgeable, inspiring, respectful and enjoyable. What makes our classes so unique is our intimate learning environment coupled with a solid commitment by our faculty to the integration of faith and scholarship.
Resident Faculty in Sociology
Serving Concordia University, Irvine for 10 years, Brooke is passionate about teaching and hopes to encourage others through her love of learning. In addition to her instructional role, Brooke was a Marriage and Family Therapist; research assistant; intern with the Harbor Municipal Courthouse, and a camp therapist and social worker for the Orange County Foster Care System. Having conducted numerous workshops on eating disorders, child abuse, addiction, and grief support, Brooke continues her passion for training as a Prevention/Educational Specialist, conducting psycho-educational seminars for college students utilizing personality and career assessments. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Academy of Bereavement.
- M.S. Clinical Psychology, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, 2000
- B.A. Sociology, minor-Psychology, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, 1998
Professional / Scholarly Presentations
- Written and presented papers on "Marriage and Family: Why marriage is still important in the 1990s"; "Sex Abuse: The emotional, physical, and verbal effects that these victims face"; "The effectiveness of professional counseling on sex offenders"; and "The Emotional Incest Syndrome"
- Presented a generational speech of youth before Southern California College and Newport-Mesa Christian Center (1994)
- Presented on the life-long effects of children and adults with autism (1998)
- Presented own theoretical orientation as a therapist in training and a case study on clients currently being seen at Journeys counseling (2000)
- Spoke at a meeting for women at Newport-Mesa Christian Center (2001)
- Spoke at Vanguard University’s Welcome Week for new incoming freshmen about her role of Prevention/Educational Specialist (2001)
- Presented to the faculty/staff at Vanguard University about At-Risk Characteristics for college dropout statistics (2001)
- Guest Lectured on Divorce and Step-families at Concordia University in the undergraduate Behavioral Science/Sociology Program (2001)
- Presented Journeys counseling quarterly to different churches and companies, promoting the program with a detailed packet of information over the phone and in person (2000-2001)
- Guest Lectured on Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in the undergraduate Behavioral Science/Psychology Program (2003)
- Spoke at several Parents' Weekends, Preview Days, and have hosted dinners for the undergraduate students at Concordia University (2002- present)
Professional Involvement & Accomplishments
- Member of the American Sociological Association
- Member of the American Academy of Bereavement
- Research Assistant for supervisor at Journeys Counseling; conducts book/video reviews and is the group/seminar coordinator, making referrals & connections with other Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists (1999-2001)
- Fred Grieve and Director’s Honor Roll scholarship for Vanguard University’s Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology (1998-2000)
- Vanguard Scholarship of Newport-Mesa Christian Center (1994-1998)
- Served as a research assistant for the undergraduate sociology program under Dr. Phil Robinette at Vanguard University (1997-1998)
- Sociology award from the Dean of the undergraduate program at Vanguard University (1997-1998)
- Researched and presented statistical papers in clinical sociology at Southern California College (1997-1999)
- Served an internship with the Harbor Municipal Courthouse interviewing clients for potential litigation (1998)
- Currently conducting a 4-Hour Child Abuse training seminar for new counselors/staff at RFKC for churches around Orange County (2003-present)
- Annually conducts an 8-hour Child Abuse training seminar for counselors/staff at RFKC, a camp for abused and neglected children at Newport-Mesa Christian Center (2001-present)
- Currently teaching for the Adult Degree Program at Concordia University in Irvine and Temecula (2003-present)
- Developed and currently teaching online courses for the undergraduate program at Concordia University (2003-present)
- Currently offering RFKC as a Practicum opportunity in the undergraduate Major of Psychology/Behavioral Sciences at Concordia University (2002-present)
- Currently teaching for the School of Professional Studies at Vanguard University (2002-present)
- Serving as a camp therapist/Social Worker for the Orange County Foster Care System for one week every year at Pinecrest Camp (1997-present)
- Conducted an eating disorder seminar for the staff at Vanguard University (2001)
- Conducted psycho-educational seminars for college students (2001)
- Started addiction and grief support groups at Newport-Mesa Christian Center (2001)
- Served as a Prevention/Educational Specialist for Vanguard University conducting seminars, visitations with students and faculty, promoted Journeys Counseling, and worked with college-age students in personality/career assessments (2001)
- Served with Journeys Counseling as an intern/therapist (1999-2001)
Special Interests & Activities
- Being a mentor to college-age students
- Being a bereavement facilitator
- Teaching/learning about grief and loss
- ALA 302: The Human Dimension
- SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology: Honors
- SOC 331: Marriage and Family
- SOC 351: Theories of Personality
- SOC 361: Social Theory
- SOC 381: Sociology and Grief
- PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology: Honors
- PSY 313: Developmental Psychology: Childhood
- PSY 314: Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
- PSY 345: Social Psychology
- PSY 361: Abnormal Psychology
Professor of Psychology
- U.S. International University, Ph.D. 1991
Professor of Psychology
- University of Rochester, Ph.D. 1979
Associate Professor of Sociology
- Education: B.A., Occidental College
- M.Sc., University of Oxford
- D.Phil., University of York
Assoc. Professor of Psychology
- University of California, Ph.D. 2007
Professor of Psychology
- Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology, Ph.D. 1992
Resident Faculty in Psychology
- Rosemead School of Psychology, Ph.D. 2010
Professor of Anthropology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology - 1995. University of Oklahoma. Specialized fields are anthropology of religion, American Indians (Southeastern and Plains), and anthropological theory.
- Master of Arts, Anthropology - 1989. University of Oklahoma.
- Bachelor of Arts - 1980. Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Concentrations in psychology and education.
- Associate of Arts (with honors) - 1977. St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas. Concentration in education.
- July, 2003 to present: Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- July, 2009; July 2011: Guest Instructor Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
- March, 2008 to July, 2008: Gastprofessor, Kulturwissenschaften Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany.
- July, 1999 to July, 2003: Associate Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- July, 1998 to July, 1999: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- August, 1996 to July, 1998: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Oklahoma State University, Sociology Department.
- August, 1995 to June, 1996: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- June, 1993 to August, 1995: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- July, 1993: Seminar Leader: Ethnic Diversity and Ministry Seminar, Argyle, Texas, presented by the Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
- August, 1989 to May, 1993: Graduate Teaching Assistant: Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- March, 1990 to April, 1991: Visiting Curator Creek Nation Council House Museum, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
- September, 1989 to September, 1990: Staff Archaeologist Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
- June, 1989 to August, 1990: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- June, 1989 to September, 1989: Research Assistant Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
- August, 1988 to December, 1988: Laboratory Assistant Courson Archaeological Lab, Norman, Oklahoma.
- June, 1987 to August, 1987: Living History Interpreter/Collections Expert Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum, Pawnee, Oklahoma.
- 1990-1999: Seminole and Creek Communities
- 1989-1990: Comanche Community
- 1987: Pawnee Community
- 1976: Navajo Community
- In Press: “Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities.” Proceedings from White-Indian Relations: Moving into the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, German.
- 2011: “Science and Theology: Two Ways of Knowing” Issues In Christian Education. Vol. 44, No. 2 Spring 2011.
- 2009: “Culture and the Christian,” in Modern Reformation, Volume 18, No. 1 (January/February 2009).
- 2008: Book Review: The Choctaws of Oklahoma: From Tribe to Nation, 1855-1970. Clara Sue Kidwell. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). Journal of American History, Volume 95, No. 1 (June 2008).
- 2008: Book Review: The Preservation of Native American Practices in the United Methodist Church: A Case Study in Recent Protestant Missions, Leonard Ortiz (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press). For Edwin Mellen Press.
- 2006: Antropolgické pochopenie viery a kultúry. Niekol’ko myšslieknok pre krest’anov (An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians). Theological Papers, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
- 2005: Young, Unassimilated Hispanic Offenders: Absolutist vs. Relativist Cultural Assumptions. Sexuality and Culture. Co-authored with Roberto Flores de Apodaca, Amy N. Anderson and Martin D. McLennan.
- 2002: Introduction to Anthropology for Missionaries. Pathways Missionary Training, Module C-5. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 2000: Book Review: Where the Two Roads Meet. The Journal of American History, September 2000: 741. Indiana University, Bloomington.
- 1999: The Seminole Baptist Churches of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman [released also in paperback fall 2008].
- 1999: How Do I Observe Behavior, Analyze Data, and Use Cultural Consultants to Increase My Understanding of the Culture in Which I Live? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 10. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1998: What Can I Do to Ease My Culture Shock and Care for Myself Emotionally? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 2. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1996: Church: Seminole/Creek and Grave shed/camp houses in Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge University Press.
- 1992: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropologist 37(141): 333-351
- 1990: Video Script: Making Bows and Arrows. The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.
- 2007: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Emponvkv Hokkolat” Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2006: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Hokkolat” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens.
University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2004: “Mvskoke Emponvkv: A Muskogee Textbook” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens.
University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2004: “Enduring Faith: Native Christianity Since 1800” by C. Blue Clark, Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14, Southeast. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- 2009: Round Table Moderator. Two Books, One Truth? Science and Theology Conference. Concordia
- 2008: Interview: Sieben Jahre unter Indianern, Lüneburg Landeszeitung, 6. Mai 2008.
- 2004: Discovery Channel’s television program Unsolved Histories: Aztec Temple.
- 2002: 3,000 Years of Life at Turtle Rock Exhibit. Concordia University, Irvine.
- 1990: Women’s Work Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Omniplex Science Museum Oklahoma.
- 1989: Oklahoma’s First General Store Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Stovall Museum, University
- 1987: Southeast Indian Artifact Repair and Replication. Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum of Oklahoma.
- 2009: Keynote Address. Science And Theology: Embracing The Tension. Two Books, One Truth? Science and
Theology Conference. Concordia University, Irvine.
- 2009: Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities. White-Indian
Relations: Moving in to the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet. Lueneburg, Germany.
- 2008: Religion in America. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany.
- 2007: In This Enchanted Forest, the Giant Is Not Sleeping, It Is Believing: Social Implications of the Lutheran
Doctrine of Vocation. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association.
- 2007: “What is this thing called Culture?” and, “Lessons from the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of
Faith and Culture. Some Thoughts for Christians.” Heart for the Harvest: 2007 Mission Training
Conference, The Pacific Southwest District. Irvine, California
- 2004: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians. Tuesday Lecture
Series, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
- 2004: A Sociological Theory of Religion: Religion, World Building, and World-Maintenance. Missiology
Workshop, Petrzalka, Slovakia.
- 2003: Mutual Conversion: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Society for the Anthropology of Religion,
American Anthropological Association. Providence, Rhode Island.
- 2003: Lessons From the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Culture and Faith. Some Thoughts for
Christians. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Orange, California.
- 2002: The Seminole Baptists: Culture and Faith. Peace Lutheran Adult Learners. Yorba Linda, California.
- 2001: Culture and Faith. Missionary Teachers’ Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.
- 2000: The Tradition and Culture of Christian Ritual. Christianity in Focus Series. Abiding Savior Lutheran
Church. Lake Forest, California.
- 1999: The Interplay of Culture and Faith: A Response to Multiculturalism. Christianity in Focus Series.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Lake Forest, California.
- 1998: The Cultural, Multicultural, and the Agricultural. Family Weekend Distinguished Faculty Lecture.
- 1997: Last Lecture. Invited Series, United Ministry In Higher Education, Oklahoma State University.
- 1997: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.
- 1996: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
- 1991: Aboriginal Roots Of Contemporary Practice in Seminole Baptist Churches. American Society for
Ethnohistory Conference. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- 1990: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropology Conference. Oklahoma City.
- 1989: Some Inferences Based on Experimental Archaeology. Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma
- 2008-present: Faculty Advisor, Anthropology Club: Concordia University.
- 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International: Concordia University.
- 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Native American Student Organization: Concordia University
- 2000-present: Editorial Committee, Concordia Academic Press: St. Louis.
- 2000-present: Advisory Board and Research Committee: Mission Research Center, Irvine.
- 1999-2000: Acting Director of Director of Christian Education Program: Concordia University.
- 1999-2000: Pro tem Diversity (Affirmative Action) Coordinator: Concordia University.
- 1998-1999: Sociocultural Responsiveness Target Team Chair: Concordia University.
- 1998-1999: Assessment Committee Member, Sociocultural Responsiveness: Concordia University.
- 1998-2000: Human Subject Research Committee Chair: Concordia University.
- 1997-1998: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Chairman, Anthropology.
- 1996-1998: Undergraduate Committee, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
- 1996-1998: Preliminary Examination Committee, Methods, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
- 1996-1997: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Anthropology. Oklahoma State University.
- 1985-1986: Evangelism Board, North Wisconsin District, LC-MS.
- 1984-1986: Executive Board Member, Community Youth Action, Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin.
- 1993-present: Advisory Board Member: Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
- 1999-present: American Anthropological Association, Religion Section, Member.
Honors and Awards
- Professor of the Year Award, 2008-2009. Concordia University.
- Gastdozentur aus Studienbeiträgen (Projektkategorie 14): Study contributions awarded by Leuphana Universitaet,
- Retention Award, December, 1998. Concordia University.
- Retention Award Nominations, January, 1999; December, 1999; February, 2000; September 2000. Concordia
- Takvcvre Punfvyate Sepuyetsckat, 1994. University of Oklahoma Creek Language III Students.
- Plains Anthropological Society Student Paper Award, January, 1991.
- Pathways Writer’s Workshop, March 2-3, 1998, LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO.
- Advanced Listening Skills Training, February, 1984, L.E.A.D. Labs, Renoldsburg, Ohio.
Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Married to Christine A. Crow. Three children: Joshua Daniel; Anna Rebekah; Abigail Jordin.
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