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DawnEllen Jacobs, Ph.D.

Associate Provost - Faculty Development
Professor of English

Office Phone: (951) 343-4275
E-mail: djacobs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Lancer Arms Rm 51F
Office Hours: By Appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1993
M.A. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1991
B.A. English Northern Illinois University 1978

Additional Education

WASC Assessment Leadership Academy (2010)


Courses Taught

Contextual Approaches to Grammar
Writing in Context
Multicultural Theory and Pedagogy
Graduate Research Seminar
Literary Theory and Criticism
Language Acquisition and Development
Introduction to Linguistics
Comparative Mythology
Humanities Seminar
17th Century British Literature
18th Century British Poetry
British, American and World Literature Surveys
Children's Literature
Freshman Composition
American Public Schools
Growth, Development and Learning
Secondary Methods
Student Teaching Supervision
Introduction to Global Studies


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

English Education
Comparative Literature
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
Latin American Literature
Mythology and Folklore
Native American Literature
Grammar & Linguistics
Global Engagement
Faculty Development


Teaching Experience

California Baptist University, 1991 to present
Perspectives Facilitator 2012, 2013 (Magnolia Church, Riverside)
Adult Bible Study Teacher 2007-2013 (Magnolia Church, Riverside)
Six years secondary education


Research, Presentations, & Publications

"Holistic Discipleship." University Educators for Global Engagement, April 2012
"WASC ARC 2012 Learning Communities - Presentation." WASC ARC. April 2012
Assessment Leadership Academy Project Report – “Faculty Development and Learning Communities.” January 2011.
“Mobilizing Faculty and Others to be Missional." Presented with Jared Dobbins. University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE). Richmond, Virginia. April 2011.
“Debriefing theConference Experience." University Educators for Global Engagement (UEGE). Richmond, Virginia. April 2011.
“LiveText and Assessment." Assessment Leadership Academy Alumni Roundtable. Keynote presentation. Vanguard University. 7 October 2011.
“Academic Engagement for Global Impact.” University Educators for Global Engagement Conference. Richmond, VA. April 2010.
"Academics on Mission." Consortium for Global Education. Dallas Baptist University. September, 2009. With Kristen White.
“Designing the CPR; Preparing for the EER.” WASC ARC. Hollywood, CA. April 2009.
"LiveText and Loving It." Live Text Annual Conference. Chicago, July 2010.
“The Green Experiment: Combining Academic Discipline and Spiritual Purpose for Global Impact.” Christians on Diversity in the Academy. Azusa Pacific University. March 2009. Presented with Kristen White.
“CCCU Women's Ways of Leading - Presentation: Conversations Toward an understanding of the Role of Gender in Leadership at California Baptist University.” Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities Regional Conference. April 2008.
Panel Presentation: " Mere Fantasy Meets Mere Christianity." Lumos, July 2006

“ShapingGraduate Researchers." Alpha Chi Recorder 54.2 (2011): 46.
“De-mythologizing the Search for Self: A Comparative Study in Three Fantasy Films.” In Pursuit of Truth: A Journal of Christian Scholarship. February 23, 2011.
“Implicit and Explicit Treatments of Catholic Imagery in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Jackson’s Film Trilogy.” Tolkien 2005 Proceedings: The Ring Goes Ever On. 2008.
Memories of Midnightby Sidney Sheldon, Burden of Proofby Scott Turow. Encyclopedia of Popular Literature. Entries. 2008.
“Integrated Humanities: An Institutional Perspective.” International Journal of the Humanities 3.6 (2006).
“Tolkien and Rowling: A Study in Receptions” in TOPIC: A Jefferson and Washington Review. September, 2004. Reprinted inContemporary Literary Criticism.
“Management by the Classics: A Vindication of the Rights of Women in the Modern-Day work Place.” Group Practice Journal, January 1998. Co-authored with Brian Carroll.

Panel Presentation: "Tolkien and Rowling: A Comparison of Reception." Nimbus, July 2003.

“Integrated Humanities: An Institutional Perspective” The Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge, England; August 2005

“Implicit and Explicit Treatments of Catholic Imagery in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Jackson’s Film Trilogy.” Tolkien 2005 Conference; Birmingham England; August 2005

“The Woman Wanderer: Variations on the Quest Motif in Young Adult Fantasy” PCA/ACA Joint Conference of the National PCA/ACA– San Diego, CA; March 2005

Panel Presentation: “Arthurian Traditions and Christian Intersections.” Re-Creating Arthur. Winchester College: Winchester, England. August 2004.

"Tolkien and Rowling: A Comparison of Reception." Literature and Belief. Seattle University, April 2003.

"Rubrics to the Rescue." ACSI Convention. 2001.

"Preparation and Supervision of Foreign Language Teachers." NACTFLA Convention. 2000.

"Expressing Identity and Voice in Student Writing." NCTE Conference. 1997.


"Integrated Humanities: An Institutional Perspective." International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp 271-276.

Jacobs, DawnEllen. “Integrated Humanities: An Institutional Perspective.” Pending. International Journal of the Humanities

Jacobs, DawnEllen. “Tolkien and Rowling: Reflections on Receptions.” Topic. 54 (Fall 2004): 46-54.

Carroll, Brian, and DawnEllen Jacobs. "Management by the Classics: A Vindication of the Rights of Women in the Modern-day Workplace." Group Practice Journal, 1998.


Church Membership & Activities

Global Engagement
Guest Chef Food Ministry


Community Service & Involvement

South East Asia 2012, 2013, 2014
East Asia 2011
Rwanda 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Ecuador 1998


Evangelical England 2004
Tale of Two Cities: Paris/London 1998


"Love like you mean it" Big Band (GMP) - Florida/Grand Turk 2014
Praise Band-hosted Band Camp (Harmony Intl) - Jordan 2010
Metro Big Band (GMP) – World Expo Japan 2005
Refugee Praise Band (GMP) – Belgium 2004

Professional Growth Advisor for Teachers


Interests & Hobbies

Stained Glass
Various Crafts


Personal Philosophy

"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."

-Ephesians 4:11-13, NASB