Program Review Program Review Committee
Current members for the 2019-2020 academic year:
Dr. Nazarenko joined Westmont College in 2010. She chairs the Program Review Committee and works with academic and co-curriculum departments on issues pertaining to curriculum development and assessment. She also serves on the Academic Senate and AS Review Committee, General Education Committee, WSCUC Steering Committee, the President's Council, and the College's Strategic Planning Committee. Her research interests include assessment and enhancement of student learning in various educational contexts.
Dr. Vander Laan has been teaching at Westmont since 2000. His publications include: "The Paradox of the End without End," “A Relevance Constraint on Composition,” “Persistence and Divine Conservation,” “Counterpossibles and Similarity,” and "The Ontology of Impossible Worlds." He currently serves on the Faith and Philosophy Board of Editorial Consultants.
Dr. Noell joined the economics and business faculty at Westmont in 1986. He serves as president of the Association of Christian Economists and has been an editor of Faith and Economics. He has coauthored two books, Reckoning With Markets: Moral Reflection in Economics (Oxford, 2012) and Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing AEI, 2013). He has received both the Faculty Research award and the Teacher of the Year award (Social Sciences). He has lead and taught on Westmont in China and the Europe Semester.
Dr. Kihlstrom joined the Westmont faculty in 1994. He has worked as a research physicist at Superconducting Technologies Inc. doing temperature-dependent microwave measurements on superconducting filters. He was also a visiting researcher at Conductus Inc. where he focused on research on SQUID magnetometers and digital superconducting electronics. As a research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory, he established a superconducting tunneling program and UHV sputtering of superconductors. He has won the Faculty Research Award at Westmont and the Teacher of the Year Award in Natural and Behavioral Sciences twice.
Dr. Jirek joined the Sociology and Anthropology department faculty at Westmont in 2014. Sarah coordinates the human services track and the internship program within the Sociology major. Her recent publications include: “Cumulative Adversity as a Correlate of Posttraumatic Growth: The Effects of Multiple Traumas, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment,” “Narrative Reconstruction and Posttraumatic Growth Among Trauma Survivors: The Importance of Narrative in Social Work Research and Practice,” and “Soul Pain: The Hidden Toll of Working With Survivors of Physical and Sexual Violence.” Sarah is a 2001 Westmont alumna; she earned her MSW and PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Angela D’Amour has served in Student Life leadership since 2007. She oversees student organization advising, orientation and the first-year experience, and coordinates student life assessment efforts. She also instructs a first-year seminar and the zero credit serving society general education requirement. Angela is a Westmont 2001 alumna (BS) and she has her Ph.D. in Education from UCSB.
Diane Ziliotto is the Special Collections Librarian at Westmont College. Since 2008, she has also served as the College Archivist. In addition to these duties, she performs traditional academic librarian tasks including research help, bibliographic instruction, and collection development. She is currently the liaison librarian to the following departments: Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre Arts, Modern Languages, and English.