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Janine Allen, Ed.D. (George Fox University)
Associate Provost of Global Engagement


Dr. Allen serves as Associate Provost of Global Engagement at Corban University. From the beginning, she has overseen the development of Corban’s global initiatives in Southeast Asia and now leads Corban’s Center for Global Engagement. She believes interacting cross-culturally requires self-awareness, a commitment to confront blind spots and truly seeking to understand others to work towards a shared purpose. Cross-border partnerships, which rely on relationship, are a great fit for Janine’s passion for learning about others and their cultural ways of being. Janine coordinates dual degree and certificate professional development programs worldwide and builds Corban’s partnerships in Australia, China, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Peru and other countries. The focus of partnership development is building the domestic infrastructure in the given region and contextualizing best practices to further educational access and equitable learning opportunities


Samuel Pearson, M.A. (Durham University)
Associate Director of the Center for Global Engagement


Pearson serves as Associate Director of the Center for Global Engagement. As a Corban University graduate, he is grateful to return to the gospel-driven, globally minded community at Corban. Sam oversees Corban’s domestic and international off-campus study locations, prepares students for the cultural and logistical challenges of study and service abroad, assists in Corban’s dual-degree partnerships in Indonesia and Israel, and hosts international visitors.



Kara Sappington, M.A. (Wheaton College)
Associate Director of Curriculum and Student Support
Corban Language Institute


Kara Sappington brings teaching experience combined with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences and a M.A. in Intercultural Studies and TESOL. Kara has worked in a variety of administrative and teaching positions helping families and students, including a non-profit community center offering companion English classes for both children and adults. She has experience teaching in university and community college settings, in the United States and abroad. She loves looking for ways to support current language teachers or undergraduate professors as they teach diverse students in their classrooms and she is always looking for ways to deepen her personal understanding of cultural issues.


Kristin Dixon, Ed.D., (George Fox University)
Dean of Education and Counseling

Dr. Dixon serves as Dean of Education and Counseling at Corban University. She initially taught secondary business and computer courses including teaching at an international school in Kenya. She began her career in higher education as an adjunct at Chemeketa Community College. She also spent 11 years teaching MAT candidates at George Fox University. Kristin joined Corban in 2013.



Sang-Eun Dyer, Ph.D. (Ball State University)
Associate Professor of Education

Dyer joined the Corban Education Department in the fall of 2006. Currently, she is a member of the IRA (International Reading Association), ORA (Oregon Reading Association), and the NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education). Sang-Eun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After nine years of teaching in elementary schools, she decided to come to the U.S for graduate school in 1999. She married Jim in 2004, and they adopted two children from South Korea, Iris and Isaac. Sang-Eun likes to travel, read books, watch Korean dramas with her husband (with English subtitles) and eat Thai food. Dr. Dyer reflects that “my teaching experience at Corban leads me believe that Corban is an academically rigorous school and that it has a dynamic Christian environment surrounded by friendly people.”