Throughout his educational pursuits and personal ministry, Dr. Stokes has always been a teacher at heart. This gifting and passion to learn and pass on that learning has affected every aspect of his life.
“I have always found myself teaching. I have an ability to organize, synthesize and explain things and people have always seems to come to me for explanations. This has driven me to learn not only for myself, but for others as well.”
As an academic, Dr. Stokes began as a Lecturer and adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach, at Golden Gate Theological Seminary, Brea Campus, and at California Baptist College.
After coming to California Baptist University (then California Baptist College), Dr. Stokes began teaching anthropology classes and because of his second major in Behavioral Sciences (Psychology and Sociology) he taught related classes in those disciplines. He has received both the Faculty Member of the Year award (given by the student body) and the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year (given by the University trustees).
“I love the classroom. Teaching energizes me like nothing else. When a student “gets it”, I am motivated more toward my own learning and the teaching of others.”
Dr. Stokes has also served in administration at CBU. He has served as:
Division Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Division Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Acting Chair of Religion
President of CBU Faculty Association
Founding Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
In Summer 2013, Dr. Stokes transitioned to fulltime teaching as Professor of Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences and will be the director of the graduate Professional Ministry Counseling Program.
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