Rebecca A. Havens, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Education

Dr. Becky Havens came to PLNU as an assistant professor of economics in 1987 after earning a Ph.D. in economic from the University of California San Diego. During her time at PLNU, she has served in various administrative and leadership roles in addition to teaching general education and upper-level economics courses. She assumed the role of chair of the Department of Accountancy, Business and Economics in 1994, leading what is now the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) to its initial accreditation by ACBSP in 2000. In 1999, Havens became dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, where she was responsible for curriculum quality, development, and accreditation for nine different departments, while also developing the New Faculty Seminar Program, participating in the WASC Steering Committee for Reaffirmation and Accreditation, and serving as vice provost for Educational Effectiveness, and chair of the Institutional Educational Effectiveness Committee. She currently serves as the associate dean for Undergraduate Business Education, and was instrumental in redesigning the FSB degree offerings to include eight majors. In addition to all her work at PLNU, Havens has been actively involved in ACBSP and CBFA, for which she has served multiple leadership roles. Currently, her research is focused on gender, globalization, and the dialogical approach to faculty development. She co-developed and co-facilitates the CBFA annual dialogical conferences.

Education

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California San Diego
  • M.A., Economics, University of California San Diego
  • B.A., Mathematics, Point Loma College

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics –  ECO 102
  • Intermediate Microeconomics –  ECO 310
  • International Economics – ECO 410
  • The Economics of Race, Class and Gender –  ECO 440

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Professor of Economics, 1987 – present
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Business Education, 2012 – present
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, 1999 – 2010
  • Point Loma Nazarene College, Chair of the Department of Accountancy, Business and Economics, 1994 – 1997

Professional and Community Involvement

  • PLNU's Rank and Tenure Committee, Member, 1995 – 1997 and 2014 – present
  • PLNU's Diversity Committee, Member, 2011 – 2013
  •  Christian Business Faculty Association Board, Elected Member, 2010 – 2013 and 2000 – 2004 (Chair from 2002 – 2003)
  • PLNU's Faculty Council, Member, 1996 – 1998 and 2011 – 2012
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Board, Elected Member, 2002 – 2004
  • Chief Academic Office Search Committee, Member, 1994 – 1995, 2006
  •  WSCUC Steering Committee for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, Member, 2004 – 2008
  • Graduate Studies Committee, Chair, 1999 – 2001
  • Faculty Resources Committee, Provost's Designee, 1999 – 2004
  • Academic Policies Committee, Provost's Designee, 2007 – 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Richard C. Chewning Award, Christian Business Faculty Association, October 2010
  • Fellow of Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, June 2008, June 2009
  • Fellow of Women's Leadership Development Institute (WLDI), Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, June 2000
  • Fellow of Summer Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College, summer 1997

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Havens, R. & Underwood, J. (2016, June). Using the dialogical approach to deliver, engage and evaluate student learning of values-based concepts. Paper presentation at ACBSP National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Underwood, J. & Havens, R. (2016, June). Creating cosmopolitan thinkers and communicators using the dialogical approach. Paper presentation at ACBSP National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Underwood, J. & Havens, R. (2016). Pathways to integration: the dialogical approach. Christian Business Academy Review, 26-36.
  • Havens, B. (2015). "Misbehaving" on Sabbath. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Special Issue on Sabbath, 18(1), 67-71. 
  • Underwood, J. & Havens, R. (2014, October). Dialogue on scripture and its impact on the CBFA: The CBFA dialogical conference series. Paper presentation at CBFA Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.  
  • Havens, R. (2013). Womenomics and the new American workforce majority. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Special Issue on Gender, 16(1), 7-28.
  • Havens, R. (2013). Left behind by globalization: Why Christians care about educating women. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Special Issue on Gender, 16(1), 65-89.
  • Havens, B. (2013). A husband is not a financial plan. In Beail, L. & Masyuk, S. C. (Eds.), Results May Vary: Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life (pp. 154-165). San Diego, California: Point Loma Press.
  • Underwood, J. & Havens, R. (2012, September). Economic stress and issues in the workplace. Presentation at Why We Work Retreat, Azusa, California. 
  • Havens, R. (2012, June). Female Leadership Advantage in Economic Crisis. Paper presentation at ACBSP National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. 
  • Havens, R. & Heinrichs, R. (2011, June). Familiar or Different? Gendered Aspects of Leadership in Economic Crisis. Paper presentation at CBFA Conference, Mount Vernon, Ohio.