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Steve Pawluk, Ed. D. became provost of La Sierra University in July 2010.

Dr. Steve Pawluk
Steve Pawluk, Ed.D.

Steve Pawluk became Provost of La Sierra University in July 2010. Previously, he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration and Leadership in the University’s School of Education.  Before joining the faculty of La Sierra University in June 2007, Dr. Pawluk served as Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at Southern Adventist University. Before going to Southern Adventist University, he was Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla College (now University). Dr. Pawluk has had wide-ranging experience as Superintendent of Schools and Youth Director of the Montana Conference of  Seventh-day Adventists, as a pastor and speaker on a daily radio program on a local country and western station, as an academy teacher, and as a reserve police officer, welder, licensed contractor, and door-to-door cutlery salesman.

Dr. Pawluk holds a Doctorate in Education from Montana State University, an M.A. degree in Religion from Loma Linda University, and a B.A. in Theology from the La Sierra Campus of Loma Linda University. In 2004, he was named a leadership fellow by the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy.  This allowed him to complete a summer institute at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Dr. Pawluk was awarded the Thomas and Violet Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award for his innovative teaching at Walla Walla College, the Community Service Award from the city of Walla Walla, where he was actively involved in public service, a Keep My Fires Burning: Tribute to Storytellers and Elders Pendleton blanket for support of Native Americans in higher education, and the Por apoyar la educatión in Bolivia citation for his work with Universidad Adventista de Bolivia.

Dr. Pawluk, who commutes to work most days on his motorcycle, holds a commercial pilot license and an instrument rating and is curious about a wide variety of topics including leadership studies, politics, early American history, physics, electronics and amateur radio. He enjoys gardening and hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Barbara Favorito
Barbara Favorito, D.M.A.
Associate Provost for
General Studies & Academic Support

Barbara Favorito became Associate Provost of La Sierra University in January 2005.

Prior to becoming Associate Provost, Dr. Favorito had established a broad base of administrative experience at La Sierra University. She served as Chair of the Music Department from 1998-2002, Director of Wind and Percussion Studies from 1990-2005, Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Rank and Tenure Committee 1994-2004, and Director of University Studies since 2004. She also served on the Faculty Senate for 10 years, including Faculty Senate chair, 1997-1998.

A conductor by training, Dr. Favorito’s conducting career embraces both the educational and professional worlds.  She was the founding conductor of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble and conducted the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble from 1990-2005 while serving as Director of Wind and Percussion Studies.  She was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Master Chorale (1991-2001), Artistic Director and founding conductor of the Southern California Young Artists Symphony (1992-1997), founding conductor of the Colorado Concert Chorale (Denver, CO) and founding conductor of the Andrews University Wind Ensemble.  

Dr. Favorito has conducted wind ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs in thirty-five states, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.  Her performing ensembles consistently earned national and international reputations for excellence. Her style and technique as a conductor and music educator have merited invitations as a guest conductor in music festivals, clinics, and conducting symposiums across the United States.  She remains active as a guest conductor and clinician. 

Dr. Favorito earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami, a Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska.  She has studied and worked with some of music’s most distinguished conductors, including Robert Shaw, Sir David Willcocks, Hilmuth Rilling, Erich Leinsdorf, and Jon Robertson. 

She is also the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, including the Educational Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism and YWCA’s Women of Achievement.  She is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi and has been recognized in Who’s Who in Young Women of America, Who’s Who in Women in Music, and Who’s Who in America.

Alma Teel
Alma Teel, B.S.
Executive Assistant to the Provost

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Administration Building
Suite 225