Assistant Director of Institute for Spiritual Formation
Dr. Paul Poelstra joined the faculty of Rosemead School of Psychology in 1971. In 1976, he moved into the position as chair of the department. During these years the students formed the Psych Club planning field trips, social activities, and annual weekend retreats. The Emerson Award was also instituted in 1978 which is presented annually to the distinguished graduating senior in psychology. As the results of his efforts, the Biola Psi Chi Honor Society received its charter on May 21, 1981. In 1977, he participated in the negotiations that resulted in the move of the Rosemead School of Psychology (RSP) to the Biola Campus. In the fall of 1982, the undergraduate program merged into the RSP with a combined faculty of approximately 20 members. Dr. Poelstra eventually served as Associate Dean of Rosemead and Assistant Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation.