Faith Laughlin


Professor (2009)
Coordinator, Secondary Education


BA, Andrews University
MA, Pacific Union College
EdD, Shenandoah University


Phone: 423.236.2414

Faith Ann Laughlin joined the School of Education & Psychology here at Southern Adventist University after spending 17 years in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system in California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, encompassing grades K-12. During two of those years, she developed a Learning Resource Center and taught freshman English at a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school. A one-room school in Pennsylvania filled another year of her career.

She also taught Spanish in Loudoun County Public Schools (Virginia) for six years. Two additional years found her in the Central Administrative Offices of that county as foreign language specialist. Brainstorming more effective teaching strategies, creative thinking, and innovative ideas, all excite her imagination.

A graduate of Cedar Lake Academy in Michigan, Doctor Laughlin chose to attend Andrews University, partially due to the 25% scholarship offered by the state to remain in Michigan for college. In a slight detour on her way to her undergraduate degree, she studied for a year in Sagunto, Spain where she returned for another year as a taskforce volunteer librarian and assistant girls’ dean.

In June of 1981 Faith received her MRS. Degree by marrying Ken Laughlin. She spent the first two years of her marriage as an English and Bible teacher in Kwang Ju, South Korea, after completing her studies at Andrews University with a double major in elementary education/Spanish and a history minor. While in Korea, Andrews University granted her a BA degree in absentia.

Next Southern California claimed the two Laughlins for a 14 year sojourn. The Seventh-day Adventist school system opened its arms to Mrs. Laughlin. She holds an MA in elementary education with an emphasis in reading from Pacific Union College (1989). Her fondest souvenirs from those years in the Greater Los Angeles area remain her two children who can legitimately say they were “born in East L.A.”

In December, 2012 Professor Laughlin proudly marched across the stage in Iles PE Center to receive her doctoral hood from her mentor, Dr. Donna Habenicht and her guest graduate diploma from Dr. Gordon Bietz.

Currently, Dr. Laughlin divides her time between teaching courses, advising students, and supervising student teachers. She also believes strongly in community service, serving on the Lester Coon Adventist School board as Board Chair, occasionally joining the Apison Allies (Pathfinders) and the Teen Sabbath School on their forays.

Professional affiliations include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) as well as Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) with special interest memberships in Assessment, the Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children, the Division for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, and the Teacher Education Division.