Donna R. Downes

Associate Professor of Global Leadership
School of Intercultural Studies

Role in MAGL

Donna joined the MAGL faculty in 2007. She currently serves as Cohort Mentor for all cohorts starting in Winter quarter. As such, she teaches ML581, ML582, and ML583 for those cohorts. Donna also teaches MP520 in the cohort sequence for all cohorts. Her special area of research and teaching is in cross-cultural communications, globalization of mission and in the training and development of leaders and staff to work more effectively in today's complex global missions environment. Her desire is not only to see more effective leaders, but to help these leaders appreciate and even celebrate the creative synergy that diversity can bring to the global church and missions community.


Donna joined the MAGL in 2007 after 23 years on the mission field where she was involved in university teaching and leadership development in Kenya (12 years) and Romania (11 years).

Donna's academic background includes a BA in journalism from University of Missouri - Columbia, an MA in Communications from California State University - Fullerton, and a Doctorate in Missiology from BIOLA University, with a specialty in cross-cultural leadership. While in Kenya, she taught communications at the BA and MA levels at Daystar University where she learned to appreciate and rejoice in the diversity of students from about 30 African nations. Her greatest love was mentoring graduate students in their research and writing for their MA theses and teaching in-service courses for leaders in African mission agencies. In Romania, Donna has been teaching in the missiology department at the Baptist Seminary in Bucharest and has served in a variety of voluntary leadership roles in the NGO sector, the community and the church .

Prior to becoming a missionary, Donna worked in Chicago and California as a communications and public relations specialist and taught Communications at California State University, Fullerton.

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