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Academic Affairs New Faculty Biographies

New Faculty 2015-2016

Mary Bartlett, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • Ph.D. Nursing Practice, Yale University, 2015
  • M.S. Nursing, Yale University, 2000
  • Nursing Certificate, Yale University, 1999
  • B.A Women's Studies with a concentration in Sociology/Psychology, Yale University, 1986

Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interests include HIV/AIDS, community health, interprofessional education and access to health issues.

Interesting Fact: Along this journey to Linfield I have worked as a Benihana/sushi chef, rugby coach, construction/renovation diva and medical secretary. Currently, my free time is spent chasing five children around Portland as we explore our new home.

Jacob Creviston, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • D.N.P. Oregon Health & Science University, 2015
  • M.N. Oregon Health & Science University, 2014
  • B.S.N. Nursing, Linfield College, 2008

Scholarly Interest: I have great interest and passion in nursing and mental health leadership, policy and practice standards. I'm encouraged by the potential for DNPs to effect positive change within these facets. Much of my current work is aimed at preparing nurses for and placing them on healthcare governance boards.

Interesting Fact: I served in the US Coast Guard for 4 years. I was a search and rescue boat captain and was deployed to secure the waterways and transport emergency personnel immediately following the 9/11 attacks on Manhattan. This was an influencing factor on my decision to pursue nursing and later, mental health.

Michelle Dedeo, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • Ph.D. in Nursing Practice and Masters of Nursing, University of Washington
  • B.S.N., University of Wisconsin

Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interest focuses on improving patient safety through continuous and quality improvement opportunities in nursing practice and the setting of health care.

Interesting Fact: I love the living in the Pacific Northwest but love being from Wisconsin during football season. Go Packers!

William Fleeger, McMinnville, Visiting Senior Scholar
Environmental Studies

Education: Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire, 2007; M.S. Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, 2005; B.A. Speech and Communication, University of Oregon, 1988

Scholarly Interest: I am an environmental policy scientist with interests in collaborative natural resource management and community involvement in environmental decision making especially around issues of forest restoration and community wildfire protection.

Interesting Fact: I am a native of southern Oregon and have a background as a documentary filmmaker.

Julian Haigh, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: B.Sc.(Hons), University of Huddersfield, 2004; M.Sc., University of Huddersfield, 2006; Ph.D., Portland State University, 2015.

Scholarly Interest: My doctoral research investigated an NMR technique that allows for increased efficacy of contrast media employed in MRI. Previously, I was a pharmaceutical R&D scientist in the UK where I developed new drug products and analytical methods for their analysis.

Interesting Fact: I make a mean Indian curry!

Christian Millichap, McMinnville, Assistant Professor

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Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, Temple University; B.S. Mathematics & Philosophy, Dickinson College.

Scholarly Interest: Dr. Millichap’s research focuses on low-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, and knot theory. In particular, he is interested in understanding the geometry and topology of knot complements (the area surrounding a knot in three-dimensional space). In addition, Dr. Millichap loves learning (and teaching) cryptology, and hopes to take a class to Bletchley Park someday!

Interesting Fact: Dr. Millichap loves running, hiking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Carmen Morgan, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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B.S. Oregon Institute of Technology; MBA Portland State University; CPA, CMA, CFM

Scholarly Interest: Personal financial planning is an area I would like to do research in.

Interesting Fact: I played volleyball and basketball AGAINST Linfield College in the 1980’s.

James Paine, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business

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B.S. Juniata College; M.B.A. International Business, University of South Carolina

Scholarly Interest: I am intrigued by the future of work in a digital and globalized world - how will we activate and engage resources, how will we deactivate them, how can we optimize individual and group bandwidth while managing distractions and disruptions...all while striving for a work-life balance.

Interesting Fact: I enjoy travel, other cultures, volunteerism and vintage cars. One nice accomplishment was working with Oregon State Parks to establish the most recently added Watch Site in Pacific City/Cape Kiwanda for the gray whale migration program.

Bruce Patnoudes, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
Health & Human Performance

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Education: B.S. Health Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. Physical Education-Exercise Science, Western Michigan University

Scholarly Interest: Comparing the way adults use exercise machines with the most beneficial protocols for optimal results.

Interesting Fact: I have been playing, reffing, teaching and organizing volleyball for 30 years. Combined, I have competed in over 200 volleyball, racquetball and handball tournaments.

Gina Rucavado, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. in English, University of Notre Dame; M.A. and Ph.D. in English, Brown University

Scholarly Interest: American and British literature, literary theory, labor history, class studies, nineteenth-century economic theories, aesthetic philosophy.

Interesting Fact: I like to read about ancient Mesoamerican cultures in my free time, and I'm hoping to visit the archaeological sites at Palenque and Tikal in the near future.

Gayatree Sarma, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: MBA, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY; MA in Philosophy, Guwahati University, India

Scholarly Interest: My academic interest lies in the emerging economies, cross-cultural communications and understanding of different cultural values and nuances and their effects on business practices.

Interesting Fact: My other interests include traveling, freelance journalism, currents events and ethnic and gourmet cooking and baking. I was published in the Newsweek magazine under the My Turn section. I have been lucky to be able to call New Delhi, Osaka and Munich my home as well as the lovely Hudson Valley in New York.

Trisha Staab, McMinnville, Instructional Associate

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Education: B.S in Biology, Harvey Mudd College; Ph.D. In Integrative Biology of Disease, University of Southern California

Scholarly Interest: My background is in biomedical sciences, and I am particularly interested in systems physiology and immunology. For research, I have used the model Ceanorhabditis elegans (a microscopic roundworm) to study genetic pathways that affect stress response, metabolism, and behavior.

Interesting Fact: I love baking, and I routinely incorporate biology themes into my desserts. Some of my creations include Darwin day cakes, mitosis cookies, and microbe cupcakes!

Timothy Sullivan, McMinnville, Instructional Associate

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Education: B.S. Biology, University of South Florida; M.S. Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee; Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee

Scholarly Interest: Viruses have always peaked my interest, they are able to accomplish a variety of tasks despite their simplistic composition. During graduate school I became fascinated with the idea that viruses could be used to change the genetics of humans. My research examines the use of viral mediated gene therapy to treat retinal diseases.

Interesting Fact: I survived the 2011 running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Aaron Tabacco, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • Ph.D. Candidate, OHSU - Present
  • BSN, University of Portland, 2006

Scholarly Interest: As a largely qualitative researcher, I am particularly interested in fathers and their experiences and contributions to family life when they have children with neurodevelopmental diversities. I am clinical expert in developmental pediatrics, and specialize in family management of child ADHD. I am also interested in resiliency and identity development of diverse families.

Interesting Fact: I am a father to three teen sons (13-19) and have been an avid musician for the past 30 years. In recent times, I have taken quite a liking to Irish Traditional music and for about 3 years ran a small ensemble called "Three Pints Shy" which means I've had my own garage band and solidifies my status as a "Portlander".

Brittany Teahan, McMinnville, Assistant Professor

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Education: B.S. in Economics, Fairfield University; M.S. in Economics, Iowa State University; Ph.D. in Economics, Purdue University

Scholarly Interest: I teach courses in labor, behavioral and experimental economics. My research uses both experimental and field data to investigate a variety of policy issues.

Interesting Fact: This summer I teamed up with 11 friends to run a 198 mile relay race from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL. Our team, “Just Purdue It”, finished in 27 hours, 0 minutes, 47 seconds.

Cecilia Toro, McMinnville, Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. in Biology from Reed College; Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University

Scholarly Interest: I study hair cells: small mechanosensitive cells that reside in the cochlea and semicircular canals, where they detect sound waves and head movement, respectively. I am particularly interested in how incoming auditory and vestibular sensory information can be modulated by specific neurotransmitters acting on those hair cells. My lab uses the zebrafish model organism to study hair cell function. We do this because zebrafish, like many aquatic vertebrates, have a sixth sense: they can sense water movement around their bodies using their lateral line organ. The hair cells that zebrafish use to sense water movement are very closely related to the cells of the inner ear responsible for auditory and vestibular sensation. The added bonus is that the hair cells of the lateral line are located on the outside of the fish, rather than behind a bony skull. Thus, we can easily visualize and manipulate these hair cells without the need to dissect out the inner ear.

Interesting Fact: Before beginning grad school I spent a month backpacking with two friends through beautiful Cambodia and Thailand.

Ericka Waidley, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • Ph.D. The Fielding Institute (in progress)
  • M.S. Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 1976
  • B.S. Nursing, San Diego State University, 1972

Scholarly Interest: Professional nursing

Interesting Fact: I have "dressed the men" at the Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach, CA) for 10 years as a member of the Wardrobe department volunteers.

Patrick Wohlmut, McMinnville, Reference & Instructional Librarian, Assistant Professor

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Education: B.A. in English, Portland State University; MLS, Emporia State University

Scholarly Interest: Broadly, I am interested in information literacy instruction, information behavior, copyright, and assessment. I am also curious about the sense-making process of artists and creatives, and how that process affects their information behavior.

Interesting Fact: I am an award-winning playwright, and have been active in the Portland theater community for over twenty-five years. I am also an avid cook and Julia Child fan, and enjoy running.

Gregor Yanega, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: B.Sc., The Evergreen State College, 1992; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2007

Scholarly Interest: My research interests are rooted in natural history and structure-function relationships, pausing at a fork in the road where evolutionary processes, physics, and ecology meet. I have great familiarity and love for the lives and workings of the last, best dinosaurs (the birds) and for the harmonious integration of, and care for habitat, biodiversity, and human needs throughout the American West.

Interesting Fact: I’m a book artist and sculptor with an interest in building awareness in science and conservation through pop-up science, and impromptu acts of creative outreach (instant museums). My wife and I are both academics and our daughter likes princesses.

Mindy Zeitzer, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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  • PhD in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • MBE, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSN - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania
  • BSN, University of Arizona

Scholarly Interest: My research and scholarship focus on the ethical issues nurses encounter in their professional roles, the effects of those ethical issues, and how to best educate and prepare nurses to deal with what they encounter.

Interesting Fact: My friends and family say I make the BEST chocolate chip challah!

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