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New Faculty 2015-2016

Mary Bartlett, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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

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

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.

Virlena Crosley, McMinnville, Assistant Professor of Business
Business

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Education: B.S. Linfield College; MPA, Lewis and Clark College; DBA, George Fox University

Scholarly Interest: Leadership and ethics.

Interesting Fact: I love to travel and have traveled to places like Suriname, China, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Portugal, and Spain. However, my husband and I have driven across all 50 states and just this summer by visiting Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador have completed my travels to all the Canadian provinces and territories.

Michelle Dedeo, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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

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
Chemistry

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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
Mathematics

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

Scholarly Interest: My research focuses on low-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, and knot theory. In particular, I am interested in understanding the geometry and topology of knot complements (the area surrounding in a knot in three-dimensional space).

Interesting Fact: I love to travel, run, and play ultimate frisbee.

Carmen Morgan, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
Business

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Education: B.S. Industrial Management, Oregon Institute of Technology, 1986; M.B.A. Portland State University, 1991

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
Business

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Education: B.S. Juniata College; M.B.A. 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 whalespoken.org 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
Writing

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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
Business

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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
Biology

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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
Biology

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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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Education: BSN, University of Portland, 2006; Ph.D. Candidate, OHSU - Present

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".

Cecilia Toro, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
Biology

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

Scholarly Interest: I am a neurobiologist and I study the cells that respond to sound waves, called hair cells. I use the zebrafish model organism because zebrafish sense water movement with cells very closely related to hair cells in the human ear, but conveniently located on the outside of the fish for easy access and manipulation.

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

Ericka Waidley, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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

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
Library

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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
Biology

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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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Education: BSN, University of Arizona; MSN - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania; MBE, University of Pennsylvania; PhD in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

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!