Scholarly Interest: Since I grew up in the small town of Wrangell, Alaska, much of my free time was spent outdoors: on the water, in the mountains, or on the rocky coast. While I was initially interested in organismal biology, I became fascinated with the mechanics of molecular biology and cell-to-cell communication in my first semester of college. I am particularly interested in cell-to-cell communication mediated by the Wnt family of secreted signaling proteins and their Frizzled receptors, especially in the context of embryo development.
Interesting Fact: Outside of biology, I enjoy woodworking, welding, cooking, canning, running and cats.
Scholarly Interest: My main focus is on social theory and the sociology of disasters. I have done research on how sociology comprehends society, especially around changes in the communication realm. I am particularly interested in social transformations and how people negotiate them.
Interesting Fact: I spent the last 10 years living in Australia where I was also a volunteer fire fighter.
Scholarly Interest: Two of my interests are the nursing care of traumatic brain injury patients and alternative pain management. I am also interested in the impact of mindfulness practice on student nurses and patients.
Interesting Fact: I was a competitive distance swimmer throughout my youth and swam for OSU during my undergraduate education.
Scholarly Interest: I am most interested in improving patient safety through continuous and quality improvement opportunities in nursing practice and the setting of health care.
Interesting Fact: I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but love being from Wisconsin during football season. Go Packers!
B.A., English and French, Whitworth University; M.A., English, Portland State University; M.A., Medieval Studies, Cornell University; Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Cornell University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarship focuses on late medieval English romance where I examine representations of gender, sexuality, race and religious difference as they appear in that most popular and long-lived of literary genres.
Interesting Fact: My family has lived near or in Portland since the 1870's. I'm so happy to be back home to carry on that tradition.
Scholarly Interest: I am interested in host-pathogen interactions in the context of innate intracellular responses to viral infection. Early responses to infection can set the tone for the course of infection, and an appropriate balance between infection and inflammation is important to prevent cellular damage and develop immunological memory. I am investigating a class of antiviral host genes that are expressed within an infected cell very shortly after the initial infection. My research seeks to understand the mechanisms by which these products alter the course of a viral infection, in cells as well as the organism as a whole, with the intent of contributing to strategies for preventing or treating viral diseases.
Interesting Fact: I participated in Army ROTC in college and went on to serve 9 years in the Army National Guard as a Medical Service Officer. I also happened to attend Marquette University at the same time as Dwayne Wade, and as a percussionist in the band, I had the opportunity to watch many Marquette basketball games from the front row, including a couple of the NCAA tournament games.
Scholarly Interest: Some of my interests include simulation in nursing education, women's health, compassion fatigue and the role of spirituality in healthcare.
Interesting Fact: I am fluent in Romanian, love to travel & my husband says that my crepes are better than the ones we had in Paris (and we had a LOT!).
Scholarly Interest: My research interests include philosophical, theoretical, and socio-historical perspectives in academic and applied psychology, the interface of psychology and religion, psychotherapy process and outcome, and teaching in higher education.
Interesting Fact: I enjoy time spent in the company of my family (especially my eight rambunctious nieces and nephews), bowling--one of my most prized material possessions is a bowling pin "trophy" I won while participating in a staff bowling league at one of my last universities for best team overall and most improved bowler--and quiet evenings at home reading, putting together a jigsaw puzzle or watching one a really quality movie or TV shows (The West Wing, I Love Lucy, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are some of my favorites.).
Education: I graduated with a degree in English Communication from Tokyo Kasei University in 2015.
Scholarly Interest: I completed ALLEX teaching program in 2015 and will be teaching both elementary and advanced Japanese at Linfield. I'm currently pursuing a degree in International Relations.
Interesting Fact: I also studied at University of Newcastle, Australia as an exchange student in my final year at college.
Scholarly Interest: Some of my interests include nursing care, symptom management in palliative care and the ethics of trust in the nurse-client relationship.
Interesting Fact: I am recently recovering from a hip surgery, my first time having major surgery and being on the receiving end of health care. I am so grateful for the steady, competent hands of the surgeon and his staff, but mostly for the care, support and calming of fears that the nursing staff provided. I was terrified but it all went smoothly and I am recovering well. My husband and daughters are taking expert care of me at home. It is humbling and has given me a whole new perspective.
Scholarly Interest: After I served 25 years in a private practice, I decided to work on obtaining a license as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Oregon.
Interesting Fact: I lead the way for my last employer, Adali E. Stevenson High School District 125, to become the first LEED EBOM Gold certified high school in the nation. As Assistant Superintendent, I chaired a committee of over 50 community members, administrators, faculty, staff and students in an effort that took over three years. Countless hours were invested by students, faculty and district vendors to identify, track, monitor and reduce electricity, natural gas, water, paper and waste. It was truly a team effort.
Education: Ph.D., and M.A., German Literature, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Communication, Boise State University
B.A., German & B.F.A. Graphic Design, Boise State University
Scholarly Interest: Diaspora literatures (narratives of forced displacement) Intersectionality Gender Studies Critical Theory LGBTQ Studies Environmental humanities Cultural & Media Studies
Education: In 2012 I completed a degree in English translation and interpreting. Last September I finished a Masters in Spanish as a Second/Foreign Language at the University of Alicante.
Scholarly Interest: I spent a year working as a conversation assistant in Austria. This was the first contact with the teaching of Spanish and was a great discovery for me because I realized my love for this job. After this time, I attended several seminars and courses at the Instituto Cervantes in Vienna which confirmed my interest in this profession.
Interesting Fact: I love travelling and getting to know new cultures. I am really looking forward to living in the US during this academic year.
Scholarly Interest: As a feminist critical scholar-activist with a focus in teacher education, my research goals are to sustain hope by creating more equitable outcomes in K-18 schools. Toward this end, I have focused my research in three closely intertwined areas of (1) young men and women’s agency to survive and thrive in school structures that do not support them, (2) policy and practices in K-18 education as a place to battle and change inequities that exist, and (3) teacher education as a site to name inequities and create spaces in practices and policies to take action to eliminate inequities.
Interesting Fact: I am a wind in her hair kind of person, an adventure seeker, as long as it has nothing to do with snakes.
Scholarly Interest: My artistic practice is multifaceted, from the creation of autonomous objects to the formation of contingent space. Utilizing the scale, material, site and/or space that best serve to express the interaction of the body and architecture.
Interesting Fact: I design, construct, and fire kilns for ceramics. I specialize in wood firing and have been giving workshops on wood firing and kiln building since 1997.
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interests are simulation in health (nursing) education, curriculum development, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, impact of socioeconomic disparities and culture on health and education, biology, microbiology, quality improvement, cultural competence, integration of active learning, and theories. I am also interested in methods to improve the access and delivery of health (nursing) education and faculty development.
Interesting Fact: I love to be by or in the water, draw, craft, meditate and do muay thai kickboxing. My favorite food is tomatoes!
Scholarly Interest: I studied English and History at the University of Innsbruck, where I am working on my thesis about the influence of US soft power on Austrian culture, which I wish to complete after his interim year at Linfield. In conjunction with that study, I spent a semester in Birmingham, UK.
Interesting Fact: I love a good read, and also delight in skiing, hiking, cycling, and playing my clarinet when no one else is around.
Scholarly Interest: My research and scholarly interests focus on pediatric and adult complex chronic conditions, transition to adulthood, home care nursing practice and leadership, gender, and critical qualitative inquiry. My doctoral research will explore contextual influences on the daily living experiences of young adults with life-sustaining technology such as tracheostomies and ventilators.
Interesting Fact: I am Canadian and grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario. I followed my husband to the Portland area in 2013 for his work as a stop-motion animator with Laika studios in Hillsboro. Even though I have been here for over 3 years, I will always be a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan.
Scholarly Interest: My interests focus on exploring second language learning and improving pedagogical practices as well as investigating bilingual identities and the role of language maintenance in identity formation.
Interesting Fact: I speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, a little bit of Italian and I have taught in 6 colleges/universities in Oregon!
Scholarly Interest: One of my interests deals with 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.
Scholarly Interest: My research interests include women and gender studies, feminist interpretations of the Bible, narrative and literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible and Wisdom Literature. My recent work has focused on narrative ambiguity, liminality and identity-formation through the construction and dissolution of families in the book of Judges.
Interesting Fact: In previous jobs, I've driven a dump truck, taught fourth graders Beowulf and have been paid to sing and play the guitar. My husband, Sean, and I are now excited to begin this next adventure as we explore the PNW and all of its beauty and good food with our two young kids, Parker and Sybil.
Scholarly Interest: I am a physical and material chemist interested in characterization and development of bio-sensors using oligonucleotide functionalized nanoparticles, particularly in detecting mutations in DNA sequences. Now, I am pursuing a research project in the DNA nanotechnology and biosensor aspects with faculty and undergraduates in the Chemistry department.
Interesting Fact: I love many things in the Pacific Northwest: oceans and forests for hiking and camping, mountains for skiing, and the sun when it shines.
Scholarly Interest: My research interests include language Teaching Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, and Multimedia Computer Assisted Instruction. Now my work has focused on Public Speaking and Forensics.
Interesting Fact: I was awarded a gold medal from 2008 Beijing Olympics for the excellent volunteer work during that time, which was a wonderful experience I have had. Recently, I work with Chinese Debate Education Network, which will promote debate and forensics in China.