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New Faculty 2016-2017

Jeff Brown, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
Biology

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Education:

  • Postdoc, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Washington
  • B.A. Biology, Grinnell College

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.

Daniel Chaffee, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
Sociology/Anthropology

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Education:

  • Ph.D., Flinders University
  • M.A., University of Kent
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

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.

Virginia Connell, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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Education:

  • M.S.N., University of Portland
  • B.S.N., University of Portland
  • B.S., Oregon State University

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.

Michelle Dedeo, Portland, Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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Education:

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

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!

Jamie Friedman, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
English

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Education:

  • Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University
  • M.A., Portland State University
  • B.A., Whitworth College

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.

Jennifer Grier, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
Biology

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Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Marquette University

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.

Monica Haj, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Nursing

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Education:

  • M.S.N., Education, Grand Canyon University
  • B.S.N., Walla Walla University

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!).

Jamie Hansen, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
Psychology

Education:

  • B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University

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.).

Lisa Manthey, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
Portland Nursing Department

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Education:

  • M.N., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • B.S.N., Washington State University

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.

Mark Michelini, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
Business

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Education:

  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.B.A., B.S., Eastern Illinois University

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.

Emina Musanovic, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
Modern Languages

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Education:

  • M.A., Ph.D., University of California
  • B.F.A., B.A., M.A., Boise State University

Scholarly Interest: Through my work, I explore the literary and filmic imagination of borders, place, environment and technology—always with a critical eye to intersecions of race, gender, sexuality, migration background and socio-economics. As a scholar who was once a war refugee, I privilege transnational approaches to scholarship that focuses on, for example, diaspora literatures and in particular, narratives of forced displacement. By thus reading German literature and film through a global context, I also question what constitutes national literatures in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Heather Oesterreich, McMinnville, Associate Professor
Education

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Education:

  • Ph.D., M.Ed., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado

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.

Scott Ross, McMinnville, Assistant Professor of Sculpture
Art and Visual Culture

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Education:

  • M.F.A. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • 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.

    Keondra Rustan, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
    Nursing

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    Education:

    • M.S.N., Liberty University
    • B.S.N., University of Phoenix

    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!

    Elizabeth Straus, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
    Portland Nursing Department

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    Education:

    • M.N., University of Victoria
    • B.Sc., B.Sc.N., McMaster University

    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.

    Sandra Elena Terra, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
    Modern Languages

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    Education:

    • Ph.D. Second Language Acquisition, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • M.A. Spanish, University of Oregon
    • B.A. French, Oregon State University

    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!

    Ericka Waidley, Portland, Assistant Professor
    Portland Nursing Department

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    Education:

    • 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: 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.

    Jennifer Williams, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
    Religious Studies

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    Education:

    • M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
    • B.A., Southwestern University

    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.

    Yunqi Yan, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
    Chemistry

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    Education:

    • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington
    • B.S. Chemistry, Beijing Normal University

    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.

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