New Faculty 2017-2018
José Araguz, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.A. Creative Writing, College of Santa Fe
- M.F.A. Creative Writing-Poetry, New York University
- Ph.D. Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
Scholarly Interest: My scholarship focuses on Latinx Poetics, hybrid poetic forms including prose poetry, flash fiction, lyric essay, and the microcuento, and critical and creative reviews.
Interesting Fact: I once did an impromptu poetry reading on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was better in theory than in practice!
Andrew Baggett, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.S. LeTourneau University
- Ph.D. Boston College
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interests include using organic synthesis to explore the interactions between small molecules and proteins, and searching for new methods in organic synthesis.
Interesting Fact: The number of different states in which I've lived in the continental U.S. is the same as the number of biological grandparents I have.
Andrew Black, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S. Biology, Metropolitan State College of Denver
- Ph.D. Integrative Biology, Lehigh University
- Postdoc, Oregon State University
Scholarly Interest: I have a diverse background in conservation genomics, animal behavior, and behavioral ecology. My research has employed Next-Generation Sequencing (ddRAD), landmark-based geometric morphometrics, and ecological assays, to examine how stochastic processes and divergent selection may contribute to population distinctiveness. In addition to this multidisciplinary research, I have also focused on habitat restoration, biological invasions, sexually selected traits, genetic parentage analysis, mate choice, and game theory in a diverse range of teleost species.
Interesting Fact: During undergrad, I worked on the high seas of Alaska as a commercial fisherman to help pay for college and to fund international travel. These experiences helped shape my work ethic, appreciation of cultural diversity, and love of the ocean, ultimately inspiring me to pursuit a career in the biological sciences.
Jennifer Bransfield, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.A. California State University, Long Beach
- B.S.N Concordia University
- M.S.N. Western Governors University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interests include exploring how to help expert nurses become teachers to address the nursing faculty gap. I am also interested in the creation of interdisciplinary simulation events. My nursing background is primarily in labor and delivery and high-risk pregnancy.
Interesting Fact: I enjoy almost anything to do with language, from puns, poetry and wordplay to reading; and I also love nearly everything about music. During downtime, I like thrift-shopping and camping at hot springs.
Kathryn Crabtree, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S.N, M.S.N. Lourdes University
- D.N.P. American Sentinel University
Scholarly Interest: I believe supporting the education of future nurses is a privilege and am excited by the opportunities they have available to achieve personal and professional success. My passion is community health, promotion, prevention and chronic care especially for the geriatric population.
Interesting Fact: My husband and I left Oregon, Ohio in 2014 to travel around the country in a 38-ft. motor coach for two years, having already driven throughout all but ten of the 48 contiguous states on his Harley. I have worked at Linfield’s Portland campus as an adjunct clinical instructor when we weren’t traveling. As I am working to complete a DNP program, it seemed prudent to settle in Portland, near our son and daughter, to continue to take advantage of the opportunity to serve the Linfield nursing students while finishing my degree.
Emily Eaton, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
Health & Human Performance
- B.A. Carleton College
- D.V.M. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Scholarly Interest: As a veterinarian, some of my interests include the pathophysiology of disease and therapeutic modalities. Additionally, I am interested in compassion fatigue and mindfulness-based stress reduction within the medical care community.
Interesting Fact: Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy hiking, swimming in cold mountain lakes, cooking vegan food, eating lots of bacon, drinking hoppy beer and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my beloved family.
Ingrid Flanders, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S.N. Northern Michigan University
- M.N. Oregon Health and Science University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interest is in Clinical practice; as a practicing nurse and practitioner, I see the role of the nurse changing in response to the current healthcare policy upheaval ~ a very challenging, and interesting time to be stepping into the healthcare world. Also, I'm interested in the evolving science of Narrative Medicine. The care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others.
Interesting Fact: Prior to taking on the role of Visiting Assistant Professor, I worked for the school of nursing as a Clinical Associate. The first time I participated in Commencement, I shared that experience with my youngest daughter, as she completed her degree at Linfield.
Narcy Foraker, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S. Linfield College
- M.N.E. Oregon Health and Sciences University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interests include: Simulation Education in Nursing, End of Life Care, Palliative Care, Oncology nursing and Holistic Nursing Care.
Interesting Fact: When I am not in nurse mode or family mode, I enjoy karaoke and cooking.
Sarri Gibson, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S. George Fox University
- M.S. Portland State University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarly interest is early childhood education as well as literacy.
Interesting Fact: I ran Cascade Lakes Relay this summer and finished!
Marcella Gowan, Portland, Associate Professor
- B.S.N. Walla Walla University
- M.S. Loma Linda University
- Ph.D. George Fox University
Scholarly Interest: My doctoral dissertation was on active management of the third stage of labor among skilled birth attendants in a rural regional hospital in southern Ethiopia. I have a special interest in maternal morality both in the US and abroad.
Interesting Fact: I have had the privilege of teaching in many countries: in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, to a leprosy village in southern Somalia, in the Republic of Djibouti, to the postwar torn nation of Somaliland. I have also co-taught Life Saving Skills in Tajikistan to obstetricians and midwives and did short term clinical supervision in Haiti in the summer of 2013. I just completed a two-year contract teaching neonatal nursing in the first MSN program at the University of Rwanda.
Ayaka Horii, , McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, Japanese
Education: B.A Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Scholarly Interest: Ayaka received her BA in sociology from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, and she is majoring Psychology here at Linfield. Her scholarly interests include development/personality psychology.
Interesting Fact: Ayaka has worked as a member of Habitat for Humanity Japan Student Chapter for 3 years, and she has helped to build decent houses for people in need in Thailand and Indonesia. Also, Ayaka has been in New Zealand and Sweden both for one year. Ayaka loves discovering beautiful places, reading books, dipping in Onsen (hot spring), and having a good food with her family and friends.
Anna Klicznik, , McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, German
Education: BEd Bachelor of Education, Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg
Scholarly Interest: Although she is a primary school teacher, Anna worked in different fields of education. During her work with kindergartners, pupils, parents, and infants, Anna’s interest in sociology and psychology intensified.
Interesting Fact: Although she is a primary school teacher, Anna worked in different fields of education. During her work with kindergartners, pupils, parents, and infants, Anna’s interest in sociology and psychology intensified.
Patricia Luis Hernandez, , McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, Spanish
In 2013 Patricia completed her Bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of La Laguna. In 2016 she received her second Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Philology.
Education: In 2013 I finished my degree in journalism at the University of La Laguna. In 2016 I finish my degree in Spanish Philology. Currently, I am finishing a Master in Spanish as a Second/Foreign Language at the University of Alicante.
Scholarly Interest: I spent almost two years in Budapest (Hungary), where I went to do a European Voluntary Service. In the organization, I started to teach Spanish to children and adults. This was the first experience, and it was really enriching. After this experience, I realized a new world (education world) and I decided to come back to Spain where I started to do some courses and the master at the University of Alicante.
Interesting Fact: I love cooking while I am listening to good music. I love traveling around the world but the feeling when I come back to the Canary Islands and I smell the sea -- it's indescribable.
Lindsey Mantoan, McMinnville, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Resident Dramaturg
Theatre & Communication Arts
- B.A. Princeton University
- M.A. University of Texas, Austin
- Ph.D. Stanford University
Scholarly Interest: My primary research addresses the intersections of war, politics, and performance. Secondary areas of interest include: musical theater, contemporary drama, LGBTQ performance, racial justice, theater for social change, and popular culture.
Interesting Fact: As a working artist, I've directed plays and musicals professionally for the past decade. I also play the piano and the double bass.
Lucile Marion, , McMinnville, Language Teaching Assistant, French
Education: M.A. EHESS and ENS (Paris) B.A. Henri IV (Paris)
Scholarly Interest: My research interest focus on the relations between philosophy and the social sciences, especially history. For my master's degree thesis I have studied and compared the writing of Foucault and the French historians in the context of the social and political turmoil of the seventies. The ways in which philosophers' involvement in major political events shapes their theoretical work and conversely interests me the most.
Interesting Fact: I have organized Philosophy workshops for prison inmates with the Genepi, a French student organization and I have given French lessons to refugees as part of the Visiting Student Program at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. As a youth leader, I have also participated to a peaceful educational program organized in Finland by the CISV, a NGO partner of the UNESCO.
Donna Potts, Portland, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S.N. Oregon Health and Sciences University
- M.S.N. Walden University
Scholarly Interest: My scholarship focuses on holistic nursing and the incorporation of integrative healing modalities, particularly herbal medicine, meditation, and mindfulness into nursing practice.
Interesting Fact: I play the piano, accordion, guitar, and bass guitar.
Kyle J. Putnam, McMinnville, Assistant Professor of Business
- B.A. George Fox University
- M.S., Ph.D. University of New Orleans
Scholarly Interest: My research interests include commodity futures, asset pricing, and financial institutions. My current work focuses on the effects of financialization of the commodity markets beginning in the mid-2000's.
Interesting Fact: I'm pretty tall: 6' 8.5." And yes, I do play basketball. I also enjoy soccer and tennis as well.
Sreerupa Ray, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.S., M.S. Microbiology, Bangalore University
- Ph.D. Biochemistry, Louisiana State University
- Postdoctoral Fellow, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, School of Medicine
Scholarly Interest: Cancer is a class of disease characterized by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. One of the major cause of cancer is mutagenesis. DNA is the repository of genetic information and its integrity is crucial for genome stability. Several exogenous and endogenous factors damage the DNA and if not repaired leads to mutagenesis, genomic instability and cancer. Several databases, including 1000 Genomes, Cbioportal, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC) continue to catalog several cancer-associated variants of DNA repair genes. However, the biological functions of these mutations and the effect in response to therapy are not known. My lab focuses on to study 1) how cancer-associated variants of DNA repair genes (such as MRE11, EXO1, RBBP8) induce genomic instability; 2) cellular response of the cancer-associated variants to DNA damaging agents; 3) how cancer-associated variants impact the efficacy of therapeutics. My lab will use molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry tools to study the cancer-associated variants involved in genomic instability and cancer. The long-term objective of my laboratory is to understand how aberrant DNA repair is linked to carcinogenesis. This will provide an insight for assessing DNA repair genes as therapeutic targets.
Interesting Fact: I enjoy sight-seeing, biking and aspire to learn tennis.
Cisco Reyes, McMinnville, Associate Professor
Health & Human Performance
- B.S. Pacific University
- M.S., Ph.D. University of Idaho
Scholarly Interest: As a former collegiate baseball player, understanding speed and power has always been an interest of mine. So since graduate school, I have merged my passion of athletics with muscle physiology and Biomechanics and focused on understanding how to better prepare the neuromuscular system for enhanced human performance.
Interesting Fact: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan (Who Dat!). I am what they call a "Sneaker Head" as I collect Nike/Air Jordan sneakers. My wife, three kids, and I all have the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5 in our birth months and birth days.
Rainer Seitz, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.A., M.S. Marquette University
- Ph.D. Portland State University
Scholarly Interest: My primary research interests have involved individuals and their relationships with organizations, with a particular emphasis on organizational justice. Three additional areas which I am interested in exploring are decision-making in the context of high-level personnel selection, worker reintegration after incarceration, and sustainability as it relates to corporate values and mission.
Interesting Fact: I spent seven years working at a Chevrolet dealership while in college, and developed a lifelong passion for cars in the process.
Johnandrew Slominski, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.M. in Piano Performance
- B.A. in Music Theory Pedagogy
- M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature
- D.M.A in Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Scholarly Interest: As a performing pianist, I appear internationally as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. My academic research focuses on pedagogy, history, and cognition of music theory, and on the integration of historical and modern sources and methods for approaching musical improvisation.
Interesting Fact: I adore the outdoors (I particularly enjoy spending time fly fishing and hiking), and I regularly spend time volunteering for local environmental and social causes.
Krystina Sorwell, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.A. Boston University
- Ph.D. Oregon Health and Science University
Morgan Torris, Portland, Assistant Professor
- B.A. University of Oregon
- B.A., B.S., M.P.A., M.S., Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa
Scholarly Interest: My clinical background includes Emergency, Critical Care, and Disaster Response. My dissertation explores the perception of risk for the consequences of disasters. Further, I am concerned with the training and development of medical teams working in high acuity austere environments.
Interesting Fact: My first degree is in Art (Ceramics) from the University of Oregon.
Mary Lynn Veden, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor/ Director of Forensics
Theatre and Communication Arts
- B.A. Lewis & Clark College
- M.A. University of Washington
- Ph.D. University of Washington
Scholarly Interest: I'm interested in the effects and textures of public argument, particularly in legal and political contexts. My dissertation was on the adaptation of technical legal arguments to public polemic about judicial decision making (sometimes known as "judicial activism".). Lately, I've become interested in application of polemic to some of our contemporary talk about "authenticity" in politics.
Interesting Fact: I grew up in rural Minnesota, where my parents owned a campground. I starting working the registration desk and learning how to park RV's at the age of 10. I also speak Swedish.
Kristin Ziebart, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor