Faculty Achievements, 2013-14

Department of Art and Visual Culture

Ron Mills, professor of artArt work by faculty members of the Department of Art and Visual Culture was included in a Friday Night Flights exhibit on March 14 at the Arlington Club in Portland. Cris Moss, gallery director, presented an overview of the exhibit and discussed the individual pieces on display.

Ron Mills de Pinyas, professor of art, received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award for outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination.

Liz Obert, associate professor of art, was one of only 15 photographers who received an honorable mention in the Photo Center NW 18th Annual Photo Competition (“Musings”) for the photographic diptych “Brian” from her recent body of work “Dualities.” Her photo was one of 75 selected out of 455 artists (and more than 2,500 images).


Department of Biology

Anne Kruchten, associate professor of biology, and the Biology Department received a grant of $30,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in support of faculty start-up research funds for a new member of the biology faculty.

Chad Tillberg, associate professor of biology, was recently featured in an article in Discover Magazine about Dinoponera australis ants, which are some of the largest ants in the world. In the article, Tillberg discusses his research in northeastern Argentina, where he observed that these large ants appear to break a basic rule in biology.

Within the last year Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology, has secured two grants. In the spring of 2013 he received a grant of $5,572 from the PADI Foundation to pursue research exploring how sponges are bioindicators of estuarine nitrogen pollution. In the fall of 2013, the Oregon Sea Grant program, a NOAA program run by Oregon State University, awarded a grant of $42,078 to support research that will enhance razor clam management by using molecular probes for pathogen detection.

Amy Hammerquist ’14 was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology. She was one of only 37 fellows selected. The fellowships are awarded to students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology.


Department of Business

Sharon Wagner, professor of business, and Lisa Weidman, associate professor of mass communication, presented two papers at conferences: “Communicating the Good Life: How Oregon Wineries Use Facebook to Connect with Consumers” at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Wash., May 22-26; and “Reputation Management on the Internet: Content and Impact of Oregon Wineries’ Websites and Facebook Pages” at the Academy of Wine Business Research conference in Geisenheim, Germany, in June. Four students assisted them with the research funded by a grant through the Linfield Center for the Northwest: Katherine Byers ’14, Katelyn Henson ’15, Ashley Streich ’13 and Shelby VandeBergh ’14.


Department of Education

Nancy Drickey, professor of education, was elected to the board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Her three-year term as a regional director began at the April NCSM annual conference in New Orleans, La.

Bob McCann, educationRobert McCann, professor of education, presented “What To Do If…” presentations to students who will be studying abroad for the International Programs Office. The presentation focused on encountering unforeseen circumstances in foreign lands, and how to deal with the situations. He also presented “Preparing for life and academics in England,” an orientation session for England Semester Study-Abroad.

Gennie Harris, associate professor of education, published “Examining disequilibrium in an immersion experience” in Critical Issues in Teacher Education, along with coauthors Carol Brazo and Rebecca Addleman.

Mindy Legard Larson, associate professor of education, co-authored two articles with Donna Kalmbach Phillips:

  • “Searching for methodology: Feminist relational materialism and the teacher-student writing conference” was published in Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, September 2013, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp. 17-34
  • “The teacher-student writing conference reimaged: Entangled becoming-writing conferencing” in Gender and Education, October 2013, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp. 722-737



Department of English

Anna Keesey, Renshaw Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing, received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Little Century, her acclaimed first book.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, was named scholar-in-residence with Portland Shakespeare Project.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, received the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award recognizing a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom and has worked creatively to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. He attended the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Seattle, Wash., where he presented a paper on Vern Rutsala’s poem “The Father” as part of a panel honoring Rutsala’s work in his 80th year. In addition, Salmon Poetry (County Clare, Ireland) has just published his fifth book of poems, One Hour That Morning & Other Poems, which he recently read from at Powell’s on Hawthorne with Ava Haymon, poet laureate of Louisiana.

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, presented “Can the Terrorist Speak: Trauma, Testimony and the Genre of 9/11 Literatures” April 10 at The University of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn.

David Sumner, EnglishDavid Sumner, professor of English and director of writing, published two peer-reviewed articles,

  • “The Limits of Violence: People and Property in Edward Abbey’s Monkeywrenching Novels,” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Vol. 4.2, Fall 2013.
  • “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” co-authored with Lisa Weidman, associate professor of mass communication, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Vol. 20.4, Fall 2013.
  • He presented “Brother Against Brother: Pragmatism, Civility and the Civil War” Oct. 15 at the McMinnville City Club.

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English

  • Won the Great Lakes College Association’s 2014 New Writers award for creative non-fiction for his memoir “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry,” released in 2012. The book was also a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book and a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Club.
  • Published “Wish,” a new poem, in Blackbird, a national literary magazine out of Virginia Commonwealth University, spring 2014.
  • Was awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award for his recently published short fiction, “Notes from the Bulls: The Unedited Journals of Verl Newman,” originally published in Orion Magazine. http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org; http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/awardees
  • Released a limited-edition chapbook of essays called We Had to Go On Living.


Department of Economics

Randy Grant, professor of economics, received the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. He has updated and contributed to leading textbooks in economics. He has also contributed to the breadth of knowledge in the specialized fields of economics of sport and economics pedagogy. With the support of this award, he will focus his upcoming sabbatical on a book about the economics of running.


Department of History

Peter Buckingham, professor of history, received the John B. Housley Memorial International Study Award. He used the award to further ongoing research in Ireland in June for a biography of Thomas Aloysius Hickey (1868-1925). He was included in a Sept. 3, 2013 article in the Houston Chronicle, “Socialist utopia never came, despite efforts of ‘Red Tom,’” about Tom Hickey.

Lissa Wadewitz, historyLissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, received a pair of awards for her latest book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea. She received the John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History, given annually to “recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.” She also won the Hal K. Rothman prize from the Western History Association. This award is given out once every two years to “the best book in western environmental history defined in its broadest sense.” The Nature of Borders also won the award over all other entries from 2011 and 2012.

Wadewitz also earned a fellowship ($33,000) to extend her sabbatical from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation to support research on a project titled, “Whaling the Pacific World: Race, Sexuality, and Environment on the High Seas (1820-1920).” She also received a grant of $4,000 from the American Philosophical Society in support of the same project.

Sharon Bailey Glasco, associate professor of history, was selected to participate in the Mellon-funded ASIANetwork seminar “India: Religion, Globalization, and the Environment in the 21st century” in June 2014.


Department of Mass Communication

Lisa Weidman, associate professor of mass communication, co-authored a peer-reviewed article “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame” with David Sumner, professor of English and director of writing, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Vol. 20.4, Fall 2013. She also presented a talk about mass media and public relations in a lunch and learn session of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 19. Sharon Wagner, professor of business, and Weidman, presented two papers at conferences: “Communicating the Good Life: How Oregon Wineries Use Facebook to Connect with Consumers” at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Wash., May 22-26; and “Reputation Management on the Internet: Content and Impact of Oregon Wineries’ Websites and Facebook Pages” at the Academy of Wine Business Research conference in Geisenheim, Germany, in June. Four students assisted them with the research funded by a grant through the Linfield Center for the Northwest: Katherine Byers ’14, Katelyn Henson ’15, Ashley Streich ’13 and Shelby VandeBergh ’14.


Department of Mathematics

Jennifer Nordstrom, professor of mathematics, and Jennifer Linder, professor of psychology, were featured in “Babes in Tech Land,” an article in a recent issue of Metro Parent.


Department of Modern Languages

Christopher Keaveney, professor of Japanese and Asian Studies, published a new book, The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of Kaizo’s Yamamoto Sanehiko (Palgrave Macmillan). The book focuses on the achievements of Yamamoto Sanehiko (1885-1952), a publisher, writer, politician and entrepreneur who, through his various achievements in the 1920s and 1930s, served as both a catalyst and a critical template for developments in the postwar period.


Department of Music

Anton Belov, baritone and assistant professor of music, performed in a variety of locations including:

  • Featured artist with the Portland Opera, The Big Night, Sept. 21.
  • Soloist in the Portland Opera’s production of Salome (Richard Strauss) Nov. 1, 3, 7, 9.
  • Featured soloist (Marcello) in the Huntsville Symphony’s production of Puccini’s La bohème Nov. 15 in Huntsville, Ala.
  • Featured soloist with the Portland Chamber Orchestra at various locations in December.
  • Appeared in “Salome” with the Portland Opera in November 2013. He played “First Nazarene.”

Belov was a featured artist in the Portland Opera’s Big Night Concert Sept. 21 at Keller Auditorium. Also that evening, Sherill Roberts, adjunct professor of music, played the cello as a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Susan McDaniel ‘97, staff accompanist, made her Portland Opera debut as principal accompanist.

Albert Kim, musicAlbert Kim, assistant professor of music, on piano, and Sherill Roberts, adjunct professor of music, on cello, presented a chamber music concert April 6.

Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music, was featured trumpet soloist with the Salem Concert Band in their program entitled “Bookmarks from Japan.” Joan performed a trumpet concerto by the Japanese composer, Satoshi Yagisawa. Performances were held at the Oregon Music Educators Convention at the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon, and the Salem performance was at Hudson Hall at Willamette University on Jan. 17 and 18, respectively.

Faun Tiedge, professor of music, contributed to the audio guide for the exhibit “Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music” at the Portland Art Museum.

Seven music students were selected to participate in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev. Students included Kathryn van Dyk ’16 of Roseburg, a flutist and environmental science major and music minor; Quillan Bourassa ’16 of Hillsboro, a clarinetist and music major and physics minor; Jasmine Libert ’16 of Lihue, Hawaii, a bassoonist and music major and psychology minor; Sasha Meyer ’15 of Arcadia, Calif., a hornist and elementary education major and music minor; Rachael Conway ’17 of Troutdale, a hornist and English major with education and French minors; Kelsey Garrett ’15 of Medford, a percussionist and studio art major and music minor; and Christian Santangelo ’15 of Mukilteo, Wash., a percussionist and music major.


Department of Health and Human Performance

Laura Kenow, associate professor of health and human performance,

  • Was a co-presenter on “Maximizing Injury Rehabilitation Motivation” at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Professional Development Committee Workshop at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) district meeting and symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, March 27, 2014. (Windee Weiss)
  • Was an invited panelist on “Have You Read the New Position and Consensus Statements? Let Us Get You Up to Speed” at the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (NWATA) District 10 annual meeting and symposium. She provided information on the “Inter-association recommendations in developing a plan for recognition and referral of student-athletes with psychological concerns at the collegiate level: A consensus statement,” March 22, 2014, in Portland.

Michael Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, presented “Global Health Information – Past, Present, Potential” at Moi University Medical School in Eldoret, Kenya, Jan. 23. Leahy and Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance, led nine nursing and health students on a January Term course, “Healthcare in Kenya.”


Department of Philosophy

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, presented a keynote and talk at the “1st International Conference in Sport Psychology and Embodied Cognition” Feb. 24-27 in the United Arab Emirates. The keynote was titled “From Clumsy Failure to Skillful Fluency: A Phenomenological Analysis and Eastern Solution to Sport’s Choking Effect” and the talk was called “Beyond Expert Failure.” Ilundáin-Agurruza was also elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and also awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.


Department of Political Science

Patrick Cottrell, associate professor of political science, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. He is engaged in cutting-edge research on a number of international topics, including governance along the Thai-Burmese border, the International Olympic Committee politics of accountability, the European Union, power of sport in international relations, nuclear disarmament and the mine ban treaty.

For the third year in a row, the Apgar Foundation awarded Nicholas Buccola, associate professor of political science, a grant ($15,000) for the Frederick Douglass Forum for Law, Rights, and Justice in the fall of 2013. Buccola and Susan Barnes Whyte, library director, successfully applied to the American Library Association for Linfield College to host the exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” which will be featured on campus in spring of 2016. Buccola also secured a $22,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions program to develop and implement a course called, “What is Freedom?” to be taught in 2015 and 2016.


Department of Psychology

Jennifer Linder, professor of psychology,

  • Published “Effects of Media Violence on Relational Aggression,” Encyclopedia of Media Violence, 2013
  • Co-authored and published “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Gender Stereotype!: Longitudinal Associations Between Superhero Viewing and Gender Stereotyped Play,” Sex Roles, 70, 416-430, 2014. (Sarah M. Coyne, Eric E. Rasmussen, David A. Nelson, Kevin Collier)
  • She and Jennifer Nordstrom, professor of mathematics, were featured in “Babes in Tech Land,” an article in a recent issue of Metro Parent.

Lee Bakner, professor of psychology, co-authored a poster with Matthew Creech ’14, Lindsay Scott ’14 and Kay Livesay, associate professor of psychology, “The separate or concurrent effects of methylphenidate and alcohol on acquisition and retention of the Morris Water Maze in adolescent rats,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in San Diego, Calif. It was awarded second prize in the natural science category of research presentations at the Linfield College Student Scholarship Symposium, May 2014.

Tanya TompkinsTanya Tompkins, professor of psychology,

  • Co-authored “Psychologist Prescribing: A Risky Agenda with a Costly Record,” with Robiner, W.; Tumlin, T. 2013, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 20(4), 489-507.

Megan Kozak Williams, associate professor of psychology,

  • Co-presented a poster with Alysa Smith at the bi-annual conference for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in Portland, June 2014. The poster, “Objectification as a Function of Sexual Orientation Among Women,” presented research conducted in collaboration with Lays Smith, a recent Linfield undergraduate. The work examined differences in levels of self-objectification as a function of sexual orientation among women.
  • Poster presentation, “Empathy Erosion Among Medical School Students,” with Bonuso, C.; Capello, C.F.; & Jirasevijinda, T.J. at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas, February 2014. It summarized research conducted in collaboration with faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College about empathy erosion among medical students.
  • Had a paper, “She stoops to conquer? How posture interacts with self-objectification and status to impact women’s affect and performance” co-authored with Roberts, T.A., & Patterson, K. accepted in the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly. The manuscript detailed research which examined the influence of postural manipulation on participants’ reported feelings of state self-objectification. Fall 2014.


School of Nursing

School of NursingJoanna Rowe, professor of nursing, co-authored an article, “Implementing a Paradigm Shift: Incorporating Pain Management Competencies into Pre-Licensure Curricula,” that was accepted for publication in the journal Pain Medicine.

Paul Smith, assistant professor of nursing, was selected as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar. The selection was made by the School of Nursing at the University of Las Vegas, Nev. Smith, a doctoral student at UNLV, was one of two students selected to receive $20,000 for nursing studies over the next two years. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing, focused on the nurse educator track. The award is part of a national effort to combat the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program supports more than 250 scholars in all 50 states.

Henny Breen, assistant professor of nursing, received the John B. Housley Memorial International Study award. It contributed to the funds required for Breen to travel to Malawi in southeast Africa in February of this year in preparation for a research project studying the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of perinatal Malawian women regarding infant feeding practices and HIV. The research will use a tool developed by former professor Neal Rosenburg and Professor Kim Kintz, who have also conducted similar research in Cameroon. In addition to the five Malawian research partners, Breen’s research team includes Rosenburg and Lynette Savage, Linfield adjunct faculty.

Nursing faculty Miriam Volpin, Henny Breen, Pam Wheeler, Jeanette O’Brien, Karen Maxwell, Linda Luce, Melissa Jones, Su Yimmee and Joyce Betita presented “Designing and Implementing an Integrated, Concept-Based Curriculum,” a podium presentation, at the Western Institute of Nursing’s 47th annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Seattle, Wash.,  April 9-12. Kat Hammond presented “Provider Use of Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.”

Miriam Volpin, assistant professor of nursing, was appointed to the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters. The 25-member council is appointed by the Governor and advises the Oregon Health Authority on administrative rules and policy standards related to the Health Care Interpreter Program.

The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing received its fifth New Careers in Nursing grant ($80,000) in 2013 supporting a scholarship program implemented by Beverly Epeneter, interim associate dean of nursing; Michael Reyes Andrillon, former director of inclusion and access; and Araceli Ortiz, scholarship outreach coordinator. These scholarships are awarded to students with bachelor’s degrees pursuing a second degree through Linfield’s accelerated nursing program.


Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Tom Love, professor of anthropology, received the John B. Housley Memorial International Study award. It was used to continue work with a multidisciplinary project in the central Andes with which he and Linfield students have been involved since 2009. Love will work with other United States and Peruvian researchers to lay foundations for a larger research project describing the state of medicinal plant supply chains linking producers and consumers there, focused on the EsSalud Arequipa clinic.

Amy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has been elected to the American Association of University Professors-Oregon Executive Council and to the Council of the Pacific Sociological Association.

A team of Linfield sociology students placed first in the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociologists meetings in Portland Oct. 3-5. Linfield students were asked to develop a method by which the Well Arts Institute could expand their base and work with larger organizations. They received their assignment Thursday at noon, and had until Saturday at 3:30 to consult with applied sociologists, conduct online research, and attend conference panels and listen to papers that were relevant to their problem. Linfield’s team was judged to have the most professional and comprehensive solution to the problem presented by Well Arts. Students were Ines Peña ’15, Flora Maciel Garibay ’15 and Gina Castillo ’14.


Department of Theatre and Communication Arts

Three Linfield College theatre students were recognized for outstanding work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Jenny Layton ’14 of Corbett received first runner-up in the dramaturgy competition for her work on “Beyond Therapy.” Lindsey Hall ’17 of McCall, Idaho, was one of six finalists for her 10-minute play “The Lobby.” Hall’s play, along with five others, was chosen from among 75 entries. Madilyn Bechtel ’17 of Kirkland, Wash., received a certificate of merit for her work as the stage manager of “Ajax in Iraq.”

Kickin' Sand and Tellin' LiesJackson Miller, professor of communication arts and director of forensics, took part in a panel discussion about Oregon ballot initiatives for the City Club of Portland March 14.

Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communications arts, received $5,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust for the project “Launching Through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City.” The grant supports the digitization of oral histories and archival work related to the history of the dory fleet. Project collaborators include Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts; Kathleen Spring, Digital Commons coordinator; and Rachael Woody, archivist. The grant was leveraged to secure an additional $5,000 from an individual donor.