George Oja, professor of health and human performance, was named Edith Green Distinguished Professor. Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah, assistant professor of computer science, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.
Oja has taught at Linfield since 1980, serving 14 years as chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Athletics. He has taught human anatomy and human physiology to thousands of students, many of whom went on to careers in medicine, allied health professions, physical education, exercise science or athletic training. He is active in the Oregon Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and in the American College of Sports Medicine. His physical fitness and vigor are legendary and he always encourages others to keep up with their own fitness. Oja is known for encouraging his students to explore their fields of study beyond the classroom, and students have often taken courses purely because he is teaching them. Oja has a bachelor's degree from Pacific University and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the faculty at Linfield, he taught at Blue Mountain Community College and in the Astoria Public Schools.
The Edith Green Distinguished Professor award is made annually to a Linfield faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching and related faculty roles. The professorship is held by the recipient for one year. It is named for the late Edith Green, a former Oregon congresswoman and Linfield trustee.
Dwomoh-Tweneboah has taught at Linfield since 1996 and serves as chair of the Department of Computer Science. He has transformed a struggling program into a robust and growing department with students learning the latest in computer trends with free software at their fingertips. In addition to teaching on the McMinnville Campus and in the Division of Continuing Education, Dwomoh-Tweneboah is responsible for evaluating, acquiring,
installing and maintaining new software and hardware that meet the needs of a more diversified computing science program relevant to the industry. He has successfully negotiated for grants and donations of hardware and software valued in the millions of dollars in a three-year period. He has made Linfield a member of the Oracle Academic Initiative Program, the Microsoft Academic Alliance Program and the Allaire Corporation Academic Program. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and a Candidatus Magisterii and Candidatus Scientarium from the University of Trondheim in Norway.
The Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award is given to a faculty member who has accomplished during a particular year some outstanding achievement, beyond his or her regular duties, that is worthy of special recognition. That accomplishment might involve research, publication or some other special academic or civic achievement. The award is named for the late Samuel H. Graf, former Linfield trustee and a recipient of an honorary degree from Linfield in 1959.