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TCA Faculty and Staff

Janice M. Bishop - Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts

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Education: A.A. Central Oregon Community College; B.A. Marylhurst University; M.S. Portland State University

Professor Janice Bishop earned her master’s degree in speech communication at Portland State University and her bachelor’s degree in communication from Marylhurst University. She discovered her interest in teaching after working as a graduate teaching assistant during her master’s program. Prior to making her transition to teaching, Professor Bishop held management positions in technical writing, newspaper advertising and professional services marketing on the west coast. She has taught at several academic institutions in the region, including Portland State University, Clackamas Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Marylhurst University, the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Portland Community College and Warner Pacific College.


Malynda Bjerregaard - Visiting Assistant Professor

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Education: B.S. in Communication, Southern Utah University; M.A. in Professional Communication, Southern Utah University


Janet Gupton - Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Resident Director

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Education: B.A., J.D. Wake Forest University; M.S., Ph.D. University of Oregon

Professor Janet Gupton is in her thirteenth year at Linfield where she teaches Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Topics in Performance, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature, Directing, Advanced Directing, and Theatre Business and Promotions. She also regularly directs for the Linfield stage. Past Linfield directing credits include Execution of Justice, Lend Me A Tenor, The Comedy of Errors, Man of La Mancha, Crave, Macbeth, A Corpse with Feet, Scapino!, and The Foreigner. Dr. Gupton received her law degree and undergraduate degree in political science from Wake Forest University. She practiced law for three years before heading back to school to obtain her master’s and doctorate in theatre. Her academic interests include acting, directing, theatre history, feminist approaches to theatre, and Asian theatre.

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Sandra  Lee - Professor of Intercultural Communication and English as a Second Language; Chair of English Language and Culture Program

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Education: B.A. Hons. Portsmouth Polytechnic, U.K.; Diploma in Teaching English Overseas, Manchester University, U.K.; M.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Sandra Lee joined the Linfield faculty in 1985. She is the co-author of several texts, including “Seeing the Big Picture: Exploring American Cultures on Film,” which uses popular films to illustrate aspects of various cultures, such as African, Chinese, Mexican and Muslim American cultures. Prior to coming to Linfield, Lee taught in China and in many European countries. Her work focuses on creating bridges for U.S. and international students to learn from each other, both in and outside the classroom. Professor Lee’s academic interests include intercultural communication and second language acquisition, and in fall 2012, she went on sabbatical to study international communication on campus.

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Tyrone  Marshall - Professor of Theatre Arts, Director of Theatre and Resident Designer

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Education: B.A. North Texas State University; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Professor Ty Marshall, a member of the Theatre Program since 1987, teaches design and technical courses. He creates the scenic and lighting designs for most of the program's productions and on occasion designs for theatres in Portland, Oregon. Professor Marshall has received numerous awards for his work, including the Kennedy Center Medallion and several Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), and the Horace Robinson President's Award from the Northwest Drama Conference. Additionally, in 2003, he received the college’s Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award. He is also an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and has served as Jr. Vice Chair and Newsletter Editor of the Inland Northwest Section. At Linfield, his research interests include the development of computer-aided design curriculum for theatre students in a liberal arts environment.


Brenda DeVore Marshall - Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts (Chair)

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Education: B.A. University of Denver; M.S. North Texas State University; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Professor Brenda DeVore Marshalll has been teaching in the Theatre and Communication Arts Program since 1987. As an undergraduate, she studied theatre and music at the University of Denver, while at the graduate level, she specialized in speech communication and theatre at North Texas State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Marshall is the co-author of numerous books and book chapters on women’s political discourse, including “Telling Political Lives: The Rhetorical Autobiographies of Women Leaders in the United States” and “Women’s Political Discourse: A 21st-Century Perspective.” In 2005, she was awarded the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award that honors outstanding faculty members. Among her other academic interests are intercultural communication, gender and communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, gender studies and theatrical directing.

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Jackson B.  Miller - Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Forensics (on sabbatical 2014-15)

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Education: B.S., M.A. Ohio University; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

A member of the Communication Arts faculty at Linfield since 2001, Dr. Jackson Miller specializes in protest and reform rhetoric, performance theory, persuasive communication, intercultural communication, rhetorical criticism, and classical American philosophy. He leads the Linfield Forensics Program (speech and debate), whose team actively attends regional and national tournaments. Professor Miller is a certified trainer for the International Debate Education Association and has experience conducting debate training seminars in Guatemala and Turkey. He also co-wrote Tolerancia Critica y Cuidadania Activa: Una Introduccion Practica al Debate Educativo,” a hands-on Spanish guide for implementing debate practices in classrooms and non-formal education settings. Dr. Miller has done extensive research on the ballot initiative campaigns in Oregon, writing and directing a play on five controversial initiatives titled 82,769 Signatures. He continues to lead discussions on the unique role of Oregonians as “citizen lawmakers” in The Voters Have Spoken: Oregon’s Most Controversial Ballot Initiatives, a program sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Project.

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Laurel Peterson - Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager

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Education: B.A. Linfield College, M.F.A. Boston University

I received my Bachelors of Arts at Linfield College in 2007 with a major in Fine Arts and minors in Theatre and Literature. I then completed a year long costuming internship at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, and then went on to Boston University where studied costume design and I received my Masters in Fine Arts in 2011. After designing and teaching in Oregon for a few years, I was hired on as the full time costumer at my alma mater, Linfield College. I love being back at Linfield and sharing my design, sewing and craft knowledge with the next generations of theatre artisans.


Vicky Ragsdale - Administrative Coordinator and Box Office Manager

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Vicky Ragsdale has been the Administrative Coordinator and Box Office Manager for Linfield’s Theatre and Communication Arts Department since 2003.


Robert Vaughn - Instructional Associate, Theatre Technical Director and Sound Designer

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Education: B.A. Linfield College; M.F.A. Northern Illinois University

Robert Vaughn has been a member of the Theatre Arts Program faculty since 2008. Prior to his appointment as Technical Director and Sound Designer at Linfield, Professor Vaughn was project manager at Sunbelt Scenic Studios in Tempe, Ariz. for one year. This former Wildcat holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Linfield and a graduate degree in scenic design from Northern Illinois University.