Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 2 – August 22, 2017

Classes don’t start until next week, but Linfield is already a busy place: we have students on-campus at four pre-Orientation events, Resident Assistants are being trained, student athletes are practicing, and we enjoyed a successful eclipse event!

Below you will find lots of information about our new faculty, staff and important meeting dates for the Fall semester.

Last week, Academic Affairs sent out the first of this year’s Weeklies. These weekly updates are emailed each Tuesday morning, and are archived and searchable on the Academic Affairs Weekly webpage with links to necessary forms and documents.

McMinnville Classes on Labor Day

As you know, the new academic calendar is in effect. McMinnville campus classes will be held on Labor Day. The rest of the college will be closed, with the exception of Dillin Hall and Starbucks, which will be open per the resident dining calendar.

Fall Break is scheduled for Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10.

Syllabus Preparation

Last week’s Academic Affairs Weekly included important syllabus information. Please note the language suggested for diversity and inclusion.

Welcome New Associate Dean

Professor Jackson Miller has joined the Office of Academic Affairs as Associate Dean. Jackson has moved to Melrose 201C in the Academic Affairs Office, and Christopher Gaiser has returned to his home department of Biology in Murdock 231.

Jackson will serve as the point person on accreditation and assessment, and will also contribute to other ongoing functions of the office including faculty development, curriculum, student success, and diversity initiatives.

Jackson is keeping his phone extension and can be reached at or x2625. Chris can be reached at or x2537.

If you have any questions, please contact Meridith Symons or Amy Scholer.

Welcome New Faculty

Linfield College welcomed the following new faculty members, and faculty members in new assignments. When you have an opportunity, please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Tenure-Track Faculty
José Araguz, ENGL
Andrew Baggett, CHEM
Marcella Gowan, NURS
Lindsey Mantoan, TACA
Kyle Putnam, BUSN
Sreerupa Ray, BIOL
Gabriel (Cisco) Reyes, HHPA
Rainer Seitz, BUSN
Johnandrew Slominski, MUSC
Morgan Torris-Hedlund, NURS

New Visiting Faculty
Andrew Black, BIOL
Jennifer Bransfield, NURS
Kathryn Crabtree, NURS
Sarri Gibson, EDUC
Ingrid Flanders, NURS
Narcy Foraker, NURS
Donna Potts, NURS
Krystina Sorwell, PSYC
Mary Veden, TACA
Kristin Ziebart, CHEM

New Instructional Associate
Emily Eaton, HHPA

More information about 2017-18 New Faculty Members. Photos will be added later this week.

2017-18 Language Teaching Assistants

We welcome this year’s Language Teaching Assistants:

Patricia Luis, Spanish
Lucile Marion, French
Ayaka Horii, Japanese
Anna Klicznik, German

Welcome New Staff

Academic Affairs welcomes the following replacement hires. When you have an opportunity, please take a moment to introduce yourself. 

Lisa Burke, Administrative Assistant (School of Nursing)
Greg Jones, Director of Wine Education
Dan Parker, Multimedia Support Specialist
Amy Thomson, Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Michelle Renninger, Simulation Technician
Rich Schmidt, Director of Archives and Resource Sharing
Stephanie Hofmann ’17, Archives Coordinator
Jessie Witt, Clinical Facilities Assistant

2017-18 Department Chairs

ARTS Brian Winkenweder
BIOL Chad Tillberg
BUSN Sharon Wagner (fall); Denise Farag (spring)
CHEM Liz Atkinson
COMP Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah
ECON Jeff Summers
EDUC Mindy Larson
ELCP Wendy Sagers
ENGL Barbara Seidman
ENVS Nancy Broshot
GLCS Sonia Ticas and Masa Itomitsu
HHPA Jeff McNamee
HIST John Sagers
IDST Jackson Miller
MATH Chuck Dunn
MSCM Michael Huntsberger
MUSC Anna Song (fall); Faun Tiedge (spring)
NURS Bev Epeneter and Joanna Rowe
PHIL Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza
PHYS Michael Crosser
POLS Dawn Nowacki
PSYC Jennifer Linder
RELS John Sagers (acting)
SOAN Hillary Crane
TACA Brenda DeVore Marshall

Faculty Meeting Dates

Faculty Assembly Meetings
September 11, October 16, November 6, December 4
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201

Department Chairs’ Meetings
September 18, October 23, November 13, December 11
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW

Division Meetings
September 25, October 23, November 27
4:00 p.m.
Locations will be announced by each division chair.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunches
12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW

Explore Linfield
Monday, October 16 and Friday, November 10
Faculty from each division will be asked to participate in morning sessions.

Symposium Day
Friday, May 18, 2018

Upcoming Events

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
"Blackboard: Gradebook & Graded Activities"
Thursday, August 24
3:30 p.m. in Renshaw Computer Lab

Opening Convocation
Friday, August 25
9:30 a.m. in Wilson Gymnasium

  • First-year and transfer students, and families, will be in attendance, and it would be appreciated if each department were represented at this event.
  • New faculty will be introduced.
  • Faculty should report to Multipurpose Room by 8:40 am in regalia. Coffee will be served.
  • Information on borrowing regalia can be found in last week’s newsletter.
  • This year’s Convocation speaker is Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College.

First Day of Classes
McMinnville: Monday, August 28
Portland: Monday, August 28
OCE: Tuesday, September 5

Teaching and Learning Support Workshop
"Poll Everywhere: Student Response system"
Wednesday, August 30
4:00 p.m. in Renshaw Computer Lab

Fall Gathering
Our annual welcome back to campus event includes dinner. Families are invited to attend, and all new employees will be introduced.
Thursday, August 31
5:00-7:00 p.m. in Academic Quad

First Year Faculty Lunch: Welcome to Linfield
Friday, September 1
12:15 p.m. in Dillin Hall Walnut Room

Faculty Assembly
Tenure-track and visiting faculty will be introduced by their Department Chair.
Monday, September 11
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201

PLACE events

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