Faculty & Mentors

As a solely undergraduate institution, Linfield's faculty are engaged first and foremost in teaching. As one might expect at a small college, and as our students frequently talk about, here are some highlights of the Linfield faculty:

  • Many professors and students are on a first-name basis.
  • Office hours are included on each course syllabus, as well as on office doors. Students are encouraged to attend office hours for assistance, or general advising. Many faculty also offer an open door policy - if they are in their office, and the door is open, students are welcome to come in and talk. If office hours don't fit a student's schedule, professors will work to find a different time to meet.
  • If a course is full, often a student can email the instructor to ask about additional space, and frequently, a spot is available for the interested student.
  • Once a student has declared a major, they will work with a faculty member in that department to discuss course planning, research and internship opportunities, and post-graduate plans. Many students "collect" faculty advisors - keeping in touch with former professors or by adding a second major or a minor.
  • Ninety-four percent of Linfield's faculty have their terminal degree, such as a Ph.D. or MFA, depending on their field of study and spend time outside of class on research or consulting work that keeps them engaged with their area of study.
  • Many faculty members live in and around McMinnville and a trip to the coffee shop or grocery store might, for example, include a brief conversation with your Creative Writing professor about a book they are reading. Professors also engage with the Linfield Community by attending lectures on campus, student concerts and athletic events.

Faculty Achievements

The Linfield Faculty are an accomplished group. They represent graduate degrees from over 70 institutions, including from the Pacific Northwest (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington), California (UCLA, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, USC, Cal Tech, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside), across the country (Harvard, Michigan State, Southern Illinois University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, Boston, Indiana, Purdue, University of Texas Austin, University of Wisconsin Madison) and around the world (University of Trondheim, Norway and Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). And they continue to engage with their field of study. Here are a few recent faculty accomplishments from the past year:

  • Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English, published her book, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant (Peter Lang: New York), in 2010.
  • John Syring, assistant professor of biology, received a National Science Foundation grant for a three-year project titled, Collaborative Research: Novel Methodologies for Genome-scale Evoluationary Analysis of Multi-locus Data.
  • Martin Deomoh-Tweneboah, professor of computer science, worked to improve higher education standards and distance learning in Africa during his spring 2011 sabbatical. He participated in a conference on distance education in Africa and was congratulated for his contributions by Graca Machel Madela, wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
  • Anna Keesey, the Renshaw Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing, published her first novel, Little Century (Farrar,Straus and Giroux, 2012), which was noted on Oprah's Top 16 Best Books for June 2012, and selected for The Christian Science Monitor and Vogue magazine summer reading lists.
  • Laura Kenow, professor of health and human performance, worked with Brody Kadow '12 and Nick Rawlins '12, to present a poster, "Mixed-martial arts and athletic training," at the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting and symposium.
  • Sharon Bailey Glasco, associate professor of history, published Constructing Mexico City: Colonial Conflicts over Culture, Space, and Authority (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), which examines the spatial, material, and cultural dimensions of life in eighteeth-century Mexico City, through programs that colonial leaders created to renovate and reshape urban environments.
  • Charles Dunn, professor of mathematics, Michael Hitchman, associate professor of mathematics, and Jennifer Nordstrom, associate professor of mathematics, received grant funding from the National Science Foundation to facilitate undergraduate research in mathematics through the Willamette Valley REU-RET Consortium for Mathematics Research program. This is the second round of funding for the mathematics research consortium, which brings undergraduates to Linfield over the summer.
  • Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, professor of philosophy, was elected as conference chair and member of the executive council of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport 2010-12, his second term, and joined the Editorial Board of the academic journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.
  • Nick Buccola, associate professor of political science, published the book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass.
  • Tanya Tompkins, professor of psychology, presented the poster, "Internal and external factors associated with illicit prescription drug use in college students," with Robyn Dolson '12 and Eric Tompkins '12 at the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, 
  • Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts, Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, and Jackson Miller, professor of communication arts, received a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission's Art Builds Communities program for their Launching Through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City. The grant supports the collection and digitization of oral histories and artifacts of the dory fishermen and women and development of ethno-dramatic script about the dory fleet to be produced in McMinnville and in Pacific City.