New Faculty 2018-2019
Luis Barajas, McMinnville, Senior Lab Coordinator
- B.S. University of Colima
- M.S. State University of New York at Buffalo
Scholarly Interest: Luis is interested in science education and the use of experiments and simulations to teach physics. He has been teaching introductory physics labs for three years and enjoys helping students understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills. Recently, he has been working on a simulation about a classical system as an example of the Quantum-Classical correspondence in complex systems. He is also a particle physics enthusiast and likes to learn and stay informed on the latest news and discoveries in the area.
Interesting Fact: Luis plays basketball and soccer in his free time and is always willing to try a new sport.
Chandice Covington, Portland, Professor of Nursing
- B.S.N. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- M.S.N. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- Ph.D. University of Michigan
Scholarly Interest: Chandice is a board-certified Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles that are based on outcomes of funded research grants supported by the NIH, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She has a particular research interest in improving the health of women, children, and families in domestic and global, rural/tribal and urban settings.
Interesting Fact: Chandice’s hobbies include fly-fishing and writing screen plays.
Christopher Dahlvig, McMinnville, Assistant Professor of Business
B.A. Accounting, Whitworth University; M.B.A. Northwest Christian University; C.P.A.
Scholarly Interest: Chris teaches Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting II, Cost Accounting, and Government & Not For Profit Accounting. Chris spent 20 years working in the not-for-profit sector in various accounting roles in a wide range of industries including higher education, outdoor ministry, healthcare, e-waste recycling, and philanthropy.
Interesting Fact: Chris loves the Green Bay Packers and 80’s techno-pop. His interests include running 5k’s with his wife and reading books while drinking good coffee.
Kim Dupree Jones, Portland, Dean of Nursing
- B.S.N. University of Tennessee
- M.S. Emory University
- Ph.D. Oregon Health & Science University
Scholarly Interest: Kim’s area of research expertise is fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder primarily affecting women. She is the president of the Fibromyalgia Information Foundation, has 60 fibromyalgia studies and over 100 publications to her credit, and speaks nationally regarding chronic pain and treatments including cannabinoids. She is passionate about educating the next generation of nurse leaders and actively practices ‘lift as you climb’ mentorship.
Interesting Fact: Kim believes that higher education and travel are transformational. She credits them to lifting her out of a humble background and allowing her to forward science and human health through teaching, research, education and service.
Una Kimokeo-Goes, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
Theatre and Communication Arts
- B.A. Willamette University
- M.A. Penn State University
- Ph.D. Penn State University
Scholarly Interest: Una is interested in Argumentation and Debate, Public Speaking, Rhetoric and Identities, and the Western Frontier.
Interesting Fact: Una loves to bird, and especially loves waterfowl! You can find her searching out Tundra and Trumpeter Swans down at Baskett Slough in the winter.
Matthew Lambert, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.S. Portland State University
- M.S. Washington State University
- Ph.D. Washington State University
Scholarly Interest: Matt's research is focused on understanding the evolutionary relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing, and how these phenomena contribute to genome complexity. He also studies the genetic basis of complex traits, like extreme longevity and echolocation, that have independently evolved in multiple different lineages.
Interesting Fact: Matt did not go to the same elementary school as Benedict Cumberbatch.
Derek Lane, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
Theatre & Communication Arts
- B.A. Seattle Pacific University
- M.A. Western Oregon University
- M.A. San Diego State University
- M.F.A. San Diego State University
Scholarly Interest: Derek's interests include Theatre Design, Educational Theatre, Playwriting, and Performance Studies.
Interesting Fact: Derek trained and performed at Second City in Chicago.
Katy Lee, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.A. Carroll College
- Ph.D. Oregon Health and Science University
Scholarly Interest: Katy's research interests generally include cell signaling, transcriptional regulation, and multidrug resistance in cancer cells. More specifically, she is interested in studying multidrug resistance transporter expression, regulation, and function in pancreatic cancer and the surrounding tumor microenvironment.
Interesting Fact: When all is said and done, Katy can probably beat you at pinball.
Tonda Liggett, McMinnville, Visiting Assistant Professor
- B.A. English Literature, Hillsdale College
- M.A. Language & Linguistics, University of New Hampshire
- Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, University of New Hampshire
Scholarly Interest: Tonda’s research focuses on the intersections of English language education and critical multicultural education.Within this nexus, she examines issues of race, culture, and language in relation to teacher identity and teaching.Most recently she has been researching and traveling to Southeast Asia to better understand the role of globalization and immigration on language learning and cultural context.
Interesting Fact: While coming to it later in life, Tonda enjoys the whole process of planning, shopping, and cooking for family and friends. She also loves to bicycle, travel, and generally be outside gardening and walking her dog.
Rachel Norman, McMinnville, Assistant Professor / Director of Writing
- B.A. Linfield College
- Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Scholarly Interest: Rachel's research focuses on multilingualism in Arab diasporic literature in Canada, Mexico and the United States, as well as multiethnic American literature, contemporary literature, and sociolinguistics.
Interesting Fact: Rachel is an aspiring potter.
Naomi Pitcock, Portland, Visiting Associate Professor
- B.S. Old Dominion University
- M.S. The University of Virginia
- D.N.P. The University of Virginia
Scholarly Interest: Naomi’s research focuses on public health nursing, intercultural health communication, and breastfeeding. She works closely with community organizations to ensure optimum health care outcomes for under-served populations.
Interesting Fact: Naomi loves international food and spicy vegetables.
Cara Ray, McMinnville, Instructional Associate
- B.A. Whitworth University
- M.S. University of Oregon
- Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa
Scholarly Interest: Cara's research primarily focuses on investigating the effect of attending college on aspects of emerging adulthood.
Interesting Fact: In her free time, Cara enjoys hiking, reading (especially fiction), and baking.
Rachel Schley, McMinnville, Assistant Professor - Europe
- Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Interesting Fact: When Rachel’s not working, she’s outdoors with her dog or checking Instagram for wildlife videos!