New Faculty 2018-2019
Chandice Covington, Portland, Professor of Nursing
Christopher Dahlvig, McMinnville, Assistant Professor
- B.A. Accounting, Whitworth University
- M.B.A. Northwest Christian University
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
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.
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.
Luis Eduardo Barajas Lopez, McMinnville, Senior Lab Coordinator
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
- B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Scholarly Interest: Rachel teaches courses in European history that examine cultures, empires, ideas, individuals, and revolutions in a global context and that consider the ways in which the past shapes the present. Her research focuses on modern French, Jewish, Mediterranean, North African, and colonial history, and explores the relationships between colonialism, liberalism, and state institutions; religion and identity; as well as the politics of difference and citizenship.
Interesting Fact: When Rachel’s not working, she’s outdoors with her dog or checking Instagram for wildlife videos!