Faculty Achievements, 2009-10

Department of Art and Visual Culture

IMGP1928-2-1Nils Lou, professor of art, was an invited artist at the 2009 Lake Oswego Art Festival. He also published The Play Book: Connecting the Creative Impulse with Trafford Publishing.

Ron Mills, professor of art, will present “The Studio as Battlefield and No-Tell Motel” at the 23rd annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City on Oct. 22. He had a solo exhibition at the Alpern Gallery in Portland titled “Id: Paintings and Drawings” in October.

Cris Moss, adjunct professor of design and electronic media, and gallery director, has been selected as the head curator for Portland 2010, the arts biennial. He was interviewed for the Art Focus program on KBOO radio and discussed the Oregon Cultural Trust and support for the visual arts, the arts biennial and Day of Culture scheduled Oct. 8. He was also invited to be on the review panel for the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships in November.

Liz Obert, associate professor of art, was awarded a professional development grant from the Regional Arts Council for her artist residency at the Marnay Art Center in France. She had three images selected for the Photographic Center Northwest: 14th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition, Photo-Op! and had photographs featured at PUSHDOT in Portland in June.

Brian Winkenweder, assistant professor of art and visual culture, was commissioned to write “The Kitchen as Art Studio: Gender, Performance and Domestic Aesthetics” for inclusion in The Studio Reader, Mary Jane Jacobs and Michelle Grabner, Eds., forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. He presented “Facing the Other: Blank Stares, Empty Gazes and the War on Terror” at the 23rd annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City on Oct. 23.

Department of Biology

john syring research-3Mike Roberts, professor of biology, in conjunction with two colleagues from the University of Wisconsin, has had his paper, “A New Model for the Body Size – Metabolism Relationship: Body Size and Metabolism,” accepted for publication in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. He also had a paper, “A new model for the body size-metabolism relationship,” accepted for publication in 2010 in Physiological Biochemistry and Zoology as an ‘invited perspectives’ paper.

Chris Gaiser, professor of biology, was awarded a $25,000 start-up grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for use by their new biology colleague.

Anne Kruchten, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a $28,791 grant from Medical Research Foundation of Oregon to support research on the molecular basis of metastasis of the pediatric bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma.

John Syring, assistant professor of biology, received a $39,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support research on North American white and bristlecone pine species.

Chad Tillberg, assistant professor of biology, co-authored a chapter in the new book Ant Ecology, just released by Oxford University Press. He also presented a talk titled, “Foraging and nesting ecology of the giant queenless ant Dinoponera australis.” His students Ben Edmonds and Alex Freauff were co-authors on a poster. Tillberg, Lori Lach, and Andrew V. Suarez ’10, published “Contrasting effects of an invasive ant on a native and an invasive plant” in Biological Invasions, published online Jan. 29.

Department of Business

Malcolm Greenlees, Glenn and Helen Jackson professor of business, taught a class on Casino Accounting and Auditing for Native American Tribes for four tribes in Oklahoma City in late August.

Department of Computer Science

Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah, associate professor of computer science, organized a series of workshops on e-learning and internet security for staff and students at Africa University.

Department of Economics

Eric Schuck, associate professor of economics, completed a grant under the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program teaching agricultural economics and development at the American University of Beirut last summer.

Department of Education

IMGP1146-2-1Nancy Drickey, associate professor of education, and students Marissa Davis ’09 and Amy Shoemaker ’09 traveled to Japan June 2-25 to research middle school math education, funded by a grant by the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation. Preliminary results were presented Aug. 4 at the Oregon Math Leaders Conference and Sept. 12 at the Teachers of Math Annual Conference. She is also a member of the 2009-2010 National PPST Mathematics Review Committee for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J.

Gennie Harris, assistant professor of education, presented “Teacher Identity Under Surveillance at a Religious University” at the American Education Research Association annual meeting in Denver, Colo., in May. Harris and Linfield students Elyse Hansen ’10, Heather Munyon ’10, Katy Bean ’10 and Tracie Rampone ’10, presented “Moving Beyond Whiteness in Multicultural Education” at the Oregon National Association of Multicultural Education Conference in Portland in May.

Department of English

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, assistant professor of English, published her book, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Anna Keesey, assistant professor of English, had novel, Little Century, accepted for publication by Farrar Strauss. Anticipated publication date in 2011.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, recently had poems published in the literary magazines, Windfall: Poems of Place and Hubbub. Two of his books were selected by Oregon readers, the editors of Poetry Northwest, and by librarians at the Oregon State Library (Salem) for inclusion in the Oregon 150 Poetry Book List, which identifies “150 outstanding Oregon poetry books — one for each year of statehood.” Barbara Drake, professor emeritus of English, has two books on that list as well.

David Sumner, associate professor of English, published “Location and Landscape in Literary Americanisms: H. L. Davis and F. Scott Fitzgerald” in Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange. Michael Steppat ed. Universitätverlag WINTER, Heidelberg, 2009.

Department of Health and Human Performance

Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health and human performance, presented “The REAL High School Musical: Preparing 8th Graders for High School,” at the 2010 American Association for Health Education convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in March. She also led a workshop on “Reducing the Risk” (Middle school sexuality education) curriculum trainings in the Bronx, N.Y., in June.

Laura Kenow, associate professor of health and human performance and athletic trainer, published “The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL): A Review of Literature and its Reflection of Gender Issues” in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

Garry Killgore, professor of health and human performance, co-authored the article, “A Comparison of the Physiological Workload Differences Between Shod and Barefoot Sub-maximal Deep-Water Running at the Same Cadence,” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. This research was conducted in Applied Exercise Science (HHPA 487) and included senior students. Killgore also published “Maximal and Submaximal Physiological Responses to Adaptation to Deep Water Running” in the August-September 2009, Journal of Sports Sciences. He has or will present four papers/workshops addressing aquatic training: “The Art and Science of Aquatic Training and Rehabilitation for Runners and other Athletes” invited lecture and round table discussion leader, Northwest American College of Sports Medicine annual convention in Portland in March, 2010; “Intelligent training: Just add water – The Art and Science of Uniquely Connecting Land and Water for Optimal Performance and Rehabilitation; Implications for Physical Educators,” Oregon Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Salem, October, 2009; “Intelligent Training: Just add water – The Art and Science of Uniquely Connecting Land and Water for Optimal Performance and Rehabilitation,” NW Regional National Strength and Conditioning Association Clinic, Spokane, Wash., September 2009; “The Art and Science of Aquatic Training and Rehabilitation for Athletes – Intelligent training: Just add water,” a series of instructor workshops for physical therapists, athletic trainers, sports medicine professionals and coaches, Linfield College, June 13 and Aug. 15, Lewis and Clark College, Aug. 8, and Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, Oct. 10-11. He gave an invited three-day workshop on aquatic training and rehabilitation to the medical/training staff of the Liverpool Football Club hosted by Liverpool University. Killgore also delivered two papers at the Northwest American College of Sports Medicine conference: “Intelligent Training: just add water” and “Water Running, Training, and Rehabilitation: a round table discussion,” with Bruce Becker, M.D.; Matt Silvers, Ph.D., and Robyn Dreibelbis, D.O.

Janet Peterson, associate professor of health, presented “Crossing the Line: What is the Health Fitness Professional’s Role in Promoting Nutrition?” at an invited round table during the American College of Sports Medicine northwest conference. She was also selected as a reviewer for the fifth edition of the emergency medicine technician text, Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care. She planned and hosted the Northwest American College of Sports Medicine conference in Portland with Linfield College as co-host of the conference.

Greg Hill, athletic trainer, has been selected by the State of Oregon Health Licensing Agency to serve on the State Board of Athletic Training for the next four years.

Tara Lepp, professor of health and human performance, and Liz Waddell ’10, an athletic training student, went with the Open Arms medical team to Kenya, Africa, last summer. Fox 12 News in Portland covered the trip and presented a week-long series of stories that included interviews with Lepp.

Jeff McNamee, assistant professor of health and human performance, had three co-authored book chapters in press addressing the scholarship of teaching and learning in physical education, and backpacking and mountain-biking in physical education and recreation: “Teaching Model-Based Physical Education,” in The dimensions of physical education and health education: An introduction to the discipline; “Mountain biking,” in Outdoor pursuits in physical education; “Backpacking,” Sports and recreational activities for men and women.

Department of History

Peter Buckingham, professor of history, published “The Socialist Party in Texas” in The Texas Left, College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press.

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing received a 2009 Honorable Mention from Excelencia in Education.

Karen Maxwell, visiting assistant professor of nursing, presented the poster “Nurse Preceptor/CTA Education and Support Program (NPESP)” at the Professional Nurse Educator Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., Oct. 1-4. She also coauthored “Bridging Communication through Collaboration: Program for Improving Interactions Between Nurse Preceptors/Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs) and Student Nurses” for a poster presentation at the 36th annual Professional Nurse Educator Group (PNEG) Conference at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in October 2009. Maxwell was awarded a graduate certificate from PSU for “Teaching Adult Learners,” Aug. 15, 2009.

IMGP2704-2Jeannette O’Brien, assistant professor of nursing, presented the workshop, “Working with Nursing Students: Creating Successful Experiences in Long-term Care,” Oct. 8 as part of a partnership between Linfield College and Marquis Companies, funded by the Northwest Health Foundation. In addition to O’Brien, faculty involved with the grant are Diane Welch, associate professor of nursing, Pam Wheeler, associate professor of nursing. O’Brien also co-authored the chapter, “Gerotological Family Nursing” in the 2010 fourth edition of Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice and Research by Kaakinen, Gedaly-Duff, Coehlo and Hanson.

Cathy Pollock-Robinson, adjunct professor of nursing, presented the poster “Cultural Safety in New Zealand and the U.S.” at the Transcultural Nursing Society annual meeting in Seattle and was part of a podium presentation with her research group. She also published an abstract, “Family-centered Care, Patient-centered Care and Culturally Competency Care: Common Themes and Background Meanings.” Abstract in Whitireia Nursing Journal, 16, 58.

Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, co-authored the article, “A Preliminary Assessment of Adjustment Disorder Among First-year College Students,” in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23(3), 220-230.

Donna Routh, associate professor of nursing, has been appointed as the Oregon Nurses Association representative to the Oregon Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Task Force.

Vivian Tong, professor of nursing, and Mike Leahy, adjunct professor of health sciences, represented Linfield College last fall at the ASEAN Humanizing Health Care Conference and delivered invited lectures at Guangxi Medical University in Nanning, China.

Peggy Wros, professor of nursing, co-authored the paper “Giving Voice: Incorporating the Wisdom of Hispanic Nurses into Practice” in the Journal of Cultural Diversity. Peggy Wros, professor of nursing, co-authored the paper, “Giving Voice: Incorporating the Wisdom of Hispanic Nurses into Practice,” in the Journal of Cultural Diversity. She and Barbara May, professor of nursing, received a grant from the Oregon Center for Nursing/Oregon Community Foundation to support the development of rubrics in cultural competency for nurses.

Department of Mass Communication

Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, presented “HD Radio in the United States: Lost in Transition” as part of an invited panel at The Radio Conference 2009, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also contributed a chapter, “With the Support of Listeners Like You: Lessons from U.S. Public Radio,” co-authored with Alan G. Stavitsky, to the edited volume, The Public in Public Media, scheduled for publication by Nordicom (Sweden). He also co-authored the chapter, “Digital Radio Strategies in the United States: A Tale of Two Systems,” in an edited volume published by Intellect Books (UK), Digital Radio in Europe: Technologies, Industries, and Cultures, edited by Brian O’Neill.

Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, recently published a chapter, “Homophobia, Heterosexism, and Ambivalence” in the premier issue of Sports Illustrated Woman|Sport, in Sexual Sports Rhetoric: Global and Universal Contexts, edited by In L.K. Fuller, Peter Lang Publishing.

Department of Mathematics

Xiaoyue Luo, assistant professor of mathematics, was invited by the MIT Math Department to give a talk about her research at the MIT Women in Mathematics Lecture Series this spring.

Jennifer Nordstrom, associate professor of mathematics, gave a paper “Leavitt Path Algebras with Coefficients in a Noncommutative Ring” at an invited session at the joint MAA AMS meeting in San Francisco.

Department of Modern Languages

Peter Richardson, professor of German, was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was also awarded the Oregon Association of Teachers of German 2010 President’s Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Chris Keaveney, associate professor of Japanese and the Edith Green Distinguished Professor for 2009-10, is a reviewer for the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture published by the Ohio State University.

Masa Itomitsu, assistant professor of Japanese, has co-published with Mari Noda an instructional DVD that accompanies the series “Japanese the Spoken Language” through Yale University Press.

Violeta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish, had a chapter, “Study Abroad and Evaluation: Critical Changes to Enhance Linguistic and Cultural Growth,” published in Toward Useful Program Evaluation in College Foreign Language Education, University of Hawaii, in December.

Department of Music


Gwen Leonard, professor of music, gave a lecture/masterclass on current American art song, “Onstage With American Art Song,” at West Chester University outside of Philadelphia, Oct. 3-8. It was developed during her sabbatical in fall 2008. She also presented a lecture and full day of master classes at the Victoria, British Columbia, National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was also invited to adjudicate the state-wide OSAA competition for young musicians.

Susan McDaniel, adjunct professor of piano, completed production of a CD, “Songs of Forgotten Women,” which features art songs by women composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She collaborated with Julie Cross, mezzo-soprano and voice faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Joan Paddock, professor of music, attended the grant writing workshop presented by O’Malley and Associates: “Making Music: Grant Writing Strategies for Music Entrepreneurs” and was the featured guest trumpet soloist with the Brass Band of Minot, N.D., at Minot State University. In addition, she performed trumpet and lur (Scandinavian wooden trumpet) for the Norsk Høstfest (world’s largest Scandinavian fall festival) and sang the Norwegian National Anthem (in Norwegian) for the Parade of Flags ceremony daily and on Sept. 29, for an audience of over 7,000. Paddock, along with the Halcyon Trio Oregon, performed in Silverton Feb. 7 and performed “Of Praise, Passion, Princes, and Pancakes!” Feb. 19. The presentation is multi-media with original art work and music as well as a world premiere. Paddock also conducted the University of Reno Symphonic Band in “Heartland Sketches” by Mark Camphouse for a special CBDNA session on Quality Literature for bands. She also presented a recital with Halcyon Trio Oregon at Linfield College with a premier of Le Petit Prince by Colin DeJong.

Anna Song, assistant professor of music, and the Linfield Concert Choir received an invitation to perform for the Vaughan Williams Festival on Orcas Island that coincided with the Linfield Concert Choir tour throughout the Pacific Northwest in the spring. In addition, Song, who is a member and the artistic director of In Mulieribus, gave a concert as part of a concert series presented by St Francis Episcopal Church in Wilsonville. In Mulierbus also appeared at the Community Music Center Series.

Faun Tiedge, professor of music, was the program chair for the 2009 national meeting of the College Music Society in Portland, Oct. 22-25. She was also invited to join the professional development faculty of the 2010 CMS Institute for Music History Pedagogy in Chicago, Ill., and to present a paper on music history for the general college student.

Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, was the artistic director and performing artist at the “Musique à Beaumont” Piano Institute, Mer, France June 27-July 4, 2009. She performed a two-piano concert for the performing arts series at Lopez Island, Wash., in September. She also presented a paper at the national meeting of the College Music Society titled “Enhanced Career Training and Entrepreneurship in Music: Innovative Strategies for Curriculum Development.” She received 4,400 Euros from the Conseil général of Loir-et-Cher to perform two concerts this spring in France. Timmons was a guest clinician for a half-day workshop at Willamette University, “A Career in the Performing Arts: Crafting Your Vision, Making a Plan.”

Department of Philosophy

Jesus Ilundain, assistant professor of philosophy, was named a visiting fellow at the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at the University of North Dakota. The mission of the institute is to bridge the gap between academic philosophy and the general public. He plans to use this time to work on a project involving Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset.

Department of Physics

William Mackie, professor of physics, co-presented posters on “Stability Improvements on Vogel Mounted Thermal Sources” at the International Vacuum Electronics Conference May 18-20 in Monterey, Calif., and on “Electron Emission from Hafnium Carbide” at the International Conference on Plasma Science June 20-24 in Norfolk, Va. He also gave a presentation on “Field Emission from Hafnium Carbide Overview” at the Naval Research Laboratory June 30 in Washington, D.C.

Department of Political Science

Dawn Nowacki, and fellow faculty members secured a grant from the Government of Canada to support Canadian Studies. Nowacki, professor of political science, presented the paper,” Women Candidates, Elected Deputies and Russian Regional Elections in Putin’s Authoritarian State” at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association meeting Oct. 16 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She and fellow faculty members secured a grant from the Canadian government to support Canadian Studies.

Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, gave a paper at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association meeting on Oct. 16, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Portland Campus

Mike Leahy, adjunct professor of health sciences, was invited to consult with Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program on Health Information Technology. He published “Let Cool Heads Prevail” in The Lund Report, July 30. He also co-authored a health information case study and helped Cisco Corporation with their first health information curriculum. He lectured to both the Raffles Medical Group staff as well as to their middle management development program in Singapore during January. Leahy was the keynote speaker for the Health Information Managemetn Systems Society Asia 2010 conference in Beijing, China, in May. He spoke on “Health Information 2020 – Some Observations.”

Mike Leahy, adjunct professor of health sciences, and Vivian Tong, professor of nursing, represented Linfield at the second Asian International Conference on Humanitarian Care. They each gave a presentation at Guanxi Medical University.

Mary Lee Nitschke, professor of psychology, was interviewed with Oregon Public Broadcasting on post-polio and professional productivity, in September. In addition, she will serve through 2010 on the Issues in Applied Animal Behavior Committee of the Animal Behavior Society and will serve as Animal Behavior Advisor to the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation and Research Society. Nitschke presented three papers on animal behavior: “Health Sciences, Service Dogs, and Variables in the Human Animal Bond,” American Veterinary Medical Society Annual Conference, Seattle,Wash., July 11; symposium on “Fear and Anxiety Behaviors,” Association of Pet Dog Trainers 16th annual Educational Conference, Oakland, Calif., Oct. 22; “A Day of Play,” a day-long symposium on canid play and human interactions, Association of Pet Dog Trainers 15th annual educational conference, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 16.

Department of Psychology

Lee Bakner, professor of psychology, was co-presenter on “Cocaine Suppresses Social Facilitation of Operant Responding in Sprague-Dawley Rats,” at a poster presentation at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Jennifer Linder, associate professor of psychology, and Linfield students Lauren Loepp ’10 and Nadia Abraibesh ’10, presented “Television and Online Social Networking in College Women: Associations with Peer Aggression, Romantic Aggression and Normative Beliefs” at the Western Psychological Association conference.

Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, will work with the Commission on Children and Families, Family and Youth Programs, Prevention Program to implement a comprehensive, school-based suicide prevention program called RESPONSE. A three-year state grant, awarded by the state to the Yamhill County Suicide Prevention Coalition, will fund the program as well as broader prevention efforts. Tompkins serves as chair of the coalition and is on the board of the Commission on Children and Families. The funds are part of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, established in memory of Sen. Gordon Smith’s son. Tompkins and Linfield students Ashlee Hockett ’10 and Nadia Abraibesh ’10 presented “Co-rumination and Negative Inferential Style are a Vicious Combination” at the Western Psychological Association conference.

Department of Religious Studies

William Apel, professor of religion recently published his article “Learning to Listen: Thomas Merton, Amiya Chakravarty and the Smith College Students” in the Thomas Merton Journal of Great Britain and Ireland. He also contributed the chapter “Terrible Days: Merton/Yungblut Letters and the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” in the recently published Merton Annual, vol. 21 published by Fons Vitae Press, I. He was also elected to the board of directors for The International Thomas Merton Society. Apel presented his paper, “Merton and Bonhoeffer: Spiritual Renewal and Social Change,” at The Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland in Oakham, England.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Hillary Crane, Hillary Crane, assistant professor of anthropology, presented research on Taiwanese Buddhist nuns at Academia Sinica in Taiwan in the summer 2009. She also presented the paper “Resistance through Transformation? The Meanings of Gender Reversals in a Taiwanese Buddhist Monastery” at the American Association for Chinese Studies meetings in Orlando, Fla., in October. She presented the paper “Blogging Away the Pain: Celiacs’ Illness Narratives of Exclusion” at American Anthropological Association’s annual meetings in Philadelphia, Pa., in December. Crane gave the paper, “Leaving Home: Narratives of Marriage Resistance among Taiwanese Buddhist Nuns,” at the Association for Asian Studies meetings in Philadelphia, Pa.

Rob Gardner, assistant professor of sociology, participated on the panel, “Portable Communities,” at the American Sociological Association meetings in August in San Francisco on the topic of a concept he developed in his work on bluegrass festival life. Gardner co-presented a session with Jessica Wade, community service coordinator, sociology major Lacey Dean ’11 and YCAP Director Lee Means titled, “Campus-Community Partnerships in Times of Need: Learning and Serving Through Yamhill County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” at Washington Campus Compact’s Continuums of Service Conference, in Portland. He also presented two papers at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting in Oakland, Calif., “Engaging Students in Service: Yamhill County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness” and “The Role of Grassroots Organizations and Emergent Volunteers After Hurricane Ike.”

Tom Love, professor of anthropology, co-authored the paper “Electrifying Transitions: Power and Culture in Cajamarca, Peru,” with Anna Garwood, Latin America Program Manager, Green Empowerment. The paper was presented at the panel “Ethnographies of Energy” at American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Philadelphia, in December. The paper was based on a summer 2009 collaborative research project with students Jade Severson and Martha Inouye.

Amy Orr, associate professor of sociology, was recognized in June 2009 for outstanding leadership by the Council on Undergraduate Research. She has also been elected to the Nominations Committee of the Pacific Sociological Association (one of only three elected committees that serve the Association). Orr published an article, “Taking Advantage of Opportunity: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Abroad,” in the Winter 2009 edition of CURQ on the Web (CUR Quarterly). She has also been asked to write a follow-up article. She also presented a paper, “The Challenge of Diversity: Immigration and Educational Equality in Sweden,” at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland where she was named the chair of the PSA membership committee.

Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper he co-authored with Ron Mills, professor of art and visual culture, and Jorge Acevedo, titled “They Have Evil, We Have Evil: Responses to Evangelical Incursions Among the Cabécar and Guatuso-Malecu of Costa Rica” at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), June 11-14, 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also presented a paper titled “From Pedagogy to the Oppressed: Shifting from a service-learning project to a consultant role in working with Habitat for Humanity-Guatemala” at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Oct. 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas. He also received a $50,000 planning grant from the Keck Foundation for the Center for Northwest Studies. Peterson received $10,000 pilot project grant from the Erath Family Foundation for an Oregon Wine History Project under the auspices of the Linfield Center for Northwest Studies.

Cameron Smith, adjunct professor of anthropology, had his popular-science book, “The Top Ten Myths About Evolution,” endorsed by the National Center for Science Education and the American Library Association, translated into Italian, issued in a new hardback edition, and made available digitally on Amazon’s Kindle reader.

Keni Sturgeon, adjunct in anthropology, won an NEH award for the project, “NEH on the Road: Wrapped in Pride” through the Mission Hill Museum Association.

Department of Theatre and Communication Arts

Theatre faculty and staff involved with the November production of A Doll’s House received Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Awards for their work: Janet Gupton for direction; Ty Marshall for scenic design; Alethia Moore-Del Monaco for costume design; and Rob Vaughn for technical direction.

Theatre faculty and staff presented at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival/Northwest Drama Conference in Reno in February: Ty Marshall and Robert Vaughn, “Continuous Turntable—or . . . Can we Really Do This?”; Rob Vaughn and Janet Gupton, “Writing a Better Résumé.” Gupton was also selected to direct one of the entries in the Ten Minute Play Competition, “Wolf at the Door” by Andrew Shanks from Central Washington University.

IMGP6159-2-1Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre, presented a paper, “Good Wives, Wise Mothers: The Construction of the Ideal Woman in Contemporary Japanese and Southern U.S. Plays,” Association for Asian Performance annual conference in New York City in August 2009.

The Northwest Forensics Conference has named one of their prizes in honor of Brenda Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts, for her contributions to Northwest forensics. The Brenda DeVore Marshall Sweepstakes prize will be awarded this year. Marshall and the members of the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts received a $46,000 grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation to enhance theatre productions. Marshall presented two papers focused on “Rhetoric and Political Discourse” and “Message Design and Communication Effects” at the Northwest Communication Association annual conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, participated in the Illumination Project 2009 Summer Institute at Portland Community College in August. The workshop included exploration of the techniques and strategies used by the Illumination Project and Theatre of the Oppressed to promote civic engagement, student leadership, and meaningful community dialogue and problem solving around issues of race, class, culture, gender, immigration, religion and sexual orientation. Miller also presented a paper, “This Land is My Land: An Analysis of the Campaign Discourse of Two Oregon Property Rights Ballot Initiatives,” at the Western States Communication Association annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska. He presented his Oregon Humanities Conversation Program, “The Voters Have Spoken: Oregon’s Controversial Ballot Initiatives,” at the Mission Mill Museum in Salem.

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Carol McCulley, associate professor and reference and distance learning librarian, published the article, “Mixing and Matching Assessing Information Literacy,” in the journal Communication in Information Literacy.


Ellen Crabtree, associate director of academic advising, was named the Outstanding New Advisor of the Year for the Pacific Northwest by the National Academic Advising Association.

Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, associate director of International Programs, served as a national selection panelist for the Gilman International Scholarship Program, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), in November.