56 Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor

OSU is immensely proud of the faculty promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Sergio Arispe, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Sergio Arispe, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Rangeland Sciences with a Livestock & Rangeland Extension Service appointment in Malheur County. His extension and research programs focus on cattle management, facilities, tools, and training, as well as rangeland monitoring & assessment, and landscape-scale ecological collaborations. He is particularly interested in how to develop an innovative extension curriculum to reach broader and more diverse audiences. His research interests focus on alternative feedstuffs, maintaining robust landscapes in the sagebrush steppe, and cattle behavior on rugged rangelands of the northern Great Basin. Sergio is also the state of Oregon Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, which profoundly influences his research and extension endeavors.

Leonard Coop, Associate Professor of Practice

Len Coop was raised in Kansas, obtaining a B.A. in Biology before moving to Corvallis in 1979. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the OSU Entomology Department, specializing in Integrated Pest Management. In 2002 he was appointed Assistant Professor and joined the Botany and Plant Pathology Department. He then moved to the Horticulture Department in 2017. Len is also a member of the Integrated Plant Protection Center, where he serves as Associate Director for Decision Support Systems. Len met his wife of 38 years, Betsy, during graduate school. He enjoys trail running, hiking, meditation, music, and travel.


Jeremiah Dung, Associate Professor
Botany and Plant Pathology

Jeremiah Dung joined the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology as an Assistant Professor in December 2013. He is based at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center (COAREC) in Madras, OR. Before arriving at COAREC, Jeremiah earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology at Washington State University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Jeremiah’s current research focuses on the epidemiology, population biology, and integrated disease management of plant diseases affecting seed and specialty crops in central Oregon.


Brooke Edmunds, Associate Professor of Practice

Brooke Edmunds serves as Community Horticulturalist for OSU Department of Horticulture and OSU Extension in Linn and Benton Counties. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Brooke oversees two active Master Gardener volunteer programs. She trains 40 new volunteers each year and supervises approximately 250 OSU volunteers who serve as community-based horticulture educators. Brooke developed a webinar series that shares OSU research projects with the Master Gardener volunteers in Oregon, the United States, and Canada. Brooke’s professional interests include active teaching methods, volunteer development, and sustainable food gardening.


Bryan Endress, Associate Professor
Animal and Rangeland Sciences

Bryan Endress is an Associate Professor working in the Eastern Oregon Agriculture and Natural Resource Program in La Grande. He is a plant ecologist whose research addresses current and emerging natural resource challenges. He collaborates with partners at the research-management interface to advance our understanding of ecosystems and inform management, stewardship, and restoration. Teaching centers on preparing and training future generations to understand, engage, and ultimately solve natural resource challenges across the globe. Previously, Bryan served as the Director of Applied Plant Ecology for the Zoological Society of San Diego. He has authored over 45 publications and generated over $2 million in grant support.


Amy Garrett, Associate Professor of Practice

Professor Garrett has more than 20 years of experience in the horticulture industry ranging from landscape design, installation, and maintenance to organic farming, research, and education. Drought mitigation tools and strategies for growing with little or no irrigation have become a focus in her work in recent years. She has been working with OSU Extension Small Farms Program in the Southern Willamette Valley since 2011, initiated the OSU Dry Farming Project in 2014, and founded the Dry Farming Collaborative in 2016 which has blossomed into a multifaceted participatory climate adaptation research project engaging growers in the maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond.

David Kling, Associate Professor
Applied Economics

David M. Kling is a natural resource economist who specializes in valuing biological resources and designing policies to promote their conservation. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2013. Methods he employs in his research include bioeconomic modeling and nonmarket valuation. Topics of his current work include the value of forest measurement information, the implications of age structure for invasive species control, and conservation values in natural capital accounting. He has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, an ideal setting for teaching about natural resource economics and policy.

Rory Mc Donnell, Associate Professor
Crop and Soil Science

Rory Mc Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science. Originally from Ireland, he received his Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research and Extension program at OSU is focused on 1) understanding the ecology of invasive slugs and snails in agriculture, horticulture, urban areas, and the natural environment, and 2) developing and implementing novel strategies for the management of these pests. He is currently investigating the potential for using plant extracts as novel pesticides, assessing natural enemies as biocontrol agents, and identifying novel attractants for both trapping, and attract-and-kill strategies.


Amber Moore, Associate Professor
Crop and Soil Science

Amber Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science. The focus of her position as an extension soils specialist is to conduct applied research and to develop nutrient and lime recommendations that improve nutrient use efficiency by large acreage crops grown in Oregon. The crops of primary focus are on grass grown for seed, cereals, and potatoes, with a secondary focus on minor crops (other seed crops, peppermint, forages, vegetables, berries, Christmas trees, etc.) Research and extension interests include fertilizer response, nitrogen mineralization, acidification caused by nitrogen fertilizers, lime response, plant nutrient uptake, and soil nutrient dynamics.


Sushma Naithani, Associate Professor, Senior Research
Botany and Plant Pathology

Dr. Naithani has a Ph.D. in an area of Plant Molecular Biology from Lucknow University, India. Before coming to OSU, she was a lecturer in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. The current focus of her research is on understanding information flow in living systems and how evolution shapes this flow using systems-level pathway modeling supported by high-quality biocuration, gene-orthology based predictions, and analysis of omics data. She serves as a senior curator for Plant Reactome knowledgebase. Sushma has authored ~30 peer-reviewed refereed research articles in high impact journals including Nature, Nature Biotech, PNAS, etc. One of her research papers has been selected by the 'Faculty of 1000 Biology'. She is also the Editor-in-chief of the Current Plant Biology journal published by Elsevier and review editor for 'Frontier in Plant Science'. On the sidelines, she is a writer, poet, and nature enthusiast.

Susan Tilton, Associate Professor
Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Susan Tilton is an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Toxicology from Oregon State University. Before joining OSU in 2014, she was a Senior Scientist in Computational Biology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Tilton’s background is in molecular and computational toxicology with expertise in the development of advanced cell culture models for toxicity testing. Her current research focuses on improving predictions for chemical toxicity in humans from non-animal studies and understanding mechanisms of susceptibility from combined environmental factors contributing to lung disease.


Leigh Torres, Associate Professor
Fisheries and Wildlife

Dr. Leigh Torres is a marine ecologist interested in understanding how marine megafauna, such as marine mammals and seabirds, use their environment in the context of behavior, habitat, space and time. Leigh’s research explores how marine predators select and find essential habitat and prey within variable marine ecosystems, and how animal health varies under different conditions. Leigh frequently collaborates with diverse stakeholder groups to address pressing management issues that must balance the protection of threatened species with economic and cultural sustainability needs. Leigh enjoys developing novel research methods to inform efforts to separate threats and marine animals in time and space.


Sam Cho, Associate Professor
College of Business

Sam Yul Cho is an Associate Professor in the College of Business at Oregon State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Carson College of Business of Washington State University in 2014, received an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in 2010, and an M.A. in economics from the Hitotsubashi University in 2003. His research focuses on corporate governance with an emphasis on chief executive officers and top management team, and corporate strategies, such as acquisitions and strategic alliances. His research has appeared in the Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Research. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a buy-side equity analyst and strategic planner in Tokyo and Seoul for five years.


Xiaohui Chang, Associate Professor
College of Business

Xiaohui Chang is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics in the College of Business at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 2012 and earned her B.A.(Honors) in Statistics and B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2006. Her primary research areas include spatial statistics, machine learning, and location-based services. She enjoys developing novel and efficient modeling techniques for important problems in business, information systems, finance, and environmental science. Her research has appeared in Biometrics, the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, IEEE Transactions, Expert Systems with Applications, and Quantitative Finance, among other outlets.

Violetta Gerasymenko, Associate Professor
College of Business

Violetta Gerasymenko is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the College of Business at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the HEC Paris School of Management. Her research work focuses on organizational learning and attention dynamics in venture capital firms, entrepreneurial ventures, and accelerators. Her research appeared in the Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and other international journals and book chapters in both English and French. She serves on editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.


Ted Paterson, Associate Professor
College of Business

Ted A. Paterson is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Nebraska’s College of Business Administration in 2014. His research focuses on identifying organizational systems and leadership practices that create positive work environments for employees. To date this focus has led him to research contexts that promote ethical voice behaviors, thriving at work and positive work-related identities. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other outlets.

Jonathan Fram, Associate Professor, Senior Research
College of Earth, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences

Jonathan Peter Fram is a coastal physical oceanographer. Since fall 2018, Jon has been the project manager for the Coastal Endurance Array portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a long-term interdisciplinary oceanography program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He was a systems engineer for OOI from 2011 to 2018. He received his Master's and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Larry O’Neill, Associate Professor
College of Earth, Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences

Professor O’Neill’s research focuses on observing and modeling fundamental ways that the ocean impacts Earth’s weather and climate. This research extends to improving our ability to observe and monitor climate and to predict weather on scales of days and to model changes in climate on scales of days to decades. One of the main tools of his research is satellite remote sensing of the ocean and weather, particularly ocean temperature and surface winds. Current research projects of Prof. O’Neill’s include developing a long-term climate data record of satellite surface wind measurements; participation in NASA’s field SMODE observational field campaign, which investigates developing space-based observations of ocean currents and their impacts; and finally studying the impacts of mid-latitude storms on climate.

Michael Giamellaro, Associate Professor
College of Education (OSU-Cascades Campus)

Dr. Michael Giamellaro joined OSU’s College of Education and Cascades Campus in 2012 and was named the Roundhouse Foundation Faculty Scholar of Science Education in 2016. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation as well as an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Wyoming. Supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, the Oregon Department of Education, and others, Giamellaro’s work examines the impact of situating science learning in authentic environments, such as field studies, scientist-teacher-student partnerships, and STEM Project-Based Learning.

Joe Baio, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Joe Baio joined the faculty of the College of Engineering in 2013. His research program runs along two threads: the characterization of biological materials and the development of biomimetic materials. His work to date has impacted disciplines as diverse as cell biology, bio-sensor research, and material science. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2004) and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Washington (2011). Prior to his appointment at Oregon State, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.


Rakesh Bobba, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Rakesh Bobba’s research interests are in the design of secure and trustworthy networked and distributed computer systems, with a current focus on cyber-physical critical infrastructures, shared computing infrastructures, and real-time systems. Dr. Bobba has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in premier conferences and journals in his field. His research has been recognized with Best Paper Award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2014, National Security Agency (NSA) Significant Research in Cyber Security Citation in 2015, and Outstanding and Best Student Paper Award at IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS) 2016. His research has been funded by DOE, ARPA-E, ONR, AFRL/AFOSR, and NSF.


Lizhong Chen, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Lizhong Chen’s research interests are in the broad area of computer architecture and systems, from small wearable and mobile devices to many-core CPUs and GPUs to large supercomputers and data centers. His recent search focuses on designing novel accelerators for machine learning algorithms, as well as utilizing AI to improve computer architecture. Before joining Oregon State University, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California. He is a receipt of the NSF CAREER Award (2018), a Senior Member of the IEEE (2019), and an inductee of the HPCA Hall of Fame (2020).


Erdem Coleri, Associate Professor
Civil and Construction Engineering

Erdem Coleri, associate professor infrastructure materials, is director of the Oregon State University Asphalt Materials Performance Laboratory. Coleri received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis with a specialization in pavement materials and structures. His research interests are in the areas of sustainable pavement materials and structures, energy-efficient pavement design strategies, and infrastructure health monitoring. Coleri has taught courses in engineering materials, advanced pavement materials, pavement management systems, and pavement design and sustainability. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and conference papers.


Brian Fronk, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Brian Fronk is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of MIME and serves as an Assistant Director of the OSU Industrial Assessment Center. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked previously at Carrier Corp., working in the area of refrigeration. His research interests include solar thermal driven processes, thermochemical energy storage, advanced manufacturing of novel heat exchangers, and multiphase/supercritical heat transfer. He received the 2017 ASHRAE New Investigator Award and the 2017 OSU International Service Award and is a registered professional engineer in Oregon.


Liang Huang, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Liang Huang (Ph.D., UPenn, 2008) joined OSU in 2015. He was an Assistant Professor (3 years) at City University of New York, Research Assistant Professor at USC, and Research Scientist at Google. He spent 2018--2019 academic year as Distinguished Scientist, Baidu Research USA. He studies natural language processing (NLP) and computational biology. He honors include ACL 2008 Best Paper Award, EMNLP 2016 Best Paper Honorable Mention (with OSU student), two Google Faculty Research Awards, ACL 2019 keynote speech (2,000+ attendees), Aminer 10-year most influential scholars in NLP, and numerous media reports. He has graduated 4 PhDs (3 at OSU).

Matthew Johnston, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Matthew Johnston combines sensors, circuits, and systems to develop integrated technology platforms for chemical and biological applications. Before joining Oregon State, he was a graduate student and postdoc at Columbia University in the Bioelectronic Systems Lab. Matt was previously a co-founder of Helixis, a Caltech-based startup company developing low-cost, real-time PCR systems that was acquired by Illumina in 2010. He has since worked with a few other emerging technology companies on electronic instrumentation for the life sciences. Matt’s current research interests include biosensor and bioelectronic platforms, lab-on-chip technologies for medical diagnostics, stretchable circuits, and bio-energy harvesting.


Amir Nayyeri, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Amir Nayyeri began at OSU as an assistant professor in computer science in January 2014. Amir’s main research interest is algorithm design and analysis, especially for geometric and topological problems. Particularly, his research on geometric object matching, understanding cycle spaces of graphs, and the interplay between topology, scientific computing, and data analysis is supported by multiple NSF awards. Previously, Amir held a postdoctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Gary Miller on computational problems in linear algebra. Amir received his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science in 2012 from the University of Illinois, under the supervision of Jeff Erickson.


Kyle Niemeyer, Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr. Kyle Niemeyer is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2013, after finishing his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering there as well. Dr. Niemeyer’s research interests include computational modeling of reacting and non-reacting fluid flows at various scales and levels of fidelity; analysis, reduction, and validation of chemical kinetic models; and GPU computing. He is also an ardent advocate of open science, and an Associate Editor in Chief of the Journal of Open Source Software.


Christopher Parrish, Associate Professor
Civil and Construction Engineering

Christopher Parrish, associate professor of geomatics, holds a doctorate in civil engineering with an emphasis in geospatial information engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in civil and coastal engineering with an emphasis in geomatics from the University of Florida. His research focuses on full-waveform and topographic-bathymetric lidar, hyperspectral imagery, uncertainty modeling, and unmanned aircraft systems for coastal applications. Parrish is the director of OregonView and a member of the NASA Surface Topography and Vegetation Incubation Study Team, as well as the former director of the ASPRS Lidar Division. Previously, he served as the lead physical scientist in NOAA NGS.


Arash Termehchy, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Arash Termehchy received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in large-scale data management and analytics in a broad sense. His research is recognized by an ACM SIGMOD Research Highlight Award (2019), two Best of Conference Selections (SIGMOD 2018, ICDE 2011), a Best Student Paper Award in ICDE 2011, and a Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award. He has served in organizing positions and program committees of several flagship conferences in data management and analytics where his effort is recognized by a Distinguished PC Member Award in SIGMOD 2017. His work is supported by NSF, DARPA, NIH, Intel, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Kevin Bladon, Associate Professor
Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management

Dr. Bladon joined OSU in 2014 in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management. Dr. Bladon’s work focuses on the impacts of land cover and land use on hydrology, water quality, and ecosystem health. His research focuses on scale analyses of spatial and temporal trends in water quantity and quality. For his work, he was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award by The Council of the Federation, Water Stewardship Council in Canada, the highest honor of its kind granted by the Canadian government.


Meg Kawchuk, Associate Professor
Forest Ecosystems and Society

Dr. Krawchuk joined the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in 2016. Dr. Krawchuk’s work focuses on landscape ecology, biogeography, pyrogeography/fire, and conservation science. She works at scales from local to global, addressing the causes and effects of ecological disturbances, the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change, and challenges in conservation planning. She is known as an expert in the field, advancing the science and philosophy that leads to wise policy decisions and societal understanding related to wildland fire and conservation science, and ultimately to facilitate society’s capacity to coexist with fire across the globe.

Mariapaola Riggio, Associate Professor
Wood Science and Engineering

Dr. Riggio joined the Department of Wood Science and Engineering in 2012. Dr. Riggio’s research focuses on Timber Mechanics and Structural Engineering, Wood Architecture, Green Building and Environmental Performance, and Art, Architecture and Design. Dr. Riggio has developed an innovative body of knowledge on criteria and methods to assess and maintain the quality and performance of timber and other construction systems that are key for a sustainable built environment. Her programs are fundamental to the positioning of OSU Wood Science &Engineering (WSE) and the Tall Wood Design Institute as leaders in the research, development, and diffusion of advanced wood building systems.


Catalina Segura, Associate Professor
Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management

Dr. Segura joined the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management in 2013. Dr. Segura’s work focuses on Engineering for Sustainable Forestry and Forest Soil and Watershed Processes. Her research goal is to understand the physical processes that control the movement of water and sediment and the effects that the variability of these processes has on water availability, water quality, and stream ecology. Dr. Segura is an excellent instructor and an innovator at the theoretical level. Her success in applied research is demonstrated by her cutting-edge research at both the watershed and national scale.

Nicholas Dybek, Associate Professor
Writing, Literature, and Film

Nick Dybek’s first novel, When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, was the winner of the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award, a finalist for the VCU-Cabell First Novelist Award and has been translated into five languages. His second novel, The Verdun Affair, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, was published in the United States, the UK, and France in 2018. He’s a recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and a Maytag Fellowship. He received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Andrew Gerkey, Associate Professor
Language, Culture, and Society

Drew Gerkey is an anthropologist studying the intersections of culture, environment, evolution, and economy. His research is grounded in long-term ethnographic research with Indigenous communities in the Arctic (Siberia & Alaska). Using qualitative and quantitative methods, he focuses on social and ecological dynamics of cooperation and collective action in a variety of contexts, from subsistence economies, social networks, and institutions to conservation, environmental governance, and sustainability. This work generates insights on social dilemmas that arise when individual interests and the common good imperfectly align, supporting efforts to enhance environmentally sustainable and socially just connections between people and nature.


Stephanie Jenkins, Associate Professor
History, Philosophy, and Religion

Dr. Stephanie C. Jenkins is an Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics, as well as the current Director of the Oregon State University Disability Network. Her research and teaching interests include feminist philosophy, disability studies, critical animal studies, and ethics. In addition to publishing scholarly articles in moral philosophy, she is a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Disability and Animality: Crip Perspectives in Critical Animal Studies, as well as a special issue of the Public Philosophy Journal.


Kelsy Kretschmer, Associate Professor
Public Policy

Kelsy Kretschmer writes and teaches in the areas of social movements, organizations, and gender. Her book, Fighting for NOW: Diversity and Discord in the National Organization for Women (2019, University of Minnesota Press), examines factionalism in the American feminist movement. She is currently working on an NSF funded project focused on how activists make technological decisions. Her work has been published in various journals, including Mobilization, PLOS ONE, Political Research Quarterly, and Sociological Forum, among others.


Rena Lauer, Associate Professor
History, Philosophy, and Religion

Rena Lauer teaches medieval history, world history, and Jewish studies in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Her research focuses on marginalized and minority communities in the late medieval eastern Mediterranean, particularly through the lens of gender and law. She is the author of Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete (Penn Press 2019), as well as a number of articles including those published in Gender & History, Mediterranean Historical Review, and Critical Analysis of Law. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Dr. Lauer won SHPR’s inaugural Trow Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015.

Kristen Macuga, Associate Professor
Psychological Science

Dr. Kristen Macuga is the Director of the Cognition and Action in Real and Virtual Environments (CARVE) Laboratory and an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Science. She studies the multisensory control of action from an integrative perspective to uncover the neurological and behavioral processes involved, with the applied aims of improving safety, training, and interface design. Her primary research focuses on understanding how people use and combine different sources of perceptual information when engaging in goal-directed movements, and also when learning new tasks. These sensorimotor processes are critical for skilled actions, such as tool-use, dancing, or driving.


Elizabeth Marino, Associate Professor
Language, Culture and Society (OSU-Cascades Campus)

Dr. Marino is interested in the relationships among climate change, vulnerability, slow and rapid onset disasters, human migration, and sense of place. Her research focuses on how historically and socially constructed vulnerabilities interact with climate change and disasters –including disaster policy, biophysical outcomes of disasters and climate change, and disaster discourses. She is also interested in how people make sense and meaning out of changing environmental and social conditions; and how people interpret risk. Her book Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: an Ethnography of Climate Change was released in 2015 and is being used in classrooms throughout North America and Europe. In 2019 she was awarded a 3-year NSF grant, in collaboration with the Shishmaref IRA, to investigate policy and cultural determinants of adaptation to repetitive flooding and sea-level rise. She is also Co-Director of CADAN and Co-Founder of the laboratory for the American Conversation at OSU-Cascades.

Jun Shin, Associate Professor
Arts and Communication

Jun Bum Shin is an Associate Professor of graphic design in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University since 2015. Before he joined OSU, He taught at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. 2011–2015. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at Purdue University and studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His research interests lie in the area of Brand Identity, Typography, Poster Design, Human-centered Design, Interaction Design ranging from theory to design to implementation. He’s an award-winning artist and designer whose scholarly work has presented nationally and internationally.


Kerry Skarbakka, Associate Professor
Arts and Communication

Kerry Skarbakka creates performance-based photographic works that have been exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs internationally. A 2005 Creative Capital grantee, he has received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Center of Cultural Affairs. He was also awarded a commission from the City of Seattle through the 1% for the Arts Program. Skarbakka’s work has been featured in notable publications including Aperture, Art and America, and ArtReview International. Skarbakka received his B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.


Paul Thompson, Associate Professor
Public Policy

Dr. Paul N. Thompson is a public economist specializing in the economics of education. His research examines critical policy issues –primarily financial intervention systems and four-day school weeks –relating to financially-troubled communities. His research has been featured in outlets, such as the Journal of Urban Economics and Economics of Education Review. He was also the 2019 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Wilkins Faculty Development Award. Prior to joining Oregon State University in the fall of 2014, he received his B.A. in Economics from the College of Wooster and his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University.


Megan Ward, Associate Professor
Writing, Literature, and Film

Megan Ward’s research interests are in Victorian literature, the history of technology, and the history of the novel. Her book, Seeming Human: Artificial Intelligence and Victorian Realist Character (Ohio State University Press, 2018), was short-listed for the British Science and Literature Society Book Prize. She co-directs Livingstone Online (www.livingstoneoneline.org), a digital archive related to the British explorer David Livingstone. She also writes about the Victorian antecedents of contemporary culture for public audiences, with pieces in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Kelly McElroy, Associate Professor
OSU Libraries and Press

Professor McElroy is one of our most effective, respected, dedicated librarians at OSU and beyond. Core to her daily work, scholarship, and service is an ethos of collaboration, community building, social justice, and responsiveness to local needs. In all her activities, she lifts up the voices of those in underserved or underrepresented communities advocating for racial justice, protection of students & their families regardless of status, those with unmet human services or mental health needs, and most recently for everyone’s right to digital privacy and security. Her work is of “an exceptionally high caliber” and has been recognized by 2 national awards. We extend heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Associate Professor McElroy.

Gaurav Sahay, Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Sahay completed his postdoctoral research at MIT and received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Sahay’s lab is developing novel nanotechnology-based platforms for effective delivery of messenger RNA therapeutics for the treatment of rare disorders including cystic fibrosis, retinal degeneration and lysosomal storage disorders. He has more than 43 peer-reviewed publications in top tier journals including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Nanotechnology, Journal of Controlled Release, Nano Letters, etc. He is the winner of a 2013 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Postdoctoral Fellow Award, the 2015 Controlled Release Society (CRS) T. Nagai Award, a 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award, and a 2019 Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) Distinguished Faculty Senate Award for Collaboration. He was the Chair of the 2018 NanoMedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium (NanoDDS, Portland, OR) and is the current Chair of CRS Gene Delivery and Gene Editing Focus Group.

Harold Bae, Associate Professor
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Professor Bae's research is focused on statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology. His primary research goal is to understand the genetic architecture of human extreme longevity and sub-phenotypes of longevity and to develop advanced statistical modeling of genetic data to elucidate the genetic basis of complex polygenic traits. He also has collaborative research projects with colleagues at OSU that have led to publications and extramural funding. In one of these projects, Harold and his team have been examining the effects of recreational marijuana legalization in the U.S. on substance uses and health behaviors among undergraduate students across a 10-year time period.


Veronica Irvin, Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Dr. Irvin is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and serves as faculty for two options -Health Promotion & Health Behavior and the online option, Public Health Practice. Her experience spans more than 15 years and uses a community-engaged approach to implement and evaluate behavior change interventions across a comprehensive list of health priorities. Her current intervention work includes 1) mixed-methods research to document women’s experiences with interval breast cancers and 2) intervention implementation to help homeowners manage their drinking water in partnership with public health agencies and Extension faculty.


Sam Logan, Associate Professor
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Sam Logan, Ph.D. joined Oregon State University in 2014 and is now an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology program. Dr. Logan has provided over 80 invited lectures on early powered mobility, which often include leading Go Baby Go workshops that involve families and clinicians modifying off-the-shelf, battery-operated ride-on toy cars for young children with disabilities to use for mobility and play. He was awarded the Dr. Art Broten Young Scholar Award from the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness (2017) and the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2019).

Sarah Rothenberg, Associate Professor
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Dr. Rothenberg's research uses a multidisciplinary framework, including environmental monitoring, risk assessment, and epidemiologic studies, to fully understand the dynamics of mercury cycling and methylmercury exposure. She also investigates interactions with other trace metals, which co-occur with mercury in the environment. Her most significant contribution to science concerns her studies on methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion in rural China and impacts on child neurodevelopment. Her research on rice and methylmercury has been cited by the U.S. EPA Integrated Risk Information System in their 2019 draft assessment plan concerning the developmental neurotoxicity of methylmercury.


John Schuna, Associate Professor
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Dr. Schuna is a physical activity assessment, epidemiology, and intervention scientist seeking to expand our understanding of physical activity’s health benefits and its associations with other health parameters (e.g., obesity). Dr. Schuna’s current research foci are 1) the identification and modulation of light-intensity physical activity interventions aimed at maximizing energy expenditure in occupational environments typically characterized by high levels of sedentary behavior (e.g., seated office work), and 2) the development, evaluation, and improvement of physical activity assessment methods and data capture systems with an emphasis on applications using wearable technologies.


Erica Woekel, Associate Professor, Clinical
Biological and Population Health Sciences

Dr. Woekel’s research and teaching interests focus on psychosocial aspects for promoting healthy behavior change in physical activity, nutrition, and mental health. She emphasizes practical strategies to impact healthful habits across the lifespan while particularly working with individuals during major life transitions, primarily college-age individuals and during motherhood. Dr. Woekel currently directs the Lifetime Fitness for Health Program at Oregon State University.

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Associate Professor, Senior Research
Integrative Biology

Dr. Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist who studies what happens when areas of the ocean are protected and how we can use that information to improve ocean conservation and management. She works at both the global and local levels, and her interests span research, policy, and outreach.

Matt Orr, Associate Professor
Integrative Biology (OSU-Cascades Campus)

Professor Orr conducts research in topics spanning behavioral ecology, restoration ecology, and the application of restoration ecology to medicine. Being a scientific generalist has helped him to explore fields from a trans-disciplinary perspective and offer undergraduate students a wide array of research experiences that match their interests.

Katy Townsend, Associate Professor
Clinical Sciences

Dr. Katy Townsend received her Veterinary Degree from the University of Sydney, graduating with honors in 2004. After completing a small animal internship and research fellowship, she then undertook a small animal surgery residency combined with a Masters of Comparative Science at Ohio State University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013. She joined Oregon State University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in small animal surgery, with clinical and research focus on surgical oncology, sentinel lymph node mapping, and using animal models for implant design and testing. Dr. Townsend enjoys teaching professional veterinary students along with interns and residents in the surgery program.