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Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Southern Oregon University Laboratory
of Anthropology
PhD, University of Oregon, 2000

 Office: Taylor 230
 Phone: 541-552-6345

Areas of Interest:

Ethnohistory and prehistory of the West Coast and Northeast of North America
Persistence and innovation of cultural identity in colonial contexts
Cultural ecology of maritime hunter gatherers
Ethnohistory, archival/oral history research
Spatial analysis of archaeological data, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology
Cultural resource management
European archaeology (particularly Norse)


Society for American Archaeology
American Anthropological Association
Association of Oregon Archaeologists

Selected Publications:

2007     Social Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast.  American Anthropologist 108(3).  In Press.

2007     Chert Workshop Sites in Southwest Oregon: The View from the Coquille Point and Midnight Dig Sites. In, Occasional Papers of the Association of   Oregon Archaeologists Volume 8. Edited by Guy L. Tasa and Brian L. O'Neill.  In Press.

2004     Household, Landscape, and Persistent Places: The Pacific Coast Athapaskans.  In Ancient and Historic Lifeways in North America's Rocky Mountains: Proceedings of the 2003 Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference, Estes Park, Colorado. Pp. 65-80.  Edited by Robert H. Brundswig and William B. Butler. Department of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, Greely.

2002     The Cultural Geography of the Coos and Coquille.  In Changing Landscapes, Proceedings of the 5th and 6th Annual Coquille Culture Conference. Pp. 25-46.  Edited by Don Ivy and Scott Byram.  Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend.

Tveskov, Mark A. and Jon M. Erlandson

2007     Vikings, Vixens, and Valhalla: Hollywood Depictions of the Norse.  In Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood's Portrayals of the Past, edited by Julie M. Schablitsky.  Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.  In Press (scheduled release: April 2007).

2003     The Haynes Inlet Weirs: Estuarine Fishing and Archaeological Site Visibility on the Southern Oregon Coast. Journal of Archaeological Science 30:1023-1035.

Byock, Jesse, Phillip Walker, Jon Erlandson, Per Holck, Davide Zore, Magnus Guđmundsson, and Mark Tveskov. 2005. A Viking Age Valley in Iceland: The Mosfell Archaeology Project.  Medieval Archaeology: Journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology X49: 195-218

Selected Presentations:

2007     Symposium Organizer and Chair:  The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory.  Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2007     They are Killing Indians in the Valley: The Archaeology of Fort Lane, Oregon.  Paper presented at the Symposium:  The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory.  Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2006    The Fort Lane Archaeology Project.  Invited banquet speech at the 7th Annual Oregon Heritage Conference, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Coquille Indian Tribe.2006    Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast.  Paper presented at the symposium Northwest Native Cultural Persistence and Change in the Post-Contact Period: Insights from Archaeological and material Culture Studies at the 59th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference, Seattle.


Associate Professor of Geography 
112 Taylor Hall 
Geography Program 
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, OR 97520
Tel:(541) 552 6786
Fax: (541) 552-6439



  • M.S., General Studies - Social Science (1991):
    Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon
    Area of Concentration - Geography

  • B.S., cum laude, Geography (1978): Southern Oregon
    State College, Ashland, Oregon


Teaching Interests

Land Use Planning and Regulation, Local Geography, Geographic Methodology,
Physical Geography, Conservation, Field Geography, Geographic Education, 
Geographic Internship Program

Professional Activities - Present 

Member and past Chair, Board of Trustees, Ashland Community Hospital
Member and past Vice Chair, Mt. Ashland Association
Member, American Planning Association - Oregon Chapter 
Member, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 
Member, National Council for Geographic Education

Professional Activities - Past

Sanitarian/Soil Scientist, Jackson County Planning and Development
Planner, Jackson County Planning and Development
Citizen Involvement Coordinator, Regional Transportation Plan, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
Community Organizer/Researcher, "Commit to Quit," a joint project of Oregon Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute
Member, Jackson County Secondary Lands Advisory Committee
Member, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Urban Growth
Management Task Force, Medford Case Study
Council Member and President, Ashland City Council
Member, Jackson County Economic Development Advisory Committee
Coordinator, Oregon Geographic Alliance Summer Institute


Acklin, Patricia J., Master's Thesis:  Preserving Agricultural Lands - Focus on Jackson County, Oregon, 1991

Acklin, Patricia J., Settlement Patterns, Historical Accident, and Land Use Regulation in JacksonCounty, Oregon;
commissioned by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 1995


Awards and Recognition

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, 1996
Women of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International of Ashland, 1995
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1991
Citizen of the Year, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 1987
Outstanding Woman in Geography, American Association of University Women, 1978



Joint Appointment in Biology and Environmental Studies

Science Hall 366

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR  97520

(541) 552-6868



B. S. 1977 General Studies Tulane University, cum laude, with Honors in Biology

M. S. 1981 Plant Ecology Colorado State University

Ph.D. 1984 Plant Ecology Colorado State University


Introduction to Environmental Studies: Biological Science (ES 102)

Principles of Biology, Evolution and Diversity (BI 212)

Introductory Ecology (BI / ES 340)

Plant Ecology (BI 454/554)

Fire Ecology (ES 480)

Research Interests

California Red Fir (Abies magnifica) grows throughout the Sierra Nevada. A closely related red fir, Noble Fir (Abies procera), grows in the Cascades and Coast ranges of Washington and Oregon. In the Klamath Mountains and Cascades of southern Oregon and northern California grow trees of intermediate morphology. Many botanists have suggested that these intermediates are hybrids.  I am using DNA sequencing to investigate the phylogeny of the red fir complex up and down the West Coast. I hope to use genetic markers from the nuclear, chloroplast, and mitochondrial genomes. These separate genomes are inherited biparentally, paternally, and maternally, respectively, and so potentially allow us to determine which species contributed as pollen donor, egg donor, or both.

Selected Publications:

Welden, C. W. and R. A. Hossler. 2003. Evolution in the lab: Biocide resistance in E. coli. The American Biology Teacher 65:56-61.

Donovan, T. M. and Welden, C. W. 2001. Spreadsheet Exercises in Ecology and Evolution. 556 pp. Sinauer Assoc.

Welden, C. W. 1999. Using spreadsheets to teach ecological modeling. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 80:65-67.

Welden, C. W.,. S. W. Hewett, S. P. Hubbell, and R. B. Foster. 1991. Sapling survival, growth, and recruitment in relationship to canopy height in a neotropical forest. Ecology 72:35-50.

Welden, C. W., W. L. Slauson, and R. T. Ward. 1990. Spatial pattern and interference in pinon-juniper woodlands of northwest Colorado. Great Basin Naturalist 50:313-319.

Welden, C. W., W. L. Slauson, and R. T. Ward. 1988.. Competition and abiotic stress among trees and shrubs in northwest Colorado. Ecology 69:1566-1577. 

Vincent M. Smith

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies

Department of Sociology & Environmental Studies

Taylor Hall 218

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR  97520

(541) 552-6802


Curriculum vitae (pdf)


Ph.D. 2011 – Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

M.S. 2004 – Environmental Science and Education, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 

B.S. 2001 – Biology – Plant Ecology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Courses taught at SOU:

Introduction to Environmental Studies: Social Science (ES 103)

Environmental Applications: Case Study Research (ES 310)

Sustainability and Natural Resources (ES 423)

Environmental Sociology (ES/SOC 420)

The Sociological Imagination (SOC 204)

Social Problems and Policy: Food and Nutrition (SOC 205)

Sociological Practice: Research Design and Writing (SOC 301)

Introduction to Social Research Methods (SOC 326)

Community Studies: Community-Based Research (SOC 310)

Sociology of the Family (SOC 312)

Food, Power, and Agriculture (SOC 425)

Research Interests

My research explores the complex coupled human-environment systems that shape the world in which we live.  I am currently looking specifically at food system design, community food insecurity, and the relationships between food policy and health.  I am also working on research with an undergraduate researcher exploring the nature of food purchasing decisions as they relate to local buying systems.  Overall, my research is driven by community and/or regional problem solving.  I partner with communities to understand socioenvironmental problems and then apply that research in decision-making contexts.  My work spans several traditional disciplinary boundaries including human ecology, environmental sociology, landscape ecology, agroecology, and human geography.

Though my research interests focus specifically around humans and the environment, I enjoy working with students from a wide range of sociological and environmental backgrounds.  I have advised undergraduate capstone research projects on topics as diverse as body modification to permaculture.  I am currently working with two undergraduate research assistants on collaborative research.  I welcome additional committed students with compatible research interests. 

In addition to my curent research interests I actively participate in the teaching and learning community at SOU through workshops, mentoring, and peer-assessment.  I also own and operate Silent Springs, a natural living community and marketplace, and I publish a daily blog on sustainability-related topics titled "The Organic Times."  My daily writing is referenced or shared on sites throughout the internet including widely read sites such as MSNBC and Natural Parenting.  I see blog media as an opportunity to translate sociological and environmental research for the public broadly in ways that are difficult through traditional publication formats.

Selected Publications, Presentations, and Projects

Smith, V.M., Greene, R., Silbernagel, J.M. 2012.  The Social and Spatial Dynamics of Community Food Production.  Landscape Ecology. December 2012, Forthcoming.

Smith, V.M. 2011. Growing Your Own. Wisconsin Garden Journal: Celebrating Our Past, Cultivating Our Future. University of Wisconsin Extension: Madison, WI. 

Smith, V.M., Silbernagel, J.M. 2011.  The Socioeconomic Value of Community Food Production: A Landscape Approach. (Presentation) United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. Portland, OR.

Silbernagel, J.M., Smith, V.M. 2011. Spatial Narratives of the St. Louis River Estuary:  Connecting Science to Spatial Literacy and Stewardship.  (Presentation) International Conference on Great Lakes Research, Duluth, MN, 2011.

Smith, V.M., Behrens, A. 2010. Knowing You Make a Difference:  Community Food Security Assessment and Evaluation.  (Presentation) Community Food Security Coalition National Conference.  New Orleans, LA. 2010.

Smith, V.M. 2008. Environmental Belief Formation in Children:  A Tool for Environmental Education.  VDM Verlag Publishers.  Berlin, Germany.

For additional publications see my full CV

Professor of Sociology

Joint appointment in Social Sciences, Policy & Culture

and Environmental Studies

Taylor Hall, Rm. 214  

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, Oregon 97520

Phone: (541) 552-6761




1993                Ph.D., Sociology, University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara.

1989                M.A., Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara.

1985                B.S., Sociology, University of Oregon. (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)

Courses taught at SOU

Sociological Imagination (Soc 204)            Environmental Studies (ES 210)  

Introduction to Social Research (Soc 326)  People and Forests (Soc 350)

Quantitative Data Analysis (Soc 327)         Sustainability and Nature Resources (ES 423)

Sociology of Religion (Soc 461)                 Environmental Sociology (Soc/ES 420)

Sociology Capstone (Soc 414)                  Environmental Studies Capstone (ES 494)


Ongoing Research

My research interests include resurgent evangelical Protestantism, religion and politics, religion and environmentalism, environmental justice, and community-based social research.  Recent projects involving students include surveys of Ashland Forest Resiliency Project stakeholders, small woodland owners in Oregon, Jackson County residents, and City of Ashland residents.  These community-based projects measure perceptions and behavior ranging from public health concerns to the management of natural resources.




1997    Building Community: Social Science in Action. Philip Nyden, Anne Figert, and Darryl Burrows, co-editors.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. (1997 Paul Davidoff Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning)

1996    Resurgent Evangelicalism in the United States: Mapping Cultural Change Since 1970.  Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. (1997 Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion)


Articles and Book Chapters:

2010    “Sacred Nature: Earth-based Spirituality as Popular Religion in the Secular Northwest.” Journal for the Study of Nature, Culture and Religion, forthcoming.

2008    “The promise and limits of secular spirituality in Cascadia,” in Douglas Todd ed.  Cascadia The Elusive Utopia: Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver B.C.: Ronsdale Press.

2005    “Believing in the None Zone.”  Oregon Humanities, Fall/Winter.

2004    “Secular but spiritual in the Pacific Northwest,” in Patricia O’Connell Killen and Mark Silk, ed.,  Religion & Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

2004    “Surveying the Religious Landscape:  Historical Trends and Current Patterns in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska,” (Patricia Killen, co-author, with assistance from Kellee Boyer and Kellie O’Riley) in Patricia O’Connell Killen and Mark Silk, ed., Religion & Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone.Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

1998    “Silent Epidemic, Environmental Injustice, or Exaggerated Concern?:  Competing Frames in the Media Definition of Childhood Lead Poisoning as a Public Health Problem.”  (Annette Prosterman, co-author.) Organization & Environment, 11: 33-58.

1998    “Born-again and World-affirming: Evangelical Prosperity in the United States.”   The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, July.

1997    “The Greening of Mainline American Religion:  A Sociological Analysis of the Environmental Ethics of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.” (Jonathan Wiggins, co-author).  Social Compass: International Review of Sociology of Religion, 44: 333-348.

1995    “The Californication of American Evangelicalism: Deviance and Cultural Accommodation in a Midwest Vineyard Congregation,” in Mary Jo Neitz and Marion S. Goldman, eds., Sex, Lies, and Sanctity: Deviance and Religion in Contemporary America, Greenwich, CN: JIA Press Inc.

1994    “Religion and Family Values in Presidential Voting.” (Phillip E. Hammond and Peter M. Solow, co-authors.)  Sociology of Religion, 55: 277-290.  (Reprinted in Steve Bruce, Peter Kivisto, and William H. Swatos, Jr., eds., The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the United States Approaches the Year 2000,  London: Transaction, 1994.)

1993    “When the Sacred Returns: An Empirical Test,” (Phillip E. Hammond, co-author) in Eileen Barker, ed., Secularization, Rationalism and Sectarianism, Oxford: Oxford U. Press.

1992    “Religion in Oregon: Demographic Currents in the Mainstream,” in Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 83:82-87.

1991    “The Southernization of American Religion: Testing A Hypothesis,” Sociological Analysis, 52:159-174.

1989    “How New is the New Christian Right?  A Study of Three Presidential Elections,” (G. Benton Johnson, co-author) in Jeffrey Hadden and Anson Shupe, eds., Secularization and Fundamentalism Reconsidered, New York: Paragon House.

Recent Public Lectures

2010    “Sustaining Family Forests—a Cultural Perspective.” Keynote Address. Oregon Small

           Woodland Association. Portland, OR.

2010    Plenary Session, “Spiritual but not Religious.” Earl Lectures, Pacific School of Religion,

          Berkeley, CA.

2008    “Making History.” Commencement Address, Department of Sociology, University of

           Oregon, Eugene, OR.

2005    “Mega-churches and Forest Temples:  An Examination of the Contours of Popular

           Religion in the ‘Secular’ Northwest,” Oregon Chautauqua Lectures, Oregon Council for

           the Humanities.

2004    “Religion, Politics and Policy: From the White House to the School House.”  

           Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, University of Southern California,

           Los Angeles, CA.

2004    “Secular but Spiritual in the Pacific Northwest,” Southern Oregon University.

2001    “Understanding Holy War: The Role of Religion in Recent Terrorism and the U.S.

           Response,” Southern Oregon University.