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Southern Oregon University


 Southern OregonUniversity (2006-present)

  • President and Professor of English

 Stephen F. Austin State University (2003-2006)

  • Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English

 California State University, Stanislaus (1996-2003)

  • Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Sciences and Professor of English

 California StateUniversity, Hayward (now CSUEast Bay) (1981-1996)

  • Director, Office of Faculty Development and FacultyCenter for Excellence in Teaching (1994-1996)
  • Interim Dean, School of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences (1992-93)
  • Chair, Department of English (1991-92; 1993-94) and Chair, Academic Senate (1993-1994)
  • Full Professor, Department of English (1992). Tenured, Department of English (1991)
  • Associate Professor, Department of English, and Director, Composition Program (1987-91)
  • Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Marketing (1981-1987)

 University of California, Berkeley  (1980-1981)

  • Writing Consultant, MBA Program


Ph.D., English Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1978). Dissertation entitled The Possibilities of History in Five Novels by Sir Walter Scott

M.A., English Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1973)

B.A., magna cum laude, Honors English, University of Pennsylvania (1972)


Governor’s Executive Development Program (Texas), 2004

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Senior Fellows’ Program, 2004

Management Development Program (MDP), HarvardUniversity, 1994


  • Business Communication: Principles and Processes, second edition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993). First edition: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1988)
  • American Women Writers: Diverse Voices in Prose Since 1845 [ed. with E. Barrett]. St. Martin’s Press (1992)
  • Business English for Industry and the Professions, Dryden Press (1986)
  • Susan Ferrier, G. K. Hall & Co. (1984)


  • “Quality Enhancement in an Age of Declining Resources: Case Studies from the Public Liberal Arts Sector” [panel member], Association of American Colleges and Universities (January 2013), Atlanta, GA
  • “Developing International Partnerships for Deep Learning: Beyond the MOU”  [presenter], American Association of Colleges and Universities (January 2011), San Francisco, CA
  • “Living with (and Embracing) Change in Public Higher Education[presenter], Oregon State University Humanities Council (April 2008), Corvallis, OR
  • “Commitment and Engagement: Southern Oregon University Prepares an Experienced Workforce” [presenter], Dankook University (October 2007), Seoul, Korea
  • “Academic Advising: The Provost’s Challenge” [panel convener and presenter], American Association of State Colleges and Universities (February 2006), Charleston, SC
  • “Issues in Student Advising” [panel convener and presenter], American Association of State Colleges and Universities (July 2005), Snowbird, UT
  • “Supporting Faculty in Lean Budget Times” [panel convener and presenter], American Association of State Colleges and Universities (February 2005), San Diego, CA
  • “Part-Time Faculty: Evaluation and Professional Development” [panel presenter], American Association of State Colleges and Universities summer meeting (July 2004), Albuquerque, NM
  • “From Hiring to Retiring: Mentoring Faculty Throughout Their Careers” [panel presenter], Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences national conference (November 2002), San Francisco, CA
  • “The Dean’s Role in Planning a Building for Classrooms and Academic Departments: Processes and Approaches” [panel presenter], Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences national conference (November 2001), Washington, D.C.
  • “Managing Curricular Change” [panel presenter], AAHE Summer Academy (July 2001), Breckinridge, CO
  • “Connecting the University and Community Colleges: A Partnership that Brings Results for Students” [panel organizer and presenter], American Association of Higher Education national meeting (March 2001), Washington, D.C.
  • “Transforming General Education: Process for Change”  [presenter], American Conference of Academic Deans national meeting (November 2000), San Francisco, CA
  • “Evaluating Creative Work: Ensuring Fairness in the Review of Arts Faculty” [panel organizer and facilitator], Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences national conference (November 2000), Toronto, Canada


  • “Commitment to Regional Sustainability: Southern Oregon University as Environmental Steward”  Presidential Reflection in AASCU monograph (forthcoming 2013)
  • “Professor or Administrator?” (co-authored with Eileen Barrett), Chronicle of Higher Education (April 3, 2013)
  • “Southern Oregon University: A Case Study for Change in the ‘New Normal,’”  Proceedings, TIAA-CREF Institute, Smart Leadership in Difficult Times (November 2009)
  • “The Ones We Didn’t Hire,” Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network    (February 12, 2002)
  • “Creative Thinking in the Mountain Air: CSU Stanislaus” [invited article]. AAHE Bulletin, (December 2001)
  • “What Does a Dean Do?” Chronicle of Higher Education  (March 9, 2001)
  • “The Possibilities of History in Old Mortality.” Philological Quarterly  58 (Summer 1979)
  • “History and Language in Scott’s Redgauntlet.” Studies in English Literature  XVIII (Autumn 1978)


  • Paul Harris Award, Medford Rotary (2013)
  • CASE 2011 District VIII Leadership Award (2011)
  • Primary proposal writer and principal investigator for W. M. Keck Foundation grant, $440,000 to equip a language laboratory (2003)
  • 2002 Educator of the Year Award from the Portuguese Education Foundation of Central California (2002)
  • CaliforniaStateUniversity system grant (with I. Guzman Wagner) to design and implement a three-year collaborative math and English project with local high schools, $402,000 per year (1999-2002)
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing grant (with I. Guzman Wagner) for CSU Stanislaus Blended Program of Undergraduate Teacher Preparation, $50,000 per year (1999-2001)      
  • California State University Academic Opportunity Fund award to design, organize, and host a system-wide conference on enhancing collaborative learning through technology, $15,000 (1995)


  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (Board of Directors)
  • Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (Board of Directors)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ashland Coalition, Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorary member, Ashland Rotary
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Middle States Commission on Higher Education (chair, visiting accreditation teams, 2010, 2012)