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Division Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor
PhD – Criminal Justice, Southwest University, 2001; EdD – Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University, 2001; MEd, Education (English emphasis), Southwestern Adventist University, 1997; BA – Public Administration/Criminal Justice, National University, 1985; AS – Law Enforcement, Miramar College, 1983
Lee’s career at SOU began in 1998. Her teaching responsibilities have included a wide array of courses in Criminal Justice and research and writing courses, practicums and internships, capstones and University Seminar. Since 2013, as an appointed member of the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), Lee has been part of the state entity responsible for ensuring pathways for Oregonians’ educational success and works with partners across the public and private higher education arena. Lee’s board memberships include the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and Jackson County Community Works. She is a current member and the former chair of the Jackson County Public Safety Coordinating Council. She has also served on the Research Board for the Oregon Department of Corrections, as the President of Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate for the former Oregon University System, and as Chair of the SOU Faculty Senate.
Senior Instructor II
PhD – English, University of Nevada, 2002; MA – English, University of Northern Colorado, 1992; BA – English, Southern Oregon University, 1989
Deb is an energetic instructor who loves helping students achieve their best work. She has taught a wide array of composition courses and is inspired by good literature and storytelling. Her University Seminar theme centers on the literature of war and follows up on ideas first explored in her PhD dissertation, A Strange New Consciousness: The War Writings of Mrs. Humphry Ward. Deb’s service to SOU includes being Program Chair, Faculty Senate Secretary (and member), Senate Advisory Council member, and a member of committees and/or task-force groups linked to financial aid, academic standards and excellence, textbooks, technology, First-Year Experience, veterans, and mentoring/tutoring in a campus environment. Deb knows SOU! She has given her time and leadership to Future Farmers of America, Jackson County 4-H Organizations, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Northwest Seasonal Workers, and the Jackson County Fair as well as volunteering her can-do attitude for innumerable sports teams, fundraisers, and community events.
Adjunct Instructor and Bridge Program Co-Coordinator
PhD – Literatures in English, The University of California, San Diego, 2018; BA – English and Anthropology, Southern Oregon University, 2011.
Danielle is living her dream of teaching at her Alma Mater, SOU. The wonderful professors that guided her time in school here also inspired her to pursue a career teaching in higher education, so she is happy to be able to give back to the Southern Oregon community. As a student, Danielle was also a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar, and her time in this wonderful program taught her the importance of encouraging diversity in higher education. To this end, Danielle works as a co-coordinator for the SOU Bridge program. She is happy to dedicate her time and energy to helping the underrepresented Oregon students in this program to thrive in their first year of college. In her own research, Danielle is fascinated by the literary representations of madness and haunting in Irish literature. She is specifically interested in how authors from marginalized groups use literature as a revolutionary tool to express their own cultural oppression. She continues this theme in her University Seminar course: Unsolved Mysteries. Her seminar course looks at how many pop-culture monsters can be symbols of much deeper cultural issues. She also loves a good scary story!
PhD, English, Duke University, 1993; MA, English, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Duke University, 1988; BA, Creative Writing, College of Wooster, 1986
Warren Hedges has served as a tenured professor in SOU’s English department, and later helped create the Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA) major. He has wide-ranging interests, and has taught courses for the English, Art, EMDA, and Communication departments as well as University Seminar and the Honors College. Before coming to SOU in 1996, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. His current research focuses on video games, and on how speculative genres such as science fiction and fantasy help us to imagine more inclusive cultures, societies, and worlds.
PhD – Theatre (History and Criticism), The City University of New York, 1991; MA – Theatre (Acting and Directing), Portland State University, 1976; BA – Speech and Theatre, Portland State University, 1973
For the past 20 years or so, Alan has been enjoying teaching courses in Speech, Communications, and Theatre at several colleges and universities including New York City College of Technology, Westchester Community College, and Yeshiva University. However, before moving into the academic world, he was the Program Director at the American Theatre Wing in NYC where he was responsible for running the Wing’s Educational and Community outreach programs as well as assisting the Executive Director with the planning and execution of events related to the Tony Awards. Prior to working at the American Theatre Wing, Alan worked professionally in the theatre as an actor and stage manager. He has worked under numerous Equity contracts (Off-Broadway, LORT, CORST, TYA, SPT). As a performer, he has worked Off-Broadway in the original production of The Fantasticks, and regionally at the Barter Theatre and Meadowbrook Theatre, among others. As a stage manager, he has worked at New York City Ballet, Forbidden Broadway, TheatreWorks USA, and The Mountain Playhouse. In his free time, Alan is a wood carver, creating art pieces out of wine barrel staves and other reclaimed wood.
MA – English (Rhetoric & Composition), Portland State University, 1993; BA – English, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1991
Laura is an experienced and dedicated teacher who has worked with university students since 1992. Her strong, gentle leadership guides students to pursue their passions with confidence and perseverance. Her interests have led her to publish works of nature writing, travel journalism, and educational medical writing. In graduate school, she specialized in Literature of the English Romantic poets, Early 20th Century American novelists, and Rhetoric and Composition. As a lifelong learner, Laura has been able to connect her talents as a writer, grant writer, organizer and compassionate teacher to help those who are differently abled and those who are seeking medical and/or caregiving information. Laura’s current research interests and skills have led her to volunteer in the community as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League Leader, collaborating with healthcare professionals in Southern Oregon Lactation Association (SOLA). Laura serves on SOU’s Planning Board, the Strategic Planning Committee and the University Curriculum Committee. She is active in the piloting course designs for non-traditional learners and contributes her expertise to peer mentoring, and support programs and initiatives (Bridge Program, First-Year Mentors, resource centers on campus, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) training.
Juris Doctor (JD) – Law and Government Certificate, Willamette University College of Law, 2013; BA – Politics, History and Legal Studies, University of San Francisco, 2005
Matt works to equip students with the skills needed to clearly articulate their own ideas and to express them to a variety of audiences and in any situation. Though once pursuing his own law practice, Matt is inspired by teaching and has taught at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, focusing on leadership skills, expository writing, research writing, and interpersonal communication courses. Because of his background and training as a lawyer, Matt draws on the rhetorical and logical foundations of legal analysis and encourages his students to apply these concepts to their own disciplines. Matt continues his scholarship on topics and inquiry related to freedom of speech, mass hysteria, and family law. He is currently an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar.
Senior Instructor II
PhD – History, University of Notre Dame, 1992; BA – Biology, BS – Chemistry, University of Oregon, 1982
Craig began his academic career in the chemical and biological sciences, but his fascination with the humanistic side of scientific inquiry led him to pursue a master’s in the history and philosophy of science and a doctorate in European History with an emphasis in the history of science and medicine. His PhD dissertation examined the ideas and science of Ilya Metchnikoff, the eccentric Russian pathologist who became one of the first immunologists and who popularized yogurt as a health food in the early 1900s. After a postdoctoral position at Stanford University studying the history of recent immunology, Craig taught for ten years at the Lyman Briggs School of Science at Michigan State University, where he embraced “The Best of Both Worlds” by teaching the history and philosophy of science and medicine to pre-science and pre-med majors. Moving back to the Rogue Valley in 2001, he soon found himself teaching at SOU, where he developed a University Seminar course that focuses on the art, science, and ethics of medicine. His hobbies include bodybuilding and aquaria keeping.
Senior Instructor I; Program Chair, University Seminar
PhD (ABD) – Transformative Studies – California Institute of Integral Studies; MA – English Literature, University of Oregon, 1985; BA – English & BA – French, University of Oregon, 1983
Elizabeth’s research interests center on the nature of learning, the art and craft of teaching, and the quality of education. In a changing world, how do we sustain, innovate and energize our knowledge and our wisdom? Her dissertation research explores how the elemental and essential qualities of tricksters inform teaching theory and practice. Elizabeth’s modus operandi with teaching is to grapple with ideas and information in ways that help us to dialogue, to be more aware of the shared and systemic interconnections that shape our lives, and to appreciate and manage ambiguity. She embraces learning with diverse, inclusive, and transdisciplinary perspectives because big questions require wide-ranging scrutiny. Her work is defined by curiosity, creativity, playfulness, empathy, and a deep and abiding love of the natural world. Elizabeth’s inquisitive nature and commitment to lifelong inquiry have led her to explore arts-based research, storytelling and narrative, folklore and mythology, indigenous music, food politics, social justice, ethology, positive psychology, and especially the transformative potential of education in its many forms.