2018 New Faculty Profiles

Air Force ROTC

photo of Major John David Gasa

Major John David Gasa Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC

"Major Gasa has served the Air Force in multiple roles, including Weather Flight Commander and Joint Meteorological and Oceanographic Officer."

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Colonel Eric Leshinsky

Colonel Eric Leshinsky Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC

"I'm excited to help others seek and find their paths to success. Having learned how to balance the demands of school, work, AFROTC, and intercollegiate sports as a cadet, I appreciate the opportunity to mentor others to do the same – and even better."

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Captain Drew Lindley

Captain Drew Lindley Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC

"I am an Air Force Officer committed to developing premier leaders of character for the Air Force. "

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Captain Bryan Scism

Captain Bryan Scism Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC

"Captain Scism’s recent assignment included planning and constructing over 156 facilities across 19 North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries."

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Priya Mani

Priya Mani Lecturer of Microbiology, Biology

"I aim to share my knowledge about the connection between microorganisms, human health, and our shared environment on this planet."

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Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun

Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun Assistant Professor of Design, Pamplin School of Business

"I am always seeking opportunities to participate in projects with NGOs and governments to address social inequalities, design promotion, and innovation development."

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W. Paige Hall

W. Paige Hall Assistant Professor, Chemistry

"I look forward to interdisciplinary teaching and research projects in physical and analytical chemistry."

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College of Arts & Sciences

Herbert Medina

Herbert Medina Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

"I believe that the most important thing that we can do as educators is to cultivate the talent and promote the personal and professional growth of the students who trust us with their education."

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Joan Flora

Joan Flora Director of Student Placements, School of Education

"Joan comes to the University of Portland with many experiences in education, from teaching to instructional coaching to leading districts through curriculum adoption processes."

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Martin Cenek

Martin Cenek Associate Professor of Computer Science, Shiley School of Engineering

"My research focuses on building models to study socio-ecological systems that aid in answering questions of how we, as a society, interact with natural resources and the environment at a time of global ecological change."

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Radana Dvorak

Radana Dvorak Instructor, Shiley School of Engineering

"My interest in emerging technologies and education has inspired me to focus on helping organizations with the transitions triggered by the enormous changes technology has brought."

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Gregg Meyer

Gregg Meyer Instructor, Shiley School of Engineering

"Gregg is a mechanical engineering instructor, journeyman machinist, and inventor, connecting ideas, people, and technologies to solve real-world problems while inspiring and empowering students."

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Environmental Studies

Sharon Delcambre

Sharon Delcambre Visiting Instructor, Environmental Studies

"I love watching students make the connection between the theory and application while in the field."

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Performing & Fine Arts

Susan McDaniel

Susan McDaniel Lecturer, Performing and Fine Arts

"Susan has appeared widely as a solo and collaborative pianist and maintains an active performing career."

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Don Norton

Don Norton Assistant Professor, Performing and Fine Arts

"Don is a saxophonist and educator with teaching interests in jazz and saxophone performance, improvisation, and jazz history. "

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Political Science

Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi

Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science

"Lara-Zuzan established a non-profit NGO that was selected as one of the ten winners of the United Nations 2015 Global Diversity Contest."

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Laura Blackhurst

Laura Blackhurst Instructor, School of Nursing

"I am interested in the application of active learning strategies, expanding the role of technology in the classroom, and promoting critical thinking and decision making in nursing students."

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Jodine Blankenship

Jodine Blankenship Instructor, School of Nursing

"I have a passion for teaching, precepting, and orienting students to the field of nursing."

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Emma Smith

Emma Smith Instructor, School of Nursing

"I enjoy fostering education and growth, while sharing my experiences with the new graduate and student nurses I precept in acute care."

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Nikki Warthen

Nikki Warthen Instructor, School of Nursing

"Nursing is such a great career and I love being instrumental in supporting the next generation of nurses. My passion is experiential teaching and I enjoy the enthusiasm of my students."

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Fr. James King, C.S.C.

Fr. James King, C.S.C. Instructor, Theology

"Fr. King is the author of 'Known by Name: Inside the Halls of Notre Dame and Holy Cross and Christian Education.'"

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