OSU Participants

Lucy Arellano

Assistant Professor
Adult and Higher Education
College of Education
Lucy conducts research on persistence, retention, and degree completion for emerging majority student populations. Her work is grounded in the concepts of diversity, campus climates, campus engagement, and student co-curricular involvement. She examines campus environments and how they influences student success. Her work also investigates student mobility across multiple colleges/universities and varying institutional types. Prior to her arrival at Oregon State, Lucy served as the research and assessment specialist in the office of the vice chancellor for students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She also taught in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program at the University of California, Riverside.

John Bailey

Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management
College of Forestry
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 4B
Silviculture Is The Tool for Achieving Many Management Objectives:
My research focuses on using traditional and experimental silviculture practices to achieve a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, fire risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration. The art and science of forest management has not fundamentally changed in the last decade, but the objectives have broadened and become more controversial. This forces our forest management actions to be more creative, complex, adaptive and defensible. We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.

Kathy Becker-Blease

School of Psychological Science
College of Liberal Arts
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 2C
Dr. Becker-Blease earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2002, with an emphasis in developmental traumatology. She then completed a 2-year post-doctoral internship at the Family Research Lab/Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked at Oregon State University since 2005. Areas of interest include: Child abuse and trauma across the lifespan; Ethical methods for researching and teaching about trauma and other difficult topics; Science of teaching and learning.

Vrushali A. Bokil

College of Science
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 3B
ADVANCE Faculty Fellow 2017-2018
Professor Bokil received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston in 2003 under the direction of Professor Roland Glowinski. Before coming to Oregon State University, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University, under the mentorship of Professor H.T. Banks. Bokil, an August 2017 seminar graduate in the College of Science, received the first ADVANCE Faculty Fellow award of 2017-2018. Her Fellow project is focused on embedding a systems of oppression perspective in Graduate Student professional development seminars. She successfully piloted the seminar in the Math department along with PhD candidate in Mathematics, Emerald Stacy, and will work with her Associate Dean to integrate the seminar across all College of Science departments. She will additionally communicate with the Dean of the Graduate School to explore creating such a seminar for all graduate students across the university.

Glencora Borradaile

Associate Professor & Associate School Head
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering Dean’s Professor
Computer Science
College of Engineering
Glencora Borradaile has a B.Sc. in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario (2002) and a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University (2008). Before starting as faculty at Oregon State, she was a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the Combinatorics and Optimization Department at the University of Waterloo. Her research in algorithms started with traditional network flow and design problems in planar graphs. She still pursues these avenues, inspired by potential applications to problems in road networks, image processing and telecommunication networks. More generally she is interested in discrete optimization problems.

Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 2C
ADVANCE Faculty Fellow 2017-2018
Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Oregon State University. He earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont in 2009 and 2012, respectively. His primary field of research is electrical infrastructure resilience and protection, in particular, the study of cascading outages. His power system modeling work includes modern loads, microgrids, remedial action schemes, and cyber security. Cotilla-Sanchez is the secretary of the IEEE Working Group on Cascading Failures and president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Oregon Chapter. As an 2017-2018 ADVANCE Faculty Fellow Eduardo will participate in the assembling and review of the Action Plans created by all ADVANCE graduates in their college or unit, analyzing both planned and carried-out actions to find patterns and alignments across units and colleges. The Fellows will help to coalesce plans across units into sustainable practices that support an equitable and socially just academic climate, thus helping to move the work of OREGON STATE ADVANCE forward in a more integrated way.

Gloria Crisp

College of Education
Gloria is a Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program and Co-Editor of New Directions for Institutional Research. Her scholarship is grounded by her personal and professional experiences at institutions that provide broad access to students. Gloria’s research, supported by the National Science Foundation, the Association for Institutional Research and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, is focused toward studying the relationship between promising and high impact programs and students’ academic success outcomes at colleges and universities. She is also engaged in empirical work to describe and better understand the role of 4-year institutions that offer broad access to students.

Ana Lu Fonseca

Assistant Director, Diversity
Outreach and Engagement / Extension Administration
Assistant Director, DEI
Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement
College of Liberal Arts
4-H Latino Outreach Coordinator
College of Public Health and Human Services
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 3A
Ana Lucia Fonseca has always had a passion for social change and the value that authenticity brings to organizations and the world. Before being an Assistant Director, she was working as an Extension faculty in various community engagement programs such as creating Culturally Relevant STEM and Healthy Living curriculum. She has a BS in Social Psychology and MS in Natural Resource Education and Extension and is currently working on her PhD in Education. Before working at OSU she worked for the Federal Mexican Government implementing innovative rural development programs for indigenous communities. Areas of interest include: social justice, intersection between innovation and diversity, culturally relevant programming, healthy living and community empowerment.

Deborah John

College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Population Health and Place Specialist
OSU Extension Service
Senior Staff, Chair, Internal Evaluation Team
Deborah has a majority appointment in Public Health Extension and is a member of the Kinesiology program faculty. She serves as the statewide Extension specialist for Health Equity and Place, and as senior personnel leading the internal evaluation for Oregon State ADVANCE. Her participatory research engages communities and focuses on the interplay of attributes of people with attributes of place to influence lifestyle behaviors, health outcomes, and health equity. She has directed these efforts toward rural populations/subpopulations, such as children, low-income families, women, racial/ethnic groups, and older adults, and household, school, worksite, rural, Native American/American Indian tribal and reservation community contexts.

Jeff Kenney

Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jeff first joined OSU in May 2012 and has previously served as the Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Outreach & Services, Associate Director for Research and Assessment and Associate Director for Community Dialogue & Engagement in the department of Diversity & Cultural Engagement. The focus of Jeff’s career has been the design, implementation and evaluation of curricular and co-curricular learning experiences. Jeff’s work centers on the transformative potential of social justice education, and the curation of learning environments which cultivate consciousness, literacy and engagement with sociopolitical issues. Jeff also serves as affiliate faculty within the School of Language, Culture and Society. His research areas of interest include: critical pedagogy, faculty development, educational research ethics and liberatory frameworks in organizational design. Jeff completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Clemson University where he was a Graduate Alumni Fellow. His dissertation research focused on contingent STEM faculty at public colleges and universities who integrate social justice education with their curriculum and instruction.

Kate MacTavish

Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences
Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Initiatives
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
My research centers on examining how small towns and rural places function for the children and families who call them home. Since 1997, I have been examining contextual factors that shape developmental pathways for children and youth in the distinctly lower-income rural context of a trailer park. In Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park, Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish explore the role of the trailer park as a source of affordable housing. America’s trailer parks, most in rural places, shelter an estimated 12 million people, and the authors show how these parks serve as a private solution to a pressing public need. Singlewide considers the circumstances of families with school-age children in trailer parks serving whites in Illinois, Hispanics in New Mexico, and African Americans in North Carolina.

Liz Schroeder

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Economics Program
School of Public Policy
College of Liberal Arts
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 4B
Liz joined Oregon State University in 2010 after receiving her Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University. Her research interests include Applied Econometrics, Development, and Applied Microeconomics. Liz currently serves as a reviewer for Journal of Development Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Development Studies, World Development, European Journal of Development Research, American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Since 2007 Liz has served as a consultant for the World Bank.

Shelby Walker

Oregon Sea Grant
ADVANCE Seminar Cohort 3B
Sea Grant Director Shelby Walker provides leadership and guidance for the entire program, from strategic planning to the operation of its research, public engagement and marine education efforts. Along with directors of the 30 other Sea Grant programs across the U.S., she serves on the Sea Grant Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the Sea Grant program concept, setting national and regional program priorities, and advocating for greater understanding, use, and conservation of marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources. She is also a member of the team steering development of a Marine Studies Initiative and Campus in Newport, where Sea Grant manages the HMSC Visitor Center and public marine education programming.