Ellen Underwood, MA
Ellen Underwood is an Assistant Professor in the College of Optometry. As a multilingual writing specialist, she helps students develop the communication skills they need for a career in the vision sciences. Before joining Pacific University, Underwood taught academic writing and communication at University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK and at Northwest Minzu University in Lanzhou, China. She earned an MA in Rhetoric and Composition and TESOL from Washington State University. Her research interests tend to lie in the area of sociolinguistics, especially in projects that use discourse analysis to evaluate how classroom talk aligns with desired pedagogical outcomes.