Pacific Faculty Granted Tenure, Promotions, Sabbaticals

The Pacific University Board of Trustees in March granted tenure to three faculty members and reviewed promotions and sabbatical leaves to several faculty members.

Tenure Appointments

Steve Rhine, EdD
Full Professor, School of Learning and Teaching, College of Education 

Dr. Steve Rhine coordinates the General Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program for the School of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education. He received his doctorate from UCLA in administration, curriculum and teaching studies. Before entering teacher education he taught high school mathematics for 11 years. Steve has been awarded numerous federal and other grants focusing on mathematics education and uses of educational technology that total approximately $4 million. He has presented at multiple conferences around the world and has published four books. His most recent is “How Students Think When Doing Algebra” by Information Age Press.

Anne Hogan, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Audiology, College of Health Professions

Dr. Anne Hogan joined Pacific University in June 2013. Dr. Hogan worked clinically in North Carolina at a major medical center prior to pursuing her doctorate. Her research has focused on foundational study toward improving delivery of vestibular rehabilitation therapy, and she is eager to extend that research through multidisciplinary collaborations in the College of Health Professions and beyond. Dr. Hogan completed a bachelor of science in communication disorders from Central Missouri State University in 2000 and a master of science in communication sciences and disorders (audiology emphasis) from Southwest Missouri State University in 2002, and then went on to earn a doctor of philosophy in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University in 2013. In her down time, Dr. Hogan enjoys cooking, eating, and most outdoors activities, and loves exploring all those interests in Oregon. She also was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor this spring.

R. Brigg Turner, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions

Dr. Turner's main interest is antimicrobial stewardship: the appropriate use of antibiotics to ensure adequate treatment while limiting antibiotic resistance and side effects. Hospital and clinic-based stewardship are areas that require more research and greater efforts. Dr. Turner practices at Tuality Healthcare and the Virginia Garcia clinic. Dr. Turner holds a bachelor of science in neuroscience from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2007, and a PharmD from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa., 2011. His PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency was at West Virginia University Healthcare, Morgantown, W.V., in 2012 and his PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at West Virginia University Healthcare, Morgantown, W.V., in 2013. Outside the classroom Dr. Turner has four young children. He spends most of his time with his family and enjoys local traveling, hiking, going to the beach, going to church, and home improvement. He also was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor this spring.


Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Irina Gelman, PsyD

Dr. Irina Gelman is an assistant professor at the Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology, where she serves as the director of the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics (PCH) and an APA-accredited internship training program. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed an APA-accredited internship at Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics (formally Pacific Psychology Clinic) and a postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. She has taught for Pacific for six years and served as associate director of PCH and internship for five years before stepping to her current role in January 2018. Dr. Gelman’s work focuses on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, hoarding, and related disorders. She has served on the Multnomah County Hoarding Taskforce steering committee for four years and leads a community training group. She specializes in interprofessional collaboration and education, with a focus on developing integrated care opportunities in community mental health settings. Over the past five years, Dr. Gelman has been involved in developing training activities at PCH to include greater focus on integrative healthcare. Her scholarly work is focused on healthcare integration and interprofessional training. Other areas of interest include hoarding disorder advocacy and treatment, implementation of community outreach into psychology training, and addressing current issues in doctoral-level training.

William F. Hefner, O.D., M.Ed., M.S.S., F.A.A.O

Dr. Hefner has served as the interim Portland Clinic Director, the lead instructor for two courses and the lead lab instructor for two others since joining the College of Optometry faculty in July 2017. He completed his doctor of optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry in 1996. He then stayed on staff an additional year as a teaching fellow and completed his master of education in 1997. Dr. Hefner spent 1997 to 2017 in a successful private practice, focusing on primary care, vision therapy, pediatrics, and sports vision enhancement. He currently serves as the Medical Group Commander for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Kansas. Additionally, Dr. Hefner serves as the co-chair of the College Curriculum Committee, co-chair of the Faculty Search Committee, the faculty mentor for the university women’s lacrosse team, and as a member of the University Health and Safety Committee. Dr. Hefner’s research interest focuses on pediatric glaucoma, vision and learning, and pediatric vision care, while his clinical interest is primary care.

Jeremy Hilliard, PT, DPT

Jeremy Hilliard has been the director of clinical education in Pacific University’s Physical Therapy Program since August 2015 and was previously the program’s assistant academic coordinator of clinical education for two years. He received his entry-level doctor of physical therapy from Pacific in 2008 and worked three years as a staff physical therapist for Therapeutic Associates NE Portland, one year as clinic director with ProActive Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and four years as adjunct faculty before joining Pacific’s core faculty in 2013. He is an active member of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, serving as a board member since 2014 and the secretary since 2017. He is involved in legislative advocacy as a member of the OPTA’s Government Affairs Committee and has been their Political Action Committee Chair since 2009. His scholarly contributions include, most recently, a systematic review on electromagnetic energy and textbook chapters regarding evidence-based practice and materials and technology in orthotics and prosthetics.

Jo Isgrigg, PhD

Dr. Jo Isgrigg joined Pacific University in January 2016 as the inaugural director of Pacific University’s Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects. She received her PhD in public administration and policy, with emphases in health policy, health systems, and research methods, from Portland State University. She has held leadership positions in the healthcare industry and in nonprofit organizations, and previously taught public health and health administration courses at Portland State University. Her research and public policy work focuses on topics related to healthcare workforce and health professions education. 

Lydia Jackson, MS, PA-C

Lydia Jackson PA-C obtained her undergraduate degree at Colorado College, with a major in biology in 2003. She attended Duke University Physician Assistant Studies Program and graduated with a master's in health science and, after passing her PANCE in August 2008, got her certificate to practice medicine as a physician assistant. She has practiced underserved primary care medicine at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center since 2008. In July of 2013, she transitioned to join Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies as a co-faculty, a position which she helped create. As a co-faculty she has developed a clinical family medicine rotation curriculum and supporting learning material that has been lauded as innovative by the Pacific University College of Health Professions.

James Moore, PhD

Dr. Jim Moore teaches in politics and government and is the director of political outreach for the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement. He was educated at Stanford University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (where he had to live in Carmel), receiving his PhD in political science from Northwestern University in 1995. Moore was an adjunct, then became full time at the University of Portland. He came to Pacific in 2003, starting as an adjunct, then moving to term and extended term positions as an assistant professor. Moore’s professional life is filled with teaching at Pacific and in the larger community. He has been called “Oregon’s Civics Teacher” because of all his work with the media and giving hundreds of talks over the years.

Wilber Ramirez-Rodriguez, RDH, BSDH

Dr. Wilber Ramirez-Rodriguez is a licensed dental hygienist in the state of Oregon and Washington and also has been a licensed dentist in Perú since 2001. Prior to moving to the United States, Ramírez-Rodríguez completed his bachelor in stomatology and graduated as doctor in dental surgeon. He worked as a public health dentist in rural areas of Perú and volunteered for the Peruvian Red Cross for several years. He received his dental hygiene degree at Pacific University in 2010. In August 2010, Ramírez-Rodríguez became an adjunct faculty in the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies. In 2013, he became the first co-faculty in conjunction of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. In 2017, he was appointed to manage the Smile Care Everywhere program and promoted to assistant professor. Ramírez-Rodríguez’s current position is dental outreach coordinator. Ramírez-Rodríguez is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, Mobile Health Care Association, and the Hispanic Dental Association. 

Associate Professor to Full Professor

Fawzy Elbarbry, BSPharm, MSPharm, PhD, RPh, BCPS

Dr. Elbarbry obtained a BSc in pharmacy and MSc in pharmaceutical chemistry from Tanta University College of Pharmacy, a premier pharmacy school in Egypt and the Middle East. Subsequently, he obtained a PhD in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, followed by two years of postdoctoral fellowship from College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2008, he joined Pacific University School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor. Additionally, and through the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certification (FPGEC) Program, he became a registered pharmacist in the state of Washington, where he has practiced on an on-call basis as a clinical pharmacist since 2013. As an academician and a pharmacist, he has demonstrated strong interest and ability to promote innovation in pharmacy services, practice at the advanced level, educate, conduct nationally recognized scholarship, and to provide leadership. In the past 11 years, Dr. Elbarbry has been actively teaching in the pharmacy curriculum. His teaching and course coordination has been recognized in many ways by his peers, students, and administrators. Dr. Elbarbry serves as an editor and active reviewer for more than 15 journals and granting agencies. Dr. Elbarbry is an active member with several local, national, and international professional organization such as Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP), AACP, and Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF). Outside academia and practice, Dr. Elbarbry enjoys reading history books, playing and coaching soccer.

Katherine Elder, PhD

Dr. Katherine Elder is an associate professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado – Boulder and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine Eating Disorders and Obesity Research Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific University, she was the director of the Psychological and Behavioral Health Service for the Surgical Weight Reduction Program at OHSU. Dr. Elder’s work has focused on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, body image and weight-related concerns; psychological issues in bariatric surgery; body positive approaches to weight management; and public health and individual consequences of obesity stigma. A relatively new area of interest is the use of art to improve community and individual health and well-being.

Fraser C. Horn, OD, FAAO

Dr. Fraser Horn has been associate dean of academic programs for the College of Optometry at Pacific University since July 2012. He completed his doctor of optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry in 2004 and a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Perry Point VA in 2005.  From 2005 to 2012 he was an assistant professor at Pacific. He was the clinical director for three of our clinics from 2007 to 2012. His passion is sports vision, where he works with the Pacific University Athletics Department, professional teams, local athletes, and provides consulting for industry. He has published multiple articles on sports vision and provided service to multiple national organizations. 

Beth Kinoshita, OD, FAAO

Dr. Kinoshita serves as the director of the Pacific EyeClinic in Forest Grove and as an instructor for the Contact Lens and Patient Care courses. She is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum and of the Contact Lens Residency Program at Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Kinoshita is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the AAO. She lectures and conducts research on topics related to contact lens complications and specialty contact lens fitting and design. 

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO

Dr. Lampa received his doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry.  After graduation he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific. He is currently an associate professor in the College of Optometry, where he is involved with specialty contact lens fitting, contact lens instruction, and clinical research. He is also currently an associate in a private practice in Silverton, Ore.

Mark Pedemonte, MD

Dr. Mark Pedemonte, following his education and postgraduate training (internship) at a busy intercity county hospital, Mark spent four years working as a physician in various medical settings, including primary care offices, as an emergency room physician, and as a physician at the Humboldt State University student health center. The majority of this time was spent as an employee of the Hupa Native American people in their reservation clinic and hospital. He was welcomed by the people he served and greatly values the enrichment these years provided him. Following his years in primary care, Mark continued his post graduate training in an anesthesia residency becoming a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology. For the following 18 years Mark worked as an anesthesiologist at a busy underserved intercity hospital, at a regional trauma center, and finished his professional medical career at a free standing surgery center. During his tenures in the hospital setting he acted a chairman of the Department of Anesthesia Services and was a member of the Executive Committee (physician governance of the hospital). At the East Bay Surgery Center, he spent several years as chairman of the Quality Counsel, a body whose responsibilities included all aspects of operations related the quality of care provided to patients by the facility. Following retirement from active medical practice in 2003, Mark continued in his role as chair of the Quality Counsel for many months. At this time, he became a guest lecturer at Pacific’s School of Physician Assistant Studies. He found he enjoyed the academic setting and applied for and was given a part time faculty position as an associate professor with the school in 2005.  The part-time appointment quickly morphed into a full time position. He was advanced in rank to associate professor in 2010.

Sigrid Roberts, PhD

Dr. Sigrid Roberts joined Pacific University in 2007 and is currently the assistant dean for pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Germany, where she completed her undergraduate education. Her first experience in the U.S. was as an exchange student at the University of Wyoming and she subsequently earned her PhD from the University of Iowa. Her research is in neglected tropical diseases, and she focuses on identifying and characterizing therapeutic targets in Leishmania parasites. Sigrid teaches biochemistry, cancer biology/therapy, and infectious diseases. In her free time, Sigrid likes to read and travel and she enjoys the outdoors hiking, canoeing, or skiing.

Karren Timmermans, PhD

Dr. Karren Timmermans is the program coordinator for the Reading Interventionist Endorsement and the MEd and Advanced Placement Programs in the School of Learning and Teaching. Dr. Timmermans has been on faculty on the Eugene Campus since 2007. She received her PhD in early childhood, family literacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2008. Her teaching primarily focuses on literacy assessments and methodology. Her scholarly work centers on the areas of the vision and reading development, using children’s literature in the classroom, and dyslexia. Her community service work is directed toward supporting rural public libraries across the country.

Jaye Cee Whitehead, PhD

Dr. Whitehead is the director of the School of Social Sciences and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Pacific. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. She is the author of "The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neoliberal Governance," published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. Her work on the marriage equality movement has been featured in the New York Times. Dr. Whitehead has also written about feminist prison activists, marriage promotion programs, and “gender identity disorder”. Her most recent work explores how empathy is constructed across political divides since the 2016 presidential election.   

Anita Zijdemans-Boudreau, PhD

Dr. Zijdemans-Boudreau, director of the Forest Grove Campus School of Learning and Teaching, completed her doctoral studies at OISE-University of Toronto, Canada, specializing in applied cognitive science, learning technologies, and human development. Since 1995, she has been involved in teacher education, teaching courses such as Human Development & Applied Psychology, Educational Technology, & Educational Research, and has worked as a consultant providing professional development in technology integration. Recently, Dr. Zijdemans-Boudreau was instrumental in designing Pacific University’s interprofessional PhD in Education and Leadership. Her research areas include eLearning, virtual learning space design, knowledge management, knowledge media, learning communities, and culturally responsive practice.


College of Arts and Sciences

  • Jennifer Bhalla, “Becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant: Helping Students Achieve Success in all Performance Domains.”
  • Jeannine Chan, “Investigation of the Impacts of Genetic Variations on the Effectiveness of Potential Smoking Cessation Agent.”
  • Ramona Ilea, “Ethics, Activism, and Social Change.”
  • Yasutaka Maruki, “Genki to Haruki: Transition from Language Study to Literature in Japanese.”
  • Liesl McCormick, “Reflection on and Analysis of Introductory Biology Course Redesign at Pacific University.”
  • Keya Mitra, “Racial Solidarity, Protest, and Absurdity in the Novel We are All Werewolves.”
  • Terry O'Day, “The Urban Homestead: a Demonstration in Resiliency and Whole-Systems Design.”
  • Adam Rafalovich, “Bringing Mom Home: An Autoethnographic Account.”
  • David Scholnick, “Consequences of Environmental Disruptions and Pathogens to Physiologic Function in Sea Urchins and Lizards.”
  • Rich Van Buskirk, “Use of Canines to Detect Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Larvae by Scent.”

College of Health Professions

  • Shawn Davis, “Exploring the Psychology of Computational Propaganda.”
  • Rebecca Reisch, “Feasibility and impact of a mindfulness-based intervention for treatment of overactive bladder: a pilot study.”

College of Education

  • Peter Flipsen, “The Rhotacist Revisited: The Nagging Problem of /r/.”
  • Rik Lemoncello, “Changing Lives through Return-to-Work Opportunities after Acquired Brain Injury.”
  • Richard Paxton, “An International Survey of the Use of Streaming Video in Secondary History Classrooms. Visiting Scholar, Newcastle University, Australia.”

College of Optometry

  • Dina Erickson, “Spectral Domain Ocular Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) Study to detect earliest signs of diabetic neurodegenerative changes prior to the presence of any vasculopathy in diabetic patients.”
  • Graham Erickson, “Sports Vision Textbook (2nd edition) development.”
Friday, March 8, 2019