Rebecca Twist Promoted to Full Professor

Rebecca Twist has been promoted to full professor in the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences.

Twist teaches undergraduate courses in art history and was instrumental in the creation and development of the major at Pacific University. She currently serves as the art history program director.

Her published scholarship includes a peer-reviewed book and articles on topics that include the Patola Sahi Dynasty, Images of the Crowned Buddha along the Silk Road, and the Kalachakra Tantra. As an important Asianist scholar in the area, she was invited to do an exhibition review for a Japanese Actor Print show at the Portland Art Museum. Other publications include an exhibition catalog for one of Pacific’s own Cawein Gallery shows called Fiber Arts Now. She is a regular presenter at local, national, and international conferences on subjects such as Buddhist iconography and ideology, Vajrayana Buddhism, royal and female patronage, and also pedagogy in art history.

Using numerous grants, she has conducted extensive research on pedagogy, applying it in her courses and curriculum development. Student scholarship is important to Twist, and as such, she has peer-reviewed student articles for the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities and taken students to present papers at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Twist also serves beyond Pacific’s community, working for several years on the Board of Directors for the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast.

The non-tenure promotion in rank for faculty members is granted upon recommendation by college personnel committees and approval by the University Personnel Committee president.

Friday, April 21, 2023