Faculty Experts Directory

Pacific University's outstanding faculty is comprised of professors who are prominent experts in their respective fields of study and research. News media members needing assistance in reaching an expert, or have a topic not listed, are encouraged to contact Joe Lang at jlang@pacificu.edu or 503-352-2902.

Photograph of Professor Bove.

Professor Bove received his PhD from Boston University in 2007 and specializes in Victorian literature and culture, British Romanticism, critical theory, and film theory. He co-advises the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

A professor in the English Department, Darlene Pagán teaches creative writing and contemporary literature. She is an Associate Editor in Poetry for Airlie Press, and her publications include poetry (Setting the Fires and Blue Ghosts) and essays. She's at work on a memoir, The Safest Place to Fall, as well as a novel.

Photograph of Professor Tavares.

As assistant professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature in the English department at Pacific University, Dr. Tavares serves as senior drama editor of Silk Road Reviewas well as co-advises the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

Ellen Margolis serves as chair of Theatre & Dance and director of Theatre. Her classes include all levels of acting, playwriting, directing, audition techniques, phonetics & dialects, among others. She holds an MFA in acting from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in theatre history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

James B. Lane teaches in the School of Professional Psychology and supervises the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics.

Jeff Seward is a former political reporter and documentarian who now teaches in Politics & Government.

Jim Moore teaches a variety of international classes at Pacific University, as well as courses in state and local politics, in which he is a noted expert.

Jules Boykoff is a former Olympic soccer player, teaches on politics and dissent, and is an international expert in sports politics.
Photograph of Professor Mitra.

Professor Mitra is the Director of Creative Writing, teaching writing and literature courses for the English Department. There, she also serves as co-editor-in-chief of Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads and PLUM: Pacific's Literary Undergraduate Magazine.

Michael Burch-Pesses is director of bands at Pacific University. He teaches conducting, music education and MIDI technology. His enjoyed a distinguished career as a bandmaster in the U.S. Navy and is conductor of the Oregon Symphonic Band.

Dr. Meltzoff has extensive experience in multicultural education, diversity training, writing pedagogy and student-teacher supervision. A former middle school language arts teacher, she has a research interest in the development of classroom communities.

Phil Ruder is a two-time winner of the Trombley Award for Teaching Excellence at Pacific University, voted on by students.

Ramona Ilea teaches philosophy and ethics at Pacific University.
Photograph of Dean Smith.

Steve Smith is the Assistant Professor & Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs.

Terry O'Day is a professor of art, sustainability and environmental studies.

Professor Thompson is associate faculty in the department of English at Pacific University, specializing in American literature. (On sabbatical fall semester 2018.)

Dr. Stephens' compositions have been featured at many regional and national festivals, and he frequently serves as an adjudicator and guest lecturer.

Todd Schultz is a professor of psychology who also blogs for Psychology Today magazine and writes psychological interpretations of artists.