College of Education Faculty & Staff

Interim Dean

Dr. Saultz’s research and teaching focus on building more equitable systems for historically marginalized students. He has seventeen years teaching experience including at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. As a professor, Dr. Saultz teaches quantitative methods, educational policy, and leadership theory.

Professor of Education

Mark Bailey is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Education, and the Director of the Child Learning and Development Center.

Jennifer Bridgewater
Executive Assistant | Data, Accreditation, & Licensure Specialist

Jennifer currently works as the Executive Assistant to the Dean, and Data, Accreditation, & Licensure Specialist for the College of Education. Her office is located on the Forest Grove Campus.

Alternative Pathways Program Chair | Professor of Education

Kevin Carr teaches science and science education courses, is Principal Investigator of Pacific's National Science Foundation Robert Noyce programs, and develops innovative pathways to teacher licensure including Residency teacher Licensure and Registered Teacher Apprenticeships

Annmarie Chesebro
Arbor Teacher Residency Director

With particular expertise in math, assessment, and preparing Teacher Residents for their first teaching jobs, Annmarie conducts weekly graduate seminars, coaches Teacher Residents in their classrooms, and serves as liaison to other teacher training programs.

Graduate Program Chair | Associate Professor

Dr. Bryan E. Cichy-Parker is an Associate Professor and the current Chair of Graduate Programs in the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University. Dr. Cichy-Parker has extensive experience in the field of education, having taught general education Spanish Language and Culture for eight years, special education for seven years, and now having worked in teacher preparation since 2005.

Talina Corvus
Assistant Professor, Interim Director of the PhD Program in Education and Leadership

Dr. Corvus is a physical therapist and certified geriatric clinical specialist with a PhD in Education and Leadership. Her teaching, learning, research, and advocacy is seated at the intersection of health and education, and is driven by increasing equity and diversity in systems.

Student Services Administrator

Cailie joined the School of Learning and Teaching team as a student worker while she was a freshman at Pacific University.  She returned as the Student Services Administrator for the Forest Grove School of Learning & Teaching campus in 2021. She oversees student services, office/facilities management, and a variety of administrative duties.

Jill Dolata
Interim Director and Associate Professor

Dr. Jill Dolata is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Dolata is interested in the role social communication plays in early language development with particular focus in early identification, assessment of expressive language, and measurement of language outcomes in the population of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Regional School and Community Partnership Navigator

Kate has worked at Pacific University’s Forest Grove campus as the School & Community Partnership Coordinator for the School of Learning & Teaching since March 2016. Her current role includes coordinating placements and placement processes for teacher candidates and practicum teachers, as well as fostering partnerships with K-12 schools and community organizations.

Education Learning Manager

Jesse is a Eugene native and a Pacific Alumnus. After graduating from the MAT 5th Year Program in 2004, he served as a science and technology teacher at a local middle school before returning to Pacific in 2006. As an educational technology specialist, he is responsible for hardware and software setup, equipment checkout, Pacific account administration, and website maintenance. Jesse also provides support for videoconferencing, antivirus and system updates, and student laptops.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Caitlin Fitzgerald is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Pacific University. She is dedicated to supporting graduate students in their development as clinicians through a community-based model that values service, collaboration, advocacy and diversity. Her clinical background is in pediatric medical settings, with a particular interest in feeding and swallowing disorders.


Dr. Peter Flipsen Jr. has been at Pacific since fall 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in his native Canada and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in in Speech-Language Pathology from Michigan State University. After practicing for four years as a speech-language pathologist in Fort Nelson, British Columbia (at mile 300 on the Alaska Highway), he returned to school and obtained his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is certified as a speech-language pathologist in both the United States and Canada.

Regional School and Community Partnership Navigator

Lisa recently joined Pacific University’s Eugene campus as the School & Community Partnership Coordinator after 20 years of teaching in Lane County Schools. Her current role includes coordinating placements and placement processes for teacher candidates and practicum teachers, as well as fostering partnerships with K-12 schools and community organizations.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Melissa is pleased to serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of CSD, supervising graduate students in the delivery of speech-language services in the Pacific University Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics. She teaches in the graduate and post-baccalaureate program, and is a coordinator of an interprofessional practice course with the College of Health Professions.

Krisha Hall
Data Specialist for Graduate & Professional Admissions

Krisha Hall is the Admissions Counselor & Data Manager for Pacific University's College of Education.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of the PhD in Education & Leadership (PhDEL)

Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas (she/her/ella) is an Assistant Professor in the PhD in Education and Leadership program. Her research and teaching focus on equity and access for underrepresented students in higher education and includes an emphasis on public policy at the federal level (Pell Grants, Immigration, SNAP, TANF). She also has interests in critical quantitative methods, age diversity and parenting students in higher education, and dynamics of power in leadership.

Ash Jacobs
Adminstrative Assistant

Ash Jacobs, a Pacific University alumnus, joins the team as the Administrative Assistant in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD), bringing a diverse background in personal training and nutrition coaching. Ash will support the School of CSD, ensuring efficient administrative processes that uphold the university's standards of excellence. Passionate about mental health and personal development, Ash aims to infuse these elements into the workplace. Outside of work, Ash enjoys spending time with her family, working out, basketball, reading, and learning, particularly about the mind-body connection.

Professor of Education

Catherine E. Kim is a specialist in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), second language acquisition, and bilingualism. 

Instructional Coach and Mentor
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Arbor Center for Teaching alumna Lauren Kristensen has taught for almost 10 years in Portland Public Schools and West Linn/Wilsonville School Districts. She is an instructional coach and mentor for Arbor Center for Teaching residents.

Martha Langlang
Assistant Professor

Martha completed her B.A. in History from Portland State University in 2008, received her M.A. in teaching from Concordia University in 2009, and is currently in process of earning her Ed.D from Lewis and Clark College, expected completion in 2022. Martha is a teacher educator interested in diversifying and sustaining the teacher workforce in the state of Oregon. She specializes in anti-racist and abolitionist pedagogy with the goal of validatating the lived experience of BIPOC students in the educational system. This year she joins Pacific in a full-time tenure-track position.

Sr. Manager of Operations

Katie Lardy joins the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders as Student Services Manager after working for nine years in the Career Development Center at Pacific University as the Assistant Director and Pathways Coordinator.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Carrie Larson serves as an assistant faculty member and coordinator of the BEd program on the Woodburn campus.


Dr. Mandulak is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Clinical Associate Professor

Mary is an Associate Clinical Professor who finds tremendous joy in working with and from students. Her professional interests include clinical education, language/literacy interventions for school-age students, service delivery in school settings, collaboration, and high quality professional learning.

Lollie Molina
Program Coordinator
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Lollie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as a program coordinator to the PhD in Education & Leadership program and the College of Education.

Jason Niedermeyer
Applied Faculty

Dr. Jason Niedermeyer is an assistant professor of education for the Eugene campus with expertise in educational philosophy and the science of learning. He has had recent publications in the journals International Dialogues in Education, American Biology Teacher, and Advances in Literacy and Language Studies on topics ranging from the role of storytelling in education, the power of wonder in the classroom, and the cognitive benefit of reading slowly. Prior to coming to Pacific, Jason spent two years as an instructional mentor for Salem-Keizer school district, the same district where he served as an English and science teacher for fourteen years. Jason is married to a fellow educator, Vanessa, and they have two sons, CJ and Ryan, who he coaches in football and baseball.

Associate Director of Clinical Practices and Continuing Education

T. Anil Oommen serves as the Director of the School of Learning & Teaching (Eugene), as an Assistant Professor, Professional Development School Liaison, and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education in Teaching and Language Learning.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kimberly J. Pfeifer is an Assistant Professor of Education for the Forest Grove campus. She has taught in numerous K-12 educational settings within the US, Israel, and South Korea. Both her teaching and research center antisexism and antiracist pedagogy. Specifically, her research interests include working with preservice teachers around issues of inequity. Kimberly recently published a book as part of the Routledge Research in Teacher Education series entitled Dismantling Educational Sexism through Teacher Education: Engaging Preservice Teachers in an Anti-Sexism Curriculum. In addition, she has published within the Journal of Culture and Values in Education focusing on enacting liberatory educational practices within higher education.

Denise Ready
Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions

Denise Ready is the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions working with the School of Learning and Teaching Graduate and Professional Licensure Programs.  Denise is a Pacific University Master of Arts in Teaching '09 alumna.  Denise has fifteen years experience teaching English Language Arts at the high school level.  In her admissions role, Denise helps to counsel inquiring students about program offerings and assist them through the application process.

Head of Operations & Finance, College of Education

Shana is the Financial Manager for the College of Education, overseeing all aspects of the College’s financial accounting and budget processes. She is passionate about creating collaborative, trusting relationships within the College and across the University. She is also a member of the Pacific University Staff Caring Committee. 

Professor of Education

Dr. Steve Rhine comes to Pacific University after serving as Professor of Education at Willamette University for 19 years. He received his doctorate from UCLA in Administration, Curriculum and Teaching Studies. Before entering teacher education he taught high school mathematics and was a counselor in Los Angeles, California.

Dan Riordan, PhD
Term Assistant Professor

Dan joined the faculty of the School of Learning and Teaching on the Forest Grove campus in the summer of 2020. He prioritizes embedding social-emotional learning and equitable teaching practices into his courses and supervision work. His classroom teaching experience includes teaching ELA (English Language Arts) at the middle school and high school level in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Prior to joining Pacific, he served as a university supervisor at the University of Denver where he earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction.

Forest Grove Undergraduate Program Chair | Associate Professor

Dr. Sellers holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University and teaches courses in Educational Foundations, Disability Studies, Research Methods, and Special Education. She is the Program Chair of Pacific University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education & Learning and is the advisor for Pacific's minor in Disability Studies. Dr. Sellers sits on the editorial board for Health, Interprofessional Practice & Education and serves as Assistant Editor of Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, the academic journal of The American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. Before coming to Pacific, she served as Executive Director of Special Education for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sellers' scholarship in Disability Studies and Education focuses on the history of education for students with disabilities, curricular and structural inequity in schools and teacher education, and the role of teacher identity and positionality in shaping classroom culture.

Assistant Professor

Deepa Srikant serves as an assistant professor within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interest lays in the domains of bilingualism, dementia, and cognitive communication abilities. Her long term objectives are to continue to study the impact of bilingualism and multilingualism in language preservation and attrition in healthy elderly and persons with neurogenic communication disorders. Her research aims to create awareness on symptoms of cognitive decline in elderly at the earliest stage possible and use strategies to reduce the progression of cognitive linguistic decline.


Amanda Stead is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also the coordinator of the school's simulation program and is credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). Her passion for working with dementia patients comes from personal family experience and from her experiences in long-term care settings. It is her personal goal to educate students and the community about the important role speech-language pathologists play in the care of patients with dementia and in end-of-life care.

Professor of Education

Mark Szymanski is a Professor of Education with a passion for learning, technology, and designing learning environments and experiences.

Professor of Education

Karren Timmermans has 10 years experience teaching in elementary schools and advanced degrees in reading instruction and early childhood literacy.

Jordan Tinsley
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jordan Tinsley has been a member of the CSD faculty since 2020. She brings her background in medical speech-language pathology to teach clinical skills to the next generation of SLPs and to help coordinate community-based student placements. Jordan's professional interests include voice disorders, gender-spectrum voice & communication, and using simulations to supplement clinical learning.

Todd Twyman
Professor of Education

Todd Twyman's research focuses on developing classroom-based assessment to increase K-12 student achievement. 

B.Ed. Program Chair | Professor of Education

Linda Venenciano is a professor of education on the Eugene campus where she serves as the BEd Program Chairperson and teaches and supports early childhood through high school preservice teachers. Her scholarly work focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics and she currently serves on the editorial board for the journal, Investigations in Mathematics Learning. Linda is a former mathematics teacher and has taught students from first grade through undergraduate. She has previously served as Interim Director and as a mathematics education faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i’s Curriculum Research & Development Group.

Associate Professor

Jongsun Wee is an associate professor in the School of Learning and Teaching at Forest Grove campus. Prior to coming to Pacific University, Jongsun taught at Winona State University in MN. Her experiences as a classroom teacher, a reading clinic supervisor, a teacher-educator, and a multilingual immigrant inform her research, which has been focused on reading and discussing diverse children’s literature. 

Anita Zijdemans
Director of the School of Learning & Teaching

Dr. Zijdemans Boudreau completed her doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada, specializing in applied cognitive science, learning technologies, and human development. She has been involved in teacher education since 1995, teaching courses such as Critical Perspectives in Education, Educational Research, Human Development & Applied Psychology, & Educational Technology.