College of Education Faculty & Staff Directory

Leif Gustavson
Dean, College of Education

Leif has served as Dean of the College of Education since 2014 and is continually energized by the creativity, intelligence, and compassion of the faculty and staff.

Professor of Education, School of Learning & Teaching (Forest Grove)

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 | Accreditation Coordinator, College of Education

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

Professor of Education

Kevin Carr teaches science education courses as well as introductory astronomy. He is director of Pacific University's Woodburn Campus.

Assistant Professor

Bryan joined the faculty of the School of Learning and Teaching in the fall of 2016. He is an assistant professor whose work centers on the nexus of special education and multicultural education, especially as this applies to the use of Functional Behavior Assessment in inclusive school settings. He has experience as an educator at all levels from pre-kindergarten to graduate school in both regular and special education environments.  Immediately prior to starting at Pacific, Bryan was a fixed-term professor of special education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota (2010 to 2014) and then worked for two years as a special education teacher in the Hillsboro, Oregon school district (2014-2016).

Jill Dolata
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jill Dolata is an Assistant 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.

Rachel Dolby
Administrative Assistant

Rachel comes to us with a wealth of experience in office management and administration across a variety of settings.  She is excited to be a part of the Pacific University community and culture.

School & Community Partnership Coordinator

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 Education 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.

Caitlin Fitzgerald
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.

Professor of Communication Sciences & 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.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Melissa is pleased to serve as an Assistant 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. Her professional interests include working with clients with dementia, aphasia and other cognitive-linguistic deficits.

Krisha Hall
Data Specialist for Graduate & Professional Admissions

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


Catherine E. Kim is a specialist in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), second language acquisition, and bilingualism. 

Student Services Manager

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.

Associate Professor

Rik Lemoncello is passionate about teaching and clinical practice in the area of adult medical speech-language pathology.

Associate Professor

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

Tara Meister
Assistant Professor

Tara joined the faculty of the School of Learning and Teaching in the fall of 2018 as an assistant professor. Her courses include teaching reading, teaching methods, and teacher inquiry/action research. Within her courses and supervision, her work focuses on incorporating culturally responsive and sustaining teaching practices throughout, collaborating with teachers and teacher candidates to conceptualize how to infuse effective and equitable teaching in their contexts. In particular, she problematizes teaching practices that are punitive and highly technocratic to conceive of relational and student-connected work. Previously, Tara taught middle school and high school humanities and English classes in Colorado, and she has experience working with preschool students on an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on math as part of her graduate research.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary joined the CSD faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2018. Her professional interests include clinical education, language/literacy interventions for school-age students, service delivery in school settings, collaboration, and high quality professional learning.

Assistant Professor; Interim Director (Eugene)

T. Anil Oommen serves as the Interim 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.


Richard J. Paxton is a Professor in the College of Education at Pacific University. He has published numerous articles on the Teaching and Learning of History, most notably his innovative research into the influence of authorial voice on students’ comprehension of historical texts.

Professor of Education

Donna Kalmbach Phillips is passionate about her work on the Pacific Woodburn Campus. She finds joy and inspiration learning alongside the Latinx, Russian, and other first-generation students becoming-teacher.

Financial Manager, 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.

Andrew Saultz
Director, PhD in Education and Leadership

Dr. Andrew Saultz is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and the Director of the PhD Program in Education and Leadership. He researches the politics of education, how school choice impacts racial and socio-economic segregation, and the intersections between educational, health, and economic policy.

Professor & Director, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Helen has served as the Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders since August 2016 and has the pleasure of working with enormously talented faculty who are committed to student learning and to moving the field of speech-language pathology forward through research.

Cristy Smith
Assistant Professor

Dr. Cristy Sellers Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Learning and Teaching. Cristy received her PhD from Georgia State University in Educational Policy Studies and researches and teaches courses in Disability Studies, Educational Foundations, and Special Education.

Associate Professor

Dr. Amanda Stead is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Her passion is for working with geriatric patients and issues related to stroke, dementia, end-of-life care and counseling.

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Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions (Eugene)

Sara Summers is the Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions for Eugene. She also serves as part of the Confidential Advocacy Network.

Professor of Education

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

Associate Professor

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 joined the CSD faculty in 2020 as Clinical Assistant Professor. She is excited to use her background in medical speech-language pathology to help coordinate community-based student placements and to teach clinical skills to the next generation of SLPs. Jordan's professional interests include voice disorders, gender-spectrum voice & communication, head & neck cancer, and acquired brain injury.

Associate Professor

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

Student Services & Field Placement Administrator

Linsay is the Student Services & Field Placement Administrator for the School of Learning & Teaching on the Eugene campus. She joined Pacific in 2017 and oversees student services, field placements, office/facilities management and a variety of administrative duties.

Associate Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions

Diana Watkins is an Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions, guiding prospective College of Education students through the admissions process.

Anita Zijdemans
Professor of Education & Director, School of Learning and Teaching, Forest Grove

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.