PhD in Education & Leadership Faculty

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

Andrew M. Saultz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and is the Program Director for the PhD in Education and Leadership Program (PhDEL).

Professor, Director School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program; Administrative Director, PhD in Education and Leadership Program

Laura Dimmler, PhD, MPA is Director of the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Program Director of the MHA program and a Professor at Pacific University.

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.

Mary Von
Director & Professor, School of Physician Assistant Studies

Director and Academic/Clinical Faculty

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My basic science specialty is in the study of action of the drugs in neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain. My current scholarship focus is in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), which focuses on identifying the best teaching methods to help students learn and succeed.


Linda Hunt's research, grant funding, and publications concentrate on aging and quality of life issues including driving and dementia, frailty, mindfulness practice, and effects of vision on cognition. Her publications are in the top 10 percent of US occupational therapists cited in peer review journals. Dr. Hunt also teaches in the Health and Leadership Administration program.

Program Director and Assistant Professor

Amber McIlwain, MS directs the graduate certificate in gerontology and is an assistant professor in the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership. 

Associate Professor

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

Director of Bachelor of Health Science Program, Assistant Professor

Natalie DeWitt, PhD, is the Director of the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) program and an Assistant Professor in the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership.

John Hayes

Dr. Hayes is a member of the Vision Ergonomics Research Group and teaches evidence-based optometry, public health and research methods.

Associate Professor of Education; Special Education Program Coordinator (Eugene)

Rebecca Lynn's research interests are related to collaboration between general and special education teachers, reflective practices, and the inclusion of students with disabilities.