PhD in Education & Leadership Faculty

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 a Director of the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Program Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program; and Professor at Pacific University.

Associate Professor of Education; Interim Director, School of Learning and Teaching, College of Education; Curriculum Director, PhD in Education and Leadership Program

Dr. Zijdemans Boudreau's research areas include eLearning, virtual learning space design, knowledge management, knowledge media, learning communities, and culturally responsive practice.

Director & Associate Professor, School of Physician Assistant Studies

Mary Von is the director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

Associate Professor

Dr. Buhler has a specialization in neuropharmacology. Interest areas include the neuroscience of pain modulation and mental illness. Current laboratory research focuses on neuronal circuits involved in the modulation of pain. Dr. Buhler welcomes undergraduate and pharmacy students in her lab.


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.

Associate Professor

Nancy Krusen has taught students at technical, professional and post-professional levels and is an innovator in online course development.

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.

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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.