Monthly Sessions for 2015-16

These sessions were held during the 2015-16 academic year. Click here for this year's program.

Session #1: Welcome and starting right
Friday, December 4, 2015
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Introductions and a panel of advanced assistant and early associate faculty discussing their experiences and advice for pre-tenure faculty around balancing research and teaching expectations, managing time and relationships while on the tenure track, limiting service obligations, and other approaches to getting off to a good start.

Session #2: Teaching in context
Friday, January 15, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Faculty panel addressing strategies for protecting research time while teaching, rebounding from difficult moments in the classrooms, and understanding the politics and possibilities of student teaching evaluations.

Session #3: Stress reduction and well-being in the academy
Friday, February 12, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Faculty panel discussing the approaches taken to reduce stress and anxiety amidst the demands of life on the tenure-track.

Session #4: Journals, presses, and academic publishing
Friday, March 11, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Panel of faculty including journal editors, series editors and highly productive faculty authors discussing effective strategies for establishing a consistent publication record.

Session #5: Preparing for an effective third year review
Friday, April 15, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Panel of faculty and department heads discussing approaches to drafting a statement for third year review, documenting teaching and service contributions, and articulating contributions toward institutional equity and inclusion.

Session #6: Grantwriting and Fellowships
Friday, May 20, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Faculty panel discussing practical approaches to proposal writing, understanding the costs and benefits of seeking grants, and campus resources to support such efforts.

Session #7: Toward Summer
Friday, June 3, 2016
12 to 1:45 pm
Browsing Room

Faculty panel on creating a summer research and writing plan, summer teaching, and other approaches for a restful and productive summer break.

Program Participants

Wenbo Wu


Professor Wenbo Wu joined the Department of Operations and Business Analytics at the Lundquist College of Business in Fall 2015. He received his PhD in statistics from the University of Georgia. Professor Wu's primary research interests include dimension reduction, variable selection, data visualization, and data mining. He is also interested in developing statistical tools to solve practical problems in business.

Professor Wu has strong interests in business analytics, and he was the first-place winner of SAS 2014 Analytical Shootout. He has extensive consulting experience through his work at a statistical consulting center at the University of Georgia, where he was a lead graduate consultant. He has also worked at Deibold, Disney, and Dow AgroSciences previously.

Ralph Heidl


Dr. Heidl's research examines how enterprising firms and individuals engage in multilateral collaboration to create and use new technological resources. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. His research has been published in Organization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He has extensive industry experience in the design and implementation of mobile and collaborative business software for Fortune 500 companies.

Tze-Yin Teo

TeoTze-Yin Teo is an assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of Oregon, having received her Ph.D. from Emory University. Her research interests include comparative and transnational modernisms (especially poetry); translation; literary theory; and the literary and philosophical dimensions of the environmental humanities. At UO, she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on literary translation in theory and praxis; modernist studies capaciously understood; poetry and poetics; and aesthetic imaginations of ecology, environmental and global inequities, and catastrophe.

Marjorie Celona

CelonaMarjorie’s first novel, Y, was published in eight countries and won France’s Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Héroïne for Best Foreign Novel. Y was also shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (Netherlands), and was selected as the #1 Indie Next Pick from IndieBound. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, The Believer, Elle Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and elsewhere.  

Autumn Shafer

Autumn Shafer is a native of the Pacific Northwest whose research seeks to address important social, theoretical, and practical issues related to public health promotion and social issues advocacy. She has a student-centered approach to teaching and seeks to create a collaborative and inclusive classroom environment where students feel both challenged and supported as they learn.

Her research has included grant-funded projects examining the effects of entertainment-education on teen pregnancy, developing a sexual consent awareness campaign, encouraging parents of children with eating disorders to take care of themselves to prevent caregiver fatigue, and cervical cancer prevention through the promotion of HPV vaccine.

Shafer’s professional experience includes being a political campaign manager, field director, and legislative aide in Washington State. As a campaign manager and later as a field director overseeing several campaigns she gained experience in public relations writing, print and video advertisement design and buying, online outreach, fundraising, crisis communication, political field research, and strategic campaign management. As a state legislative aide for four sessions, she understands the legislative process and has experience in governmental public information dissemination including media, agency, and constituent relations. She has successfully managed policy and budgetary legislation from development with community and policy stakeholders through both legislative chambers to the governor’s desk.

Shafer has led two summer study abroad classes to London with a focus on public relations and media culture. The nature of her research lends itself to working in collaborative multidisciplinary teams. These teams are frequently not place-based, and she has collaborated with researchers in social sciences and public health who are located all over the world (e.g., Lebanon, New Zealand).

Sarah Stapleton

StapletonSarah Stapleton is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the UO Education Studies department. Before earning her doctorate, she taught middle and high school environmental science, physical science, chemistry, and general science at public schools in California and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Gambia, West Africa. Sarah is credentialed by the state of California to teach chemical and biological sciences. Sarah’s research explores the social contexts around science and environmental education with a focus on social and environmental inequities. At the UO, Sarah currently works with pre-service teachers in the UO Teach masters program and doctoral students in the Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education program.

Ana Lara

LaraMy work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing primarily on Caribbean and Latin American decolonial theory, U.S. black feminist theory, and indigenous methodologies and critical theories. Through an historical-ethnographic approach, I am looking at the relationship between religion, sexuality and racial formations in the modern world. My current research site is the Dominican Republic. As a novelist, I write fiction about the tensions and struggles of black and indigenous women on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. As a poet, I consider the intersections of language, memory and freedom within various spaces of diaspora/migration/being. And, I am a performance artist and writer working in the jazz aesthetic traditions. My performance work is often location specific and deals with current events and erased histories. The fundamental question that all of my work is concerned with is what does it mean for black and indigenous people across the Americas to be free? I have very American (hemispheric) sensibilities. My teaching interests are black feminist theories and praxis, social theories, and performance ethnographies. I am also interested in teaching on the African Diaspora, and the Afro-Aboriginal Caribbean. Currently I am leading an independent study class with three students on the application of critical and engaged research methods with traditional Mexican indigenous knowledge. This term we are studying the Borgia Codex; next term, they will be studying Danza Mexica in Oregon; and in the Spring and next year, we will be working together to develop a Decolonized Diet initiative at the UO (we shall see on this last one - they really have to drive it; I am facilitating it from the faculty end). 

Jessica Cronce

CronceCronce's research and clinical interests focus on the prevention of harms related to alcohol use, drug use, gambling, and other health-risk behaviors among college students and other young adults. Her research interests extend to dietary behaviors and physical activity in this population, especially as they interact with alcohol use to predict overall risk for consequences. Dr. Cronce has co-authored numerous publications on the topic of individual-focused alcohol prevention, including three large-scale reviews in 2002, 2007 and 2011, the first of which helped form the basis of recommendations made by the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking. Her latest collaboration with NIAAA resulted in the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (College AIM), a resource for all stakeholders interested in prevention college student drinking-related harms. Her research experience is complimented by her training in clinical psychology in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she has applied to the treatment of substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling disorder, and other disorders marked by emotion dysregulation. Dr. Cronce is licensed as a psychologist in Washington and Oregon.

Habib Iddrisu

Habib Iddrisu is a traditionally trained dancer, musician, and historian from Northern Ghana, born into the Bizing family of court historians and musicians of the Dagbamba/Dagomba people. Dr. Iddrisu has toured the world extensively with traditional singing and dance groups, and has diverse experience as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and scholar throughout the U.S.

In Ghana, Iddrisu was honored with the Ghana’s Best Dancer award, given by the Entertainment/Art Critics & Reviewers Association in 1993. Iddrisu also led several prestigious traditional music and dance groups, including the Youth Home Cultural Group, which Iddrisu founded when he was just fourteen years old.  He was the creative director and choreographer for the Norvisi Dance Group and lead drummer and choreographer of Abibigromma, the resident performance group for the University of Ghana. Iddrisu was sought after to choreograph such events as the welcoming ceremonies for President Bill Clinton’s visit to Ghana in 1998.

Since arriving in the U.S., Iddrisu earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in African History and Africana Studies from Bowling Green State University, and his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. While studying, he taught and led performance groups at these universities. One group was selected by the National American College Dance Festival to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in Iddrisu’s version of South African gumboot dance. Iddrisu served as a Presidential Fellow at SUNY Brockport in African Studies and Dance from 2008–2010. He also taught courses at Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, Pacific University, Reed College, Portland State University, SUNY Brockport, before coming to the University of Oregon.

As a scholar, Dr. Iddrisu’s research interests include West African Music and Dance Practice and Performance, Cultural Studies, Post-Colonial Independence History, Political Economy, Oral History, African Diaspora Studies, and the New Internationalism. He explores new viewpoints on tradition, globalization, and popular culture, looking at the difference in discourse and rhetoric coming from indigenous peoples to the international performance and scholarly community. Dr. Iddrisu is currently researching how indigenous performance practices change and adapt to new situations as these practices travel from village settings to national and international settings.

Kristen Seaman

SeamanKristen Seaman was educated at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, concentrating on Classics, Archaeology, and the History of Art. She was a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, and she carried out additional archaeological training at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She has done archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Israel, Italy, and the United States, and she has studied the practice of stone-carving.  Her research deals with Greek art and architecture and its interaction with the Roman, Near Eastern, and Islamic worlds.  It is interdisciplinary and object-oriented, and she is especially interested in exploring issues that involve the relationship of art and text; sculpture; and gender, ethnicity, social status, and cross-cultural exchange.  Currently, she is completing a book about rhetoric and innovation in the art of the Hellenistic courts; co-editing Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece for Cambridge University Press; and examining excavated sculpture from the Athenian Agora.

Nina Amstutz

AmstutzProfessor Amstutz completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Before joining the faculty at UO she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for British Art. She is a specialist of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, whose research investigates the intersections of art, science, and nature.

Keaton Miller

MillerEconomics is a mindset -- a lens with which to view the world in an ordered way. As a teacher, I seek to help students craft their own set of economic tools and demonstrate the utility of applying those tools to problems in their lives. I aim to change the thought processes of my students on a fundamental level, as the economic approach to problem solving can impact their view and study of every other subject. At the same time, I ensure my own mind is open to change wrought by the new ideas of my students. As a researcher, I focus on industrial organization and econometrics. While these fields have recently developed a number of tools to study individual markets and the equilibrium effects of alternative policy options in a rigorous way, it is not yet clear which perform best in real-world scenarios. My research is motivated by the opportunity to develop a consistent approach for studying applied programs and deliver answers to critical policy questions. These opportunities exist across multiple domains, and I am actively pursuing research in three contexts: health care, state court systems, and antitrust policy. Across these contexts, I am focused on collecting unique datasets and employing recent computational advances to deliver relevant results.

Aaron Galloway

GallowayAaron is an aquatic ecologist primarily interested in the fate and importance of different sources of primary productivity in lakes, estuaries, and the ocean. Aaron’s PhD research focused on the role of seaweeds as an energy source for deep subtidal food webs. For his postdocs, Aaron worked on quantitative modeling of lake zooplankton diet using fatty acid biomarkers (Kankaala Lab, Finland), a meta-analysis investigating environmental and phylogenetic drivers of phytoplankton lipids (Winder Lab, Sweden), and synthesis work on the under-ice ecology of lakes (Hampton Lab, Washington). Aaron uses a combination of observational and experimental approaches to study trophic interactions, with a particular emphasis on fatty acids as both biomarkers and as limiting nutrients for invertebrate consumers. Aaron’s other academic interests include student mentoring, natural resource management, terrestrial wildlife ecology, and citizen science.

Jesse Abdenour

Jesse Abdenour is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, teacher, and media researcher. He spent eight years in the TV news business working as an anchor, reporter, and videographer in several markets. As a sports reporter, Abdenour covered the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Arkansas Razorbacks, and several high school, college, and minor league teams. As a news reporter, he had the opportunity to cover state governors, legislatures, and presidential visits. His documentaries have won multiple awards, been shown at festivals across the country, and have been broadcast on numerous PBS affiliates. Abdenour’s research interests include investigative journalism, documentary production, news production, and copyright law.

Brent Walth

WalthBrent Walth, a 1984 alumnus, is the managing editor for news at Willamette Week, a Pultizer Prize-winning weekly based in Portland. While working at The Oregonian in 2001, Walth shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a detailed examination of problems within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, including harsh treatment of foreign nationals and other widespread abuses. In 1994, Walth authored the highly acclaimed biography, “Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story,” about Oregon’s environmental governor.

Hedda Schmidtke

SchmidtkeHedda R. Schmidtke is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. She obtained her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the University of Hamburg and previously held positions at the Technical University of Braunschweig and at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where she headed the TeCO research group, as well as appointments with the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Gwangju, South Korea, and at the ICT Center of Excellence (Carnegie Mellon University) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Her research and teaching interests revolve around the notions of context and granularity in spatial and spatio-temporal geographic information. Context and granularity play an in important role in cognition, e.g., for resolving vagueness in linguistic expressions when following route instructions, or for separating the spatial information contained in maps from thematic content and technical artifacts of generalization. With respect to geographic information, granularity appears as scale-dependency of attributes and object conceptualizations. Every geographic information source or repository has a certain scale at which its information is applicable. Location-aware systems, in contrast, are embedded in the world around them and are designed to provide awareness of the context in which they are supposed to support their users. Appropriate representations of context and granularity can make computing systems smarter, more usable, and suitable to handle increasingly larger amounts of data. Such systems can enable completely new technologies but also raise concerns regarding privacy and reliability.