Vernita Ediger, Ph.D.
OnLine/OnSite instruction only
Vernita Ediger, Ph.D., is a distance education, and online/onsite instructor. She received her PhD from Stanford University in Environmental Anthropology, with an emphasis on private uses of public lands, collaborative conservation, and institutional structures and power relationships. In addition to teaching, Vernita designs and facilitates institutional effectiveness workshops and community leadership trainings for Eugene-based Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), and is in charge of RDI’s evaluation program. She currently teaches upper-division coursework in community development and collaboration, and applied research methods in the social sciences, and is developing courses on land tenure and management, and environmental anthropology.
Dr. Bill Grigsby, Associate Professor of Sociology, received degrees from Washington State University (Ph.D. in Sociology) and the University of Idaho (M.S. in Forest Resources), and has been on the EOU faculty since 2002. His interests and research are interdisiciplinary, including the study of technology, the environment, media, and international development. Dr. Grigsby also coordinates the social welfare concentration. He has published research on land tenure and property rights issues in Africa, gender and international development, technology adoption and distributed knowledge systems in health care (‘telehealth’ networks), and is currently focused on the relationship between democratic institutions and commercial news media. Dr. Grigsby is a co-founder of Haven from Hunger, a student-run, faculty-supervised service learning and community development initiative that seeks to address hunger and food insecurity locally through projects that raise awareness of the problems, build social capital between university and community, and reduce the stigma of asking for assistance. He teaches classes in the areas of social problems, social welfare, the environment, international development and gender, and media, politics and propaganda.
Nelda Nix-McCray, Ph.D.
OnLine instruction only
Dr. Nelda Nix-McCray is an associate professor of Sociology in the Business, Social Sciences, and Wellness Division at the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, where she has taught since 1999. Her M.A. degree in sociology, also from Morgan State, was awarded in 1992. Dr. McCray has over 12 years of demonstrated teaching excellence in the traditional classroom setting and in on-line teaching and is proficient in both Web-CT and Blackboard technology. An active proponent and continuing student herself of the potential of on-line instruction, Dr. McCray joined EOU as an instructor for distance education in 2006, and offers several regular on-line courses at EOU in General Sociology; Inequality and Diversity; and Social Psychology.
Rosemary Powers, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Rosemary Powers, professor of Sociology, received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1998. She also completed the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Dr. Powers has taught at EOU since fall 1998, and coordinates the Sociology Concentration for the Anth/Soc program. She teaches the required General Sociology (SOC 204), courses in theory and in research methods, numerous electives covering the social institutions of family, religion and education as well as special topics in inequality and diversity, gender/sexuality, social movements and social psychology. Her past research focused on the role of secondary teachers in sexuality education, and on pedagogical issues in the sociology curriculum. She is currently studying the role of digital technology and new social media in higher education. From 2008-2011, Dr. Powers served as a member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, and continues in a state-wide role as a member of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
S. Diane Turner, Ph.D.
OnLine instruction only
Jeremy Weaver, M.A.
Online instruction only
Jeremy Weaver, M.A., is an online instructor. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Utah in the Department of Communication. Jeremy received a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wyoming with an emphasis on rural demographics, social issues and criminology. He taught at the University of Wyoming in the Honor’s Program for four years. Jeremy’s current research focus is on health related issues in the fields of Communication and Sociology, emphasizing rural and at-risk populations. Jeremy is a native of Montana, hailing from a small Eastern Montana town. His interests include hiking, biking and camping. He is currently teaching Sociology of Disability, an upper-division course in the Anthropology/Sociology department.
Paula Wenell, Ph.D.
OnLine instruction only
Paula Wenell, MA, is a distance education and online adjunct Instructor. She received her MA from George Fox University in Family Studies, with an emphasis on Sociology of the Family and Marriage. Along with her teaching she has maintained an active counseling career. She has worked with State agencies, and served on Boards that support the needs of children. She currently teaches upper-division coursework in death and dying, and child abuse and neglect, to support the Anth/Soc social welfare concentration.