Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Kim Sorensen

BS in Education, Montana State University

MBA, University of Montana

Professor Sorenson came to EOU in 1990 and retired in 2014.  During her twenty-four years at the university, she taught accounting.  Kim says about her time at EOU, “I loved teaching at Eastern.  The students were an absolute pleasure to work with.  It was an honor being part of such a dedicated faculty and staff that puts students first.”

Ted Atkinson

BS and MS, Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon

PhD, Southwest University

Dr. Atkinson taught at EOU from 1998-2013.  He was a part of the development and implementation teams that worked to bring a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and MBA degree programs to EOU.  His favorite part of being a professor was helping students to reach their educational goals and to apply the knowledge they gained during their time at EOU.

Frank Bushakra

BA, California State University

BA Stanislaus State University

PhD, University of Oregon (ABD)

“Over the last 25 years, it has been a great pleasure to work with an extraordinarily creative and entrepreneurial faculty.  As a team, we established a learning environment that supported students in achieving their professional goals and emerge as educational leaders.  It is rare when any institution recognizes the individuality of students and provides them the challenges and time to succeed.”

Michael Jaeger

BA Entomology, California State University, Long Beach

MA Curriculum and Instruction, California State at Stanislaus

EdD Educational Administration/Science Education, University of the Pacific

Dr. Jaeger joined EOU in 1988 as an associate professor of Science Education with equal responsibilities in Arts and Sciences, the School of Administrative Studies, and the School of Education.  He served as the Chair of the School of Education and the Dean of the Colleges of Education and College of Business.  He also served as an interim provost.  Dr. Jaeger retired in 2013.

Jeff Vermeer

BSBA Accounting & Economics, University of Nebraska

MBA, University of Nebraska

Professor Vermeer served at EOU from 1980-2012.  He says his best memories from EOU, “are of my students, some of whom were the sons and daughters of my earliest students.”

Carol Lauritzen

BA, University of Nebraska

MA, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Ph.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City

Dr. Lauritzen came to EOU in 1988 and taught until July 2013.  She was instrumental in establishing the CUESTE program at our onsite locations throughout Oregon.  About her time at EOU, she says, “The joy of being a professor at EOU is preparing teachers and then being able to work with them throughout their careers in the schools of eastern Oregon.  I’ve enjoyed the professional collaboration with my colleagues at EOU, across the state and internationally.”

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