Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Ray Brown

Masters of Education (MEd) and History: California State University, San Bernardino

Bachelor of Arts in History: San Diego State University

Prior to coming to EOU in 2004, Ray taught high school history and English for thirty years, the majority of the time in Southern California.  He also was an adjunct history professor at various universities in California, including the Cal State system.  He also worked as a consultant for California’s Department of Education, specializing in social studies content and improving test scores.  Ray retired from EOU in 2016.

Kim Sorensen

BS in Education, Montana State University

MBA, University of Montana

Professor Sorensen 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.”

M. Ruth Davenport

BS Elementary Education, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

MS Reading, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

Ph.D. Reading Education, University of Missouri, Columbia

Dr. Davenport first joined EOU in 1993 as a teacher of 7-8-9 year old students at Ackerman Laboratory School. She served as a classroom teacher for two years and as a co-director for one year. When the school closed, she taught in the College of Education during the grace year she was given to find another position. After a year in Normal, IL at Illinois State University, she was invited back to EOU, and served as a professor of education in the CUESTE Program and the MTE Program from 1999 until her retirement in 2011. For the last five years at EOU, she was the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Program.



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