Summer Bridge Faculty and Staff

Dr. Cori Brewster

Summer Bridge Director and Professor, English/Writing

Cori Brewster teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and literacy studies and serves as Writing Coordinator in the English/Writing program. Her current research focuses on rhetorics of race, gender, and agriculture and access and equity in public higher education. She is always looking forward to spending more time outside.

PhD English: Rhetoric and Composition, Washington State University

MA English: Literature, University of Montana

BA English and Women’s Studies, University of Oregon

Dr. Nancy Knowles

Dr. Nancy Knowles

Professor
English/Writing

The daughter of two architects, Dr. Knowles grew up in Irvine, CA. She loved to read and wanted to be a writer, but she thought she should have an exciting life to write about, so she spent two years at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service before realizing she was monumentally bad at economics. She taught English in Japan for two summers and completed a BA in East Asian Studies at UCLA, already knowing she really wanted to be an English major.

After working in business management in the entertainment industry, Dr. Knowles entered the master’s program at Humboldt State University where she earned two degrees in English and became a fellow of the Redwood Writing Project. She also fell in love with teaching. She completed a PhD at the University of Connecticut and worked as an assistant in the Connecticut Writing Project before moving to La Grande in 2000 to join the English/Writing faculty. Dr. Knowles directed the Oregon Writing Project at EOU from 2003-2015. She has a daughter, two pushy dogs, and a cat named Ichabod.

PhD English Literature, University of Connecticut

Redwood Writing Project Fellow

MA English Literature, Humboldt State University

MA Teaching Writing, Humboldt State University

BA East Asian Studies, UCLA

Kaz Marlette

Instructor
Mathematics

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Mika Morton

Interim Director
Student Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Sherri Rysdam

Dr. Sheri Rysdam

Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Center
English/Writing

In addition to directing the EOU Writing Center and teaching in the English/Writing program, Dr. Rysdam writes and publishes about teaching college composition, responding to student writing, rhetorics of political economy, social class, labor, power, feminist medical rhetorics, doula work, and literacy. She continues to write poetry and fiction as well. In her free time, Dr. Rysdam enjoys reading, writing, gardening, practicing and teaching yoga, doula work, and spending time with her family.

PhD English: Rhetoric and Composition, Washington State University

MA English: Creative Writing, Western Washington University

BA English: Discourse Theory, Spanish Minor, Eastern Oregon University

Patty Sandoz

Patty Sandoz

Senior Instructor
Mathematics

Patty Sandoz has been a math instructor at EOU for the past “square root of 196 added to 8 to the zero power” years. Prior to joining EOU, she taught grades 7-12 students at La Grande School District. Patty’s professional challenge is to help her students positively change their relationship with mathematics while also deepening their understanding!

Ryan Scariano

Ryan Scariano

Academic Support Coordinator
Learning Center

Ryan Scariano is the author of two poetry collections: Not Your Happy Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Smithereens (Imperfect Press). Some of his recent work has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, SOFTBLOW, Rock & Sling, Phantom Drift, basalt, and Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. He coordinates academic support services for EOU and teaches in the FYE program.


MFA Poetry, Eastern Washington University
BA English, Portland State University

Dr. Jennifer Slinkard

Dr. Jennifer Slinkard

Senior Instructor II and CORE Coordinator
English/Writing

Jennifer (Jenny) Slinkard is Core Coordinator and Senior Instructor of English/Writing at Eastern Oregon University. She teaches primarily gateway seminar, first-year writing, and introductory applied linguistics courses. Her professional interests include transitions to higher education, language identity, language policy, and writing pedagogy. Her personal interests include hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and pretty much any other opportunity to play outside.

PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona
MA in English as a Second Language, University of Arizona
MA English Literature and Language, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BA English, Truman State University

James Stolen

James Stolen

Senior Instructor II
English/Writing

James Stolen grew up in Alaska and Oregon. He served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho between 2006-2008. An avid adventurer, photographer and writer, he is often found outside the classroom exploring the local region of Eastern Oregon. He teaches creative writing and literature and is involved with the Outdoor Activities Program and Summer Bridge.

MFA Creative Writing, Virginia Polytechnic Institution

BA English, Carleton College

James Stolen has publications in Callaloo Review, Shenandoah, Bellevue Literary Review, Sierra Nevada Review and Minnesota Review, among others. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays.

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Dr. Amy Yielding

Professor
Mathematics