Equal Opportunity

A Place for Everyone

Eastern Oregon University is an Equal Employment Opportunity institution of higher education employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of employees and student learning environment. EOU’s commitment is evidenced by its diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. EOU welcomes referrals of and applications from women and members of historically underrepresented minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s culture, teaching and outreach missions.

Encouraging diversity, however, is about much more than the social justice imperative of ensuring equal opportunity. At EOU, it’s also about embracing the richness and possibilities of diverse thought arising from differences of culture and circumstance. It’s about understanding that diversity is a strength, an educational advantage, and an imperative driven by the Values and Principles of EOU. It’s about shaping the culture and the workforce of the University to be more reflective of the diverse world our students encounter. It’s about excellence.

Chris J. McLaughlin

Director of Human Resources
EEO and Affirmative Action Officer
Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Why Eastern Oregon University?

EOU is a special place where outstanding quality education melds with outstanding quality of life.

Set in an historic small town, nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains and surrounded by fertile farmlands and breathtaking mountain wilderness, Eastern Oregon University is a great place to work and live.

As one of Oregon’s outstanding public universities, Eastern Oregon is committed to students with roots in the intermountain rural West by providing a friendly, exciting and safe campus life and outstanding, award-winning campus and online education.

EOU’s intimate academic learning environments rank high in several national publications as “Best” – best in value, best in quality, best for students! EOU’s entire faculty and staff are passionate about higher education and are tops at satisfying the education needs of students.

The University guides student inquiry through integrated, high-quality liberal arts and professional programs, including: 23 bachelor’s degrees and partnership programs offering two bachelor’s degrees in nursing and five bachelor’s degrees in agriculture; more than 40 different minors; multiple pre-professional programs; and three master’s degrees in business, teaching and science in education. Moreover, EOU is recognized as a national leader in distance education, offering extended opportunities for over two thousand additional students at 16 centers throughout the state and online to students throughout the nation.

EOU’s is where ideas are important and where critical thinking and collaboration are safeguarded. The challenges and rewards at EOU are well-suited for its diverse and life-long learning students, faculty and staff – all of whom share a deep personal commitment to advance and sustain a very special University.

Eastern Oregon University

Mission Statement

EOU guides student inquiry through integrated, high-quality liberal arts and professional programs that lead to responsible and reflective action in a diverse and interconnected world.

As an educational, cultural and scholarly center, EOU connects the rural regions of Oregon to a wider world. Our beautiful setting and small size enhance the personal attention our students receive, while partnerships with colleges, universities, agencies and communities add to the educational possibilities of our region and state.

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

EOU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, admissions, educational programs, activities and employment without illegal discrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, national origin, race, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any status as protected by state or federal law.

Values and Principles

Altruism We give selflessly to empower one another and the University community through inclusiveness, appreciation, and stewardship.

Civility We believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, embrace diverse backgrounds, and deliberately seek multiple perspectives.

Discovery We honor our heritage and invest in our future with innovation, vision, and creativity.

Integrity We uphold the foundation of professionalism, honesty, respect, and sincerity in all of our interactions.

Interdependence We cultivate vibrant connections and relationships to enhance opportunity and success locally and globally.

Quality We passionately pursue intellectual engagement, academic rigor, and the highest standards in all endeavors.