Provost Search Committee

Geraldine Richmond, search committee chair—professor of chemistry

Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in science and professor of chemistry. A native of Kansas, she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Kansas State University and her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Her educational efforts have focused largely on introductory chemistry and science literacy courses as well as being the director of several University of Oregon undergraduate research programs. Her research examines the chemistry and physics that occurs at complex surfaces, which has relevance to important problems in energy production, environmental remediation, and atmospheric chemistry. Using a combination of laser-based methods and theoretical simulations, her most recent efforts have focused on understanding environmentally important processes at water surfaces.

Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal, the ACS Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids, and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics. Richmond has held numerous leadership roles in the national and international scientific arena throughout her career. She is currently serving on the National Science Board (appointed by Barack Obama) and as US Department of State science envoy to the Southeast Asian Lower Mekong River countries (appointed by John Kerry). She is immediate past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and current chair of the AAAS Board of Directors.

Kathy Warden, search committee staff—director of operations, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs

Kathy Warden is the director of operations for the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs and oversees and provides strategic leadership for administrative operations and policy development and implementation for the office. She assists the provost with executive-level searches and executive leadership performance evaluations and five-year reviews. She also serves as the university curriculum coordinator and assists the UO Committee on Courses. Warden has a background in human resources and a BS in business management from Eastern Oregon University.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh—vice president for equity and inclusion

Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh joined the University of Oregon as vice president for equity and inclusion, with the responsibility for collaboratively leading the University of Oregon’s efforts to embed inclusion, equity, and diversity in its institutional practices, policies, and norms. Her portfolio reaches broadly across many aspects of campus life, supporting the academic mission of the institution to ensure that students and faculty and staff members from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to access, as well as to thrive and, ultimately, succeed at the university.

Before joining the University of Oregon, Yvette served as a tenured professor of political science and a dean at Indiana University at Bloomington. While there, she won outstanding research awards, secured national funding for her research projects, served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and also led national committees focusing on issues of equity, diversity, teaching excellence, and ethics. Yvette, who is a trained lawyer and registered mediator, is a member of the Indiana State Bar.

Bettina Cornwell—professor of marketing

T. Bettina Cornwell is the Edwin E. and June Woldt Cone Professor of Marketing in the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. Before she joined the University of Oregon, she was a professor of marketing and sport management at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on marketing communications and consumer behavior and often includes international and public policy emphases. Cornwell received a PhD in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Erica Daley—associate dean of finance and operations, School of Law

Erica D. Daley is the associate dean for finance and operations at the School of Law. Daley received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Portland State University and her executive MBA from the University of Oregon. She has 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer running large, complex organizations in the technology sector, legal industry, and higher education. This is her fourth year with the law school where she oversees finance, human resources, facilities, faculty support, information services, and communications. 

Daley completed her public accounting experience with Arthur Anderson LLP, and is a certified public accountant for the State of Oregon. She spent 30 years working in the Portland, Oregon, business community before joining the University of Oregon. She has been a member and chairman of several charitable boards and is currently cochair of the Oregon Executive Master of Business Administration program alumni board.  

Andrew Dunn—undergraduate, external director of staff, Associated Students of the University of Oregon

Andrew Dunn is an undergraduate student at the UO. He is a senior, majoring in political science and philosophy. He is from Medford, Oregon. Dunn has worked in student government for the Associated Students of the University of Oregon for the past three years. He currently serves in the ASUO executive branch as the external director of staff. Dunn says he hopes to find a provost who can make a lasting impact on the UO community and best serve students.

Karen Guillemin—professor of biology

Karen Guillemin is an expert in microbiology, cell and developmental biology, and host-microbe systems. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of biology in the Institute of Molecular Biology. She is founding director of the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology, an NIH-funded National Center for Systems Biology. The center is devoted to studying how host-microbe systems assemble, function, and evolve. Karen pioneered the use of zebrafish to study host-microbe interactions, including the influence of the gut microbiome on development, metabolism, and immunity.

Dean Livelybrooks—senior instructor of physics

Dean Livelybrooks received a bachelor of science in earth sciences from MIT in 1977, and a master of arts in physics in 1983 and a PhD in physics (geophysics specialty) from the University of Oregon in 1990. Through his research, Livelybrooks tries to reveal and interpret the processes occurring within and directly beneath the Earth’s crust. These processes can contribute to earthquakes, tsunamis, and enhancements to the electrical conductivity of the Earth. Recently his fieldwork has ranged across what Livelybrooks calls the “living geological laboratory” of the Pacific Northwest, a subduction zone at risk for a major earthquake and tsunami.

In addition to his research and teaching, Livelybrooks works with faculty and staff members from K–12 schools, community colleges, and the University of Oregon to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (collectively known as STEM).

W. Andrew Marcus—dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of geography

Andrew Marcus grew up in an academic family, starting at the age of eight to accomany his family on trips to the glaciers of Alaska and New Zealand, where his father conducted research. By the time he was a teenager, he knew he wanted to conduct research in the wild places of the world. Marcus’s commitment to understanding and preserving the environment—and rivers in particular—drew him to the field of geography, a field where the interactions of humans and nature across the earth’s surface is a major focus.

He specializes in the study of human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. His early research on the impact of mines on rivers in mountain environments eventually led him to studies in the Yellowstone area. His research in this special part of the world started in 1991. During these years, he collaborated with many other Yellowstone scentists on work ranging from remote sensing of streams to geochemistry to wolf reintroduction. His deep love of the area and his many connections to fellow scholars led to production of the Atlas of Yellowstone, the largest scholarly work of his career.

Marcus has served in numerous administrative roles ranging from University Senate president to department head to his present position as Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gabriela Martínez—associate professor of journalism and communication

Gabriela Martínez is director of the School of Journalism and Communication’s professional journalism master’s program. She is also an international award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, or edited more than 12 ethnographic and social documentaries. In addition to her documentary work, Martínez is a scholar who specializes in international communication and the political economy of communication. While her primary geographical area of expertise is Latin America, she also looks at, weaves in, and analyzes historical, political, cultural, and economic connections highlighting the longstanding connection of this region to other countries and continents around the globe. Martínez is the cocreator of the Latino Roots in Oregon Project, a grassroots, faculty-and-student-led historical digital repository.

Laura Lee McIntyre—professor of special education and clinical sciences

Laura Lee McIntyre, PhD, is head of the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and professor of school psychology in the College of Education. Her work focuses on understanding and promoting parent and child well-being in families with children who have developmental delays or disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Her work aims to prevent the onset, severity, and chronicity of mental health disorders in this population. Her professional background blends the fields of school psychology, special education, and pediatric child clinical psychology, and centers on the early identification and treatment of childhood developmental and behavioral problems.

McIntyre is a scientist at the Prevention Science Institute, and her work has been funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education. She has been at the UO since 2009.

Jamie Moffitt—vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer

Jamie Moffitt has served as the university’s vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer since January 2012. In this role, Moffitt oversees a broad range of departments including budget and resource planning and business affairs; human resources and affirmative action and equal opportunity; the campus planning and facilities management portfolio, comprising campus planning, design and construction, facilities and utilities; and the safety and risk services portfolio, which includes the UO Police Department.

Prior to her appointment as vice president, Moffitt served as executive senior associate athletics director for finance and administration (May 2010–December 2011) and as the associate dean for finance and operations at the UO’s law school (2003–10). While at the law school, she also taught courses in negotiation and in accounting and financial analysis. Before coming to the UO, Moffitt worked in the private sector as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and as a senior executive for a venture capital–backed software company.

Moffitt holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard, a master of arts in law and diplomacy (international business) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Aaron Montoya—web communications specialist, College of Education

Aaron Montoya works with the College of Education marketing department, where he helps tell stories about the great work of UO researchers as well as how to make educational and social systems work for all. Born in Colorado, he studied fine arts at Colorado State University. He enjoyed a career as a journalist for seven years before seeking adventure farther west in Oregon. Montoya strives for equity, and works to support those who do the same.

Paul Peppis—professor of English

Paul Peppis is professor of English at the University of Oregon, and the director of the Oregon Humanities Center. A scholar of early  20th-century British literature and culture and an award-winning teacher, he is the author of two monographs, Sciences of Modernism: Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology (Cambridge 2014) and Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde (Cambridge 2000). He has contributed chapters to the Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry (2007), and the Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster (2007). He has published articles on a range of early 20th-century authors.

Chris Sinclair—associate professor of mathematics

Chris Sinclair is an associate professor of mathematics specializing in probability, number theory, and mathematical statistical physics. He joined the University of Oregon in 2009. He is currently the vice president and president-elect of the University Senate and the secretary of United Academics, the faculty union.

Eleanor Wakefield—graduate teaching fellow, English

Eleanor Wakefield is a PhD candidate in English with a structured emphasis in poetry and poetics. This year she will complete her dissertation on early 20th-century American women’s sonnets. She is currently a graduate employee instructor of English and composition, and she serves on the English department’s Curriculum Committee. She has previously served as the vice president for grievances for the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, where she helped negotiate the new graduate employee contract. Before joining the PhD program, she completed her master of arts in English, also at the University of Oregon, and spent a year in Burghausen, Germany, on a Fulbright teaching assistantship.

Frances White—professor of anthropology

Frances White is a biological anthropologist interested in the evolution of primate sociality and social systems. Her research uses field studies of wild bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, free-ranging and captive primates in the US, and lab studies of primate morphology. She is the curator of primate osteology with the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. She teaches introductory courses on the evolution of human behavior and sexuality, upper-level courses on primate behavior and conservation, and graduate-level biological statistics. White currently serves as the head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, chair of the UO Committee on Courses, and chair of the UO Academic Council.

Keli Yerian—senior lecturer of linguistics

Keli Yerian is senior lecturer and director of the language teaching specialization in the Department of Linguistics. She has been a researcher, teacher, and teacher educator in linguistics and English as a second language for more than 25 years. Her research interests are in language and interaction, most specifically the use of gesture in both first-language and second-language speakers, as well as language teacher education, including the goals and experiences of second-language speakers in language teacher education programs. Yerian received her master of science and PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University.