Honors & Awards

Pacific University faculty are great teachers — and great researchers and authors.

Wendy Hanks, Audiology, has been named the interim director of the Pacific University School of Audiology. She came to Pacific in 2013 as an associate professor in the then-new school, where she has been instrumental in building the three-year doctor of audiology program. She succeeds founding director Victoria Keetay.

Lisa Carstens, Arts & Sciences, had a short play, Future Perfect, selected for performance in the 11th edition of The Seven, a prestigious short-works festival in New Mexico. Carstens is the dean of the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences, an English professor and literary critic, and a long-time closet writer of plays and short fiction.

Catherine Kim, Education, is the president of the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She is active in promoting professional development of ESL teachers through research, conferences and workshops. She also is directing a federal grant project, through which middle- and high-school STEM teachers can earn their Oregon ESOL endorsement.

Shun-Nan Yang, Optometry, will spend the 2016-2017 academic year on sabbatical, working to develop a new undergraduate optometric program in China. The Pacific University College of Optometry is developing a bachelor’s degree program that will provide students in China with additional career opportunities and advance the optometric profession and services in that country.

Helen Sharp, Communication Sciences & Disorders, has been named director of the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences & Disorders within the College of Education. Sharp succeeds retiring founding director Marty Fischer. She comes to Pacific from Western Michigan University, where she has been an associate professor of speech pathology and audiology since 2009.

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