Honors & Awards

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

Jon-Michael Kowertz MSF ’15, MBA ’16 is the 2016-2017 Entrepreneur in Residence in Pacific University’s Berglund Center. As director of business support and development for the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce, he has helped grow more than 2,000 small businesses in the Portland area. He teaches an after-school high school business program and community college courses, and supports Pacific students in bringing their innovative ideas
to fruition. pacificu.edu/business

Marvin Bell & Pete Fromm, Writing, each recently published new books. After the Fact: Scripts and Postscripts is a conversation of 90 prose poems written back and forth between poets Bell and Christopher Merrill. The Names of the Stars is the newest wilderness memoir from Fromm. Bell and Fromm are among the acclaimed authors who teach and mentor students in Pacific’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.

Leif Gustavson, Education, was among several Oregon educators who weighed in on the federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act on a local NPR affiliate, championing the need for a sustainable teaching workforce. The Pacific University College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs on three campuses, along with advanced programs for working teachers.

Richard London, Optometry, received the American Academy of Optometry’s Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award, for his outstanding and sustained contributions to the academy’s lectures and workshops program, in which he has presented annually for more than 35 years, and for his clinical expertise. London is an early leader in the area of neuro-ophthalmic disease disorders and has been instrumental in spreading clinical information to optometrists to improve patient care. pacificu.edu/see

Jim Moore, Politics & Government, provided in-depth political analysis throughout the election season. Director of the Pacific University Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, he appeared on several of Portland’s television news stations and wrote analysis for major newspapers in the region. He offered a class for alumni at Homecoming and also has hosted post-election forums in the past month. Find upcoming events through the Tom McCall Center online.

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