Honors & Awards

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

Donna Kalmbach Phillips, Education, works with teachers at an elementary school in remote Guatemala, where she is helping develop children’s books in the indigenous language, Ixil. The books are written and illustrated by teachers in Guatemala, and they are available online through Pacific’s repository of scholarship and creative works. Without the books, there are few, if any, texts for early readers who speak the Mayan language. Watch the video | coming soon!

Narcedalia Rodriguez joins Pacific University as chief equity diversity and inclusion officer. She will help lead an institution-wide effort to support and develop our diverse community. Rodriguez has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, she was dean of student development at Portland Community College Rock Creek.

James A. Goodrich is the new dean of Pacific’s College of Business and is the university’s Stoller Distinguished Chair of Business. Goodrich has a doctorate in international and comparative administration and more than 20 years of experience of progressive leadership within universities and consulting organizations.

Tyehimba Jess, MFA in Writing, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his latest book, Olio. Part fact, part fiction, the book “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” according to Pulitzer. Jess’ first book, leadbelly, won the 2004 National Poetry Series.

Todd Duncan, Physics, spoke at an invitation-only TEDx conference in Portland in May. His talk, The Value of the Cosmic Perspective, was based on a paper he published in 2012. Duncan is a visiting professor at Pacific.

Vievee Francis, MFA in Writing, won the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her latest collection, Forest Primeval. The yearly award is the world’s largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry. Forest Primeval has also won a 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

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