Team Profiles

Honors Faculty Profiles

Jeffrey Borrowdale

Jeffrey Borrowdale

This is my 13th year at Lane as full-time faculty and coordinator for the Philosophy and Religion program. Before coming to Lane, I lived on the Central Coast of California and taught as part time at several colleges and universities, including U.C. Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College. I grew up in Sacramento and received my B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Sacramento State and an M.A. and C. Phil from U.C. Santa Barbara.

My academic interests include arguments for and against the existence of God, the foundations of ethics, political philosophy, philosophical issues surrounding science and technological progress, Western religion and epistemology. I'm also the Faculty Advisor for LCC Students for Liberty, an on-campus club dedicated to individual rights, limited government and promoting the ideals of a voluntary society guided by the ideals of reason, freedom and compassion. In my spare time I pursue filmmaking, screenwriting and digital music production. I'm a big scifi and fantasy geek and love technology and Apple products.

Besides philosophy and religion, I'm fascinated by psychology, history and economics and enjoy reading about these subjects. I won the Ninth Grade chess championship at Albert Einstein Junior High. I used to play a lot of Dungeons & Dragons type games. I qualify for Mensa but have never been a member. I've studied Tae Kwon Do, Sport Karate and Ninjutsu. I haven't had a haircut since 1999. I'm a big fan of Aristotle, Zeno, Epicurus, Locke, Bastiat, Mises, Rothbard, Ayn Rand, Anthony Robbins, Thoreau, Michael Shermer and John Mackey. I eat a whole foods, plant-based diet. I have lots of other interests - check out my Facebook profile if you're interested. I believe in lifelong learning - in fact, you may see me sitting at the desk next to you as a student in one of your classes!


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Kathleen Caprario Ulrich

  • University of Oregon - Zelij Design Course with Jean Marc Castera
  • New York Studio School - Painting with Elaine deKooning and Wayne Theibaud, Drawing with Nicolas Carone, Sculpture with George Spaventa
  • Art Students League of New York - Painting with Theodoros Stamos
  • New School of Social Research, New York
  • Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts - Textile Design Certificate, Painting with Mary Abbott
  • Newark Museum School, New Jersey

In the late 1970's I moved to Oregon from New York City and began my professional career as a studio artist and art educator. The experience of studying with artists such as Wayne Theibaud, Mary Abbott and Theodoros Stamos, as well as a semester abroad through the New York Studio School has informed both my artwork and my teaching approach. That approach focuses on exploration, analysis and application through studio work to give the student a well-rounded sense of the concepts presented and the opportunity to authentically realize those ideas creatively in their work. Critical thinking combined with media and art-making is the process through which the student will grow and demonstrate the necessary learning outcomes. The late American design icon, Milton Glaser is quoted as saying that the purpose of art is to "inform and delight." I whole-heartedly agree!


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Marge Helzer

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • M.S. Anthropology, University of Oregon
  • B.S. Anthropology with honors, University of Oregon
  • A.S. Forestry, Pennsylvania State University

Marge Helzer studied forestry at Penn State University and anthropology at the Universityof Oregon. She has worked as a professional archaeologist for the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and has taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Central Oregon Community College, and Lane Community College. Marge has been a full time anthropology instructor at LCC since 2005. Her work as an archaeologist and paleoethno botanist is on going and frequently involves collaborations with researchers at the UO, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and private archaeological firms.

Marge admires Jane Goodall for her inspired leadership and commitment to environmental conservation and social justice. She states the best advice she received was from a friend who told her to get a broad, liberal arts education when she was trying to decide what to study at the University of Oregon. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.


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Ben Hill

  • Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon
  • M.S.  Mathematics, University of Oregon
  • B.A.  English and Mathematics, University of North Dakota

Ben was born in 1960, in North Dakota, in what is now a Chinese restaurant. As an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota, he double-majored in English and Math, edited a literary magazine, hosted a new music show on public radio, and won a prize for solving a contest problem in combinatorics. While pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Oregon, he created and taught a course called Abstract Math for Poets and conducted field-based research in Northern Japan. Altogether, Ben lived and worked in Japan for five years. He traveled widely in Asia, studied spiritual traditions in which "fire walking" is practiced, and twice walked barefoot on wood fires. He taught for the University of Maryland, the University of North Dakota, Navajo Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Oregon Coast Community College, the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. He built a house by a lake. He built a canoe. In 2000 he hiked Oregon's 430-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail. In 2006 he went bungy jumping in New Zealand. In 2011 he fathered his second child and wrote a book about Statistics.


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  Sandy Jensen

  • M.A. Poetry, UC Riverside
  • B.A. English, University of Washington

I was raised in Wenatchee, Washington and was the first person in my family to go to college. After my BA in English from the University of Washington, I followed my soul's high adventure and lived for twenty years in an intentional spiritual community where I was a poet, play director, reporter and also a creative writing teacher at UC Riverside after I completed my MA in Poetry.

At Lane, I continue my love for community, the arts and the deepening of soul--yours, mine, and ours. I teach writing and am a Faculty Technology Specialist. I am an active proponent of blogging, which combines all my interests of writing, the arts, technology, and self-expression. Find me on the Knowledge Network at Mind on Fire I am also a KLCC public radio talk show co-host on an arts review program called Viz City. I love talking about art!

I am currently working on a Certificate in Digital Storytelling from the University of Colorado/Denver.

I admire Michelle Obama. She is smart, canny, glamorous, a mom, wife, First Lady and lawyer. I like it that she knows the power of her office and uses every second and every resource available to her to "do good works." I love her natural, easy way of "spreading the love." She charmed Queen Elizabeth and makes friends for herself and the United States wherever she goes. Michelle Obama for president!

William Stafford was Oregon's poet laureate and a famous writing teacher at Lewis and Clark College. His attitude toward student writing and all of life's situations was "No shame; no blame." Those have become words to live by for me.

I am fascinated by the great painted caves of Southern France and Spain.

I read in evolutionary biology (current reading is a graphic adaptation of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species").

My husband and I collect Coast Native masks; our most recent acquisition is a Haida welcoming mask with two red "calling" hands cupping the peaceful face.

I love to cook and often have small dinner parties for 8-10 people. My most recent meal was slow cooked lamb shanks and white beans.

I have a large "Parade of All Nations" doll collection. My strangest doll has a head made of a shriveled black apple and has native handmade Apache dress.

I am an avid walker and quiet water kayaker.

I call my cat Minky The Greeting Cat because she always runs up to the car door when I get home to say hello.

Someday, I want to attend a live play at the Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece under a full moon. Wouldn't that be something?!


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Kevin Steeves

  • Secondary Education Teaching Certificate - CA and AZ
  • B.S. Biology, San Diego State University
  • A.S. Science, Grossmont College

Born 1977 in San Diego, CA in the same hospital my daughter would be born in 27 years later! The highlight of my undergraduate work was tracking the behavior and migration patterns of Masticophis flagellum - better known as the "Coachwhip" snake because of their whipping movement and the power of their long bodies. It was during this tracking that I received my first taste of amazing technology in the "classroom" as we used radio devices to track and plot the movements of the snake. I completed my B.S. in Biology and initially became a High School Biology teacher where I focused my instruction with a deep integration of academic technology. My career choice lead me out of the classroom and into a career where I help other instructors integrate academic technologies into their instruction. I have been with LCC since January 2011, where I cam from Tucson, AZ. My wife, Tammy, and my two children, Madeleine and Noah, love Eugene and we could not have made a better decision than to leave the desert for this wonderful city!

The best advice I have ever received was from many of my college professors - "Major in what you love. You will never feel like you work a day in your life." Although I am no longer teaching in the Sciences...I decided to pursue a "new" found love of technology. Without my initial degree in Biology I would not have the opportunity to do what I love now! I enjoy my job and am very proud of what I do. I feel very blessed to be able to wake up in the morning and look forward to what I get to do each and every day!

Personal interests: cycling, hiking, fishing, and getting jumped on by my kids!


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Stan Taylor

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from McGeorge School of Law
  • Masters of Law (LL.M.) in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Oregon
  • B.A. Political Science and History, University of Kansas

Stan Taylor is a Professor of Political Science at Lane Community College where he teaches Peace and Conflict; Environmental Politics; and Civil Rights and Liberties.  He is Chair of the Lane Peace Center, a member of CALC's Progressive Responses, and a steering committee member of We the People Eugene (a grass roots organization dedicated to building democratic social movements and ending corporate dominance of politics, economics, and education).

Stan admires Vandana Shiva because she embodies feminine wisdom in her powerful activism on behalf of healthy food, clean water, and a people's and environment centered view of politics, economics, and culture. The best advice according to Stan is: Who you are emerges through your relationships with others and the environment, so take care of these relationships. He enjoys family centered activities, activisim for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment (Occupy Everything!) and mountaineering.


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Stacey Kiser

  • M.S. Ecology, University of Oregon
  • B.S. Zoology, Oregon State University

I started teaching as a graduate student and got hooked through a biology education grant. Improving biology education turned out to be my passion that continues today. I will serve as the president of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2014. Community colleges play a vital role since at least half of all college students in the U.S. take their only science courses at a two-year school.

I didn't attend a community college as a student. I discovered Lane during grad school and set my sights on getting a job here. I taught a semester at a private liberal arts college in Wisconsin during a sabbatical and could not wait to get back to my classes here at Lane. The diversity of students and the help I can give them is a true joy.

Personal hobbies: baking (especially cheesecakes), sailing trips in the San Juan Islands, cheering on my Beavers


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Sarah Lushia

  • M.A. and Ph.D. English Studies, Illinois State University
  • B.A. English, SUNY Plattsburgh

I have a Bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Plattsburgh (with a year of National Student Exchange study at Cal State, San Bernardino), a Master's in English from Illinois State University, and a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University. My dissertation focused on Black American women's life narratives as they appear in picture books, allowing me to combine my favorite areas of literary study: women's, Black American, and children's literature and life narratives. I also have a strong background in Minority Rhetorics and a passion for teaching.

As an undergraduate, my participation in the Honors Program at SUNY - which began when I accidentally registered for an honors course - transformed my life in many wonderful ways, and is the reason I decided to pursue graduate school. My ability to participate in the Honors Program at LCC is a privilege and offers me a way to "pay forward" the gifts that my own honors teachers gave to me so many years ago.

I enjoy riding carousels, hiking, camping, the cliched long walks along the ocean, reading, hanging out in bookstores and coffee shops, spontaneous adventures, road trips, yard work, and the quickly disappearing art of composing and sending snail mail. My favorite animals are giraffes and turtles. I hope to someday visit Alaska, Ghana, and Ireland. 

Sarah's ePortfolio


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Denise Couch

  • M.A. Anthropology, SDSU
  • B.A. Anthropology/Biology, SDSU

I was an Anthropology Instructor at community colleges and universities in San Diego, California from 1995-2008. During that time, I taught everywhere, from large universities, small private colleges, military bases, rural high school classrooms, lots of variety (and lots of driving!). After over a decade, I gave it all up and moved to Florence, Oregon, but after enjoying the Oregon Coast, I realized I couldn't stay away from teaching and was lucky enough to get a job here at Lane in 2009. I've been involved with Honors programs and courses for the majority of my teaching career, previously as an instructor and most recently as an at-large member of the Lane Honors Program Leadership Team. I started as a student in community college and I started teaching at that very same college just before I earned my master's degree so I've basically "grown up" in the field as a community college anthropology instructor. Although I like to keep a broad, current, general knowledge of as many topics as possible in anthropology, I particularly like thinking about visual representations of the human fossil record and how they function in shaping essentialist ideologies about the naturalization of gender in human society. (Yes, I know, but it is a really cool topic, just hard to define in one sentence!).

On a non-academic level, I enjoy jogging for hours on end, ruminating about the world, looking at and listening to the environment around me, that kind of thing. Oh, and I like beer and cheeseburgers, yum.


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Tamara Pinkas

  • M.S. Art Education, University of Oregon
  • B.S. Aethetic Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Tamara Pinkas is Cooperative Education Coordinator for Advanced Technology and Language, Literature and Communications Divisions at Lane. For over 10 years she has served as Lane's Representative to the League for Innovation in the Community College of which Lane is one of 19 board colleges and Tamara is the only faculty in the group. On campus Tamara has held numerous leadership positions, currently serving as a member of the Art on Campus Committee, the David Joyce Art Gallery team, a member of the college's Bond Leadership Team, and facilitator for development of the Work College. Tamara authored 'Public Art in Eugene, OR', edited the full publication and wrote a chapter for "The Oregon Work-based Learning Manual', and is currently co-authoring a cooperative education text book. Tamara travels extensively and was in Egypt in March 2011 immediately after the fall of President Mubarak.

The best advice I ever received came right after I graduated from college and it was from the director of the Santa Cruz, CA Arts Council. He told me that the best way to begin my career in public service was to find an organization that was doing the kind of work I wanted to do and volunteer to complete a project for them. This, he asserted, would allow me to showcase my skills and help me make connections. He admonished me to avoid offering to just help with mailings or answering the phone. I followed his advice and within a year was offered a paid position coordinating the Oregon Imagination Celebration, an outreach program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

I plan to visit every national park in the United States and as many World Heritage sites as I can before I'm 100.


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Eileen Thompson

  • Ph.D. English, University of Oregon
  • B.A. English, University of Puget Sound 

I've been an instructor at Lane Community College since 1994 (as an adjunct for over 10 years before being hired as a contracted faculty member), teaching in the English Department of the Language, Literature and Communications Division. In my tenure at Lane, I have taught both composition and literature courses and have served as project coordinator for a number of college-wide interdisciplinary instructional initiatives, including the Strategic Learning Initiative, Learning Communities and Reading Together.

I completed a PhD in English at the University of Oregon with a specialization in Modern British Literature. My dissertation explored the influence of W.B. Yeats as a literary predecessor in the work of three contemporary Irish women poets.


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Katie Morrison-Graham

  • Ph.D. Neuroscience, UCLA
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, UC Davis

As the daughter of an Air Force Pilot, I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and lived in Washington State, Alaska and California. I received my B.S. and Ph.D in California and then moved to Eugene to be a research fellow in the laboratory of Jim Weston in the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. Jim's lab worked on neural crest cell development - these are the cells that give rise to the peripheral nervous system as well as pigment cells, craniofacial cartilage and bone! When Jim went on a sabbatical eight years later I ran the lab and taught his classes (majors Cell Biology and non-majors Reproduction and Development).  I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed teaching but found I was not fond of the large classes and chose to explore teaching at Lane.  After one term as a part-time instructor at LCC I was hooked! The camaraderie and enthusiasm for teaching present in the Science Division and the wider college community coupled with Lane's student diversity and the interactions afforded by the small class size makes Lane a great place to work. A position for a full-time Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology instructor opened up later that year and I decided to apply. I joined the faculty at LCC full time in Fall 1993.

Coming from a research background I sought opportunities to learn more about clinical applications. Over my years at LCC I have had internships at McKenzie Willamette Hospital (twice, once in the microbiology lab and once on the floors), Sacred Heart Hospital, Lane County Public Health and most recently with the Infection Prevention team at Riverbend during Summer 2010. In addition, I had the opportunity in 2003-2004 to further my research background through a sabbatical research project in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Guillemin at the University of Oregon. Dr. Guillemin studies bacterial pathogenesis. I used genomic approaches to investigate the interactions between helicobacter pylori and human gastric cells.

Personal interests and hobbies: hiking and camping/backpacking, gardening, jewelry making, baseball and family road trips 

Non-academic goals: Stay in all the national park lodges and see a baseball game in all the MLB parks


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Ce Rosenow

  • Ph.D. English, University of Oregon
  • M.A. English, Portland State University
  • B.A. English, Santa Clara University

Ce Rosenow has taught at the college level since 1996, holding positions at Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, and the University of Oregon's English Department and Clark Honors College. Her research focuses on American literature with an emphasis on American modernisms, poetry, and the relationship between American poetry and Japan. Ce's articles, essays, reviews, and translations have been published in the U.S. and abroad, and she is the author of six poetry collections. She is also the co-editor with Bob Arnold of The Next One Thousand Years: Selected Poems of Cid Corman. Ce has served as president of the Haiku Society of America and as co-editor of Northwest Literary Forum and Portlandia Review of Books. She is the publisher of Mountains and Rivers Press in Eugene.

Ce's ePortfolio and blog, The Honor Roll: An Inquiry into Honors Education