TEP Staff Directory

The Teaching Engagement Program is UO’s faculty and graduate-student professional teaching development office. It works to define, develop, holistically evaluate, acknowledge, and leverage teaching excellence to achieve the fullest promise of a UO education. It was founded in 1987 by the Center for Academic Learning Services in response to grassroots efforts by faculty to get more support for their teaching. Now it is part of the Office of the Provost.

TEP supports teachers across rank and discipline, building an inclusive, engaged, and research-informed campus-wide teaching culture. It creates occasions for faculty and graduate student instructors to develop and refresh their pedagogy in dialogue with one another; to engage with campus, national, and scholarly conversations about excellence in higher education; and to use teaching insights to inform UO policy and core curriculum renewal. 

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Lee Rumbarger

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Engagement
Lee Rumbarger directs UO’s professional teaching development program, including TEP’s slate of events and network of faculty learning and leadership communities (CAITs), which form around key teaching issues—for example, teaching high-challenge gateway courses and teaching about difference and inequality. She partners with the Teaching Academy board to host UO’s distinguished teachers quarterly as an advisory group to the provost and chairs the Provost’s Teaching Success group. Lee serves on the Senate core education and teaching evaluation committees. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in administrative and teaching roles at Vassar College and the University of Exeter in the UK.
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Laurel Bastian

Faculty Consultant
Laurel Bastian is a Faculty Consultant with the Teaching Engagement Program and supports faculty in meeting their teaching/learning goals with a focus on equity. Prior to her work at UO, she was a Senior Lecturer at UW-Madison, teaching intercultural communication and writing courses; she was also an Instructional Coach with The Discussion Project, helping faculty to identify discussion structures and strategies to support students as people and as learners. She holds an BA in English from the University of New Mexico, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has spent 15 years working with nonprofits and community organizations towards a more just present.
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Austin Hocker

Director for Research and Assessment
Austin Hocker leads the Teaching Engagement Program’s efforts to create and support a culture of inquiry into student learning. He leads assessment projects for core-education requirements, supports academic units' assessment work, and partners with faculty to design and implement scholarship of teaching and learning projects. Austin holds a BS in exercise science from Linfield College, and MS and PhD degrees in human physiology from the University of Oregon. Additionally, he teaches courses on evidence-based science teaching to graduate and undergraduate students.
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Pam Joslin

Executive Assistant
Pam Joslin is the executive assistant for Lee Rumbarger, assistant vice provost for teaching engagement. In addition to managing Lee’s calendar, she provides administrative support for the Teaching Engagement Program. Prior to this position, Pam provided administrative support with Sponsored Projects Services at the University of Oregon.
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Julie Mueller

Faculty Consultant

Julie Mueller is a faculty consultant in the Teaching Engagement Program. Her work focuses on improving learning and overall student success by spotlighting the results of research on teaching and learning.  To this end, she facilitates reading groups, incorporates research results into workshops, and highlights them in written work with the ultimate goal of helping members of the UO community incorporate those results into their own teaching. In the FIG course she teaches, Julie also works to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in college. She holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from Cornell University, did postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago and was a member of the chemistry faculty at Santa Clara University before moving to Eugene.

Vanessa Rosa Ralph

Vanessa Rosa Ralph, Ph.D.

Director of STEM Education Initiatives
As Director of STEM Education Initiatives and Affiliated Faculty with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Vanessa seeks to develop communities of reflective STEM educators’ collective and iterative capacity for engaging in activism through equity-centered education reform. This includes developing readily accessible tools for educators to examine equity in their classrooms, practical strategies for improving the equity and quality of their courses, and policies that support educators as they learn, implement, test, and revise these efforts.

A chemist and statistician whose research in STEM Education relates the impact of systemic practices (e.g., assessment design, pedagogy) on educational equity, Vanessa has earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences (minor in Medical Physics) from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in Chemistry (with an emphases in Education, Equity, and Statistics) from the University of South Florida, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Chemistry Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Collaborating with exceptional colleagues across academia, Vanessa strives to contribute to ensuring STEM education is a safe and fulfilling space for students commonly marginalized by educational systems. For a list of recent publications, see https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2182-2930.
Jason Schreiner

Jason Schreiner

Associate Director
Jason Schreiner leads many of the Teaching Engagement Program's support programs and project initiatives, including inclusive teaching efforts, faculty development for teaching the US: Difference, Inequality and Agency core education requirement, the UO Graduate Teaching Initiative, and the annual GE Day of Teaching during fall orientation.  He facilitates numerous workshops, trainings, and events, regularly teaches a graduate course on engaged pedagogy, and serves as a facilitator for TEP’s CAIT network of faculty learning and leadership communities. Additionally, he teaches courses for the UO Environmental Studies Program and a First-Year Interest Group on "Just Futures" for incoming UO students each fall.