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

Interim Associate Director
Laurel supports instructors in meeting their teaching/learning goals with a focus on inclusion and equity grounded in both 1) what students explicitly tell us they need to succeed and 2) respect for instructor values, positionalities, and teaching contexts. Areas of expertise include Universal Design, trauma-informed pedagogy, and designing participation and active learning for equity; she serves on the Disability Studies Executive Board, the ICT Accessibility Committee, and co-facilitates the Neurodivergent Instructor and Staff Affinity Group. She holds an MFA from UW-Madison, where she taught as a Senior Lecturer and founded/taught with the Writers in Prisons Project.
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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

Senior Faculty Consultant

Julie Mueller is a senior 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.