Willamette professors are celebrated for their teaching and noted regionally and nationally for their scholarly work. They actively engage with their students both in and out of the classroom, and they will support you on every step of your journey.
Melissa Witkow collaborates with students to study the adolescent social network.
"The research I do with students will give them important skills in critical thinking and understanding psychology that will help them be successful.”
Dedication to students — and rock 'n' roll — led to a national award for Karen McFarlane Holman.
"I enjoy working with students who may be learning chemistry for the first time and helping them find clarity in a subject that might at first seem enigmatic."
Ricardo De Mambro Santos takes art history far beyond names and dates.
“Art history is not simply about memorizing data or putting it in a chronological line. One of my biggest ambitions is to make my students curious about art and aware that they can contribute to our knowledge of what art is.”
Professor Richard Ellis is noted nationally for his scholarship, but he prefers to be known for his work in the classroom.
"I believe that the most enduring contribution I can make to the education and lives of my students is to teach them to think critically and to write clearly."
Sarah Kirk nurtures future researchers while showing them the importance of chemistry in the real world.
"If I were working on my own in a lab, I could probably accomplish far more, far faster. But as a professor, I can work with students and train them so that they go on and accomplish far more as a group than I ever could by myself. A lot of my job is about seeing potential in students and helping them recognize it."
Professor Chris Smith and his students research co-evolution in America’s southwest deserts.
"Students learn best when they are actively involved in the educational process. By undertaking their own research, they gain independence from the instructor and become the architects of their own education."
Professor Rebecca Dobkins helps her students examine some of life’s greatest questions.
"One of the most important things I can pass on to my students is a sense of expanded possibilities, by helping them find capabilities they didn't even know they had."