New class profile: ‘Careers in Crime’

Laura Hickman, a professor in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government’s division of criminology and criminal justice, teaches an online course titled “Crime Myths.” The class compares the common “myths” about crime and weighs them against related research concerning these issues.

New class: The Multiracial Experience

The eye of the storm. That’s what Black Studies professor Ethan Johnson calls the Northwest, when it comes to multiracialism. “The Northwest has some of the highest rates, within the black community in particular, of marrying outside of their race—in the whole country,” Johnson said.

New class: Book publishing

When Dr. Per Henningsgaard was hired as the director of Portland State’s master’s in book publishing program, he was told to begin a list of class offerings specifically for undergraduate students.

Sweet DIY gifts

Ideas for gift-givers on a budget

The holiday season is something most students look forward to.Classes are over until the new year, and it’s time to celebrate the end of this year with the family and friends that you love. Though there are many great things about the holidays, there are two that stand out to me: giving and receiving gifts, and the desserts.

New faculty: Rahul Raghavan

Rahul Raghavan joined Portland State’s biology department in September. He received a doctoral degree from the University of Montana in 2008, and then did his postdoctoral studies at Yale University.

New faculty: Mark Leymon

Mark Leymon, Portland State’s new assistant professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, jumped at an opportunity to get back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last two years at Illinois State University.

Faculty profile: Emily Ford

Giving students a crash course in research

Since February, Emily Ford has been working as a reference and instructional librarian at the Portland State Millar Library for the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Her duties are to staff the reference desk, answer chat questions coming from students on the library website, and let classes know when the library has a guest lecturing on how best to do research and think critically about the material.

Faculty profile: Craig Epplin

After finishing graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and teaching at Reed College and Columbia University, Craig Epplin is excited to be working at Portland State.

New faculty: Jill Castek

Research mixes linguistics and social justice

This year, Jill Castek was hired by the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State. She is working as a research assistant professor within the Literacy, Language and Technology Research Group.