Board of Trustees
Professor of English – WOU
Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of English, has been teaching at WOU for 25 years. During her tenure, she has served as department chair, faculty senator, member of the Western Oregon University Faculty Union (WOUFT) bargaining team, writing coordinator, and editor of accreditation reports (1996 and 2013). In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Paraskevas actively serves Salem-Keizer schools conducting writing and language workshops for K-12 grades. In the early 2000s she helped develop a unique four-year partnership with the Oregon Department of Education. Through this partnership, WOU students enrolled in writing and education courses were given the opportunity to score essays written by K-12 grade students as part of the Oregon State test. She co-wrote Western’s dual-credit partnership document with the Hillsboro School District, in support of the state’s 40-40-20 initiative. Paraskevas said, “I am honored to serve on the board of trustees for Western Oregon University. I believe that as an independent institution, we need to position ourselves as the Liberal Arts alternative to high‐price private institutions. To ensure our success, we will need to balance the focus and interests of our students, our institution, our faculty, and our continued service to Oregonians.” Paraskevas earned her doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Kansas.