2007-2008 — Faculty/Staff Showcase
Dr. Mary E. Pettenger
Mary Pettenger, PhD, is an associate professor of political science at WOU. She specializes in international and comparative politics, teaching a variety of courses including International Relations, Causes of War, European Politics, International Organizations, Political Ideologies and International Law. She is also the club advisor for the Model United Nations club in which students train for and participate in MUN conferences around the region, the U.S. and internationally.
Her research interests include global environmental politics, international organizations and social constructive theory. Her dissertation focused on the role of the Netherlands as a small state in the international system. Her current research includes climate change policies, as well as developing assessment tools for active learning techniques. She has presented papers at numerous conferences including the International Studies Association (ISA), the Western Political Science Association and the Midwest American Association of Geographers. Her writings have appeared in International Politics, and include several book and article reviews.
Dr. Pettenger received her B.A. from Whitman College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies. She is active locally as vice president on the United Nations Association-USA Oregon Chapter, and nationally as a board member of the Model United Nations of the Far West, Inc. and as the secretary for the Active Learning in International Studies section of the International Studies Association. In July 2007 she was selected as one of the thirteen fellows to attend the Canadian Studies Summer Institute in Alberta, Canada.
The concept for the book The Social Construction of Climate Change emerged through participation in several panels at ISA conferences. After assuming the role of editor, she was able to recruit eleven contributors for the book from six different countries. While several of the contributors were able to meet at ISA conferences, some of the contributors never met in person but communicated through email and from a WebCT page sponsored by WOU. She is grateful to WOU for the Faculty Development funds that enabled her to attend the ISA conferences.
Dr. Pettenger found the process of editing the book to be rewarding and was honored to have the book proposal selected by two publishers. She has high hopes for the book’s reception based on the willingness of some of the established names in the international relations field, one who wrote a Foreword and another an endorsing blurb. Equally pleasing is Dr. William (Doug) Smith’s, of the WOU Anthropology department contribution of an essential chapter to the book. She hopes you will enjoy the book and looks forward to any comments or feedback you have.
Dr. Kim Jensen
Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University and teaches courses in gender history and 20th century U.S. history. She received her Ph.D. in Women’s and U.S. History from the University of Iowa in 1992. Research for her book Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War, University of Illinois Press (Feb 2008). resulted in several articles and chapters including “A Base Hospital is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall: American Women Nurses, Hostile Work Environment, and Military Rank in the First World War,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26:2 (Fall 2005); “Uncle Sam’s Loyal Nieces: American Medical Women, Citizenship, and War Service in World War I,” in Judith Walzer Leavitt ed. Women and Health in America 2nd ed. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999); “Women, Citizenship, and Civic Sacrifice: Engendering Patriotism in the First World War,” in John Bodnar, ed. Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 1996).
She is currently writing a biography of the life of Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D. (1869-1967) suffrage and public health activist, and organizer and director of international medical relief. She has published two studies concerning Lovejoy’s life and activism: “Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., the First World War, and a Feminist Critique of Wartime Violence,” in Alison Fell and Ingrid Sharp, eds., The Women’s Movement in Wartime: International Perspectives 1914-19 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and “‘Neither Head nor Tail to the Campaign:’ Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 107:3 (Fall 2007): 350-383. With Erika Kuhlman, she is editing a volume of essays on women and transnational activism in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Broadcast Engineer – Library and Media Services
Larry Bentley’s talent in technology has taken him everywhere from professional sporting events to an Emmy award. His many contributions to the world of technology are apparent through his accomplishments and outstanding performances.
He began working in television production in November 1963, two days before President Kennedy was assassinated. In the late 1960’s at KQED-TV in San Francisco, Larry participated in the first live interconnection of Public Television Stations via cross country microwave. He also participated in experimenting with television as a form of art. For one of these programs, he received an award as Technical Director.
In the early 1970’s at KCET-TV in Los Angeles, Larry Bentley worked on the Hollywood Television Theatre drama series. He soon received an Emmy Award for camera work on “The Andersonville Trial,” directed by George C. Scott. During this time, he was honored by listing in three editions of “Who’s Who in America”.
Larry served as the technical manager in 1980 for the first Goodwill Games, held in Santa Clara, California. This production earned a nomination for a regional Emmy. In 1985, Larry designed and constructed a commercial television station in Greeneville, Tennessee where he also operated as Chief Engineer.
In 1988 Larry Bentley was project manager for the technical facility installation of the Macadam Avenue studio for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He was hired by OPB as Studio Supervisor. As his hard work and talent became evident, Larry was soon found himself as Director of Engineer Production Engineering. While at OPB, he was the Technical Manager for several major productions including the September 11th Memorial Concert and the Defiant Requiem by the Portland Symphony.
Larry has also worked for many years with the 4P- Support Group for parents of children born with an extremely rare birth defect (occurs in 1 in 50,000 births). He helped establish presence on the Internet, established a listserv for parents and other professionals, and worked with other national support groups that now serve about 2,000 children world wide.
Throughout this entire time, Larry has worked in major sports productions including several World Series and PGA Championships for many years as a technical manager and as a video engineer. He started at Western Oregon University in May 2005 as Broadcast Engineer. Western Oregon University is proud to have Larry in the Library and Media Services Staff and has benefited greatly from his contributions.
LOCATION: First floor new book area
Curators: Kristin Johnson & Hannah Luthy