Faculty/Staff Showcase

September - October - November - December 2005

Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas

Dr. Cornelia ParaskevasCornelia Paraskevas was born in Athens, Greece. In 1980, after completing completed her undergraduate degree in English/Linguistics at the University of Athens, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and went to the University of Kansas to pursue a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics. While working on her doctorate, she taught classes in Linguistics and Writing at the University of Kansas and also proofread for Allen Press.

Shortly after graduating from KU, she arrived at WOU where, in her second year, she was chosen Teacher of the Year.

Her research interests include language and immigration, style analysis and the interface between linguistics and writing.

She is married and has two children: Alexander (20) and Athena (7).

Featuring a new Publication by
Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, Professor of Linguistics

Conversations about Writing
Eavesdropping, Inkshedding, and Joining In

Nelson, A Division of Canada limited, 2005

(Book review available from Inkshed Newsletter)

Other articles written by Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas:

(2003). From Heliotis to Hill. Stone in America (September/October), pp.25-28.

(2004). Learning about grammar: analize-aloud protocols of pre-service teachers. International Journal of Learning (11), pp. 94-99.

(2004). The Craft of writing: breaking conventions. English Journal (93:4), pp41-46.

Links to full text of these articles are only available for the duration of this exhibit, September – December 2005

February - March - April - May 2006

Dr. Molly Mayhead

Dr.  Molly MayheadMolly A Mayhead (1988), Professor of Speech Communications. B.A. 1983 Western Oregon State College; M.A. 1985, Indiana University; Ph.D. 1988, Pennsylvania State University Women's Political Discourse: A 21st Century Perspective, 2005, published by Rowman and Littlefield


Women's Political Discourse profiles women in the most highly visible political offices today, highlighting communication strategies. Following a fascinating overview of women's political discourse from the early twentieth century, the book features selected women governors, representatives, and senators of the past several decades, from Jeannette Ranking the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The authors compare women's and men's political communication techniques and include helpful lists of the women governmental leaders of the twentieth and the twenty-first century. Exploring women's unique approaches to governing, Women's Political Discourse seeks to lay out innovative approaches to leadership.

Presenting an overview of women's political discourse from the early 20th century, this work features selected women governors, representatives, and senators of the past several decades, from Jeannette Rankin - the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives - to Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Women Changing History Collage

Navigating Boundaries: The Rhetoric of Women Governors, 2000, Greenwood Publishing Group


In the history of the US, only 16 women have served as governors. This work is a testament to and an analysis of the rhetoric of several of these women who have transformed the political landscape. Focuses on five governors who collectively represent the diverse face of the governorship, having little in common other than gender. Their varied perspectives originate from differences in social and economic backgrounds, time periods, political affiliations, geographic locations, and ideologies. Early chapters discuss the changing face of the office of governor, and offer brief biographical sketches of each woman. Later chapters analyze rhetoric of these governors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Marshall, Mayhead, and their contributors explore the discourse women governors use to negotiate political boundaries. The analysis, based on the study of five governors, suggests that women bring issues of caring, empowerment, family, and inclusively to their office, thus re-sculpting the face of the governorship, restructuring the political landscape, and redefining women's roles. Explores the discourse women governors use to negotiate political boundaries.

Featuring a new publication by Dr. Molly Mayhead

Mayhead, Molly A., and Brenda DeVore Marshall. Women’s Political Communication: A 21st Century Perspective. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

Marshall, Brenda DeVore, and Molly Mayhead, eds. Navigating Boundaries: The Rhetoric of Women Governors. Praeger: 2000.

"Victim Impact Statements as Narrative: Their Legal and Rhetorical Ramifications." American Society of Trial Consultants Data Base, December 1998.

"It Will Happen: Causal Argumentation in the Ballot Measure 9 Controversy." In Argument and the Postmodern Challenge. Raymie McKerrow, ed. Annandale, Virginia: Speech Communication
Association, 1993.

"Inference and Argument in the Supreme Court: A Cognitive Analysis of Supreme Court DecisionMaking." In Spheres of Argument. Malcom R. Sillars, ed. Proceedings of the Alta Argumentation Conference. Annandale, VA: Speech Communication Association, 1989.



June - August 2006

2005- 2006
Faculty & Staff Award Recipients

MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University has named this year’s Mario and Alma Pastega Awards. Sharon Oberst, professor of dance, received the Teaching Excellence Award, an annual honor to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and relationships with students. Professor of Spanish Eduardo González-Viaña was given the Scholarship Award, which honors a full-time faculty member who demonstrates outstanding creative or scholarly accomplishments. Lori Pagel, library circulation assistant, received the Staff Excellence Award in recognition of her exceptional service to the university.



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