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Dr. Mary Bucy
MS Ed: Information Technology Program Coordinator
Associate Professor

BS Oregon State University, 1977: Resource Recreation Management
MSEd Western Oregon University, 1997:
MS Education Information Technology
Ph.D, Oregon State University, 2003:

Professional: Mary has been on the faculty of the Division of Teacher Education at Western Oregon University since 1997. She teaches educational technology courses and coordinates the MS Ed Information Technology program. Prior to joining the faculty at WOU, Mary spent 20 years as an informal education specialist,planning and designing educational experiences for visitors in leisure settings such as National Parks, wildlife refuges, visitor centers, and museums. Her special emphasis was on visual communication.

Background: In 2003, Mary completed a PhD in Education at Oregon State University with a focus on online learning. Many of the free-choice concepts associated with designing informal learning experiences also underlie instructional design for online classes. Her particular research interest is in understanding the student experience in online classes in order to improve course design.

Personal: Mary lives in Corvallis with her husband, Dave. They have two sons, both currently pursuing PhD degrees. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and photography.
Amanda R. Smith, MA, CI and CT; NIC Master; Ed: K-12, SC:L
Assistant Professor in Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies Program

AAS Johnson Community College, 1998: Sign Language Interpretation
BS Friends University, 2003: Organization Management & Leadership
MA Northeastern University, 2007: Interpreter Pedagogy

Professional:Amanda has been a faculty member in the Division of Special Education since 2007. She coordinates and teaches in the undergraduate ASL/English Interpreting and Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies programs. In addition to her work at WOU, Amanda continues to work as an interpreter out in the community (specializing in courtroom interpreting). She has been honored to serve as a Field Consultant for a FIPSE (Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education) funded Demand Control Schema dissemination project through the University of Rochester Medical Center (2007-2010). In 2009, she was invited to serve on RID's NIC Task Force and continues in that capacity.

Background:In 2007, Amanda completed her MA in Interpreter Pedagogy at Northeastern University. Her research was entitled, "Investigating the Gap:Disparities between Novice and Certified Interpreters' English-to-ASL Work." Her current research interest is in examining the nature of the gap between graduation and certification at WOU. Over the years, she has specialized in post-secondary interpreting (post-graduate coursework) and then in 2004 began pursuing an additional specialization in legal interpreting. Through the course of her career Amanda has worn multiple hats, in addition to interpreter, that of mentor, faculty member, RSA project coordinator, and trainer. From all angles, this work is fascinating and fulfilling.

Personal:Amanda lives in Keizer with her husband, Mike, and sons, Tobias and Avery. Though her passion for interpreting and education is fairly time consuming, she does enjoy crocheting, reading, and time with her family.
Dr. Elisa Maroney, Ph.D., CI/CT, NIC, Ed: K-12, ASLTA Qualified
Professor, Interpreting Programs, Division of Special Education

Ph.D, University of New Mexico, 2004 Linguistics
MA Gallaudet University, 1993 Linguistics
BS, University of the District of Columbia, 1987: Speech/Language Pathology

Professional: Elisa has been a faculty member in the Division of Special Education since 1993. She teaches in the undergraduate ASL/English Interpreting and Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies programs. She is a Commissioner and the President for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.

Background: In 2004, Elisa completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Her research was on aspect in American Sign Language. Her current research interest is in examining the nature of the gap between graduation and certification.

Personal: Elisa lives in Monmouth with her husband, Frank, daughter, Michelle, and Australian Blue Heeler, Shadow. Elisa is a member of the Peace Dragon Warriors, Salem’s premiere dragon boat racing women’s team. She also enjoys kayaking with Michelle and playing Scrabble with Frank.
Dr. Terry Gingerich
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator Criminal Justice

BA University of San Francisco
MA California State University, Los Angeles

Ph.D. Washington State University, 2002

Background: Prior to entering academia, Dr. Gingerich served 25 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, retiring in 1996 as a sergeant. He worked a variety of assignments with the LASD, including tours in custody, patrol, administration, and detective divisions. Prior to joining the LASD, he was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC. He served four and half years in the USMC (1963-1968). He holds basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory certificates from the California Commission of Police Office Standards and Trainings. Dr. Gingerich has coauthored one book: Law Enforcement in the United States (3rd edition, 2011). He has also published in the Asian Journal of Criminology, the Justice Policy and Asian Politics and Policy. He is a member of the Police Administration Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Crime Analyst, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Asian Association of Police Studies. Dr. Gingerich's research interests include police history, ethics, crime and criminal intelligence analysis, criminal justice policy, comparative criminal justice, and police management.

Personal: He is married and has five children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Greg Zobel
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology

Professional: I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Division of Teacher Education. Currently my emphases are teaching graduate courses in the MS in Education: Information Technology and undergraduate courses that prepare teachers to use technology in the classroom. At WOU, I am interested in understanding and improving usability in online graduate education courses. I am also researching how Open Source and Open Educational resources may significantly improve graduate students’ learning. Grant writing is also a source of professional pleasure.

Background: I joined WOU in January of 2012 after earning my PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech. My dissertation measured mobile devices’ usability in the field.

Personal: I am a third-generation professor, third-generation Phi Beta Kappan, native Oregonian (born and raised in Corvallis), budgie lover, art collector, and bibliophile. I enjoy writing and revising: words are a constant source of pleasure. I currently live in Monmouth with my partner of 19 years. Please call me ‘gz.’
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