An Active Teaching and Research Faculty

"Clark Honors College faculty are dedicated, award-winning teachers and groundbreaking researchers. Active in their respective fields, faculty know first-hand the hard work, persistence, and dedication required to take a project from concept to peer-reviewed publication, and are therefore ideally positioned to mentor and advise students as they work to master those same skills." —Terry L. Hunt, Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College


Louise Bishop
"Professor Louise Bishop is one of the most inspirational people I know.
Her joy, wisdom, and enthusiasm are positively contagious. She is genuinely invested and interested in her students’ futures, and I value her—both as a mentor and a professor."—Allison Zhou, Class of 2017
Giants in the Classroom
decolonizing research class
Who determines what goes into history books, and what doesn't? Co-instructors Kevin Hatfield and Jennifer O’Neal, together with the Northern Paiute communities of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Burns Paiute Tribe, are on a mission to help students bring to light an alternative historical narrative.
Alongside tribal elders, spiritual leaders, language instructors, museum and culture and heritage department staff, and many other tribal community members and visiting scholars, these professors are developing a set of shared research protocols and ethics to guide students on this journey. 

Do animals make us human? How has this relationship changed over time and varied by social setting? Crickets were honored pets in imperial China. Augustine argued that animals had no reason and hence their suffering was of no consequence. The Jataka Tales recount the story of the Buddha offering his body to a starving mother tiger, so she could feed her cubs.
Created while on sabbatical at a Buddhist-inspired university, professor Roxann Prazniak says that in many ways, this is the most important course she teaches.
Roxann Prazniak teaching class
Mark Carey working in an archive in Peru
Mark Carey—Faculty Excellence Award Winner

The Fund for Faculty Excellence is designed to further the university’s commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting and retaining world-class, tenure-related faculty.

Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarly influence within their respective fields, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the UO, and their academic leadership. Read More »

Leaders in Their Fields
Kelly Sutherland

Professor Kelly Sutherland received a Sloan Research Fellowship for "scholars of outstanding promise…and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field."

Daniel Rosenberg

Professor Daniel Rosenberg won a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant for his project Time Online.

Vera Keller

Professor Vera Keller was selected for the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award - the University of Oregon’s highest award for early career faculty.

Terry Hunt
Monumental Discoveries
Clark Honors College Dean Terry Hunt has conducted archaeological research in the Pacific Islands for more than thirty years, with extensive work in the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island (Rapa Nui). His groundbreaking work surrounding the mystery of the Easter Island statues was featured on the cover of National Geographic in July 2012.

Each summer Dean Hunt takes a group of honors college students to conduct field work on the island through an immersive study abroad experience.
Hot Off the Press!

Recent Books by Faculty

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Book Cover of Homeless Tongues by Monique Balbuena
Fresca -- A Life in the Making: A Biographer's Quest for a Forgotten Bloomsbury Polymath
Book Cover of The Experiment Must Continue by Melissa Graboyes
Book Cover of Intellectual Manhood by Tim Williams
David Frank with students
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