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Faculty in Residence

The Faculty-in-Residence program engages a full-time faculty member in a part-time appointment with OAI in focused, collaborative work that provides leadership and programming for strategic initiatives that are a priority for the campus community.

Current Faculty-in-Residence colleagues in OAI are:

Faculty-in-Residence, Academic Writing (Dannelle Stevens, Ph.D.) - Collaborate with OAI staff to provide leadership for strategic initiatives that promote success in academic writing.

Faculty-in-Residence, Engagement (Zapoura Newton-Calvert) - Collaborate with OAI staff to explore new modalities for community based learning in digital space.

Faculty-in-Residence, Pedagogy (Dr. Eva Thanheiser) - Collaborate with OAI staff in creating communities-of-practice for development and implementation of innovative instructional models.

Faculty-in-Residence, Learning Technology (Dr. Nike Arnold ) - Collaborate with OAI staff to provide leadership for strategic initiatives that explore the use of innovative tools for student learning.

Faculty-in-Residence, STEM  (Dr. Jeremy Parra) - Collaborate with OAI staff to support strategic initiatives in STEM.


Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D.

Faculty in Residence for Academic Writing

Dannelle received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Michigan State, and is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State. She is a coauthor of several books, including Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning and Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change. Her research and writing focuses on identifying and studying ways for educators to be more effective and productive in their professional lives.

Through Dannelle's leadership, the Jumpstart Writing Program has provided an effective cross-discipline forum for faculty to explore and apply resources for enhancing academic writing and publication. Additionally, Dannelle will hold regular hours in Cramer 349 each Monday morning from 9:00 - 12:00 and welcomes appointments with faculty (

We feel very fortunate that Dannelle has agreed to take this position and we look forward to working with her on additional opportunities to further academic writing success.

Zapoura Newton-Calvert, MA

Faculty in Residence for Engagement

Zapoura Newton-Calvert received her MA in English from Portland State University in 2004. Since then, she has taught creative, collaborative writing and communitybased learning courses at PSU, Portland Community College, and Marylhurst University. She has extensive background in developing and supporting new teaching collaborations and has also served as a mentor and facilitator for other teachers integrating community-based work into their courses. Currently, Zapoura is the Service Learning Faculty Coordinator for PCC’s Rock Creek Campus and serves as a member several PSU Community of Practice project teams exploring the long-term social engagement of PSU students post-graduation.

Her own hybrid and online service learning classes partner with local schools and education organizations and embody her teaching philosophy, which focuses on the benefi ts of building sustainable learning partnerships among local institutions. She believes that bringing students into the community for learning creates spaces for discussion, develops deeper learning, and encourages working for positive change. As part of her community-based teaching and mentoring, Zapoura writes an education blog that incorporates student and community writing to educate the public on educational equity in Portland.

Dr. Nike Arnold 

Faculty in Residence for Learning Technology

Nike Arnold received her Ph.D. in German/Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research and teaching interests include teacher training, instructional technology, assessment, computer-mediated communication and computer assisted language learning. She is a member of the editorial board of Language Learning and Technology, as well as the Executive Board of CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium).


Dr. Eva Thanheiser

Faculty in Residence for Pedagogy

Eva Thanheiser received her doctorate in Mathematics and Science Education from the joint PhD program between the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University. She has published in a variety of mathematics education research and practitioner journals. Her foci of interest are instructor content knowledge for teaching, instructor beliefs about teaching and learning, and instructor motivation to learn. For example, Eva has been researching ways to connect the university classroom to her university students’ future careers by integrating work with K-12 students into her university mathematics classrooms. Such integration has been shown to motivate students.

Dr. Jeremy Parra

Faculty in Residence for STEM

Jeremy Parra received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Portland State University. He has worked in industry as a research scientist developing new technology for atmospheric monitoring; he also has experience in starting and running his own scientific data monitoring company. He is a current advisory board member and founder of Altair- a school for highly motivated and talented children. Jeremy is a proud advisory board member of PSU’s Ronald E. McNair scholars program, having been a McNair Scholar himself. Since 2011 Jeremy has been teaching in both the Environmental Science and Management and Physics departments, teaching an array of classes aimed at diverse student populations and of varying content, including: Calculus-based Physics, Environmental Statistics, Urban Air Pollution and Environmental Sustainability. In his endeavors of teaching he has enjoyed collaboration with OAI and the PSU STEM council in developing best practices for large enrollment classes, online education, flipped classroom and active learning environments.