Roads to Success Faculty
Liane Kehaulani O'Banion, M.S., Ed.D. (in-progress)
Assistant Director, Learning Center (1999-present)
Roads to Success, College Success Instructor
Ed.D. (in-progress), Portland State University, anticipated 2017
M.S. Postsecondary, Adult & Continuing Education, Portland State University, 2000
B.S. Psychology, Minor: Special Education, University of Oregon, 1997
Liane began working at PSU in 1999 as Graduate Assistant in the Undergraduate Advising & Support Center (UASC), after working as an adviser at her alma-mater, the University of Oregon. From 2001-2010, she was an academic adviser, program coordinator and instructor at PSU. In 2010, she was appointed Assistant Director of the Learning Center where she is responsible for coordinating the campus-wide peer tutoring program, College Success courses, co-creation of the academic coaching program, and many campus leadership positions. Liane's interests include assisting under-prepared and struggling students in achieving their goals of a baccalaurette degree and in managing the various barriers that can occur along the way. Liane first created the College Success program in 2002, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the success of the program including the International Conference for the First-Year Experience and National College Learning Center Association, most recently. Liane's favorite time of year is Commencement, when she gets to personally witness the culmination of a students' hard work when they walk across the stage to receive their degree. Being a small part of that accomplishment in students lives is truly an honor. When she is not at the office, Liane is busy at home with her two young sons, Connor and Beckett who are active in sports and martial arts. As a die hard sports fan, you will see Liane at as many football and basketball games as possible. Go Viks (and Ducks, too)!
Born in San José, Costa Rica, Dr. Fernández specializes in inter-American studies, literary theory, and the intersection of culture, sexuality, and representations of disease in literature. With more than 15 years of university teaching experience in private and public institutions (in Oregon, he has taught at Reed College and Portland State University) and community advocacy work here in the Portland area, his teaching trajectory, in both English and Spanish, has been delineated along three main paths: (1) Latin American literature studies, (2) literary theory and Comparative Literature studies, and (3) Spanish language, Heritage-language pedagogy, and advanced rhetoric and composition. His teaching philosophy challenges students to see the world differently and to question at-face-value approaches; in this pedagogical “contact zone” of alternative and taken-for-granted worlds, he positions his teaching, his PSU students, and himself. PSU students have honored him with M.E.Ch.A.'s Community Service Award (2006). He is currently a translation and interpretation volunteer for BRAVO Youth Orchestras (an afterschool music program at Rosa Parks School, in North Portland). During the 2014-2015 academic year, he taught one of the yearlong "Race and Social Justice" Freshman Inquiry courses for the University Studies Department. His published work appears in Comparative Literature Studies, Oregon Literary Review, and PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association). Dr. Fernández is a holder of a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Practicum Grant, and a Folger Institute Faculty Weekend Grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
M.A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix, 2005
B.B.A. Finance, University of Texas, 1998
Shoshana began working at PSU in 2005 as Graduate Assistant in the Academic Support Program and then was hired in March 2007 as a permanent full-time Academic Adviser. She teaches College Success courses that focus on helping at risk students with study, time management and other skills that will lead to their success at PSU. Shoshana also works closely with students on academic warning and academic probation. Shoshana has a total of eight years of experience working in higher education including, experience working in Financial Aid and Career Services. She is currently working on completing an Ed.D. in post-secondary, adult and continuing education from PSU. In her spare time Shoshana enjoys playing with her dog, seeing live music, exploring Portland and the surrounding area, and watching college football. Of course she loves the Vikings, but the top spot in her football heart will always be reserved for her alma mater, the Texas Longhorns.
*( ) Indicates tenure at PSU, not necessarily in current job title.