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Ed.M. in Adult and Higher Education

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Oregon State faculty researchers lead adult and higher education cohorts.

They are known for their research, expertise and innovation and are published nationally and internationally in top tier, peer-reviewed, educational journals.

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Lucy Arellano, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Lucy Arellano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Lucy conducts research on persistence, retention, and degree completion for emerging majority student populations. Her work is grounded in the concepts of diversity, campus climates, campus engagement, and student co-curricular involvement.

She examines campus environments and how they influences student success. Her work also investigates student mobility across multiple colleges/universities and varying institutional types.

Prior to her arrival at Oregon State, Lucy served as the research and assessment specialist in the office of the vice chancellor for students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She also taught in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program at the University of California, Riverside.


  • Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA
  • M.A. in Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Computer Animation, American Culture and Latina/o Studies, University of Michigan
Gloria Crisp, Associate professor, Oregon State University

Gloria Crisp, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Oregon State University

Gloria is an Associate Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program and Co-Editor of New Directions for Institutional Research. Her scholarship is grounded by her personal and professional experiences at institutions that provide broad access to students.

Gloria’s research, supported by the National Science Foundation, the Association for Institutional Research and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, is focused toward studying the relationship between promising and high impact programs and students’ academic success outcomes at colleges and universities. She is also engaged in empirical work to describe and better understand the role of 4-year institutions that offer broad access to students. 


  • Higher Education, University of Houston
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • B.B.A. in Marketing, University of Houston- Clear Lake
OSU Professor Darlene Russ-Eft

Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D.

Professor, Oregon State University

Darlene teaches research and program evaluation courses in the adult and higher education masters and doctoral programs.  She brings experience from her work in the corporate world and in a non-profit research organization.

Her research centers on the study of learning in organizational settings, investigating the role of program evaluation in affecting change in individuals, groups and organizations, and issues related to ethical decision-making in program evaluation and organizations.

Darlene is a current director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. She has served as the past president for the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD); vice president for research for AHRD; editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly; board member of the American Evaluation Association; and past chair of the research committee of American Society for Training & Development.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Psychology, College of Wooster, Ohio
Sam Stern, professor emeritus, Oregon State University

Sam Stern, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University

Sam is professor emeritus at Oregon State University where his research has focused on the relationships between learning and working.

He taught in the Department of Systems Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Department of Economics at Harvard University and the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration in Greece.

He served as the Japan Management Association Professor of Creativity Development and led a research team in a study of corporate creativity.

Sam is the co-author of Corporate Creativity (Berrett-Koehler, 1998), which has been translated into ten languages and named “1998 Book of the Year” by the Academy of Human Resource Development.


  • Doctor of Education; Temple University; August, 1980
  • Master of Education; Temple University; May, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science; Eastern Kentucky University; December, 1972
OSU Assistant Professor, Tenisha Tevis

Tenisha Tevis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Tenisha is an Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program. Drawing on her former administrative experience, she has improved the practice of higher education administrators, re-conceptualized theoretical frameworks to explain how administrators can better support disenfranchised students and has given voice to underserved and marginalized populations, specifically students with disabilities.

Tenisha’s research focuses on underserved students’ transition to college, the role administrators play in facilitating this process and how social contexts impact educational outcomes. Her research interest includes sociology of education, school composition, college entrance exams, degree expectations, and first generation students. 


  • Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. in Sociology, California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A. in Sociology, California State University, Sacramento

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