Endowed positions

Endowed positions recognize and support faculty who are nationally known as scholars, educators, researchers and leaders in their fields. We honor our endowed faculty and applaud the donors who created these positions.

Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair

Sunil is internationally known for his research in the field of global health. He has worked on examining how inclusive, participatory, empowering, and sustainable strategies to engage communities in Botswana and India can lead to decolonization of global health and improve health and well-being of people in a manner that is locally relevant, engaging, and sustainable. Additionally, he is actively engaged in collaboratively working with a diverse group of stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of efforts by governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable social groups and to promote social equity in the U.S. and globally.

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Hallie Ford Director for the Center for Healthy Children and Families

Megan is well known for her research on optimizing children's development, especially as it relates to early social and cognitive development and success in school. Her research on self-regulation and kindergarten readiness has been widely cited in media in Oregon and across the nation and applied by state policy makers. In fact, 2013 marks the first year every Oregon kindergartner will be assessed by their teacher on skills related to self-control.

Moore Family Center Endowed Director (interim)

Siew-Sun's research areas are obesity prevention and youth calcium and bone health. Her interests include innovative nutrition education, especially among low-income families, where she develops and evaluates education games. She is also interested in dietary assessments, Extension program evaluation, and international nutrition.

Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor

Megan is well known for her research on optimizing children's development, especially as it relates to early social and cognitive development and success in school. Her research on self-regulation and kindergarten readiness has been widely cited in media in Oregon and across the nation and applied by state policy makers. In fact, 2013 marks the first year every Oregon kindergartner will be assessed by their teacher on skills related to self-control.

IMPACT for Life Faculty Scholar

Megan's research interests are related to how motor skills and physically active lifestyles improve the lives of children and youth with and without disabilities. She has a specific research interest in the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder including how to improve motor skills for children with autism and how motor skills interact with social communication skills.

Emily Rynerson Cosci Benton County Professor for Environmental Education

A geologist by training, Maggie Livesay has been part of the Oregon State University Extension faculty since 1998. She is the first person to hold the Emily Rynerson Cosci Benton County Professorship for Environmental Education, a 4-H staff position. She focuses on giving youth and families a foundation for gaining knowledge of their local environment. She works with teachers and volunteers to provide programs that give youth opportunities for research, community service and getting them outside and connected to science and nature

Barbara Emily Knudson Chair in Family Policy

Rick is world-renowned for his life course approach to health and well-being. His popular books, including "Not Quite Adults," and "On the Frontier of Adulthood," demonstrate his expertise and impact in the field. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and has been featured in national and international media, including the BBC,  New Yorker, NPR and Wall Street Journal.

Moore Family Outreach Coordinator

Jenny is passionate about nutrition education and whole grains and is implementing whole grain messaging with 20 K-8 schools in the Portland metro area. She works in partnership with the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, linking research to application in communities and changing lives through good nutrition.

Jo Anne Leonard Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research

Carolyn is a nationally recognized expert on how psychosocial factors affect health and is particularly interested in how individuals cope with stress. She also examines how personality, mental health and physical health change across the lifespan, particularly factors that affect the rate of aging. Her research has been widely cited in the media, including New York Magazine, NPR and Woman's Day.

Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies

Founding director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and co-director of the college's School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Karen studies all aspects of personality in understanding relationships between mental and physical health, coping, social support and health behaviors. Past work has examined spouse caregivers for people with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences

Veronica uses a community-engaged approach to develop, implement and evaluate behavior change programs across a comprehensive list of health priorities. Her primary area of focus is breast cancer and cancer screening and the role of lay health navigators. She also has translated her expertise in behavior change to the field of environmental health sciences.

Leonard and Brenda Aplet Financial Literacy Professor

Maureen provides overall leadership to the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program and the 4-H Wildlife Stewards State Team. Maureen’s background and successful experience in developing community-based youth programs is based on the strong and committed team she recruits to design and support the program. The 4-H Wildlife Stewards program is an example of a successful team model.