CSSA Major Professor/Advisor Bios

Laurie Bridges is an associate professor / instruction and outreach librarian at Oregon State University Libraries and has been connected with the CSSA program for almost 20 years. She earned her bachelors degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her masters in College Student Services Administration with a minor in Women’s Studies from Oregon State University, and her masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.  Laurie has worked in admissions, university housing and dining, marketing, and libraries.  She is involved in the American Library Association and her most recent journal articles have focused on international library topics such as access to information as a universal right in higher education. Laurie is actively engaged in research and scholarship as part of her position as a tenured faculty librarian.  You can find her complete academic vita at http://bridgesbio.weebly.com/

Tom Delve Scheuermann, M.A., J.D, serves as an Instructor and Graduate Faculty in the CSSA Program, School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts.  Tom has served on the faculty of CSSA since1993.  He teaches courses in the law of higher education, American higher education history, projects, and reading & conference; advises several students in the CSSA program each year; and engages in individual and collaborative scholarship.  Tom is also an Instructor in the Community College Leadership doctoral program (CCL); he teaches the Legal Issues class (Ecampus/on line) and as serves on doctoral committees in CCL as well. Tom has served on the faculty of the ACUHO-I National Housing Training Institute (2004), and Chief Housing Officer Institute (2010).  From 1992-2013, Tom was the Director of University Housing and Dining Services at OSU. 

Tom’s research and writing focus on legal issues in higher education, race and employment issues, and supervision and management.  His scholarship includes articles in the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class; the Journal of College and University Student Housing; and the ACUHO-I Talking Stick; as well as book chapters in ACUHO-I and NASPA publications.  Tom has presented over 25 peer-reviewed/selected and invited presentations on legal issues, student affairs, and student housing topics at ACUHO-I and NASPA regional and national/international conferences. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Student Housing, and previously on the editorial board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Journal (2000-03)Tom was assistant/associate editor of Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education (1989-93), a publication he helped launch with Mr. Gary Pavela, J.D. in 1988, and which grew to a circulation of over 1,000 subscribers.   Tom is a member and supporter of Amnesty International, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marion-Polk Food Share Sustainer Circle; and a volunteer and board member for the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network serving families who are homeless.

Tom received his B.S. in psychology, and M.A. in student personnel work in higher education from Ohio State University, and J.D. from the Catholic University of America School of Law.  Tom is a member of the District of Columbia (active), Maryland (inactive), and United States Supreme Court bars.  Tom and his wife Cesie, and son Luke and daughter Rachel live in Salem, Oregon.

Marigold S. Holmes currently serves as the Manager for Sponsored Student Programs in the Office of International Services (OIS) within the Division of International Programs.  In this role, she provides strategic leadership to international sponsored student programs for all OSU and INTO OSU programs, acts as a liaison between OSU/INTO OSU and foreign government sponsors, and assists sponsored international students to succeed in their educational sojourn at OSU. Marigold is also a member of the teaching faculty for the College Student Service Administration Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Marigold has served in the field of international education for nearly 20 years. From 1997 to 2012, she worked at the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) in Tokyo. She has held various other positions in international recruitment and retention, student leadership development, graduate student success and academic advising at Oregon State University, Fulbright/EducationUSA Japan, and the University of Washington. She has given presentations on various topics related to international education at international conferences and has been invited as a guest lecturer at universities throughout Japan. Her research interests include topics related to international education, including international students’ adjustment and success, international student mobility, government policies on internationalization, comparative higher education, Japan-U.S. educational exchange, public diplomacy vis-à-vis higher education, and third-culture kids.  Marigold earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Washington-Seattle and a Master of Science degree in College Student Service Administration from OSU. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching from OSU. Marigold is bilingualand bicultural (Japanese-American) and is passionate about promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange. She enjoys experiencing world culture and foods, attending theatrical and musical performances, and taking strolls through nature.

Kerry Kincanon is the Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center and Head Advisor for the University Exploratory Studies Program and has been connected with the CSSA program for 17 years.  He earned his Bachelors degree in English from Wayne State College and Masters degrees in English from Ball State University and in College Student Services Administration at OSU.  Kerry has worked in academic advising and has strong connections and interests related to First Year Experience programs.  Prior to his work in advising he taught writing and literature in community college and worked with faculty development programs.  Kerry is actively involved in NACADA: A Global Community for Academic Advising, currently serving in a leadership position on the organization’s Board, and his primary professional interest is in academic advising.  Within advising, he is interested in advising philosophy and theory, advising undecided and exploratory students, and first-year college student transitions.

Janet Nishihara is the Director of the Educational Opportunities Program at OSU and has been connected with the CSSA program since she was in the program herself as a master’s student.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education and master’s in CSSA at OSU and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Oregon.  Janet has worked in new student orientation, developmental education, and access programs for underserved student populations.  She has been very involved with shared governance and with Asian American/Pacific Islander students on campus, serving as faculty advisor for several API student organizations.  Her current areas of study include identity development among students of color, first-year student success programming, the history of students of color at OSU, and support for first-generation and low-income students.  Janet was born and raised in a small farming community in Eastern Oregon.

Erich N. Pitcher, PhD, serves as the Program Lead in Adult and Higher Education in the College of Education at Oregon State University. Erich earned his PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University, his master's from University of Wisconsin, and a bachelor's from Antioch College. Erich's scholarship uses organizational perspectives to understand equity, diversity, and inclusion within higher education. Well-versed in LGBTQ+ issues and processes of racialization, Erich uses critical perspectives to engage in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods inquiries to advance social justice. He serves on the Editorial Board of the NASPA Journal of Women in Higher Education and the Journal of Critical Studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs. His work can be found in Qualitative Studies in Education and the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. He has worked at three different institutions in areas such as service learning, student success, LGBTQ+ student services, and diversity and inclusion. Erich has a passion for working with students and theorizing everything, perhaps to a fault.  

Larry Roper is a Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, where he is Coordinator of the undergraduate Social Justice minor and the CSSA programs. From 1995-2014 he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at OSULarry earned his bachelors at Heidelberg College, masters at Bowling Green State University, and doctorate from University of Maryland, College Park.  He has worked in housing, career services, student conduct, multicultural services, and as a dean of students.  Professional organizations Larry is involved include AAC&U, ACPA, and NASPA.  His current areas of research include multiculturalism and diversity, community building, leadership, and identity.  Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, he served a 4-year term as Editor of the ­NASPA Journal, and 6 years as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.  He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character.  He is editor of the monograph, Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and co-editor of, Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016), Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007).  He has also served on more than 75 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 40.  He is currently co-editing the monograph Leadership Development through Dialogue and Conversation.

Larry finds student affairs and higher education workwork to be energizing and inspiring.

Tristen Shay is the Associate Director of Student Services and Student Diversity Liaison for the College of Liberal Arts, and has been a faculty member in the CSSA program at OSU for the past several years.  They received their BA in Gender Studies as well as Art History & Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College and their EdM in CSSA from OSU.  In addition to their current work in Advising and Student Services, Tristen also sits on a variety of boards and committees including the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (OSU), the National Liberal Arts Steering Committee (NACADA), Faculty Senate (OSU), and the National Out N About board (non-profit LGBTQ+ youth services). At OSU they support several student groups: Hillel (Jewish Student Union), Alpha Kappa Psi (International, Coeducation Business Fraternity) and TREX (Trans* Resource and Education eXtravaganza!). Their interests within advising are broad, but currently include persistence for trans* college students and recruitment and retention of indigenous populations.

Melissa Yamamoto works in Student Leadership and Involvement as the Assistant Director for Leadership Development.  She earned her bachelors degree in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University and masters degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. She has been teaching in the CSSA program since 1999, and has worked in areas of student housing/residential life, student leadership and involvement, career development, and advising student organizations.  Professional organizations Melissa is involved in include NASPA and ACUI and has formerly been involved in ACPA, ACUHO-I, and NW-ACUHO. Her favorite professional conference is the Leadership Educators Institute. Melissa’s current areas of interests include student development, leadership and organizational development, inclusivity and social justice, community development, flourishing, strengths-based approaches, and learning outcomes-based assessment. She is an active faculty member of the Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World social justice retreat, and is currently learning about and developing training sessions on systems thinking. Melissa is also the self-proclaimed “StrengthsQuest Queen” on campus.