List of Oregon State University faculty and staff

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This is a list of notable former and current faculty and staff members of Oregon State University (OSU), a four-year research and degree-granting public university in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States. The university traces its roots back to 1856 when Corvallis Academy was founded.[1] It was not formally incorporated until 1858 when the name was changed to Corvallis College, and wasn't chartered until 1868, when the name was changed to Corvallis College and Agricultural College of Oregon.[1][2] The university changed names several more times, adopting its current name in 1961.[i] Faculty and staff from each of these eras may be included on the list, and more than 2,900 people are currently employed there.[3]

Academics[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Edward Allworth 1925—1963 Former secretary of the OSU Alumni Association; former secretary of the Memorial Union Board of Governors; former manager of the Memorial Union; Medal of Honor recipient [4]
John B. Anderson 1986 Former visiting professor; former U.S. Representative of Illinois (1961–1981); presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election [5]
Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch 1964 Visiting professor of mathematics in 1964; worked mainly on combinatorial methods and questions in real analysis, such as the Kakeya needle problem and the Hausdorff-Besicovitch dimension [6]
Marcus Borg 1979— Professor of philosophy; biblical scholar [7]
Ernest J. Briskey 1979–1986 Former dean of agriculture and food science researcher [8]
Timothy Budd 1986— Professor of computer science; author of fourteen books; expert in programming language theory [9]
James Cassidy 2004— Instructor of soil science; a founding member of the band Information Society [10]
Sharyn Clough 2003— Associate professor of philosophy; author of two books [11]
Jack Corliss 1977–1983 Former professor of oceanography; contributed to the discovery of black smokers and the resulting contributions to the theory on the origin of life [12]
Brent Dalrymple 1994–2001 Former dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences; author; member of United States National Academy of Sciences; winner of National Medal of Science [13]
John R. Dellenback 1949–1951 Former professor, former U.S. Representative of Oregon (1967–1975) [14]
Sigmund Eisner Professor emeritus, Chaucer scholar [15]
Sally Hacker 1977-1991 Sociologist [16]
Joel Hedgpeth 1965–1973 Former director of the Yaquina Biological Laboratories of the OSU Marine Science Center; marine biologist; environmentalist; author [17]
Octave Levenspiel 1966–1991 Emeritus Professor of chemical engineering; author of five books; member of National Academy of Engineering [18]
Ted Lewis  ?–1993 Former professor of computer science; author of 30 books; former Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Software magazine and Computer magazine [19]
Jane Lubchenco 1977— Professor of zoology; ecologist; member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.; in 2009 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first woman to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [20]
Bernard Malamud 1949–1961 Former professor; author; Pulitzer Prize recipient for novel The Fixer, later to be made into an Academy Award-nominated film [21]
Ed McClanahan 1958–1962 Former English professor; author of eight novels; essayist [22]
Conde McCullough 1916–1919 Former professor of engineering; designed most of Oregon's coastal bridges along U.S. Route 101 [23]
Joseph Millar  ?— English professor, author, and poet [24]
Alvin O'Konski 1929–1931 Former professor, former U.S. Representative of Wisconsin (1943–1973) [25]
Linus Pauling 1922 Former undergraduate faculty; 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; 1962 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes [26]
William Luther Pierce 1962–1965 Former assistant professor of physics; author of two books; later a notable white supremacist [27]
George Poinar, Jr. 1995— Professor of entomology; his work extracting DNA from insects fossilized in amber was the inspiration for the novel and film Jurassic Park [28]
Dana Reason 2008- Director of the Popular Music Studies Program and acclaimed Canadian pianist and composer [29]
Heidi Schellman 1957 Professor of Physics, Head of Physics Department, particle physicist [30]
Katharine Jefferts Schori 26th Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church; earned B.S. in biology from Stanford University in 1974, a M.S. in oceanography in 1977 and a Ph.D. in oceanography in 1983, from Oregon State University; visiting assistant professor at OSU's Department of Religious Studies; visiting scientist at OSU's Department of Oceanography [31]
Douglas Warrick Assistant professor of biophysics; has had two papers published in Nature [32]
Edward Waymire 1979– Professor of mathematics; president of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability since 2011 [33]
Ernest H. Wiegand 1919–1952 Former professor of food science, developed a new brine method in 1925 that led to the creation of the maraschino cherry [34]
William Appleman Williams 1968–1986 Former history professor; author; historian [35]
Roger J. Williams  ?–1939 Former professor of chemistry; author of 22 books; discovered several B vitamins and pantothenic acid; former member of the United States National Academy of Sciences; President of the American Chemical Society [36]
James Withycombe 1898–1914 Former director of the OSU College Experiment Station, former Governor of Oregon (1915–1919) [37]
C. Theo Yerian Former head of the business education department; author; helped develop the personal shorthand writing method [38]

Presidents[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Benjamin L. Arnold 1872–1892 3rd President of Oregon State University [39]
Frank L. Ballard 1940–1941 10th President of Oregon State University [39]
John M. Bloss 1892–1896 5th President of Oregon State University [39]
John V. Byrne 1984–1995 16th President of Oregon State University [39]
Joseph Emery 1872 2nd President of Oregon State University (acting) [39]
William A. Finley 1865–1872 1st President of Oregon State University [39]
Thomas M. Gatch 1897–1907 7th President of Oregon State University [39]
Francois A. Gilfillan 1941–1942 11th President of Oregon State University (acting) [39]
James H. Jensen 1961–1969 13th President of Oregon State University [39]
William Jasper Kerr 1907–1932 8th President of Oregon State University [39]
John D. Letcher 1892 4th President of Oregon State University (acting) [39]
Robert W. MacVicar 1970–1984 15th President of Oregon State University [39]
Henry B. Miller 1896–1897 6th President of Oregon State University [39]
George W. Peavy 1932–1940 9th President of Oregon State University (acting from 1932–1934) [39]
Edward John Ray 2003— 19th and current President of Oregon State University [40]
Paul G. Risser 1995–2002 17th President of Oregon State University [39]
August L. Strand 1942–1961 12th President of Oregon State University [39]
Timothy P. White 2002–2003 18th President of Oregon State University (acting) [41]
Roy A.Young 1969–1970 14th President of Oregon State University (acting) [39]

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Pat Casey 1995— Current head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team [42]
Ralph Coleman 1923–1928, 1930–1931, 1938–1966 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team [42]
Fielder Jones 1910 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team; former manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles [42]
Dan Spencer 1997–2007 Former associate head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team; current Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball head coach [43]

Basketball[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Michael Holton 1995–1996 Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team; former NBA player [44]
Jay John 2002–2008 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team [45]
Ritchie McKay 2000–2002 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team [45]
Ralph Miller 1970–1989 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team and Basketball Hall of Fame member [45]
Kevin Mouton 2002–2008 Former interim head coach and assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team [46]
Eddie Payne 1995–2000 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team [45]
Craig Robinson 2008—2014 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers men's basketball team; former head coach of the Brown Bears [47]
LaVonda Wagner 2005—2010 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers women's basketball team [48]

Football[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Dee Andros 1965–1975 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Joe Avezzano 1980–1984 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; current special teams coach for the Oakland Raiders [49]
Bill Bloss 1893, 1897 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Tommy Code 1896 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Sam Dolan 1911–1912 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Paul Downing 1895 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Dennis Erickson 1999–2002 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; former head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers; current head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils football team [49]
Craig Fertig 1976–1979 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Fred Herbold 1902 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Guy Kennedy 1894 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Dave Kragthorpe 1985–1990 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Thomas L. McFadden 1903 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Sol Metzger 1909 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
F. S. Norcross 1906–1908 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Jerry Pettibone 1991–1996 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Joseph Pipall 1916–1917 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Tommy Prothro 1955–1964 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; College Football Hall of Fame member [49]
Mike Riley 1997–1998, 2003—2014 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; former head coach of the San Diego Chargers

Current University of Nebraska- Lincon head coach

[49]
George Schildmiller 1910 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Paul J. Schissler 1924–1932 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Allen Steckle 1904–1905 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Highland Stickney 1899 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Lon Stiner 1933–1942, 1945–1948 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]
Kip Taylor 1949–1954 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team [49]

Assistant coaches[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Mark Banker 1997–1998, 2003— Current defensive coordinator for the Oregon State Beavers football team; former defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers [50]
Rich Brooks 1963–1964, 1965–1970 1994 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award winner; 1996 Home Depot Coach of the Year; former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; former head coach of the St. Louis Rams; current head football coach for the Kentucky Wildcats [51]
John Cooper 1963–1964 Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; former head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team [52]
Jim Gilstrap 1997–1998, 2003–2007 Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; former head coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders [53]
Danny Langsdorf 1997–1998, 2005— Current offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Oregon State Beavers football team; former offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints [54]
Bronco Mendenhall 1989–1990, 1995–1996 Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers football team; current head football coach of the BYU Cougars [55]

Wrestling[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Randy Couture 1993–1998 Former assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; mixed martial artist; Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame member [56]
Les Gutches 1996–1999, 2001–? Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; two-time NCAA champion; 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist; bronze medalist at the 1999 World Championships; 1996 Olympic U.S. wrestling team member [57]
Robin Reed 1925–1926 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; 1924 Summer Olympics gold medalist; National Wrestling Hall of Fame member [58]
Greg Strobel 1981–1983 Former assistant coach of the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; two-time NCAA champion; current head wrestling coach at Lehigh University [59]
Dale O. Thomas 1957–1990 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; National Wrestling Hall of Fame member [58]
Jim Zalesky 2006— Current head coach of the Oregon State Beavers wrestling team; three-time NCAA champion; National Wrestling Hall of Fame member [60]

Multi-sport[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Slats Gill 1926–1966
Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball and men's basketball teams; Basketball Hall of Fame member [42][45][61]
W. H. Hargiss 1918–1920 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football and men's basketball teams [45][49]
R. B. Rutherford 1920–1923 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers football and men's basketball teams [45][49]
E. J. Stewart 1911–1916 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers baseball, football, and men's basketball teams [42][45][49]

Other[edit]

Name Worked Position and notability Reference
Terry Liskevych 2006— Current head coach of the Oregon State Beavers women's volleyball team; former head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team [62]
Mariusz Podkościelny 1997–2003 Former head coach of the Oregon State Beavers women's swimming team and competitor at the 1988 Summer Olympics [63]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

i. ^ a The university also changed its name to Corvallis State Agricultural College in 1872, Corvallis College and State Agricultural College in 1879, Corvallis Agricultural College in 1881, Corvallis College and Oregon State Agricultural College in 1882, Oregon State Agricultural College in 1883, Corvallis College and Oregon Agricultural College in 1885, State Agricultural College of Oregon in 1886, State Agricultural College of the State of Oregon in 1888, Oregon Agricultural College in 1890, Agricultural College of the State of Oregon in 1896, Oregon Agricultural College (again) in 1908, and Oregon State College in 1937.

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