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Social Science

Social Science Department Vision Statement

The Social Sciences Department endeavors to nurture student curiosity about the past and present so as to lead them to make informed and creative decisions in a diverse and changing world. Through questioning, research, analysis, and communication of ideas we help students understand and engage in a lifelong exploration of the human condition.


Matthew Vannelli, Team Lead

BA Environmental Studies, Ecological Anthropology, Binghamton University
MAT Secondary Education, Binghamton University

Donald Housley

BA History, Portland State University
MST Social Studies, Portland State University

Alexis Lund

BA Mathematics, Montana State University

Joan Nyland '78

St. Mary's Academy Alumna
BA History, University of Oregon
MA Education, University of Michigan

Ian Park

BS Political Science and Middle East Studies, University of Oregon
MAT Education, Concordia University