About Dr. Molly Moran

Bio: Hello! My name is Molly Moran, and I am a new Clinical Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department. Before joining the OSU- Cascades faculty, I completed my PhD at Boise State University and spent one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Idaho. I am a Licensed School Counselor in Oregon and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho. My teaching and research interests include social justice, advocacy, and cultural humility.


Fun Fact: I am an extreme outdoor enthusiast. When I am not in the mountains I am often daydreaming about my next outdoor adventure. I was a competitive ski racer for 15 years and still love to rip around the mountain as much as I did when I was 17.


Why I’m excited to work at CoEd/OSU: I was drawn to OSU because of its commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. I look forward to joining a professional community that is actively working towards creating more equitable experiences for students while also engaging in social justice work on campus and in communities.   

About Dr. Lucy Purgason

Biography: I am excited to join my colleagues in the Counseling program at OSU-Cascades as an Assistant Professor. I have worked in counselor education for eight years, including positions at Western Washington University and Appalachian State. I started my professional journey as a school counselor committed to implementing equity-driven and anti-racist school counseling programs in rural, low-income districts in mental health professional shortage areas. I’m passionate about training counseling students to utilize strengths-based, culturally sustaining approaches with students and clients. 

Fun fact/hobby about me: I love being outside enjoying nature but am often underprepared for many of my adventures. I once ran a 5k mud run barefoot (ouch!). 

Why I’m excited to work at CoEd/OSU: My research is informed by my experiences as a school counselor, working at a school specifically for newcomer immigrant and refugee students. I am deeply invested in contributing to knowledge that assists school counselors in delivering comprehensive school counseling programs inclusive of students’ cultural strengths, drawing on social justice frameworks such as Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005) and Relational-Cultural Theory. I value opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students and look forward to partnerships through the OSU-Cascades Counseling Clinic and local schools.   

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the College of Education,

The family of Professor Mike O’Malley has asked that we share the details of the funeral services.

Services will be held Friday, July 16, at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Corvallis, 501 NW 25 St, Corvallis, OR, 97330. All are welcome.

The passing of Mike O’Malley, a beloved faculty member, is a tremendous loss to the College and community, and we share our deepest condolences with his family and loved ones.

Susan — Susan K. Gardner, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dean of the College of Education


Make a gift

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Mike’s scholarship fund. Gifts can be made to the OSU Foundation at osufoundation.org or mailed to OSU Foundation, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333. Please indicate that the gift is in memory of Mike O’Malley.


Mike O’Malley’s obituary

https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/obituaries/michael-joseph-omalley/article_a86bcfa0-d6af-5513-b425-a66afb52ef87.html

Things Overheard at OSU post about Mike

https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSUOverheard/permalink/10159180384234000/

Funeral Services Recording

Free Instructional Design Career Panel | July 21, 2021 | Featuring three Ecampus instructional designers who will be discussing their career pathways and providing tips for those entering the field.

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Meet the panelists:

Photos of the instructional design  panelists
  • Phil Chambers
    Phil started working for OSU Ecampus as an Instructional Design Specialist at the beginning of 2020, and has been working in the field of education since 2010. His first degree is a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and he has used it to teach English to students in K-12 and higher education in China, Singapore, Macau, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. He also holds a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics, and a Doctor of Education focusing on digital literacy policy. He switched from teaching in-person classes to online course design in 2017. His interest and experience using technology in education has led to prior roles such as Technology Advisor, Senior Academic Manager for blended and online courses, and Coordinator for Digital Innovation.
  • Ashlee Foster
    Ashlee serves as an Instructional Design Specialist with OSU’s Ecampus. She collaborates with faculty across various disciplines to design online and hybrid courses that align with research and industry best practices. Additionally, she designs college orientations that provide all Ecampus students with a supportive transition into major advising. Ashlee holds a Master’s of Science in Education and a certificate in Instructional Design from Western Oregon University. Professional areas of interest include the application of neuro, cognitive and learning science in course design, open pedagogy and open educational practices, Universal Design for Learning, and accessibility.
  • Brittni Racek
    Brittni began working at OSU Ecampus in 2017 and transitioned to the Course Development and Training team as an Instructional Design Specialist in the spring of 2020. She has been in higher education since 2011, with the majority of that time spent working directly with online learners. Some of her previous roles include academic advising, student success counseling, and coaching. Brittni holds an MSEd in Information Technology with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from Western Oregon University and a BA in English Literature from Florida State University. She also teaches online at WOU in the Division of Education and Leadership. She is passionate about advocating for online students and keeping learners at the center of what they do. Some of her primary areas of interest include building community in online learning, developing instructor presence, and exploring the value of learner feedback to improve teaching and design processes.