Hailing from all corners of the country, OE faculty and staff have at the core of their work a deep love for this place and the students that join us here.
WHO WE ARE
Kelton (Tad) Cobb (Ph.D. University of Iowa) joined the faculty of the Oregon Extension in the fall of 2011. He has taught Christian theology, church history, and comparative religions at Wesleyan University, St. Joseph’s University, and Hartford Seminary. He grew up in Colorado, but has led an itinerant academic life in Oregon, New Jersey, Iowa, Germany, and Connecticut. He has published one book called The Blackwell Guide to Theology and Popular Culture, and is currently interested in how Christianity has learned, with great difficulty, to be moral through the hard lessons of its darkest hours. He lives at Lincoln with his two sons.
Karen Andrews (Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University) comes to OE as Visiting Professor of Literature for Fall 2021. She brings 22 years of experience teaching and mentoring college students on Westmont College's off-campus program in San Francisco. Karen's role at Westmont in SF strengthened her ability to connect with diverse students and fueled her passion for social justice and inclusion. In her free time, she loves to get outside and take walks, play with her tabby cat, Mister T, and bake loaves of sourdough bread. Karen has a son who studies engineering at Oregon State University and who primarily communicates through memes.
Seaton Tarrant (Ph.D. University of Florida) has grown organic food and developed and taught sustainable lifestyle practices for the last twenty years. He is a writer, musician, and social scientist with research experience in community resilience, social justice, theories of empowerment, and sustainability education. He is a certified restorative justice practitioner and an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He has published on the changing role of civics, new conceptions of critical thinking, systems thinking, and transdisciplinary communication and collaboration. Seaton loves reading, weeding, and spending time in the wilderness with his wife and his two free-range ninja boys.
Star Tarrant (Office Manager and Student Coordinator) Star comes to the OE with a background in event planning, grant writing, and teaching for organic farms and environmental education. Prior to joining the OE, Star initiated and ran environmental education programs for an award winning land conservation trust, and developed outreach projects for an international certifier of organic farms. She is a practicing herbalist, naturalist, and mom. In her spare time Star enjoys wildcrafting, exploring wilderness, yoga, and cooking.