Meet the HSS Faculty

Professors in Klamath Falls

Melanie Arthur

Melanie Arthur, Associate Professor

Mark Clark

Mark Clark, Professor of History


Dr. Mark Clark has taught at Oregon Tech since 1996. His childhood was spent following his Army officer father around the world, which inspired Mark's continued interest in both history and international travel. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer at Rice University, he went on to earn a Doctorate in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware. His teaching centers around the relationship between technological development and social change, sustainability, and energy use. He has published books about the history of magnetic recording, the American dye industry, and the inventor Semi Joseph Begun, and is currently working on a book about the history of nerd culture.

Mark is currently the director of the Oregon Tech Honors Program. He is a member of a number of local non-profit boards, including the Klamath County Museum Foundation and the Klamath Lake Land Trust, and is a co-founder of Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, traveling to Europe (especially Denmark), and restoring old British cars.

Kristen Konkel

Kristen Konkel, Assistant Professor


Kristen Konkel joined the talented team of HSS professors in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology. As an undergraduate, she studied both Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2009 she moved out West to attend graduate school and studied Applied Social and Health Psychology at Colorado State University. There, she gained extensive experience in prevention program design and evaluation, innovative methodology and research design, and adolescent health behaviors. Her specific interests include how to utilize psychological principles and prevention theory to change behaviors and improve health outcomes. She focuses on health-related needs of her own community and is excited about the opportunities to work with Oregon Tech faculty and students as well as different entities in Klamath Falls. Kristen is a passionate teacher and enjoys teaching Health Psychology classes, Research Methods, and Applied Statistics.

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and being with her dog, Evie.

Amy Loukus

Amy Loukus, Assistant Professor


Amy K. Loukus is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology. She has served as an independent consultant for large manufacturing and human service organizations, utilizing principles of behavioral science to guide her efforts to provide management and employees the skills to become more effective at in the workplace. She provides behavioral services and crisis interventions to individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities in residential treatment facilities and schools, and her current interests include staff training and organizational systems analysis. She hopes to expand the availability of behavior analytic services in Oregon, providing valuable opportunities for training and hands-on learning for students of Oregon Tech.

Mark Neupert

Mark Neupert, Department Chair, Professor of Anthropology


Dr. Neupert earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1999. He has conducted archaeological, ethnoarchaeological, and applied ethnographic fieldwork in the western U.S., the Philippines, and the Netherlands. His interests include traditional pottery production, urban planning, and ethnographic filmmaking. At Oregon Tech he teaches introductory course on archaeology, cultural anthropology, and film, along with courses on globalization and the built environment.

Trevor Petersen

Trevor Petersen, Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dr. Petersen earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He teaches the more clinically focused courses within the applied psychology program. These classes include Basic Counseling Techniques, Advanced Counseling Techniques, Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents, and Psychoactive Drugs I & II. Dr. Petersen is an advisor to the Psych Club/Psi Chi and a director of the Relationship Building/Community Engagement program. His research interests include studying the outcomes of secondary prevention for at-risk college student populations.

Ben Bunting

Ben Bunting, Assistant Professor of the Humanities


Once on a path to a promising career in computer science, Ben was led astray by the siren song of the humanities and thus received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Kent State University in 2003. After a few years of using the powers granted him by said degree to make burritos for hungover college students, he traveled via rusted-out pickup truck to the Palouse prairie in eastern Washington state to attend graduate school at Washington State University.

He earned his M.A. in English Literature in 2007 and his Ph.D. in 2012. He began teaching at the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2013, and is currently working on developing new humanities courses for the ALPs minor.

When not teaching and researching, Ben likes to walk, hike, or run long distances, especially in the snow. He's recently discovered the physical and metaphysical joys of climbing mountains, a habit that will likely lead to his demise eventually (or at least to really bad knees when he gets older). He also plays a lot of video games (for research purposes only, really!).

Alishia Huntoon

Alishia Huntoon, Associate Professor of Psychology


Dr. Alishia Huntoon, Associate Professor of Psychology, is the Program Director of Applied Psychology for the Klamath Falls and Oregon Tech Online programs. Her undergraduate coursework was completed at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she double majored in Biology and Psychology and minored in Natural Sciences. It was at Washington State University that she earned her MS in Psychology and PhD in Experimental/Social Psychology.

It is the interaction with the students here at Oregon Tech that she enjoys the most. Along with the fascinating field of Psychology, she finds that people are interesting! She equally enjoys her online and on campus students and is inspired by seeing applied experience gained, in addition to academic success. She has first-hand observation in these student experiences as Externship Coordinator and the Youth Mentorship Program Director. She enjoys working with a variety of organizations throughout the Klamath Basin, including the Klamath Promise.

Her interests, outside of work life include spending time with her family, traveling, hiking or biking the beautiful outdoors, and taking advantage of the local ski resorts in winter.

Sophia Lyn Nathenson

Sophia Lyn Nathenson, Assistant Professor of Medical Sociology


Sophie Nathenson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Oregon Institute of Technology and the director of the Population Health Management B.S. Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Tulsa. She also studied history and Spanish at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, as well as psychology at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. After working in the Czech Republic, she attended the University of Utah, earning a Masters of Science in Sociology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sociology. Dr. Nathenson has been involved in numerous projects related to community service, health research, and cultural enrichment. She has served as a youth mentor, patient mentor, and enrichment program educator. Trained in quantitative statistics methods, her research has focused on coping with cancer, religion and health, alternative medicine, and preventative medicine.

Dr. Nathenson loves being in nature, and hosting her weekly sociology commentary and music show on KTEC 89.5 Thursday nights 5-7pm.

Yasha Rohwer

Yasha Rohwer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Dr. Rohwer earned his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2012. He then went on to be the Postdoctoral Fellow for the Mizzou Advantage One Health/One Medicine Initiative at the University of Missouri, where he researched the ethics of cognitive enhancement and developed a new course on that topic. Dr. Rohwer specializes in philosophy of science, applied ethics, and epistemology. He has developed many new philosophy courses for the students at Oregon Tech—including philosophy of science courses, logic courses and courses in applied ethics. Dr. Rohwer is the faculty advisor for Oregon Tech’s Philosophy Club.

Dr. Rohwer is currently working on research projects in environmental ethics, bioethics, and, of course, the philosophy of science. He has published in Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. When he is not working, Dr. Rohwer loves to explore the abundant natural beauty of the Klamath Falls area with his family.

Professors in Wilsonville

MariaLynn Kessler

MariaLynn Kessler, Professor of Psychology

OfficeWilsonville 435
Ryan Madden

Ryan Madden, Assistant Professor of History

OfficeWilsonville 436

Dr. Madden has his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in American History, a master's degree from University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree from UC Davis. He is the author of a book on the history of Alaska as well as numerous articles on Alaska Natives.

Dr. Madden is a former History Professor at Western Washington University, Sheldon Jackson College, and Linfield College. Currently, he is the General Education coordinator for Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville campus and is member of Oregon Tech’s Social Science faculty. He teaches Globalization and the PNW, Introduction to Film, US History Survey courses and Pacific Northwest History.

His interests outside of work include fly fishing and birding.


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