August 29, 2023

Welcome New Graduate Faculty

Representing Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy; Student Affairs Administration; and Secondary Language Arts Teaching, our new faculty members bring outstanding scholarship and teaching experience to their respective programs and the graduate school as a whole. 

Erica Hartwell, PhD, LMFT (she/her) Erica Hartwell, PhD, LMFT (she/her) Erica Hartwell, PhD, LMFT

Associate Professor: Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Erica Hartwell joins the graduate school from Fairfield University as an associate professor. Her scholarship focuses on LGBTQ+ mental health, as well as training mental health professionals to practice inclusively and compassionately. She developed the first online certificate program for LGBTQ-affirming mental health and was lead author of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA Affirming Marriage and Family Therapy. Hartwell recently received the Robert E. Wall award, Fairfield University’s highest faculty honor in recognition of her forthcoming book, Queer-Contextualized Family Therapy: Radical Theory and Practice.

I have long admired the transgressive impact of the MCFT program at Lewis & Clark and am excited to work alongside my colleagues to continue to transform the training of socially responsible clinicians and the field of marriage and family therapy.

Amy C. Wang (she/her) Amy C. Wang (she/her) Amy C. Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor: Student Affairs Administration

Amy C. Wang recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she received her PhD in Education Studies. Wang’s scholarship examines race and racism in higher education and is grounded in social justice and equity. Specifically, she critiques inequity in higher education and amplifies how marginalized populations navigate and disrupt the system from within. Her dissertation looked at how neoliberalism shapes Asian American initiatives, including curricular, co-curricular, and policy efforts. She also identified how these initiatives navigate, respond, and leverage neoliberalism to advance the needs and interests of Asian Americans on campus.

I was drawn to the graduate school due to its explicit commitment to social justice and equity. I saw how committed everyone is to transforming graduate education to meet the needs of diverse populations and I want to be somewhere that values and embraces community engagement as much as I do.

Maika Yeigh, EdD (she/her) Maika Yeigh, EdD (she/her) Maika Yeigh, EdD

Associate Professor: Secondary Language Arts

Maika Yeigh joins the graduate school from Portland State University as an associate professor. Two passions feed her work as a teacher educator: Preparing teachers who are ready to meet the needs of learners in the Language Arts classroom, and the improvement of clinical preparation practices for novice teachers. The interwoven theoretical framing that ties her work together is that strong practitioner research relies on creating connections to local classrooms and the larger educational field. Yeigh frequently spends time in classrooms in schools across the Portland-metro area, building and maintaining relationships with teachers, administrators, and other school stakeholders.

Yeigh is also a member of the editorial board of the Northwest Journal of Teacher Education (NJTE) and will bring the journal to Lewis & Clark. NJTE is committed to supporting emerging scholars, pre-tenured professionals, and scholars of color, including through themed issues that focus on teaching during the pandemic, Anti Blackness, curriculum epistemicide.

I view strong teacher preparation as an issue of equity, both for our teacher candidates — who we want to enjoy long and sustaining careers—and for their students, all of whom are entitled to an equitable education.