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Tammy Bray Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

March 28, 2014


“Building the College of Public Health and Human Sciences in Changing Times”  March 28, 2014  Location: Womens Building, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Bray discusses her upbringing in Taiwan and her early educational experiences at Fu-Jen University. She then recalls her move to the United States, her adjustments to life in a foreign culture, and memories from the ten years that she spent as a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow at Washington State University.

From there, Bray recounts her life in academia, first as a professor and administrator at the University of Guelph, and then in a similar dual capacity at Ohio State University.

The final third of the interview is devoted to Bray's Oregon State experience, including the circumstances by which she came to accept the position of Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, the status of the college upon her arrival, and the vision that she established for the college and has since put into motion. The session concludes with Bray's thoughts on her sense of herself as a role model, especially for international students.