R. Glenn Mittermann practiced law in Eugene from 1976 to 1984. After taking an MA degree in international development, he worked for several United Nations agencies over a 22 year career including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). During his UN career he was posted to Nairobi, Kenya; Vienna, Austria; and Geneva, Switzerland and travelled to over 30 countries in connection with his work. His work included helping to develop an international treaty on the control of hazardous wastes; providing technical advice to developing countries on international drug policy and national drug control legislation; leading technical cooperation strategic planning and project monitoring and evaluation; managing UNAIDS’ unified budget and work plan; coordinating development of UNOCHA’s inter-agency joint work programme for disaster risk reduction; and managing a global conference on disaster risk reduction.
He retired from the UN in 2009 and returned to Eugene. Since then he has been an adjunct instructor at the U of O in the International Studies Department (now Global Studies) and Legal Studies. Courses which he has taught include: Perspectives on International Development; Global Smuggling; Global Health and Development; the United Nations and Global Change; International Cooperation for Global Health; and Transitional Justice.
Mittermann holds a BS (Business Administration and Political Science) from the University of Kansas, a JD from the KU Law School, and an MA (International Studies focusing on international development) from the U of O.