Faculty

Sean Allen

Sean Allen

Biography:

Sean Allen has served as an English instructor at Bellevue College since 2006, teaching pre-college composition, written composition, literature, and creative writing classes. He earned a B.A. in English Teaching from the University of Washington in 2002, and an M. Ed. In TESOL  from Seattle University in 2005.


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Michael Beasley


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Catherine Berkenfield

Biography:

B.A. University of Montana | M.A. University of New Mexico Team & Project Based Writing ∙ Language Equity ∙ Linguistics ∙ Science Fiction “Language is a virus from outer space.” ~ William S. Burroughs


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Scott Bessho

Assistant Dean of Arts & Humanities/English Instructor | Co English Chair with Elizabeth Harazim

Biography:

A.A. Bellevue Community College | B.A. University of Washington | M.A. California State University


Laura Burns

Laura Burns

Biography:

B. A. University of Washington  | M.A. University of Washington


Barb Butler


Jim Chin


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Donna Cowan


Cassie Cross

Biography:

The writing classroom can be a warm, comfortable and exciting place to share words and I aim to create that in class. Working with fellow writers who put time and thought into their work, and who you trust to be respectful of your work, is an invaluable experience.


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Jim Dicus


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Sydney Dietrich

Biography:

B.A.  Western Washington University  | M.F.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst  | M.A. University of Southern California


Rhonda Gilliam

Rhonda Gilliam

Biography:

B.S. Ed. Austin State University  | M.S. Texas Tech University


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Lindsay Haney

Lindsay Haney

Biography:

A.A.S. Shoreline Community College | B.A. University of Washington | M.A. Boston College | Ph.D. University of Notre Dame


Megan Hansen

Megan Hansen

Biography:

A.A. Seattle Central Community College | B.A. University of Washington | M.A. San Francisco State University


Elizabeth Harazim

Elizabeth Harazim

Co English Chair with Scott Bessho

Biography:

My academic training is a mix of the social sciences, statistics, and rhetoric.  I hope to impress upon my students the importance of writing skills and the usefulness of thinking  critically and analyzing the world around them.   Since I am realistic about the fact that some among us would rather have a toothpulled than …more about Elizabeth Harazim


Isaiah Hemmen


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Ron Holland


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Craig Hurd-McKenney, Ph.D

Biography:

Craig’s love of language and learning can be traced back to early childhood games of Scrabble with his Grandmother; she never let him win, but that didn’t stop him from trying. Having moved from his home state of Texas, he has lived in Seattle since 1999. Before starting at Bellevue College, he taught at Highline …more about Craig Hurd-McKenney, Ph.D


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Steven Kent

Biography:

Steven L. Kent is an American writer, known for both video game journalism and military science fiction novels. In 1993, Steven started work as a freelance journalist, writing monthly video game reviews for the Seattle Times. He eventually became a contributor to such video game publications as Electronic Games, Next Generation, and Computer Entertainment News, …more about Steven Kent


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Gordon Leighton

Gordon Leighton, Ph.D

Biography:

I have taught all levels of English for over twenty years here at Bellevue College.  I love working with my students and colleagues in this rich environment where we always have so many interesting things going on, and  I especially enjoy watching my Developmental English students move up into the college levels and go on …more about Gordon Leighton, Ph.D


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Suzy Lepeintre

Biography:

B.A. Lewis and Clark College  | M.A. University of Washington


David Kopp

David Lopez-Kopp

Writing Lab Faculty Chair / English Instructor

Biography:

David earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with an emphasis on gender studies and relationship violence, from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a master’s degree in English, with an emphasis on composition studies and literature, from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, he holds an advanced certification in Teaching English to Speakers of …more about David Lopez-Kopp


Nan Ma

Nan Ma, Ph.D

Biography:

Nan Ma was born in Beijing and moved to Texas with her family in her teens.  As an undergraduate student, she studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before pursuing her passion for literature.  Her love for the written word is grounded in her belief that powerful writing impels us to see beyond our individual …more about Nan Ma, Ph.D


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Natalie A. Martínez, Ph.D

Biography:

Natalie Martínez is a poet at heart and scholar of rhetorical studies. She received her BA in Literature from Westminster College, MA in English Studies from Western Washington University, and her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University. In 2008 she was a CCCCs Scholar for the Dream Award Recipient, for emerging …more about Natalie A. Martínez, Ph.D


Pat Mesch

Pat Mesch

Biography:

BA Barat College, Lake Forest, IL | MA University of Illinois | Post Graduate in Teaching of Writing,  University of Chicago 


Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer

Biography:

Michael Meyer believes that teaching is a revolutionary act. The seeds of unrest he plants in the classroom revolve around the themes of community, consumerism, sustainability and animal rights. The roots of his current social, educational and personal interests are in small-town Iowa. He grew up a stone’s throw from IBP, one of the largest …more about Michael Meyer


Donna Miguel

Donna Miguel

Biography:

Kumusta! My name is Donna Miguel, and I teach a gamut of classes in the English department: pre-college, college and advanced composition, research writing, technical writing, literature classes, recently an Accelerated 101 pilot, and an Interdisciplinary Class (English and Ethnic and Cultural Studies). My passion for reading started in high school when my mom gave …more about Donna Miguel


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Gary Olson


Hyesu Park

Hyesu Park, Ph. D

Biography:

Hyesu Park came to the U.S. from South Korea after earning her undergraduate degree in English. She holds Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University. Her dissertation, “Narrating Other Minds: Alterity and Empathy in Post-1945 Asian American Literature,” explores Asian American authors’ innovative uses of the stereotypes about “inscrutable” Asian American minds by using …more about Hyesu Park, Ph. D


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Fernando Pérez

Biography:

A.A. Long Beach City College | B.A. California State University, Long Beach | M.F.A. Arizona State University


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Karrin Peterson

Biography:

I am Karrin Peterson: mother, wife, daughter, English instructor, gardener, and “sustainable living” activist. Because of the passion I feel for my roles, I find the lines between each blur and merge, as the jagged teeth of the Olympic Mountains and the ember sky do when I am sitting on my deck at 10:30 on …more about Karrin Peterson


Kim Pollock

Kimberly Pollock

Biography:

I strongly believe that each of us is responsible for what happens in the classroom. Students are just as capable of making a class great as the instructor. Through our studies, we are creating a new community in our own classroom, and we are each responsible to the other members of that community. The key …more about Kimberly Pollock


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Deborah Pope

Biography:

Debbie Pope serves as an adjunct instructor of both English and Communication Studies at Bellevue College.  Pope earned her B.A. in English at Bethany University, Santa Cruz, CA, and her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.  At BC, she teaches Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication, English 101, The Research Paper, and Expository …more about Deborah Pope


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Michael Rings

Biography:

B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison / M.A. California State University, Long Beach / Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington


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Tom Ryan

Biography:

B.A. Bethel University (St. Paul); M.Div The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology; Ph.D. (in progress) University of Denver.


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Paula Sebastian

Biography:

Hello! My name is Paula Sebastian. I have been teaching at Bellevue College for 10 years as an adjunct faculty member  in the English Department/Arts and Humanities Division. I primarily teaching English 101 [Introduction to Composition] and English 201 [Research Writing], but I also teach English 235 [Technical Communication] and English 271 [Expository Writing]. Before …more about Paula Sebastian


Julianne Seeman

Biography:

B.A. University of Washington  |  M.A. University of Washington


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Martha Silano

Biography:

Martha Silano attended public schools in central New Jersey, graduating from Metuchen High School in 1979. She received her BA from Grinnell College and her MFA from the University of Washington. Silano was inspired by her father to become an instructor. He taught for many years at Kean University and as professor emeritus at University …more about Martha Silano


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James Torrence

Biography:

B.A. University of Washington  | M.A. Central Washington University


Lynne Walker


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Jeffery White

Biography:

B.A. The Evergreen State College  |  M.F.A. University of Washington


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Kathleen White


Jun Xu


Steve Yarborough

Steve Yarborough