Faculty

Tim Jones

Tim Jones, Ph.D.

IDS Co-Chair / Political Science & International Studies Chair

Biography:

My name is Tim Jones and I am the co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program at Bellevue College (BC). I have a Ph.D. in Political Science and I am also the Chair of the Political Science and International Studies programs at BC. Teaching Philosophy In my classes I try to foster a deep-seeded commitment to …more about Tim Jones, Ph.D.


Tabitha Kirkland

Tabitha Kirkland, Ph.D.

IDS Co-Chair / Psychology Instructor

Biography:

I earned my BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and my MA and PhD in social psychology from The Ohio State University, where my research focused on understanding the dynamic nature of human emotions and emotional dispositions, particularly happiness. I joined the BC faculty in 2013 and regularly teach General Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. In my …more about Tabitha Kirkland, Ph.D.


Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Communication Studies Instructor

Biography:

Hi there!  I am a full-time Communication Studies faculty member at Bellevue College.  I worked in the non-profit sector and taught at Green River Community College prior to teaching at Bellevue College.  I’ve been at BC since 2007 as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2013.  I have the pleasure of …more about Jen Anderson


Ron Austin

Ron Austin

Media Instructor

Biography:

Ron Austin earned his BA at The Evergreen State College in 1991 and a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 2005. While at Evergreen he studied film, computer science, and multimedia. The emphasis of his Masters degree was on instructional design and interactive media. For his thesis project he developed an educational …more about Ron Austin


Ray Butler

Ray Butler

Health and Physical Education Department Chair

Biography:

Health and Physical Education Department Chair.Instructor and Wellness Center Director. Earned his MA Education degree at Maryville University and his Educational Specialist degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuqurque. Leader of outdoor trips in snowboarding, sea kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, fly fishing , rock climbing and backpacking. Resides in the Cascades just outside North …more about Ray Butler


Ross Brown

Ross Brown

Art Instructor


Brian Casserly

Brian Casserly, Ph.D.

History Instructor

Biography:

My name is Brian Casserly and I have lived in the Seattle area for over 20 years, having immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the 1990s. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 2007. I have taught at Bellevue College since 2009 and have been a full time faculty …more about Brian Casserly, Ph.D.


Sue Cox

Sue Cox

Sociology Instructor

Biography:

My name is Sue Cox and I am native to the Bellevue area. I was born in Seattle, because that is where the hospital was, but then my parents brought me home to Bellevue to the house where I lived my entire childhood. I lived in several cities on the Eastside as an adult, and …more about Sue Cox


Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Sociology Instructor

Biography:

I started teaching at Pierce College in 1996. But this story begins in 1990 when I was an undergraduate at UCLA. I started college as a pre-law, political science student but found myself really enjoying my Afro-American Studies courses I was taking as electives. I took so many Black Studies courses that it just made …more about Eric Davis


Tammi Doyle

Tammi Doyle

Theatre Arts Chair | Drama Instructor

Biography:

Tammi is the chair of the Theatre Arts Department of Drama and Dance at Bellevue College.  She is on the nominating committee of the Seattle Gregory Awards for outstanding theatre and is on the Artistic Board of Seattle Musical Theatre.  She is past President of the New West (Northwest) Drama Conference and is very active …more about Tammi Doyle


Gina Fiorini

Gina Fiorini, Ph.D.

Chemistry Instructor

Biography:

Gina Fiorini has been teaching chemistry at Bellevue College since 2009. She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Prior to teaching at here BC, she taught at Highline Community College as part of an Interdisciplinary …more about Gina Fiorini, Ph.D.


Charlene Freyberg

Charlene Freyberg

Criminal Justice Instructor

Biography:

Charlene Freyberg is a scholar of criminal justice and a former federal investigator and corrections officer.  She received her B.A. in Political Science Pre-Law and Criminal Justice from Washington State University, her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and worked on her PhD (ABD) at Washington State University as well.  In 2005 she …more about Charlene Freyberg


Jason Fuller

Jason Fuller

Biology Instructor

Biography:

I began teaching at BC in 2011. I primarily teach biology majors and environmental science field and laboratory courses. I incorporate research experiences and ample fieldwork into my courses to engage and involve students in science. I particularly enjoy teaching evolution, ecology and zoology. I received my B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and …more about Jason Fuller


Michael Hanson

Michael Hanson, Ph.D.

Biology / Botany Instructor

Biography:

Dr. Michael Hanson obtained a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska, a Ph.D. in Botany from Claremont Graduate University and Post-Doctoral research positions at the University of Minnesota and Cornell University. His specific interests are in cooperative speciation and symbiotic interactions, especially domestication of humans by plants, bacteria and animals and vice versa. …more about Michael Hanson, Ph.D.


Elizabeth Harazim

Elizabeth Harazim

English Co-Chair

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

English Instructor

Biography:

This is my seventh year as an instructor at BC and my third time teaching INTER 135. I have also instructed in the Writing Lab, taught Writing Strategies, Writing Poetry, Writing Fiction, Grammar & Communication, Developmental English, Composition for Non-Native Speakers, and Composition. I’m particularly familiar with the needs of the latter three–the same that …more about Isaiah Hemmen


Denise Johnson, SOC

Denise Johnson

Sociology Chair

Biography:

Hi, my name is Denise Johnson. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in hot and sunny South Florida. The youngest of three daughters, I pretty much had a childhood that involved going to school, taking dance classes, playing lots of soccer, tagging along with my sisters, and …more about Denise Johnson


Allison Kang

Allison Kang

Biology Instructor

Biography:

Allison Kang has been teaching Cell Biology and Human Biology in the Life Sciences Program at Bellevue College for the past three years.  Before coming to Bellevue College, she taught biology, genetics, and microbiology at various colleges in the Seattle area (South Seattle Community College, North Seattle Community College, UW Seattle/Bothell).  Previous to her teaching career, she spent many years working …more about Allison Kang


Deepti Karkhanis

Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

Psychology Instructor

Biography:

I was born and raised in northern India. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Delhi University. I moved to the U.S. in 2007, and received my 2nd M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, VA. I started teaching as a graduate student and found it to be a very …more about Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.



Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martínez, Ph.D.

English Instructor

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 Martínez, Ph.D.


Jennie Mayer

Jennie Mayer

Physical Sciences Program Chair / Chemistry Instructor

Biography:

Jennie Mayer has an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. She has taught college chemistry since 2002 and started at Bellevue College in Winter 2005. She is the co-advisor of the chess club and enjoys corny science jokes, pickleball, and molecular gastronomy (a well-rounded nerd).  Jennie taught the IDS class “Of Mice …more about Jennie Mayer


Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer

English Instructor

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


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Donna Miguel

English Instructor

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


Sue Miller

Sue Nightingale (Miller)

Life Sciences, Biology & Marine Biology Instructor

Biography:

I’ve  been teaching at Bellevue College since 1995.  I teach a lot of different Biology courses, but I particularly enjoy Marine Biology, Ecology and teaching in the Interdisciplinary program.  My favorite activities with students are field trips and I spend as much time as I can at the beach turning over rocks and picking up …more about Sue Nightingale (Miller)


Katherine Oleson

Katherine Oleson

Communication Studies Chair

Biography:

Greetings! I’m Katherine Medbery-Oleson. I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I primarily teach Public Speaking and Survey of Speech Communication in the Communication Studies department. I am the current chair of the Communication Studies Department, so feel free to ask me any questions about majoring in this field, transferring, courses to take, …more about Katherine Oleson


Hyesu Park

Hyesu Park, Ph.D.

English Instructor

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.


Russ Payne

Russ Payne, Ph.D.

Philosophy Chair

Biography:

Degrees: B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, Arizona State University; Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, Davis. Areas of Interest: Logic, Metaphysics, Ethics, Philosophy of Science.


Kim Pollock

Kim Pollock

Cultural & Ethnic Studies Chair

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 Kim Pollock


Grace Robbings

Grace Robbings

Economics Instructor

Biography:

Grace Kim Robbings began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in a very rural village in Namibia. Grace had followed in her mother’s footsteps, herself a PCV in the 1960s in South Korea, where she met Grace’s father—hence the “Kim” in Grace Kim Robbings. Grace’s three siblings tease her incessantly that she has …more about Grace Robbings


David Spataro

David Spataro, Ph.D.

Political Science Instructor

Biography:

My name is David Spataro and I am an instructor in Political Science at Bellevue College. I have a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where I focused on contemporary urban social movements.   Teaching Philosophy: I am an anti-authoritarian and a political organizer, and I try to create …more about David Spataro, Ph.D.


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Anthony Tessandori

Anthropology Instructor / Assistant Dean of Social Science


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Brandon (BJ) Unti

Economics Instructor

Biography:

I joined BC in 2013, making me the newest member of the economics team. As a Portland native I am thrilled to be home in the northwest. After earning my BA from Portland State University, I pursued my Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My dissertation research is ongoing and focuses on addressing economic …more about Brandon (BJ) Unti


Jeffery White

Jeffery White

English Instructor