Faculty

Tim Jones

Dr. Tim Jones

Political Science, International Studies Instructor | IDS Chair

Biography:

My name is Tim Jones and I am the coordinator 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 …more about Dr. Tim Jones


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


Michael Hanson

Michael Hansen

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 Hansen


Denise Johnson, SOC

Denise Johnson

Sociology Instructor and Program 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


Katherine Oleson

Katherine Oleson

Communication Studies Instructor

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


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David Spataro

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


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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


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Dr. Tabitha Kirkland

Psychology Instructor

Biography:

I’m a California native and have also lived in Hawaii, Colorado, and Ohio. 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 …more about Dr. Tabitha Kirkland


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 and where my mom still resides today. I spent four years away …more about Sue Cox


Eric Davis

Eric Davis

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


Sue Miller

Sue 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 Miller


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Gina Fiorina

Chemistry Instructor


Tony_Tesssandori

Anthony Tessandori

Anthropology Instructor | Assistant Dean of Social Science


Kim Pollock

Kim Pollock

Cultural & Ethnic Studies Chair | Instructor

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


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


Jeffery White

Jeffery White

English Instructor


Kelly

Kelly Elsenbaumer

Health/Physical Education Instructor

Biography:

Kelly Elsenbaumer has been teaching Health and Physical Education classes at Bellevue College since 2006.  She has a BS in Exercise Science and an MS in Health Promotion from Arizona State University.  In her classes you will learn how to establish realistic health and fitness goals that will improve your quality of life! She taught …more about Kelly Elsenbaumer


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


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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


Ross Brown

Ross Brown

Art Instructor


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


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