I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I taught part-time for two quarters and then was hired as a full-time faculty member of the Speech Department. In the summer 2008 quarter, we merged the Speech & the Communication Departments into the Communication Studies Department.
I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where I studied Communication Studies and Scandinavian Studies (yes, I speak some Swedish). I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for my M.A. in Communication. I am particularly interested in rhetorical studies and argumentation in print advertisements and public speeches. I primarily teach Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Survey of Speech Communication in our department at BC. I enjoy teaching face-to-face courses as well as hybrid courses (a combination of in-person and online learning).
I am currently serving as the chair for the Communication Studies Department. I also am the faculty advisor for our local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. My campus involvement in FYE (First-Year-Experience) and academic advising also provide opportunities to welcome and connect with students.
I am often reminded of the specific impact that three professors had on my overall college experience and my growth as a person; I draw upon these interactions on a regular basis. I value education and hope to pass this value on to my students. The most rewarding element of teaching for me is watching students gain confidence in themselves. Each day I receive affirmation of the many joys I find in teaching.
My husband & I live in Des Moines, a few blocks up from the Sound. I love seeing the Northwest waterways and mountains every day, as I grew up on a farm in the Midwest (Minnesota/South Dakota) and we don’t have any mountains to speak of there. We have two golden retrievers, Cosmo and Seven, who are both named after “Seinfeld” references. I enjoy being outdoors with them in this beautiful region.