Faculty

Sean Allen

Sean Allen

  • Email: sallen@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2423
  • Office Location: R230 H

  • Bio:

    A.A. Bellevue Community College | B.A. University of Washington | M.Ed. Seattle University


Pat Andrus

  • Email: pandrus@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: R230

  • Bio:

    B.A. Nazareth College  | M.F. A. Goddard College  | on-line instructor  


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Michael Beasley


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Scott Bessho

Assistant Dean of Arts & Humanities/English Instructor | Co English Chair with Suzy Lepeintre

  • Email: scott.bessho@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-24325
  • Office Location: R230 Y
  • Office Hours: M/W 10:30-11:30 | T/Th 12:30-1:20 & by appt.

  • Bio:

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


Laura Burns

Laura Burns


Barb Butler


Jim Chin


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Donna Cowan


Cassie Cross


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Arline Davis

  • Email: adavis@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2077
  • Office Location: R230 L

  • Bio:

    “Wherever you go, there you are,” Kurt Vonnegut. This seems apropos for the way I have always run my life. Growing up in New York City, I had always dreamed of living on a farm. I dreamed of farm life: awakening before sunrise, doing chores before breakfast, enjoying nature, and feeling exhausted after a hard […]


Jim Dicus

Jim Dicus


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Sydney Dietrich

  • Email: sydney.dietrich@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2109
  • Office Location: R230 O

  • Bio:

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


Elizabeth Dills

  • Email: edills@bellevuecollegedu
  • Phone: 425-564-2049
  • Office Location: R230

  • Bio:

    Born in Detroit, Michigan.  Attended Michigan State University (BA) and Western Washington University (MA).  Proud daughter of two Boston librarians who pioneered to the Midwest and greatly influenced their children’s liberal arts careers and who later followed us to the Great Northwest.  My love of literature, particularly American novelists and poets, led me to teaching.  […]


Nancy Eichner

  • Email: neichner@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2090
  • Office Location: R230 K

  • Bio:

    I grew up at Beaver Lake in a communal setting with five other families in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. I earned my BA in English and Theater from the University of Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, during a time of massive young people’s political activism against the war in Vietnam, against […]


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Roger George, Ph.D

  • Email: rgeorge@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2021
  • Office Location: R230 D

  • Bio:

    I earned my B.A. from the University of Washington in English (Creative Writing) in 1970, minoring in Broadcast Journalism.  From 1970-1975, I worked as the Public Relations person for the Central Seattle Community Council Federation, a non-profit community organizing group in Seattle’s Central Area.  After a stint as a freelance writer, I went to work […]


Rhonda Gilliam

Rhonda Gilliam

  • Email: rgilliam@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2123
  • Office Hours: B200 F

  • Bio:

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


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Megan Hansen

Megan Hansen

  • Email: megan.hansen@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-4186
  • Office Location: R230 I

  • Bio:

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


Elizabeth Harazim

Elizabeth Harazim


Isaiah Hemmen


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Steven Kent

  • Email: steven.kent@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: R230

  • Bio:

    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, […]


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Gordon Leighton

Gordon Leighton, Ph.D

  • Email: gleighto@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-6168
  • Office Location: R230 E

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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Suzy Lepeintre

Co English Chair with Scott Bessho

  • Email: slepeint@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2406
  • Office Location: B100 A
  • Office Hours: Daily 10:30-11:20

  • Bio:

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


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David Lopez-Kopp

Writing Lab Faculty Chair / English Instructor

  • Email: david.lopez-kopp@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2361
  • Office Location: R230 H

  • Bio:

    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 […]


Nan Ma

Nan Ma, Ph.D

  • Email: nan.ma@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2647
  • Office Location: R230 S

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer

  • Email: mmeyer@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2537
  • Office Location: R230 F
  • Office Hours: Daily 11:30-12:20

  • Bio:

    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 […]


Donna Miguel

Donna Miguel

  • Email: d.miguel@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2553
  • Office Location: R230 T

  • Bio:

    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 […]


Garrett Nichols

Garrett Nichols

  • Email: garrett.nichols@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: R230

  • Bio:

    As an instructor,  I design my courses (frequently Composition I and Technical Writing) to teach composition and rhetorical skills that students can use to make a positive impact on their communities. I believe that the ways we write and read reflect the spaces in which we live, and therefore my classes are designed to make […]


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Gary Olson


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Hyesu Park, Ph. D

  • Email: hyesu.park@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2645
  • Office Location: R230 M

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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Karrin Peterson

  • Email: kpeterso@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2049
  • Office Location: R230 K
  • Office Hours: By appt. before or after class

  • Bio:

    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 […]


Kim Pollock

Kimberly Pollock

  • Email: kpollock@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-3082
  • Office Location: A200 D

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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Deborah Pope

  • Email: debbie.pope@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2103
  • Office Location: R230 L
  • Office Hours: By appointment

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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Paula Sebastian

  • Email: psebasti@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2071
  • Office Location: R230 K

  • Bio:

    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 […]


Julianne Seeman

  • Email: j.seeman@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: R230
  • Office Hours: e-mail only

  • Bio:

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


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Martha Silano

  • Email: msilano@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2078
  • Office Location: R230 K
  • Office Hours: By appt. on-line only

  • Bio:

    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 […]


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James Torrence

  • Email: jtorrenc@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2168
  • Office Location: R230 S
  • Office Hours: M/W 2:40-5:30 & by appt.

  • Bio:

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


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Jeffery White

  • Email: jwhite@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-3084
  • Office Location: R230 Q
  • Office Hours: Daily 8:30-9:20 am & by appt.

  • Bio:

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


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Kathleen White


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Steve Yarborough