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David Lopez-Kopp

English Department Chair


David earned his BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his MA, with an emphasis in Composition Studies & Rhetoric from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, he holds an advanced teaching certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).     David ...more about David Lopez-Kopp

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Hyesu Park, Ph. D

English Department Chair


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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Cara Diaconoff


Cara Diaconoff teaches creative writing, literature, and composition courses at BC. Before coming to BC, she was a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University and at Whitman College. She earned an MA in English literature at U. of Wisconsin, an MFA in fiction writing at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in creative writing at U. ...more about Cara Diaconoff

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Caitlin Morris

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Barb Butler

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Cassie Cross


January 2010 – Present  I teach composition, research writing, technical writing, expository writing, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the classroom, online, and in a hybrid delivery. 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 ...more about Cassie Cross

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Dan Tremaglio


Dan Tremaglio teaches all sorts of composition, creative, and literature classes here at BC. His favorites are Fiction Writing and the Art & Science of Dreaming, a creative writing and psychology interdisciplinary course. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Pacific University, an MA in Eastern Philosophy from St John’s College, and a BA in ...more about Dan Tremaglio

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Donna Miguel

English Instructor & Arts and Humanities Division Assistant Dean


Kumusta! My name is Donna Miguel, and I teach various types of reading/writing classes: pre-college, college and advanced composition, research writing, technical writing, literature classes, accelerated composition courses, and an Interdisciplinary class (English and Ethnic and Cultural Studies). As a proud Filipina-American born to immigrant parents, my experiences and learned knowledge of racial literacy and ...more about Donna Miguel

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Douglas Cole

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Elizabeth Harazim

English Instructor


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 tooth pulled ...more about Elizabeth Harazim

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Fernando Pérez


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

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Gregory Grewell, Ph.D.


Greg Grewell earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. While his main research focused from his dissertation, entitled “Rhetoric of Ridicule,” Grewell maintains many other areas of interest as well, including: composition pedagogy history ...more about Gregory Grewell, Ph.D.

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Isaiah Hemmen

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James Torrence


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

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Jeffery White


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

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Jeremiah Allen

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John Cassaro

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José Aparicio

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Jun Xu, Ph.D


Jun holds a Ph.  D in Language and Rhetoric from the English Department at the University of Washington.  Her dissertation was titled “Where Knowledge Thrives: The Role of the Metaphorical in Scientific Process,” the writing of which was supported by an Alvord Dissertation Fellowship.  Her Master’s degree essay, “Austen’s Fans and Fans’ Austen,” was awarded ...more about Jun Xu, Ph.D

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J. Engel Szwaja-Franken

World Language Chair/Full-time Instructor


I have been a full-time Spanish professor at BC since 2014. When the opportunity arises, I teach French and courses in the English department as well. I am a literary scholar by training. I completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in history and comparative literature at the ...more about J. Engel Szwaja-Franken

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Karrin Peterson


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

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Kathleen White

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Katie Austin-Miranda

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Kimberly Pollock


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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Laura Burns


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

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Lindsay Haney, Ph.D


I teach a wide range of composition classes at BC (especially English 201, 101, 093, 271, and 235) as well as occasional literature classes. In the classroom, I’m most excited about demystifying academic practices (including big things like research writing, or smaller things like deciding on an argument) and making sure all students can see ...more about Lindsay Haney, Ph.D

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Mabel Josuva

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Maggie Harada, Ph.D.

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Martha Silano


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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Nan Ma, Ph.D


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


“Natalie A. Martínez is a poet and scholar of rhetorical studies. She received her BA in Literature from Westminster College-Salt Lake City, Utah, an MA in English Studies from Western Washington University, and her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University. She began teaching college composition and rhetoric in 2002. In 2008 she was a ...more about Natalie A. Martínez, Ph.D

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Ron Holland


Ron Holland earned a BA from the University of Washington and an MA-TESOL from Seattle Pacific University. In education since 2003, he has taught English as a Second Language, pre-college English, and college level English courses. Ron's primary area of expertise is teaching pre-college English and English Language Learners. As an African-American male, he places ...more about Ron Holland

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Renee Tinsley

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Sean Allen

English Instructor


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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Sophie Leung

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Steve Yarborough


Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University

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Travis Mckinney

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Tom Ryan, Ph.D.


B.A. Bethel University M.Div. The Seattle School Ph.D. University of Denver

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Zhenzhen He-Weatherford