Faculty

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Olutoyin (Toyin) Adeyemi was born in Seattle, WA to immigrants of Nigerian (Yoruba) descent. In 2015, she earned an M.F.A from the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York, NY. Her subjects of interest and teaching specialties include post-colonial and migrant literature, modern/postmodern American fiction, poetry, writing pedagogy, mixed genre storytelling, and …more about Toyin Adeyemi


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Sean Allen

English Department Chair

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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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  • Phone: 425-564-4262
  • Office Location: R230

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Brian Bergen-Aurand specializes in film, ethics, humor, and embodiment and since 1989 has taught in South East Asia, the Middle East, and North America. He is the founding and chief editor of the journal Screen Bodies, an editor-at-large with the South Seattle Emerald, and the editor of two collections of essays: Comedy Begins with Our …more about Brian Bergen-Aurand, Ph.D.


Catherine Berkenfield Picture

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B.A. University of Montana | M.A. University of New Mexico Team & Project Based Writing ∙ Language Equity ∙ Linguistics ∙ Plurilingualism ∙ Science Fiction “Each planet contains a poem” ~ Ken Liu


Laura Burns Picture

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


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Cassie Cross Picture

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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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M.A., English Literature  |  M.F.A. and Ph.D., Creative Writing Author, Unmarriageable Daughters and I’ll Be a Stranger to You


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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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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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Elizabeth Harazim

English Instructor

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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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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


Gordon Leighton, Ph.D Picture

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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 …more about Gordon Leighton, Ph.D


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David Lopez-Kopp

English Instructor

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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 …more about David Lopez-Kopp


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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 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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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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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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Hyesu Park, Ph. D

Sabbatical - Fall Quarter 2018

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


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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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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


Tom Ryan Picture

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B.A. Bethel University (St. Paul); M.Div The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology; Ph.D. candidate at the  University of Denver.


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


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Dan Tremaglio holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Pacific University, an MA in Eastern Philosophy from St John’s College, and a BA in Philosophy from Salve Regina University. His research interests include contemporary English literature, ancient Greek and Hindu philosophy, comparative mythology, genre-bending literary fiction, flash fiction, epic poetry, and prose poetry.  His work …more about Dan Tremaglio


Jeffery White Picture

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


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Jun Xu, Ph.D Picture

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


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Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University