Faculty

Toyin Adeyemi

Toyin Adeyemi

Biography:

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


Sean Allen

English Department Chair

Biography:

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.


Instructor Brian Bergen-Aurand

Brian Bergen-Aurand

Biography:

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


Instructor Catherine Berkenfield

Catherine Berkenfield

Biography:

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


Scott Bessho

English Assessment Coordinator/English Instructor

Biography:

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



Laura Burns

Laura Burns

Biography:

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


Barb Butler


John Cassaro


Instructor Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole


Donna Cowan


Cassie Cross

Biography:

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


C. Diaconoff

Cara Diaconoff

Biography:

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


Renee Dickinson

Renee Dickinson


Instructor Rhonda Gilliam

Rhonda Gilliam


G. Grewell

Gregory Grewell

Biography:

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


Lindsay Haney

Lindsay Haney, Ph.D

Biography:

Lindsay earned a B.A. with Distinction in English, magna cum laude, at the University of Washington, Seattle; a M.A. in English at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA; and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.  His teaching experience includes courses in composition and literature at Notre Dame and Boston …more about Lindsay Haney, Ph.D


Elizabeth Harazim

English Instructor

Biography:

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 toothpulled than …more about Elizabeth Harazim


Isaiah Hemmen


Ron Holland

Biography:

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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Craig Hurd-McKenney, Ph.D

Biography:

  EDUCATION PhD, Technical Communication & Rhetoric (Texas Tech University) Dissertation: Reality-Based Training as Technical Document: A Case Study of Cultural Construction in the Seattle Police Department MA, English (Southern Methodist University) Emphasis: Masculinities BA, English (Texas A&M University) Emphasis: 19th Century Literature CAMPUS SERVICE Coordinator, ENGL 235 Technical Writing Chair, Bellevue College LGBTQ Task Force …more about Craig Hurd-McKenney, Ph.D


Gordon Leighton, Ph.D

Biography:

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


David Lopez-Kopp

English Instructor

Biography:

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


Nan Ma, Ph.D

Biography:

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


Instructor Natalie Martinez

Natalie A. Martínez, Ph.D

Biography:

“Natalie Martínez is an activist, 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


Michael Meyer

Introductory College Reading & Writing II, English Composition I 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


Donna Miguel

Donna Miguel

Biography:

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


Caitlin Morris


Imge of Gary Olson

Gary Olson


Hyesu Park

Hyesu Park, Ph. D

Biography:

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


Fernando Pérez

Biography:

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


Karrin Peterson

Biography:

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


Kimberly Pollock

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 Kimberly Pollock


Instructor Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

Biography:

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


Paula Sebastian

Biography:

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 [English Composition I] and English 201 [The Research Paper], but I also teach English 235 [Technical Writing] and English 271 [Expository Writing]. …more about Paula Sebastian


Martha Silano

Biography:

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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James Torrence

Biography:

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


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Dan Tremaglio

Biography:

BA in Philosophy from Salve Regina University MA in Eastern Philosophy from St John’s College MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Pacific University


Instructor Lynne Walker

Lynne Walker

Biography:

I started teaching at Bellevue College in Fall 2009, and I love the diverse student population as well as the opportunities that the English department offers faculty regarding course development. I greatly look forward to working with each and every student in all of my classes.   ♦ Bachelor’s Degree, San Diego State University | BS …more about Lynne Walker


Instructor Jeffrey White

Jeffery White

Biography:

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


Kathleen White


Instructor Jun Xu

Jun Xu, Ph.D

Biography:

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


Steve Yarborough

Biography:

Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Pacific University