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 for the American Arbitration Association, administering Labor, Commercial and Construction arbitrations.
In 1982, I went back to grad school, again at the University of Washington, earning my Master’s in English in 1984 and my Ph.D. in English (American Literature) in 1986. My career at Bellevue College began in 1988, first as an adjunct and then as a tenured full-time instructor. I chaired the Communication Department as well as teaching a variety of English classes, including composition, American Literature, Film as Literature and Shakespeare, and also served as Interim Arts and Humanities Dean.