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Charlene Freyberg

IDS Chair/Criminal Justice Program Chair / Instructor


Charlene Freyberg is a scholar of criminal justice and a former federal investigator and corrections officer.  She received her B.A. in Political Science Pre-Law and Criminal Justice from Washington State University, her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, and worked on her Ph.D. (ABD) at Washington State University as well.  In 2005 she ...more about Charlene Freyberg

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Allison Kang

Biology Instructor


Allison Kang has been teaching Cell Biology and Human Biology in the Life Sciences Program at Bellevue College for the past three years.  Before coming to Bellevue College, she taught biology, genetics, and microbiology at various colleges in the Seattle area (South Seattle Community College, North Seattle Community College, UW Seattle/Bothell).  Previous to her teaching career, she spent many years working ...more about Allison Kang

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Anthony Tessandori

Anthropology Program Chair / Instructor

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Brandon (BJ) Unti

Economics Instructor


I joined BC in 2013, making me the newest member of the economics team. As a Portland native I am thrilled to be home in the northwest. After earning my BA from Portland State University, I pursued my Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My dissertation research is ongoing and focuses on addressing economic ...more about Brandon (BJ) Unti

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Brian Casserly, Ph.D.

History Instructor


My name is Brian Casserly and I have lived in the Seattle area for over 20 years, having immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the 1990s. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 2007. I have taught at Bellevue College since 2009 and have been a full time faculty ...more about Brian Casserly, Ph.D.

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Carol Anderson

Steering Committee Member


I’m Carol Anderson and I have been teaching fulltime at Bellevue College since 2007. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington after completing my AAS degree at Edmonds Community College. From there, I earned my Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington’s College of Education, and, after that, ...more about Carol Anderson

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Dan Tremaglio

English Instructor/Steering Committee Member


Dan Tremaglio earned degrees in philosophy and eastern classics before completing an MFA in Fiction Writing from Pacific University in 2015. His research interests involve contemporary literature in English, comparative mythology, genre-bending literary fiction, flash fiction, epic poetry, narrative prose poetry, and creative writing pedagogy. His stories have appeared in numerous publications, including F(r)iction, Gravel, ...more about Dan Tremaglio

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David Spataro, Ph.D.

Political Science Program Chair / Instructor


My name is David Spataro and I am an instructor in Political Science at Bellevue College. I have a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where I focused on contemporary urban social movements.   Teaching Philosophy: I am an anti-authoritarian and a political organizer, and I try to create ...more about David Spataro, Ph.D.

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Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

Psychology Instructor


Deepti Karkhanis is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Bellevue College, WA. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from Delhi University in India, and her Doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is a developmentalist whose teaching interests include Lifespan psychology (PSYC& ...more about Deepti Karkhanis, Ph.D.

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Denise Johnson

Sociology Instructor


Hi, my name is Denise Johnson. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in hot and sunny South Florida. The youngest of three daughters, I pretty much had a childhood that involved going to school, taking dance classes, playing lots of soccer, tagging along with my sisters, and ...more about Denise Johnson

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Donna Miguel

English Instructor


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 ...more about Donna Miguel

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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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Eric Davis

Sociology Instructor


I started teaching at Pierce College in 1996. But this story begins in 1990 when I was an undergraduate at UCLA. I started college as a pre-law, political science student but found myself enjoying the Afro-American Studies courses I was taking as electives. I took so many Black Studies courses that it just made sense ...more about Eric Davis

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Gina Fiorini, Ph.D.

Chemistry Instructor


Gina Fiorini has been teaching chemistry at Bellevue College since 2009. She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and a B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Prior to teaching at here BC, she taught at Highline Community College as part of an Interdisciplinary ...more about Gina Fiorini, Ph.D.

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Hyesu Park, Ph.D.

English Instructor


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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Isaiah Hemmen

English Instructor


This is my seventh year as an instructor at BC and my third time teaching INTER 135. I have also instructed in the Writing Lab, taught Writing Strategies, Writing Poetry, Writing Fiction, Grammar & Communication, Developmental English, Composition for Non-Native Speakers, and Composition. I'm particularly familiar with the needs of the latter three--the same that ...more about Isaiah Hemmen

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Jason Fuller

Life Sciences Program Chair / Biology Instructor


I began teaching at BC in 2011. I primarily teach biology majors and environmental science field and laboratory courses. I incorporate research experiences and ample fieldwork into my courses to engage and involve students in science. I particularly enjoy teaching evolution, ecology and zoology. I received my B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and ...more about Jason Fuller

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Jeffery White

English Instructor

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Jen Anderson

Communication Studies Instructor


Hi there!  I am a full-time Communication Studies faculty member at Bellevue College.  I worked in the nonprofit sector and taught at Green River Community College before teaching at Bellevue College.  I’ve been at BC since 2007 as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2013.  I have the pleasure of teaching ...more about Jen Anderson

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Jennie Mayer

Physical Sciences Program Chair / Chemistry Instructor


Jennie Mayer has an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. She has taught college chemistry since 2002 and started at Bellevue College in Winter 2005. She is the co-advisor of the chess club and enjoys corny science jokes, pickleball, and molecular gastronomy (a well-rounded nerd).  Jennie taught the IDS class “Of Mice ...more about Jennie Mayer

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Katherine Medbery-Oleson

Communication Studies Chair


Greetings! I’m Katherine Medbery-Oleson. I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I primarily teach Public Speaking and Survey of Speech Communication in the Communication Studies department. I am the current chair of the Communication Studies Department, so feel free to ask me any questions about majoring in this field, transferring, courses to take, ...more about Katherine Medbery-Oleson

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Kim Pollock

Cultural & Ethnic Studies Instructor


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 Kim Pollock

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Leslie Lum

Business Transfer Program Instructor


Leslie Lum has extensive industry experience including strategic planning at a Fortune 100 now part of Citigroup, investment banking with the global bank HSBC, and general management of a retail start-up. She was a manager in a department chosen as one of the ten best in America by the Institute of Internal Auditors. She has ...more about Leslie Lum

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Michael Hanson, Ph.D.

Biology / Botany Instructor


Dr. Michael Hanson obtained a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska, a Ph.D. in Botany from Claremont Graduate University and Post-Doctoral research positions at the University of Minnesota and Cornell University. His specific interests are in cooperative speciation and symbiotic interactions, especially domestication of humans by plants, bacteria and animals and vice versa. ...more about Michael Hanson, Ph.D.

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Minnat Hamada

Steering Committee Member

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Nan Ma

English Instructor


Nan Ma received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).  Her research and teaching interests include Rhetoric and Composition, modern and contemporary American literature, ethnic American literature, and Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies.  Prior to joining the Bellevue College community, she has taught at UCR, Grinnell College, Nanjing ...more about Nan Ma

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Natalie Martínez, Ph.D.

English Instructor


“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 Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics from Arizona State University. She began teaching college composition and rhetoric in 2002. In 2008 ...more about Natalie Martínez, Ph.D.

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Ron Austin

Media Instructor


Ron Austin earned his BA at The Evergreen State College in 1991 and a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 2005. While at Evergreen he studied film, computer science, and multimedia. The emphasis of his master's degree was on instructional design and interactive media. For his thesis project, he developed an educational ...more about Ron Austin

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Russ Payne, Ph.D.

Philosophy Chair


Degrees: B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, Arizona State University; Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, Davis. Areas of Interest: Logic, Metaphysics, Ethics, Philosophy of Science.

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Sue Cox

Sociology Instructor


My name is Sue Cox and I am native to the Bellevue area. I was born in Seattle because that is where the hospital was, but then my parents brought me home to Bellevue the house where I lived my entire childhood. I lived in several cities on the Eastside as an adult, and am ...more about Sue Cox

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Sue Nightingale (Miller)

Life Sciences, Biology & Marine Biology Instructor


I’ve  been teaching at Bellevue College since 1995.  I teach a lot of different Biology courses, but I particularly enjoy Marine Biology, Ecology and teaching in the Interdisciplinary program.  My favorite activities with students are field trips and I spend as much time as I can at the beach turning over rocks and picking up ...more about Sue Nightingale (Miller)

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Tim Jones, Ph.D.

Political Science Instructor & International Studies Chair


My name is Tim Jones.  I have a Ph.D. in Political Science and I am also the Chair of the  International Studies programs at BC. Teaching Philosophy In my classes I try to foster a deep-seeded commitment to social justice and civic engagement. No matter how many times I teach a subject or how much ...more about Tim Jones, Ph.D.