Tenure Recipients 2013

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Stacey Austin
Neurodiagnostic Technology

Education

Stacey has an Associate of Applied Science in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology from Western Technical College in Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in Career and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

Duties

Stacey serves as program chair and is the only full-time instructor for Bellevue College’s Neurodiagostic Technology (NDT) program, which prepares students for careers in the field of neuroscience. Additionally, she was hired to develop a two-year associate degree curriculum, which had not existed at BC before her arrival.

Accomplishments

On top of her teaching and advising duties, Stacey has single-handedly transformed the NDT certificate program into one that awards two-year associate degrees. She developed an entire curriculum, including 21 new courses, which won approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Based on this work and a 350-page self-study she authored, the program received national accreditation, and is now one of just 20 accredited programs nationwide. Stacey also procured much-needed resources and equipment for the NDT lab and set up an advisory board for the program that includes many top technologists from the region’s best hospitals. Finally, she is working to develop a four-year bachelor’s degree program with an online component that will allow students in states without an NDT program to earn degrees in this field.

Praise

Stacey’s faculty colleagues effusively praise her for performing the work that normally requires two faculty members at similar programs. They are in awe at her dedication to building a degree program from scratch that is offered at only one other institution on the west coast, putting Bellevue College at the forefront of clinical NDT education. Dean Kevin McCarthy says that Stacey is an excellent instructor who is clearly passionate about providing the best possible instruction to her students, who universally praise her teaching ability and dedication to their success.

Working at BC

Stacey worked in the Neurodiagnostic field in Kansas for 3 years and then moved back to Wisconsin where she continued to work in the field and pursued a teaching career in NDT at the area community college. Bellevue College appealed to her because of the opportunity to build associate and bachelor’s programs from the ground up. Now that she’s here, she appreciates the opportunities she has to grow professionally. “No one tells me I can’t do things here. I have the opportunity to start a bachelor’s degree. I get a tremendous amount of support,” she says. Additionally, Stacey loves teaching students. “There are not a lot of qualified technologists in this field because there are so few programs, and I like that I’m training my students and sending them out to health care settings to help patients. It’s a good feeling to see the students excel and do well.”

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