English Faculty Specialties

English Department Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Lindsay Christopher

Lindsay has been happily teaching at Clark since 2012. She previously taught at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado and at the University of Denver, where she earned her Ph.D. in Literary Studies and developed proficiencies in climbing 14,000 foot mountains and descending the powdery slopes of the Rockies. Her teaching interests include multiethnic American literature, Native American literature, and research writing. She loves learning from her students’ diverse experiences and journeying with them as they develop new ideas, perspectives, and ways of being.

Jill Darley-Vanis

Jill has been teaching at Clark since 2000. She holds a B.A. in French and a B.A. in English from Oregon State University; she also spent one year abroad at the Université de Poitiers in France, where she studied in the Faculté de Langues et Lettres. Her M.A. comes from Portland State University, where her areas of focus were 18th and 19thcentury British literature and critical theory. Last, she returned to Portland State during her sabbatical, resuming her work in composition theory.

Her research, conference presentations, and published works focus on assignment design, transfer theory, and more equitable classroom practices. She has been published in the journal Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) and the book Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership; she has presented for the Conference on College Composition and Communications (CCCC), for the First-Year Experience (FYE), for the Two-Year College Association (TYCA), and for the state’s Assessment in Teaching and Learning (ATL) conference on numerous occasions. She serves on the board for the journal TETYC,  aiding peers as they revise and submit their work for publication, and serves as the English Department’s Adjunct Coordinator.

Dr. Marylynne Diggs

Marylynne is originally from the Washington D.C. suburbs of Maryland but has called Oregon home since 1986. She began her education at the University of Alabama as an Interior Design major, but soon changed to Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in English. After her receiving her B.A., she moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, specializing in Rhetoric, American literature, and Queer Studies. She has been teaching English and Humanities since 1987, and began her career at Clark College in 1998. In addition to teaching ENGL 098 and ENGL 102, Marylynne also teaches American Lit, Queer Lit, LGBTQ Studies, and Nature and the Humanities. Marylynne likes to relax and play too; she is an avid hiker and nature photographer as well as a huge fan of football, basketball, and tennis.

Elizabeth Donley

A Chicago native, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Italian from DePaul University and an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Chapman University. She started her teaching career in rural New Mexico as a middle school teacher and has also taught at the middle school and college levels in California. In 2013, she taught Italian literature and writing in the WCCCSA foreign study program in Florence, Italy. At Clark, Elizabeth teaches all levels of composition, Intro and Advanced Fiction Writing, American Literature, and the "Phoenix" course (English 277). She also has taught in the online and hybrid modalities for over ten years and has focused her academic research on engaging the online learner.  

Elizabeth's short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVARiverSedge, Pamona Valley Review, and elsewhere. She also has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship in fiction, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for fiction, and a Caldera Residency. Since 2013, she has been the literary advisor to Phoenix, Clark’s award-winning art and literary journal. Currently, she serves as the English Division Chair and is still in shock that the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016.

Melissa Favara

Melissa holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in English Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, where she studied Victorian and Modernist literature with a critical focus on Queer Theory. She is currently focusing on developing and teaching learning communities, integrating English Composition with subjects including Geography, Biology, and Psychology. She also loves teaching Detective Fiction, Creative Writing, and American and British Literature.

Off campus, Melissa writes creative nonfiction, curates the 1,000 Words reading series, dabbles in letterpress, and collects manual typewriters. She is also a board member at the Independent Publishing Resource Center and is always on the lookout for opportunities to promote reading, writing, and the literary artifact of the printed word. Her writing has been published in street roots, Metro Parent, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere.

James Finley

James earned a B.A. in English from Washington State University in 1986, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon in 1988, and an M.A. in English from Eastern Washington University in 1995. From 1989 to 1997 he lived in his hometown of Spokane where he taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and EWU. After teaching in Chicago for three years at Columbia College and DePaul University, he moved to Portland in 2000 and began working at Clark. He teaches composition and literature (especially British Literature and Shakespeare) and has been a director and co-director of Clark’s Columbia Writers Series for over ten years. He enjoys writing poetry and fiction, playing guitar in a bluegrass band, oil painting, fishing, and reading and writing about Pacific Northwest history.

 Dr. Ray Korpi

Ray has been teaching English at Clark since 1993.  He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University-Pullman.  Dr. Korpi teaches all levels of composition, especially focusing on English 102.  He has been engaged with teaching composition with computers since his start as a teacher in 1988, and teaches a diverse selection of literature classes reflecting his multifaceted background.  Dr. Korpi has also been actively involved in the learning communities activities at Clark as well as participating in the common read program.  He served as a dean from 2003 to 2013.  His current research interests are dealing with the changes in birding culture that deal with changes in technology and environmental issues.

Alexis Nelson

Alexis’s teaching career began in Rouen, France: a small medieval city where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, Gustave Flaubert set his famous novel Madame Bovary, and Alexis tried to help a bunch of French teenagers learn the English language. At Clark, where she was worked since 2010, Alexis teaches all levels of composition as well as various creative writing and literature courses. She also helps run the Columbia Writers Series, which brings nationally-recognized authors to campus, and Subtext, a week-long literary festival that takes places each spring. Alexis holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Portland State University. Her articles and essays have appeared in various publications including The LA Review of Books, The Normal School, and Tin House. Born and raised in San Francisco, she now lives in Portland with her husband, son, and little brown dog.

Dr. Julian Nelson

Julian is a professor of English at Clark College where he was also the German professor and director of the German Studies Program in Berlin, Germany. Julian has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Davis and some of his academic interests include world literature, philosophy, modernist aesthetics, contemporary theory, the Weimar Republic, photography and popular culture. Julian is fluent in German, French, and English, and since earning his Ph.D. in 2000, has taught a wide range of courses in languages, literary traditions, and the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students at different institutions. Significant teaching experience in the Humanities underscores his ethical and theoretical concern to frame learning outcomes with a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and world areas. Julian has organized and directed study abroad tours to Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany for more than two decades. Julian advocates international learning opportunities for his students with the understanding that such experiences are embedded in debates about social justice in an increasingly globalized society and as such are an existential and economic necessity for students. Julian’s primary educational goal has been to help students succeed in acquiring proficiency in language, literature, and culture, but broader aims challenge students to develop empathy for cultural diversity while cultivating the effective communication skills needed to negotiate the trans-national nature of contemporary society. Beyond his teaching and scholarly work, Julian is also a practicing artist and photographer who has worked with traditional film media for over twenty years and has mounted solo and collaborative shows in galleries and cafés. He favors traditional, large format, black and white photography with a particular emphasis on portraiture.  In addition to publications on modernist aesthetics, he has published his photography and writing in journals and contributed to a book on contemporary photography.

Tobias Peterson

Tobias earned Bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree in English Literature from George Mason University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry from Texas State University. He teaches technical and creative writing, as well as a learning community: The Craft of Comics. He’s the former sports editor for the online magazine Popmatters and his poetic work can be found in the Gulf Coast Review, Analecta, and elsewhere.

 Joe Pitkin

A writer of science fiction and fantasy, Joe has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at Clark since 2000. While his first love is teaching first year English composition, he also enjoys teaching classes in Shakespeare, British literature, world literature, science fiction and fantasy, writing in the sciences, and creative writing. His fiction has appeared in such venues as Analog, Black Static, Podcastle, and elsewhere, and his stories have been anthologized in many “Year’s Best” collections. His young adult fantasy novel Stranger Bird was published in 2017.

Dr. Heidi Rich

After a series of crummy jobs, Heidi decided to attend college. She started at Los Angeles City College, the location for the show Community. Then she majored in aviation at Mount Hood Community College and earned her pilot’s license. She earned B.A.s in English and International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College, an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate in English from the University of Washington. She has completed postdoctoral studies in filmmaking and theory at the Northwest Film Center and Portland State University. Recent projects include a documentary on a phenomenal dancer and cancer survivor; a documentary on White Wolf Sanctuary, a haven for abused and endangered animals; a documentary on Heceta Head Lighthouse; and an experimental film on Mount Angel Abbey’s stations of the cross and Yacolt, Washington’s bus shelters. Dr. Rich has sixteen-year-old and fifteen-week-old Aussies named Frankie and Lucy and a seven-year-old Sheltie named Dottie. After a series of crummy jobs, Dottie has decided to attend college.

Dr. Rosalie Roberts

Rosalie began her teaching career as a student and writing tutor at Shasta Community College in 1997, where she enjoyed supporting people in accomplishing their scholarly and creative goals. Since then, she earned her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Oregon in 2015 and her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University in 2006. Rosalie’s contributions to local and college communities center on building inclusive environments that welcome conversations about how people are different. Her current research seeks to understand the connections between periodical culture, literature, race, queerness, and gender in the diverse cultural regions of late nineteenth-century America. She is always eager to talk about history, literature, writing, bicycling, waterfalls, and arts and crafts projects. Ella habla español con gusto.

Gail Robinson

Gail has been teaching English at the college level for nearly twenty-five years and the time has flown by. That must be a sign that she loves what she's doing. Gail finds it deeply rewarding and humbling to witness the journeys of her students and to be part of the process of discovery and success. In addition to teaching, Gail is also a writer, though she struggles to find time for both teaching and her writing life. That's probably why she's still working on writing a memoir 15 years after she started it. She has hope that she'll finish it one of these days! Her other passions are cooking, baking and being outdoors. Whenever Gail spends a weekend at the ocean or the mountain, all is right in her world. Gail earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1984 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She majored in English with minors in Communication and Technical Writing. She then earned her Master's Degree in English in 1992 from Portland State University. Over the years, she has taken several workshops to build her knowledge and skills as a creative writer, with some of her most important teachers being Judith Barrington, Kim Stafford, Jennifer Lauck, and Martha Gies.

Dr. Mitzi Schrag

Although Mitzi Schrag is the daughter of a journalist—who was also a college and university  professor—Mitzi didn’t consider college—much less college teaching as a career--until she’d tried several other professions. After leaving New England and New York, where she grew up, she worked in L.A. on the Pentagon Papers legal defense team, which tested First Amendment rights and which helped put President Richard Nixon’s illegal activities in the spotlight. On moving to the NW, she worked as a job developer for teens and a vocational rehabilitation counselor, helping injured workers return to school and work. Her appreciation for the challenge faced by those with limited reading and writing skills led her to consider teaching English. After the birth of her daughter, she decided to go to college. After earning an A.A. from Clark College, where she benefitted from the wisdom of brilliant faculty, some of whom are still here—she earned a BA in English from Reed College, and an MA and PhD at UW. Since joining the faculty at Clark in 1997, she has focused on American literature, mythology, and English composition classes. Together with her husband of 112 years, she travels to her beloved Maine coast every summer, where she reads, sews, sails, and follows politics.

Kate Scrivener

Kate Thornton Scrivener grew up looking west in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Kansas and jumped off for the Pacific Northwest as a young adult. Kate has worked as an audio engineer, a studio camera operator, a floor director, a cinematographer, a community reporter, an independent publisher, and--after earning an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Portland State University--as an English/Humanities teacher. Her teaching focus is centered upon the imaginative worlds of mythology, the Bible as literature, 18th Century British literature, science fiction, modern world literature, young adult fiction, and popular culture.  After hours, Kate is a 200-level RYT yoga teacher, specializing in the practices of Yogalign and restorative yoga. She is one of the founders of Pureheart Yoga, a small studio located in Southeast Portland.

Dr. Gerard M. Smith

Gerard has been an English professor at Clark College since 1991.  He has a Ph.D. in Creative Option with an emphasis in Rhetoric from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in American Literature from The University of Toledo, and a B.S. in Education in Journalism from Bowling Green State University.   He served as the Vice President for the Washington State Faculty Association for Community and Technical Colleges (2013-2014) and he is currently the FACTC President. He served as the advisor for the Clark College Native American Student Council, as the Director of the Columbia Writers Series, and as a board member for the Mountain Writers Series.   His teaching interests include research writing, composition, poetry writing, American Literature and Science Fiction and Fantasy.

His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and journals including Apex of the M, The Adirondack Review, hummingbird, and the Wind River Review.  He was awarded an Ohio Arts grant for an ekphrastic collaboration with Hispanic artist Adrian Tio entitled Masks of the Gods in 1989, and for The Feathered Serpent, a collaboration with five Hispanic artists in 1990.  The chapbook Hill of a Star—part of the collaboration with artist Adrian Tio—was presented as the Ohio Council for the Arts award in 1991 and the broadside “Melting Glass”—also with Tio—was presented as the Medici Circle Gold Award in 1992. He was a columnist for the online magazine Swans from 2003-2008.

Kimberly Sullivan

Kimberly grew up in rural Mississippi and received her B.A. in English from Belhaven College and her M.A. from Mississippi State University. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Mississippi and Georgia State University. After teaching composition at Mississippi State University and Georgia State University, she eventually moved to Macon, Georgia, and taught at Mercer University. After a trip to the Washington state in 1990,  she decided to move to the northwest where she felt a strong affinity with the area and the people.

Kimberly has been teaching at Clark College since 1991. Her teaching interests are composition, technical writing and world literature. Outside of academia, her passions are animal rescue and land use issues. She works with a local non-profit animal rescue organization and serves on her local planning commission.

Nancy Thompson

Nancy earned an M.F.A. in non-fiction writing from Goddard College after earning an M.A. in Social and Intellectual History from University at Albany, having discovered she loved the writing as much as the researching.  She has published one collection of poetry with Cherry Grove Press, Killing the Buddha, and has been published in national and international newspapers and literary journals. She frequently studies, researches, and writes about religion.


English Department Part-Time Faculty

Chet Benson

Chet has taught English at Clark off and on since 1987; he has also served as Clark's Journalism instructor and media advisor. He has Master's Degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Pomona College. Chet's teaching interests include research writing, editing, dramatic literature and Shakespeare. He is also a member of the Clark Honors Program Committee.

Dr. Mary Coté

Mary has taught English composition and literature at universities and colleges in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington for more than 20 years. A native of Oregon, she completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, specializing in Middle English language and literature, but these days, she enjoys teaching composition and research writing because they form a crucial foundation for students’ success in college, work, and life. She still gets her daily literature dose, though, from abundant reading.

Russell Crooks

Russell Crooks is a college writing instructor, tutor, and editor. He holds an M.A. from Ohio University in English (Rhetoric and Composition) and a B.A. from The Ohio State University in English (Digital Composition). His disciplinary interests include composition and media, rhetorical theory, collaborative learning, research essays, documentary, critical theory, and film theory. As a tutor, he is well versed in helping students with MLA and APA documentation, research papers, basic grant applications, creative writing and digital "multi-modal" compositions.

One of his favorite things about work is learning through the research of students. Russell strives to help others write clear, cogent, and concise.

Karyn-Lynn Fisette

Karyn-Lynn has been teaching writing and literature at several schools in the Pacific Northwest since 2007 and at Clark College since 2011. Her teaching interests are wide-ranging, and include ENGL 097 through ENGL 102, Creative Writing, and World Literature. In addition to teaching, she currently works as a fiction editor and volunteers as a literacy coach in Portland, Oregon. Before earning her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from Portland State University in 2010, she studied Literature at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island., Philosophy and Political Science at Webster University in Vienna, Austria, and completed graduate work in Education at University College Galway, in Galway, Ireland. Originally from Rhode Island, she is a former journalist and worked as a reporter for several newspapers on the East Coast, and as an editorial assistant for NPR in Boston. She is active in a variety of social justice causes, including literacy and prison reform. She is an avid sailor, and—as anyone who knows her will tell you—takes great pride in having been born and raised on the ocean.

Cassia Gammill

Cassia earned an A.A. from Portland Community College, and a B.A. in English from Portland State University. Her M.A. in English (also at PSU) focused on literature and culture using the lens of queer ecologies. During the course of her studies, she was a non-traditional student and worked as a teaching assistant, tutor, and single-parented her daughter. She also helped organize the Graduate Employees Union at PSU. She teaches writing, composition, and interdisciplinary studies at colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. She is  also active in social justice movements.

Michael Guerra

Michael has been teaching at Clark College since 2009. He teaches English composition, literature, and creative writing and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction at Arizona State University. His interest is in the short story, but considers writing in all of its forms as a way of communicating and sharing truths. Just as a fictional story must persuade and entice the reader, an argumentative essay must present clear facts and data in a creative manner. His stories have appeared in numerous publications, and he has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and is the winner of the Sherwood Anderson First Prize for fiction.

Matthew Hodgson

After earning his B.A. in English/Comparative Literary Studies with a minor in Art History & the Visual Arts at Occidental College in East L.A., Matthew quickly returned home to the Pacific Northwest to attend Portland State University for a graduate degree in English (Rhetoric/Composition, British and American literature, and Film studies).   Matthew started teaching as a graduate student, and now has over a decade of experience teaching a wide range of college writing courses, introductory literature courses, queer literature, gender theory, and art/design theory throughout the Pacific Northwest. Currently he teaches classes at Clark College and Chemeketa Community College. He is also an active member of the Modern Language Association (MLA). His most recent research focuses on developing inclusive classrooms that emphasize inquiry skills and community development & support with a special focus on marginalized identities.

When he's not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his two dogs (Margot and Djuna) and his cat (Sasha), hiking, gardening, reading, and cooking vegan cuisine.

Andrew Hillen

Andrew earned his M.A. in History at the University of Utah in 2012 and is now finishing his Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Utah State University. He began teaching composition in 2014 and enjoys integrating classical rhetoric and history into each course. His research focuses on medical rhetorics and critical questions surrounding the rhetorics of pediatric care. In addition, he maintains his connection to his historical training through freelance writing for popular press ancient history publications.

Shannon Kelley

Shannon completed her undergraduate degree in English Education at Trine University in 1998. She worked in marketing and communications for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went back to school in 2012 and completed a Master of Arts degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and a Masters's Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from DePaul University in 2014. She is currently working on a Master's Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Additionally, she has been working with the Chemeketa Press to write a technical communications textbook titled, Practical Models for Technical Communicators. It is currently in beta version 2.0 and has been tested in 200-level technical writing classrooms by early adopters.  

Alexis Khoury

Alexis grew up outside of New York City and earned degrees at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  The bulk of her twenty-five-year teaching career was spent at Reedley College in California, but she also taught at Fresno City College and Greenville Technical College in South Carolina.  She has been mercilessly mocked by students for introducing every single reading assignment as her favorite piece of writing.

Dawn Marie Knopf

Dawn teaches composition, literature, and poetry at Clark College and Portland State University. She received her Bachelor's degree at University of California Davis and her Master's degree at Columbia University in New York, where she was the editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, Pacific Standard, Bomb, the New Inquiry, and Fence, among others.

Raul Moreno

Raul has been teaching writing, literature, journalism, and communication for more than a decade. He began teaching composition at Clark College in 2016, and holds master’s degrees from Washington State and Colorado State universities. More recently, he has enjoyed collaborating with department colleagues on projects ranging from learning outcomes development and English readiness assessment to Open Educational Resources and hybrid course design. Raul's doctoral work focuses on contemporary American short prose, and has been recognized by the Western Literature Association. His essays and stories have been published by Quarterly West, The Normal School, Otis Nebula, and other journals. In 2019, Raul served as guest editor for The Liminal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology in Education and was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Chapter. A former NPR producer and Peace Corps volunteer, Raul enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his partner and their daughter in a red canoe of ridiculous dimensions.

Lynne Nolan 

Lynne was born in Seattle, and, after spending time in Arizona, Oklahoma, California, and Texas, moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 1994 and immediately felt at home among the trees.  She lives in Portland with her husband, Mike.  They have two beautiful daughters and an incredible grandson.  Lynne received her B.A. in English Literature from Lewis and Clark College and her M.A. in English from Portland State University where she specialized in Renaissance literature and literary theory.  She joined Clark's English Department in 2003 and teaches all levels of composition (and sometimes literature) both online and in the classroom.  Her classes emphasize sense of purpose, and she encourages students to continually ask “why” on many levels.  She is always eager to talk about Shakespeare, the best television show ever--Lost, the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Huskies, and will take on all challengers in basketball.

Joshua Patrick

Inspired to become an English teacher by his first composition instructor's emphasis on critical thinking and advanced literacy, Joshua tries to spread the same. Since 2008, Joshua has taught reading, writing, and literature classes at Clark College, specializing in pre-college reading and writing. He has a Master's degree in English from Portland State University where he studied Critical and Composition Theory. He enjoys games, animals that do not bite, and music.

Lindsey Schuhmacher

Lindsey has been with the Clark English Department since 2013 and has taught most levels of composition (097-102), as well as science fiction/fantasy and American literature. She also works as an Instructional Designer with the Clark eLearning team. She loves it here!

Lindsey also teaches in the University Studies program at Portland State University, where she created the Capstone “Embracing Size Diversity,” a community-based learning course that explores weight stigma and body image through social justice and healthcare perspectives. She is also working on a Capstone focused on the need for diversity in children’s and young adult literature, as well as closing the gap in literacy levels among marginalized youth.

Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in English, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus on writing for young people. She has been teaching in person, online, and hybrid courses for a decade and is committed to applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to create accessible, engaging online learning environments. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband and young children, garden, camp, and read (of course!).

Dr. Arwen Spicer

Arwen belongs to California’s wine country and gets back there when she can. She has a B.S. in biology from Humboldt State University (1997), M.A. in English from Sonoma State University (2000) and Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon (2005), where she focused on the nineteenth-century British novel and evolution and ecology in utopian science fiction. Her recent scholarly work includes the relevance of Ursula Le Guin’s and Jeff VanderMeer’s science fiction in the age of climate crisis. She has published two science fiction novels, Perdita and The Hour before Morning. Her favorite thing about teaching composition classes is bringing together a group of diverse voices to have meaningful, respectful discussion about topics that matter.

Frank Spinelli

Frank recently relocated to Portland from Oakland, CA, and he is excited to be a part of the Clark College community. He received his B.A. in Integrative Studies (with an emphasis on the American Studies Writing Program) from Arizona State University. After a long detour as an actor in New York and Los Angeles, Frank found his way back to academia. He received his M.A. in Creative Writing and his Composition Teaching Certificate from San Francisco State University. He has previously taught at Berkeley City College and California College of the Arts. He has published both fiction and non-fiction.

Linda Stewart

A Portland native, Linda began teaching composition courses at Clark in 2016.  She studied English at Seattle Pacific University (B.A.) and the University of Washington (M.A.). She also teaches composition at Portland Community College.

Cydney Topping

Cydney is a Portland native and began teaching at Clark in 2015. She studied English/Literature at Eastern Oregon University and earned an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago, where she also taught for the City Colleges of Chicago. Her teaching experience spans all levels of composition courses, American literature, and creative writing.

Jim Wilkins-Luton

Jim first became a faculty member at Clark College in 2000. Jim taught English in Kanazawa and Sendai, Japan for seven years before coming to Clark. He holds a BA in English from Whitworth University and a MA in English from Gonzaga University. His hobbies and interests include grilling, biking, martial arts, and spending time with his family, which includes four dogs, three cats, and a lop-eared bunny named Butterscotch. Jim has what his daughter describes as an “unnatural talent” for board games and is willing to defend this distinction at Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders, Dominion, Ticket to Ride or a game of your choosing at any time. Clark College highlights include receiving the Clark College Exceptional Faculty Award and serving as the Dean of Transitional Studies, English, Communications, and Humanities