English Faculty Specialties
English Department Full-Time Faculty
Kendra has been at Clark College since 2009 and came by way of the University of Arizona
(B.A.) and Northern Arizona University, where she received her M.A. in English and
taught for a while after graduating. She also holds her M.Ed. from Portland State
University. Kendra’s teaching experience spans pre-college to college-level research
and composition and also includes a number of American and world literature courses.
Her most passionate literary interests are multicultural and women’s literature, and
she’s had the privilege of teaching Women’s Studies here at Clark as well. As an instructor,
Kendra is excited by new challenges, such as teaching in online and hybrid formats,
and in learning communities, like the integrated English 102 and Women’s Studies 101
course that she developed and co-teaches with a member of the Women’s Studies department.
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 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 19th century 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 publication work are in assignment design,
transfer theory, and thinking about learning with a holistic view of the student.
She has been published in TETYC and has presented for the First-Year Experience (FYE) conference, for TYCA, and for
the state’s ATL conference on numerous occasions. She also serves as an AHE senator
and 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.
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 ZYZZYVA, RiverSedge, 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
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
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 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’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 American Literature and Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing, a course
she created. 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 and
her little brown dog.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
Sandy has been teaching at Clark College since 1988. Before that, she taught at Portland
Community College, City College of San Francisco, Foothill Community College, and
St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Her students have blessed her with a long
and happy career. She teaches all levels of composition as well as American Literature.
In literature, she especially enjoys creative non-fiction, from the descriptions written
by explorers to the exposes of muckrakers or “new journalists” to the scientific and
environmental writing of our time. Her second love is journalism—delivering information
in accurate, beautiful, compelling ways. She has taken time away from teaching to
produce TV news at the ABC affiliate in Kansas City and to chair the English Division
at Clark for seven years. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Kansas
and graduate courses in journalism at the University of Missouri. She lives in Portland
with her husband Steve. They have two beautiful children and two spectacular grandbabies.
English Department Part-Time Faculty
Dr. Donald L. Anderson
Don returned to Clark College after teaching for three years as a tenure-track professor
at SUNY Westchester Community College outside New York City. He is a former student
of Clark College and WSU Vancouver. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington
in 2011. Don teaches American literature and composition courses at Clark. His research
focuses on horror cinema, nation-state criticism, and critical race studies. His writing
has been published in Gothic Studies, Rhizomes, Horror Studies, Public Seminar at the New School in NYC, and Situations.
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.
Ryan was born and raised in North Portland, Oregon, and earned a B.S. in English
from Western Oregon State College and an M.A. in English from Mississippi State University. He
has taught all things English in schools in Washington, Oregon, Mississippi, and Maine,
as well as English Conversation and high school English in Sapporo and Tsukuba City,
Japan. His professional interests include American and Japanese literature, art, film,
and culture; creative nonfiction; and nature writing. He lives in Vancouver with his
wife, son, and dog, but can’t convince any of them to love Old School Hip Hop and
Classic Country & Western music the way he does.
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.
Dr. Karen Fitts
Karen earned the Ph.D. in English at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, TX,
with specializations in rhetoric and composition, writers of the Deep South, and feminist
theology. Her scholarship has appeared in Left Margins: Cultural Studies and Composition Pedagogy, co-edited with Alan W. France (SUNY UP, 1995); articles in College English, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, The Journal of General
Education, WPA: Writing Program Administration, andThe Journal of Teaching Writing; and chapters of books published by Heineman, Michigan State UP, Bergin and Garvey,
and NCTE. She has presented at numerous disciplinary conferences and served as a reader
for Wadsworth Publishers and SUNY Press and as a referee for Pedagogy, JAC, and College English. At Loyola University of Maryland (1992-1998) and West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(1999-2015), she taught courses in rhetoric and writing, gender studies, literature
and critical theory, and rhetorics of science. At West Chester University, she co-directed the
first-year writing program, edited the book review section of College Literature, served as graduate program coordinator and assistant chair, and directed the university
writing center. Prior to university-level work, she taught language arts and English
in grades 6-12 in the public schools of Sabine and Vernon parishes of Louisiana. Since
retiring from West Chester University in 2015 and re-locating to the Pacific Northwest,
she has enjoyed her work as a member of the adjunct faculty at Clark College, where
she teaches composition and literature.
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
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
Shannon holds a B.Sc. in English Education from Trine University in the Midwest.
After graduation, Shannon hightailed it to the west coast and spent the next 15 years
in the San Francisco Bay Area working in technical communications and marketing. Shannon
returned to school in 2012 and completed her M.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse,
and a master’s certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages),
from Chicago’s DePaul University in 2014. Additionally, she is working towards a master’s
certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. After realizing Chicago is too cold, she
returned to the west coast, Portland, and began teaching at Chemeketa Community College
in 2014. Shannon started teaching on and off at Clark College in 2015. She continues
to teach at both schools.
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.
Alison has worked in the field of higher education since 2008 and brings passion,
commitment to learning, and appreciation for every student she meets to her work at
Clark. With a background in teaching and academic coaching, she uses a strengths-based
approach in the classroom to help students discover their own unique writing voices
and learning edges. Alison holds a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in English with
emphases in Rhetoric and Medieval Literature. Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia,
she’s called Oregon home since 2000. Outside of work Alison enjoys vegetarian cooking,
volunteering, and creative pursuits.
Raul has been teaching writing, literature, journalism, and communication for close
to a decade. He began teaching composition at Clark College in 2016, and holds master’s
degrees from Washington State and Colorado State universities. His 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, and other journals. A former NPR producer and Peace Corps volunteer, Raul enjoys
exploring the Pacific Northwest in a sea kayak of ridiculous dimensions.
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.
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.
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
Lindsey has been teaching at Clark since 2013. She has taught most levels of composition
(097-102), as well as science fiction/fantasy and American literature. She loves it
Lindsey also teaches in the University Studies program at Portland State University,
where she created the senior level Capstone “Embracing Size Diversity,” a service
learning course that explores size diversity 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.
Among Lindsey’s academic interests are writing, children’s and YA literature, science
fiction, fat studies, philosophy, and rhetoric. She 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. Lindsey has been teaching
in person, online, and hybrid courses for a decade and is deeply interested in applying
universal design for learning 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 was born and raised in California’s wine country and loves to get 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 science fiction. She has published two social 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.
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.
Sean was born and raised and California but arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 2010
and hasn't looked back since. He received his B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa
Barbara and his M.A. in English from CSU East Bay. His academic interests include
rhetoric/composition, American literature, and creative writing, and he loves teaching
for the continuous opportunities it provides for working with the incredible students
at Clark. Outside of teaching, he is an avid reader, writer, climber, and cinephile.
He lives in Portland with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Elena Bea.
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.