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October 17, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921


Twelve new faculty members begin a three-year tenure process this fall

VANCOUVER, Wash. – This fall, Clark College has welcomed over 1,700 new students at its main campus and its Town Plaza and WSU Vancouver locations. The college also welcomed a new class of tenure-track/permanent faculty members.

This year, 12 faculty members are beginning the three-year process designed to mentor and assist them in learning the practices, policies and culture of Clark College, as well as attain excellence in teaching. Each will be supported through tenure review by a committee comprised of their instructional dean or director, three tenured faculty members, and one full-time student.

“The tenure process provides a systematic format for developing one’s teaching style and affirming our faculty members’ commitment to both their discipline and working in higher education,” said Vice President of Instruction Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd. “In addition to benefiting faculty, the process is valuable to our students and supports the College’s vision and mission.”

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “This is a terrific group of educational professionals.  I’m confident that these new faculty members will make outstanding contributions to our college and our community as a whole.”

This year’s tenure-track faculty members are:

Michael Ceriello, Political Science
Michael Ceriello has a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA in political science from Western Washington University. He has previous work experience with Central Lakes College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, Shoreline Community College and the U.S. Forest Service. He also did his student teaching with Clark College in 1993.

Rebecca Ellis, Nursing
Rebecca Ellis has a BSN in nursing from the University of Alabama and an MN in nursing education from Washington State University. She has previous work experience with the U.S. Army, Brackenridge Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Austin, North Austin Medical Center and Clark College.

John Fite, Economics
John Fite has a BS in international affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MA in economics from Georgetown University. He has previous work experience with the U.S. Air Force, United Airlines, Air Command and Staff College and Clark College.

Richard Inouye, Music
Richard Inouye has a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s of music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previous work experience with The Colorado College, University of Colorado at Boulder and the United State Air Force Academy Band.

Catherine Johnston, English as a Second Language
Catherine Johnston has a BA in English from DePaul University and an MA in TESOL from the University of San Francisco. She has previous work experience with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Malcolm X College, Oakton Community College and Roosevelt College.

Jody McQuillan, Adult Basic Education
Jody McQuillan has an AS from Madonna University, a BS in sociology from Central Michigan University, and an MSW from Portland State University. Her previous work experience includes teaching both ABE and Developmental Education Math at Clark College.

Chris Milner, Math
Chris Milner has a BS in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and an MS in mathematics from Oregon State University. He has previous work experience with Portland Community College, Vintage Books and Clark College, where Milner received the Faculty Excellence Award in 2005-2006.

Cynthia Myers, Nursing
Cynthia Myers has an AS in nursing from Clark College, a BSN in nursing from Washington State University and will complete her MSN with Washington State University in December 2007. She has previous work experience with Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver Clinic, Olsten Kimberly Quality Care, Providence Medical Center and Clark College.

Senseney Stokes, Art/Photography
Senseney Stokes has a BFA in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She has previous work experience with Ashbrook Independent School, Bennington & Williams Colleges, University of New Mexico, Rhode Island School of Design and Clark College.

Nancy Thompson, English
Nancy Thompson has a BA in history from Portland State University, an MA in history from the University of Albany, and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has previous work experience with Marylhurst University, Vermont State Colleges, Southern Vermont College, Hudson Valley Community College and Clark College.

Sally Tomlinson, Art History
Sally Tomlinson has a BA in art history from UC Berkeley, an MA in art history from the University of Victoria, and a PhD in art history at the University of North Carolina. She has previous work experience with California State University, University of North Carolina, Butte Community College, California State College and Sonoma Business Magazine.

Lisa Watts, Health Occupations
Lisa Watts has a BA in zoology from State University of New York Oswego and a doctor of osteopathic medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She has previous work experience with Doctor’s Family Clinic and Immediate Care, Oak Grove Family Medical Clinic and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital.


EDITORS’ NOTE:   All of the newly-tenured faculty members reside in Vancouver, except for Catherine Johnston, Nancy Thompson and Lisa Watts, who reside in Portland.

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