FULL-TIME FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION
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Director, Student Life Fort Steilacoom Campus; B.S., Central Washington University
Associate Professor, Art; B.A., M.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.F.A. Ohio State University
ARNOLD, DENISE L.
Professor/Coordinator, Social Service/Mental Health; B.A., University of Washington; MHR, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Gonzaga University
Manager for Employee Learning and Development; B.A., St. Norbert College; M.S., Miami University
BAKER, DIANA R.
Manager, Workforce Education & Development Job Connections; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University
BARIA, JO ANN W.
Vice President for Workforce, Economic and Professional Development; B.S., M.S., University of North Texas
BASSETT, KATHY B.
Professor, Dental Hygiene; B.S.D.H., Eastern Washington University; M.Ed., Lesley College; R.D.H.
Associate Professor, Mathematics; B.A., M.A. Mathematics, California State University Sacramento
BENEDETTI, BRIAN B.
Director, Marketing and Communications; B.A., Central Washington University; M.Ed., Lesley University
BENSON, KELLY K.
Dean, Student/Enrollment Services, Pierce College at JBLM; BS, Central Washington University; MPA, Washington State University Vancouver
BETANCOURT LOPEZ, ILDER
Vice President of Learning & Student Success Fort Steilacoom Campus; Ed.D., University of Southern California- Los Angeles; M.A.,B.A., Stanford University
BLOOMER, CIARAN P.
Professor/Coordinator, Computer Network Engineering (PY); B.S., M.S., London University; M.S., University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education; Ph.D, M.S., UC-Davis; B.A. University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; J.D., Suffolk University Law School; B.A., Boston University
Assistant Professor, Music; D.M.A, University of Kentucky; M.M., B.M. University of the Pacific
BRAZELL, GREGORY C.
Director of Employee Engagement, Learning and Development; B.A., Central Washington University; M.A., Lesley University
BREWER, IRENE C.
Professor/Coordinator, Reading/College Success; B.A., Eastern Washington University; B.A., Western Washington University; M.Ed., Lesley University
I-BEST Academic Support Instructor, M.Ed., Western Washington University
BRUNNEMER, KRISTIN C.
Professor, English; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Associate Professor, ESL; M.Ed., Staatliche Realschule Erlangen 2
BUSH, THOMAS A.
Professor, Earth Sciences; B.S., University of Washington; M.S., Washington State University
CABLE, SUSAN A.
Director, Workforce Education & Development; A.A., Allan Hancock College; B.A., Chapman College
Associate Professor, Systems and Instruction Librarian; B.S., M.S, University of Texas-Austin
Interim President, Puyallup Campus; B.A. Political Science, University of Delaware; M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Washington; Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Temple University
Professor, Human Biology/Health Science; B.A., Seattle University; B.S., N.D. Bastyr University
Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences; M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Illinois
Assistant Professor, English/Humanities; B.A. English Lit, University of Melbourne; M. A. English, University of Washington
CONTRIS, MARKIVA V.
Professor, Veterinary Technology; Associate in Veterinary Technology, Pierce College; B.A., Western Washington University
District Title IX Coordinator; A.A., Pierce College; B.A., University of Washington Tacoma; M.Ed., Western Washington University
CRERAR, LINDA G.
Director, Homeland Security/CE; B.A., Evergreen State College; M.ABS, Whitworth College
DAUGHERTY, HENRY P.
Professor, Communication/Theatre/Film; B.A., University of Tulsa; M.A., Louisiana Tech University
Bethel School District Project Manager; Master’s in MA, Ed. Adult Education & Training, Seattle University; Bachelor’s in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Director, Student Life Puyallup Campus; M.A., B.A., University of Michigan
DEMING, ELS E. E.
Director, Enrollment Services; B.A., University of Washington Tacoma
Director, Nursing; B.S.N., Pacific Lutheran University; B.S., University of Washington; M.S.N., Washington State University
Assistant Professor, Fire Services Leadership & Management; D.P.A., West Chester University; M.S., Disaster Preparedness and Fire Executive Leadership, Grand Canyon University; B.S., Liberal Arts, Excelsior College
DRAPER DAVIS, JULIE
District Conduct Officer; B.A., University of Portland; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Colorado State University
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education- Residency Focus (FS): Ed.D, M.I.T., B.A., University of Washington
Associate Professor, English; B.A. English, Appalachian State University; M.A. English (Rhetoric/Composition), Western Carolina University
Assistant Professor, English; B.A. English, California State University - Channel Islands; M.A. English, Southern New Hampshire University
Assistant Professor, Nursing; A.P.N. Tacoma Community College; B.S. Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University
Assistant Professor, Nursing; A.D.N Tacoma Community College; B.S. Health Science, California State University
INVISTA Project Manager, A.A., Tacoma Community College
FLYNN, CHRISTIE J.
Dean, Libraries and Learning Resources; B.A., Southwestern University; MLIS, University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Physics; M.S., University of Tulsa; B.S., University of Oklahoma
FORSYTHE, DEENA D.
Director, Employee Relations/Compliance; B.S.H.R., Western Washington University; M.B.A., Brandman University
FOSTER-GRAHLER, ROBERTA D.
Professor/Coordinator, Criminal Justice; A.A., Big Bend Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A., The Evergreen State College
Associate Professor, Math; M.A., University of Montana; M.A. American University; B.A. Whitman College
FREY, VALERIE J.
Manager, Running Start; B.S., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; M.A., The University of Oklahoma
Basic Skills Professor; B.S., Montana State University; M.P.A., Lewis & Clark College
Director of IT Integration; B.A., Seattle University
Professor/Coordinator, Business Management and Marketing; A.A., Highline College; B.A., The Evergreen State College; Graduate Certification (Human Resources), M.A., Chapman University; Ph.D., Capella University
GERON, JO ANNE
Professor, Psychology; B.A., Tel Aviv University; M.A., Antioch University; Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute
Assistant Professor, Mathematics; M.S., University of Tulsa; B.S., University of Oklahoma
Chief Information Officer; M.B.A., Brandman University; B.A. Western Washington University
GOON, RACHEL E.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; B.A., M.L.I.S., University of Washington
GORSKI, HOLLY M.V.
Vice President, Human Resources; B.A., Westminster College of Salt Lake City
GRACE, ANTHONY J.
Distance Learning Retention Specialist/Campus Manager; B.S., University of Phoenix
GRANATA, ANTHONY T.
Professor, Mathematics; A.A.S., Pierce College; B.S., M.S., Western Washington University
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology; M.S., California State University; B.S., Central Washington University
GREEN, TERRENCE D.
Associate Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services; A.A.S., Pierce College; BSPEd., Washington State University; M.Ed., City University
GRIFFIN, LORI A.
Instructional Dean, Transitional Education; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Chapman University
Assistant Professor, Biology; M.A., University of Colorado; B.A., Stanford University
Data Solutions Development/Analyst, A.A.S., Tacoma Community College
HANDLER, NICHOLAS (MAX)
Associate Professor, Environmental Science/Geography; B.A. Spanish, Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D. Geography, University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor, Biology; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; B.S. Western Washington University
HARTLEY, DENISE J.
Professor, English & Humanities; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.F.A., Mills College
HASSAN, ABDULLAH (WAIS)
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Ph.D., University of California, Politics; M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.A., University of California- Berkeley
Associate Professor of Reference & Instruction Library; M.L.I.S., University of Washington; B.A., Whitman College
HENSON-WILLIAMS, PAULA M.
CTC Link Project Manager
HESS, MEGAN C.
Associate Professor, Chemistry; A.A., Pierce College; B.S., M.A.T., The Evergreen State College; M.Chem., Illinois Institute of Technology
Opportunity Grant Program Manager/Washington Achiever Mentor Coordinator; A.A.S., Fort Steilacoom Community College; B.A., St. Martin’s College
HOSPENTHAL, MONICA L.
Professor/Program Director, Dental Hygiene; B.S., University of Washington; M.Ed., University of Puget Sound; R.D.H. Washington
HOWELL-WILLIAMS, VICKI J.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor; B.A., Le Moyne-Owen College; M.A., Trevecca Nazerene College
Associate Professor Computer Information Systems; B.S., Ohio State University; M.B.A., New York University
Professor, English; B.A. English, Tufts University; M.S., California State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California San Diego
HURTADO, SALVADOR G.
Professor/Program Director, Veterinary Technology; B.S., D.V.M., Washington State University
Faculty Counselor; B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., Lewis & Clark College;
JACOBS, TAMI L.
Dean, Student Success, District ADA/Section 504 Coordinator; B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.Ed., Concordia University
Assistant Professor of Mathematics (PY): Ph.D., M.A., University of California- Santa Cruz, Mathematics; B.A., Humboldt State University
JAFFE, STEWART N.
Professor, Mathematics; B.A., University of Maryland; B.S.N.E., University of Florida
JAMES, SYLVIA D.
Vice President, Administrative Services; B.A., Brandman University
Associate Professor, English/ESL; B.A., B.S., University of Illinois; M.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Washington State University
Assistant Professor, Biology; A.A.S Wenatchee Valley College; B.S. Zoology, Washington State University; M.S. Biology, Western Washington University
JOHNSON, MICHELE L.
Chancellor and CEO, Pierce College District; B.S., M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Oregon
JOHNSON, ROBERT D.
Professor, Biological Sciences; B.S., Saginaw Valley State University; M.S., Wayne State University
JONES, JAMIE M.
Director of Educational Outcomes & Effectiveness; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University; M.A., Sam Houston State University; Honors B.A. degrees, University of Texas at Arlington
JONES, STEPHEN L.
Professor, Economics/Business; B.A., Salisbury State University; M.A., Temple University - Tokyo, Japan campus
KASLIK, PETER J.
Professor, Mathematics; B.S., James Madison University; M.S., Oregon State University
KEITH, KATHRYN E.
Professor, Anthropology; B.A., Boise State University; M.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Maker Space/Steam Specialist
KHALSA-MÄULEN, LEON G.
Professor, Sociology; M.A. Psychology, M.A. Public Policy Analysis, M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago
KIM, KRISTINE M.
Instructional Dean at Pierce College JBLM; B.A., Pacific Oaks College; M.S., Drexel University; Ed.D., Northeastern University
Assistant Professor of English (PY): M.F.A, Creative Writing, Seattle Pacific University; B.A., Fine Arts & Creative Writing, Belhaven University
Assistant Professor, EMT/EMS; B.A.S., Homeland Security Emergency Management, Western Governors University
KOETJE, MICHAEL L.
Director, District Child Development Centers; B.S., State University of New York, College at Oswego
Associate Professor of Biology; B.S., M.D., University of Santo Tomas
Professor/Coordinator, Philosophy; B.A., Utah State University; M.A., Norwich University
Professor, Mathematics; B.S., M.S., Michigan State University
Associate Professor, Spanish; M.A., Loyola University Chicago; Ph.D., University of California Davis
LEAVELL, LAWRENCE (BRENT)
International Marketing Manager; B.A., Oregon State University; M.S., Montana State University
Associate Professor of Spanish; M.A., San Francisco State University; B.A. California State East Bay
Professor, Psychology; B.A., University of Rochester; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo
LETT, JAMES D.
Director of Student Success & Outreach, Pierce College at JBLM; BA, Thomas Edison State University; BA, Ashford University; MBA, Trident University International; EdD, Arizona State University
LINK, THOMAS G.
Professor, Psychology; B.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Washington
LIPPMAN, DAVID R.
Professor, Mathematics; A.A.S., Whatcom Community College; B.S., M.S., Western Washington University
Assistant Professor, English; Ph.D., M.F.A., B.S., University of CA- Irvine
Associate Professor of English; B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., New York University; M.A., California State University-San Bernardino
Associate Professor, Accounting; A.A.S., Pierce College; B.S., Accounting, University of the State of New York-Regents College; M.B.A. Finance, City University of Seattle
LUCAS, PETER JOHN
Professor, Political Science; B.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., Indiana University
Associate Professor of Engineering; B.S., Brown University; Ph.D., University of California-Davis
MANNERING, SCOTT A.
Director, WSH, Special Funded; B.A., North Park University; M.Ed., Lesley University
Associate Professor, Business Information Technology; B.A., Interdisciplinary Child Development, Western Washington University
MAY, RONALD H.
Instructional Dean, Health & Technology; B.S., M.S., University of Idaho
Associate Professor, Biology; B.S., M.Ed., Arizona State University; M.S., University of Nebraska
MCCOLLOW, THOMAS J.
Professor, Mathematics; B.A.Ed., M.A., Arizona State University
MCGINNIS, RACHELLE L.
CE Program Developer/Manager; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Chapman University
MCPHEE, SUSAN J.
Manager, Access and Disability Services; A.A., Peninsula College; B.A., Western Washington University; M.A., Seattle University
METZGER, FREDERICK G.
Professor/Coordinator, Communication/Theatre/Film; B.A., Marymount College; M.A., University of Northern Colorado
MEULBLOK, MARY C.
Manager, International Student Services; B.A., Western Washington University
Manager, Teaching & Learning Technology, B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Northeastern University
Professor/Coordinator, Health Education/Wellness/Physical Education; B.S., Barry University; M.S., University of Kentucky
Professor, Math; D.Ed., Montana State University; M.A., Saint Louis University; B.S., Purdue University
Associate Professor of English; M.A.R. Yale University; M.F.A., B.A., University of California-Irvine
HR Generalist; B.S., Central Washington University, M.B.A., Fitchburg State University
Assistant Professor of Communications (PY): Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University
ctcLink Business Systems Analyst, B.A., John Hopkins University
NUCCIARONE, MONICA A.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor; B.S., M.S., California State University Fullerton
NULAND, ELIZABETH (BESS) E.
TRIO Retention Manager; B.S. in Psychology, Washington University - St Louis; Master’s International Education Teachers College, Columbia University
OLSEN-TIGLAO, KATHERINE A.
Professor, Chemistry; B.A., Willamette University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington
Assistant Professor of English (PY): M.A., B.A., English, Washington State University
OWEN, KENNETH L.
Professor, Music; B.M., University of Utah; M.M., Brigham Young University; D.M.A., Arizona State University
Assistant Professor of Digital Design (FS): M.F.A., Columbia College; B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Communication; B.F.A., University of Illinois, Painting
Executive Director, International Education; Ed.D., Seattle University; M.B.A, City University
Interim Vice President of Learning Student Success, Puyallup Campus; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; B.A., M.A., University of Missouri
Instructional Dean, Natural Sciences; Ph.D, Higher Education, George Mason University; M.S., Chemistry, University of North Carolina; B.S., Chemistry, Wake Forest University
Assistant Professor of Sociology (FS): Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University; B.S., Sociology, Ball State University
PHELPS, THOMAS D.
Professor, Mathematics/Economics; A.A., Green River Community College; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
POPPEN-EAGAN, NIKKI M.
Professor/Coordinator, Communication Studies; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., University of Oregon
Associate Professor, Communications and Theater; B.A. Speech Communication, Ithaca College; M.A. Media and Communication Studies, Florida State University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Assistant Professor, Fire Services Leadership and Management; M.A., Emergency & Disaster Management and Certificate in Homeland Security- American Military University; B.A., Political Science, University of Washington; Certificate- National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Associate Professor, Biology; A.A., Cuesta College; B.S., M.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
Web Content Manager; Certificate in Professional Technical Writing, University of Washington; Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Director of Facilities & Construction Management; Bachelor’s in Public Administration, Thomas Edison State College; Association of Professional Plant Administrators (APPA), Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP); Lake Washington Voc. Tech. Welding
Professor, Mathematics; B.A.E., Pacific Lutheran Univ.; M.S., Western Washington University
REED, DAWN E.
Director, TRiO Student Support Services Program; B.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks; M.B.A., University of Phoenix
ROBERTON, CAROLYN D.
Professor, Dental Hygiene (FS); A.S.D.A., B.S.D.H., Loma Linda University; R.D.H
Associate Registrar; A.A., Tacoma Community College; B.A., University of Washington; M.S., Western Governors University
ROHOLT, J. DAVID
Professor/Coordinator, Art; B.F.A., Utah State University; M.F.A., Colorado State University
ROONEY, LEIGH ANN
Associate Professor of Digital Design; M.F.A., New York Academy of Art; B.A., University of Vermont
SABETI, ROYA R.
Professor, Mathematics; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Associate Professor, Business Information Technology; Adult Education Certificate, Renton Technical College; B.S., Seattle University
Professor/Coordinator, ESL; B.A., MA., Seattle Pacific University
Assistant Professor, English; B.A. Business Administration, California State University; M.A. English Literature, Chapman University; Ph.D. Comparitive Literature, University of Maryland
Assistant Professor, Nursing; M.B.A., M.S.N., B.N., Western Governors University
SCANNELL, VICKI L.
Professor, English; B.A., M.A., University of Washington
Assistant Professor, High School Social Studies; Ph.D., M.A., Mississippi State University; B.A., B.A., University of North Carolina
Associate Professor; M.A., Ashford University; B.A., Grand Canyon University
SHUSTER, LAURIE M.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; B.S., St. Joseph’s University; M.S., Drexel University
SIEVING, ALLISON L.
Instructional Dean, Business & Social Sciences; B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.S., Ph.D., Wayne State University
Instructional Dean, Arts & Humanities; B.A., Southeast Missouri State; M.A., Illinois State University; Ph.D., University of Florida
Assistant Professor of Business; M.A., University of San Diego, Leadership Studies; M.B.A., Xavier University, Business Management; B.B.A., Eastern Kentucky University; B.B.A., University of Kentucky
Associate Professor of Chemistry; B.S., M.S., University of Utah; B.A., St. John’s Seminary
Associate Professor, English; Ph.D. University of North Texas; M.A., West Texas A&M University; B.A., Schreiner College
SOREM, BLAKE D.
Professor/Coordinator, Economics; B.A., University of California Berkeley; M.A., University of Maryland College Park
Associate Professor, Sociology; B.A., University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Professor, Astronomy/Physics; B.S., University of Washington; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
STEVENS, M. ELIZABETH
Professor, English; B.A., M.A., Central Washington University
STEVENSON, DUNCAN K.
Director, Athletics; B.A., Western Washington University
STEWARD, AGNES BARRON
Dean, Student Success; B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.Ed., University of Washington Tacoma
International Outreach Specialist, Master’s in Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bachelor’s in History, University of Dayton
SUH, DANIEL H.
Associate Professor, Sociology; B.A., University of California Riverside; M.A., California State University; Ph.D., University of California Riverside
SWART, KATHLEEN A.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; B.A., M.A., University of Connecticut; MLIS, University of Washington
SEVIS Manager; B.A., University of Montana; M.A., Washington University
Assistant Professor, History; Ph.D., Temple University; M.A., Miami University; B.A., Lee University
Director of Education Programs, Early Childhood Education; B.A., Western Washington University; M.S., Erikson Institute
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., Gonzaga University; M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America
Associate Professor, Physics; B.A., M.SA., Ph.D., University of California-Irvine; B.S., California State University-LA; B.A., Northwestern University; M.S., Pace University; M.B.A., Babson College
Manager, Workforce Education & Development; B.A., Western Washington University, M.S., Grand Canyon University
Director of Budget and Finance; B.A. Southeastern Louisiana University
Administrative & Human Resources Specialist; Bachelor’s in BS in Crimology and Criminal Justice with Certificate in Advance Crime Analysis; Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Portland State University
VONDERSCHEER, ANDREA M.
Director of Enrollment Services; MSML, Western Governors University; B.S., Pacific Lutheran University
Associate Professor of English; M.A., University of Toronto; B.A., M.A, Ohio University
WARAKSA, CHRISTOPHER J.
Manager, Intensive English Program; J.D., University of Washington; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Vice President for Strategic Advancement; Bachelor’s in Public Relations-Communications/Economics; Master’s in College of Education/Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies, Central Washington University
WARMINGTON, CURTIS W.
Professor/Coordinator, English (FS); B.S., Southern Oregon State; M.A., University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Nursing; A.S.N. Bakersfield College; B.S.N. Western Governor’s University; M.S.N. Maryville University
Associate Professor, Chemistry; B.S. Chemistry, Flinders University of South Australia; M.S. Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Flinders University of South Australia; Ph.D. Chemistry, The University of Adelaide
Associate Professor of Accounting; Masters in Accounting, B.A., University of Washington
Dean, Enrollment and Financial Aid Services; Registrar; M.A.; Chapman University; B.M., University of South Alabama
President for Fort Steilacoom Campus; Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester; Master’s Counseling, Xavier University; B.A., Miami University
Associate Professor, Intensive English - International Education, B.A., M.A., Eastern Washington University
TRIO Retention Manager, Doctorate in Organizational Leadership & Development, Grand Canyon University; Master’s in Coaching & Athletic Administration, Concordia University Irvine; Bachelor’s in Youth ministry/Psychology, Simpson University
Assistant Professor of Education, Residency Focus (FS): M.A., Teaching, B.A., Psychology, University of Puget Sound
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley; B.A., Tufts University
WISEMAN, LAWRENCE F.
Professor/Coordinator, Mathematics; B.A., B.S., University of Washington; M.A., University of California San Diego
WOOD, THEODORE J.
Professor, Chemistry; B.S., University of Maryland; M.S., University of Colorado
Faculty Counselor; M.S., University of Wyoming; B.S., Northwestern State University
Assistant Professor, College Success; M.A., University of Missouri; M.L.I.S., University of Illinois Urbana; B.A., University of Missouri- Kansas City
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BALL, MARION S.
Director of Military Programs
BLUM, DALE E.
Professor, Biological and Health Science
BOYDEN, WALTER L.
BOYER, BARRY L.
Economics, General Business
Early Childhood Education
BROWN, MARY KAY
Early Childhood Education
BUCKNER, HAL R.
BURKHOLDER, BRET G.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor
CAMNER, SHARON M.
Director, International Education
CHEEK, BARBARA N.
Director, Puyallup ALC; ABE/GED
COBB, F. HEATH
History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science; Honors Program Coordinator
COLLERAN, KAREN L.
Chair, Social Science Division; Early Childhood Education
COOK, NORMA M.
Director, Alternative Learning Center (PY)
COOPER, AUTHULA P.
DARCHER, MICHAEL J.
DE JARDIN, JUDITH K.
Division Chair, Business & Social Science; Early Childhood Education
DEVINY, DR. JOHN J.
DOWNIE, DIANE K.
EGAN, RAYMOND J.
ERICKSON, JAMES R.
FORMAN, KEITH M.
GENTRY, DR. CANDACE
Business Information Technology
Vice President of Learning and Student Success
GOLIGHTLY, DR. SHARON S.
Program Director/Instructor, Dental Hygiene
HARDING, KAREN E.
HASART, TANA L.
President, Pierce College Puyallup
HEABERLIN, ROBERT E.
Computer Information Systems
HESS, L. JERRY
HILDEBRANT, DR. KENNETH C.
Executive Dean of Instruction
HULET, RUSSELL N.
English, Journalism, Humanities
IGNACIO, MARLENE D.
Business and Political Science
JEPSEN, THOMAS C.
Business, Office Professions
JOHNSON, DR. BURTON L.
KEMP, ALAN R.
Division Chair, Speech/Theatre
KETCHESON, LINDA E.
KOBER, STEPHEN G.
KOOPMANS, GRACE M.
Early Childhood Education
KRIEGER, DR. WILLIAM C.
English; Director, Thoreau Cabin Project and Writing Camps
KWOK, KOON W.
LAI, MOSES P.
Geography, East Asian History
LAMKA, MICHAEL E.
LEIFSON, RANDY W.
Biological and Health Sciences
LOBDELL, R. MARTIN
LONG, ROSSE V.
Director, International Programs
LOTTIER, RAYMOND L.
MARTIN, BRIAN J.
MCGONAGILL, CAROL L.
Business Information Technology
MCCLINTON, J. DUNCAN
Computer Information Systems
MIR, DR. QUI-CHEE A.
MORTON, DENNIS A.
MULLEN, G. JAMES
NEWTON, PATRICIA J.
English; Director, Learning Asst. Services
NORMAN, ELIZABETH S.
ORRANGE, WILLIAM R.
OWENS-EWING, KAREN J.
Disability Support Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor
English as a Second Language
PARKS, MICHAEL W.
PAYNE, MARGARET A.
Division Chair, Arts & Humanities, English
PAYNE, RICHARD L.
Business, Accounting, Business Management
PEDERSEN, MORRIS R.
Division Chair, Arts & Humanities; Music
RADCLIFFE, KATHERINE A.
RADES, WILLIAM L.
RUSSELL, MARY J.
RUSSELL, D. SHARON
SAGER, ROBERT J.
Earth and Space Sciences
SALAK, ANN M.
Business and Business Management
SCHILLAR, DR. THOMAS A.
Natural and Social Sciences
SCOTT, SAMUEL T.
Computer Information Systems
SIMPSON, JOHN M.
Vice President, Strategic Advancement and Executive Director Foundation
Medical Office Professions, Business
American Sign Language
STOUT, ORVILLE H.
Director, Media Services
TEEPLE, DR. TERRY
TOOHEY, MARY ANN
TOWNSEND, CATHERINE J.
Business, Business Management, Marketing
TWEED, NORMAN S.
Biological and Health Sciences
VANNESON, CHRISTOPHER T.
Chancellor; President, Pierce College Puyallup
Faculty Counselor; Health Career Advisor
WILLIAMS, DR. ELLAWEESE O.
Business Information Technology
WRIGHT, THOMAS C.
Business Management, Fashion Merchandising
President, Fort Steilacoom
YOUNGER, VIRGINIA C.
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AA: Associate in Arts.
AAS: Associate in Arts & Sciences.
Academic: Pertaining to a liberal arts program of study, as opposed to a professional or technical one. Used with degree, program or course.
Academic standards: The college’s policy that requires students to maintain a certain minimum grade point average.
Adding or dropping classes (courses): Making changes in your schedule by enrolling in additional courses or withdrawing from them.
Admission: Permission to enroll in classes.
Advising: The process of determining with an advisor which courses you need to take to meet your educational goals.
Advisor: The faculty member or advising center staff person who helps you in the advising process.
Application: The process of applying for admission to the college or to a specific program of study; also, the form you fill out to apply.
Articulation agreement: An agreement between the college and certain high schools or other colleges by which specific courses taken at one institution are allowed for automatic credit at the other institution.
AS: Associate in Science.
Associate degree: A 90-credit (or more, depending on the program) degree awarded by a community college.
Audit: Taking a class for information only and not for credit or a grade.
Bachelor’s degree or Baccalaureate degree: A degree awarded by four-year colleges and universities to students who have completed a specified course of study.
Bulletin: See Quarterly bulletin.
Campus: The main location where a college provides its educational programs and services.
Catalog: The official document containing course descriptions, degree requirements, policies and procedures, information about student services and general information about the college.
Certificate: Awarded for the successful completion of a specific short-term program of study in a professional/technical field.
College-level course: A course numbered 100 or above.
Common Course Numbering (CCN): A course numbering system instituted in Washington state to ensure that the same course at different Washington state community and technical colleges has the same course number and title.
Concurrent enrollment: Enrollment in more than one community college at a time.
Continuing education: Courses, seminars or workshops, usually non-credit, that are taken for personal enrichment, professional development or general knowledge.
Continuous enrollment course: A course you may enroll in and begin at any time during the quarter.
Cooperative education: A program combining a specific program of study with employment related to that field of study that allows college credit to be given for the work experience.
Core classes or requirements: Courses required by or applicable to a certain degree. See also General education requirements.
Course: A single subject of study taken for one quarter or other specified period of time. Sometimes called a class.
Course abbreviation: A shortened version of the name of a department; for instance, ENGL for “English” or VT for “Veterinary Technology.”
Course number: The number used with the course abbreviation to refer to a specific courses; for instance, “GEOG 200.”
Course title: The descriptive name of a specific course; for instance, the course title for GEOG 200 is “Human Geography.”
Credit or credit hour: The unit of measurement for the amount of work and/or time required for a course. A five-credit class will usually meet five hours a week. Also known as a quarter hour.
Credit by examination: A method by which you may receive credit for a course by passing an examination on the course content.
Curriculum: The group of courses you must complete to earn a specific degree or certificate.
Degree: Awarded for the successful completion of a specific program of courses.
Department: A specific area of study in which the college offers classes. Also, the group of faculty members who teach that subject.
Diploma: Awarded for successful completion of high school or Pierce’s adult high school completion program.
Distribution requirements: See General educational requirements and Related instruction.
Division: A group of related departments.
Drop a course: Withdraw from a course before the quarter has ended.
DTA: Direct Transfer Agreement.
Elective: A course you choose to take which is not a core or required course for your program.
E-schedule: The Web publication listing course offerings and registration information for a specific quarter, used in planning the courses you will take for that quarter.
Emphasis: Concentrated study in a specialized area within a professional/technical or academic program of study.
Evaluation for graduation: The official process of determining which of the courses you have taken to date apply to the degree or certificate you are planning to earn and which courses you still need to take for that degree or certificate.
Evaluation of transfer credits: An official determination as to what extent the courses taken at another college will be allowed for credit at Pierce. Also, the determination by a four-year college as to which of your Pierce College courses will be allowed for credit at that institution.
Fee: An extra charge, in addition to tuition, required for certain courses to cover lab supplies, equipment, computer use, etc. Also refers to the comprehensive student fee and technology fee.
Financial aid: Monetary assistance made available to students, based on financial need, from various government and private sources.
Former student: A student who has not registered for one or more quarters (excluding summer quarter) and returns to continue his or her studies.
Full-time student: A student registered for a minimum of 12 credits in any given quarter.
GED (General Educational Development): A program for adults who have not graduated from high school and want to earn a certificate of high school equivalency.
General education requirements (GER): A range of courses distributed across various academic areas, required for the AA degree, in order to develop breadth of knowledge outside the major field. Sometimes referred to as distribution requirements or core requirements.
General transferable electives (GTE): Designated courses that satisfy a portion of the AA degree requirements. Sometimes referred to as core electives.
Grade: A rating or evaluation of your achievement for a class or assignment.
Grade points: The number obtained by multiplying the numerical value of the grade you receive for a course by the number of credit hours earned in that course (e.g., if you earn a 3.3 grade in a 5-credit course, you earn 16.5 grade points).
Grade point average (GPA): The number obtained by dividing total grade points earned by total credit hours attempted in a quarter. Your cumulative grade point average is obtained by dividing total grade points on your record by total hours you have attempted.
Independent study: A course of study on a topic of interest to a student, designed with the help of an instructor and supervised by that instructor, and undertaken with departmental approval.
Inquiry Personal Identification Number (PIN): A five- or six-digit number based on a student’s birth date that allows access to the Student Information Kiosk and the Touchtone Inquiry System.
Inter-college Relations Commission (ICRC): A voluntary organization working to improve transfer among higher education institutions in the state of Washington.
International student: A student who is a citizen of another country and is in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa.
Item number: The unique number assigned to a particular section of a particular course being offered during a quarter. Used when registering for that course.
Kiosk: See Student Information Kiosk.
Load or credit load: The total number of credit hours you enroll in for a quarter.
Major: The subject area in which you choose to specialize.
MRP: Major Related Program.
Nonresident student: A student who has not lived in the state of Washington for at least one year before the initial quarter of study.
Ombudsman: A person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems, as between employees and an employer or between students and a university.
Online Registration: See Web registration.
Orientation: A program that introduces new students to the college environment, explains various procedures, and describes the resources they can call on for help.
Part-time student: A student registered for fewer than 12 credits in any given quarter.
Personal Identification Number (PIN): See Inquiry PIN and Registration PIN.
Pre-professional program: A program designed to fulfill part of the requirements leading to study in a professional program or school.
Prerequisite: A requirement that must be met before you enroll in a particular course, usually a test score or completion of another course.
Probation: A status imposed due to low grades.
Professional/technical: Pertaining to a program of study intended to prepare you for employment in a certain field rather than for transfer to a four-year college or university. Used with a degree, program or course. Also referred to as vocational.
Program of study: A group of courses leading to a particular degree or certificate.
Quarter: The designation for a school term. At Pierce, there are four: fall, winter, spring, summer.
Quarter hour: See credit.
Quarterly bulletin: The publication mailed to all households in the Pierce College district each quarter announcing the beginning of class registration for the upcoming quarter, information on how to get started at Pierce, and where to find information online. It also includes the latest news about the college.
Registration: The process of selecting, enrolling in and paying for courses.
Registration Access Personal Identification Number (PIN): A random six-digit number given to a student by an advisor each quarter that enables the student to register for classes.
Related instruction: A range of courses distributed across various areas, required for professional/technical degrees in order to develop breadth of knowledge outside the major field.
Residence requirement: The credits required to be taken at a college in order to fulfill degree requirements at that college. At Pierce, earn the lesser of (at least) 20 college level credits or 25% of the credits applicable to the degree or certificate.
Resident student: A student who has lived in the state of Washington for at least one year immediately prior to the first day of instruction for a quarter.
Returning student: A student enrolling during consecutive quarters.
Schedule: The classes for which you are enrolled, or the days and times you are attending classes and labs. May also refer to all the course sections offered by the college during a quarter.
Section: A specific class with its own unique days, hours, location and instructor. A number of sections of a certain course may be offered during a quarter, with different days, times, locations and instructors.
SID: Student Identification Number, a number assigned to a student by Pierce College.
Student Information Kiosk: A computerized source of information that can be accessed through computer terminals located in the registration areas or the district’s website.
Technology degree: Awarded for successful completion of a specified professional/technical program.
Transcript: Your permanent record of courses taken, credits earned, grades achieved and degrees awarded at an educational institution.
Transfer credits: Credits earned at one college that are accepted toward a degree at another college.
Transfer degree: A degree intended to parallel the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (e.g., the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)).
Tuition: The amount of money you pay the college for the courses in which you enroll, set each year by the state legislature.
University transfer degree: See Transfer degree.
Vocational: See Professional/technical.
Web registration: A system allowing students to register for classes on-line from any computer with Internet access.
Withdrawal from the college: Officially dropping all classes for which you are enrolled for a quarter. See Drop a course.
Pierce College Photo and Video Disclaimer
All students are advised that the Pierce College Marketing & Communications department takes photographs and shoots videos throughout the year which may include images and recordings of members of the student body, faculty and staff which may be used for publicity and marketing purposes. These images and recordings are in areas on campus or at any Pierce College-sponsored event off campus where subjects do not have normal and reasonable expectations of privacy. All such photographs and recordings are the property of Pierce College and may be used for the college’s promotional purposes without prior permission of the subjects.
As a general practice, however, Pierce College will attempt to collect individual photo release forms from students. Also, if students do not wish to be photographed or recorded for this purpose they can stipulate this in writing to the Marketing & Communications office at the beginning of the quarter. It is also expected that such students will excuse themselves from photo/video sessions and inform the Pierce College photographer that they do not wish to be included.
The 2022-2023 Catalog was produced by Pierce College District Marketing and Communication Department in collaboration with Instructional Services in April 2022.
The information in this catalog is effective as of Summer 2022.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Registration and Records Program Manager
Jamie M. Jones
Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness
Communications and Public Relations Specialist
Web Content Manager