FULL-TIME FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION
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Assistant Professor, Art; (PY); B.A., M.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.F.A. Ohio State University
ARNOLD, DENISE L.
Professor/Coordinator, Social Service/Mental Health (FS); B.A., University of Washington; MHR, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Gonzaga University
Assistant Professor, Physics; M.A., Wayne State University; M.A., University of Buea
Assistant Professor, College Success; B.A., St. Norbert College; M.S., Miami University
BAKER, DIANA R.
Manager, Workforce Job Connections; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University
BARIA, JOANN W.
Vice President for Workforce, Economic and Professional Development; B.S., M.S., University of North Texas
BASSETT, KATHY B.
Professor, Dental Hygiene (FS); B.S.D.H., Eastern Washington University; Graduate Certificate, City University; M.Ed., Lesley College; R.D.H.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics (FS); 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 Military Program; BS, Central Washington University; MPA, Washington State University Vancouver
BERGSTROM, TEAH C.
Professor/Coordinator, Adult Basic Education (PY); B.A., Western Washington University; M.A., City University
Executive Officer for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; M.A. Pacific Lutheran University; Studied Equal Opportunities at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. B.A. from Pacific Lutheran 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
BLUM, DALE E.
Professor, Biological and Health Science (PY); B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington
BRAZELL, GREGORY C.
Director, Center for Engagement and Learning (CEAL); B.A., Central Washington University; M.A., Lesley University
BREWER, IRENE C.
Associate Professor/Coordinator, Reading/College Success (FS); B.A., Eastern Washington University; B.A., Western Washington University; M.Ed., Lesley University
BROOKS, EVELYN M.L.
Coordinator, PierceWorks!; B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.A., Chapman University
BROXSON, THOMAS A.
Instructional Dean; B.A., M.A., California State University, Fullerton
Assistant Professor, ESL (PY); M.Ed., Staatliche Realschule Erlangen 2
BRUNNEMER, KRISTIN C.
Professor, English (FS); B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
BURKHOLDER, BRET G.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor (PY); A.A.S., Fort Steilacoom Community College; B.A., M.A., Pacific Lutheran University
BUSH, THOMAS A.
Professor, Earth Sciences (PY); B.S., University of Washington; M.S., Washington State University
CABLE, SUSAN A.
Director, Workforce Development (FS); A.A., Allan Hancock College; B.A., Chapman College
Professor, Systems and Instruction Librarian (FS/PY); B.S., M.S, University of Texas
Vice President, Learning and Student Success (PY); 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
Associate Professor, Human Biology/Health Science (PY); B.A., Seattle University; B.S., N.D. Bastyr University
CAVALLUZZI, MARTY R.
President, Pierce College Puyallup; A.A., Orange Coast College; B.S. Fisheries, Humboldt State; M.A., Ph.D. Marine Science, The College of William and Mary University
Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences; M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Illinois
COLEMAN, LINDA E.
Associate Professor, Basic Skills (WSH); B.A., University of Maryland; M.Ed., Gallaudet University; Ed.D, Pepperdine University
CONTRIS, MARKIVA V.
Professor, Veterinary Technology (FS); Associate in Veterinary Technology, Pierce College; B.A., Western Washington University
Director, Student Life (PY); A.A., Pierce College; B.A., University of Washington Tacoma; M.Ed., Western Washington University
Director, Student Life (FS); B.A., William Jessup University; M.A., Geneva College
CRERAR, LINDA G.
Director, Homeland Security/CE; B.A., Evergreen State College; M.ABS, Whitworth College
CROSWAITE, SANDRA J.
Professor, Psychology (PY); B.A., B.Ed., M.S., Central Washington University
DAUGHERTY, HENRY P.
Professor, Communication/Theatre/Film (FS); B.A., University of Tulsa; M.A., Louisiana Tech University
DEMING, ELS E. E.
Director, Enrollment Services (PY); B.A., University of Washington Tacoma
DRAPER DAVIS, JULIE
District Conduct Officer; B.A., University of Portland; M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Colorado State University
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; B.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., Gonzaga University of Law
Assistant Professor, Nursing (PY); A.A., Big Bend Community College; B.S.N., M.A. Nursing, University of Washington Tacoma
Assistant Professor, English (PY); B.A. English, Appalachian State University; M.A. English (Rhetoric/Composition), Western Carolina University
FLYNN, CHRISTIE J.
Dean, Libraries and Learning Resources; B.A., Southwestern University; MLIS, University of Texas at Austin
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 (FS); A.A., Big Bend Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A., The Evergreen State College
FREY, VALERIE J.
Manager, Running Start (PY); B.S., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; M.A., The University of Oklahoma
FRYE, SARAH M.
Assistant Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian (FS); B.A., Hanover College; M.L.S., Indiana University
GALAGAN, MARY J.
Professor, Dental Hygiene (Public Health) (FS); A.A., Clark College; B.S., Rutgers University; M.H.A., University of Washington; R.D.H.
GARCIA, ROSE A.
Manager, District Events; B.S., Florida International University
Director of IT Integration; B.A., Seattle University
Professor/Coordinator, Business Management and Marketing (FS); 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 (FS); B.A., Tel Aviv University; M.A., Antioch University; Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute
GILCHRIST, DEBRA L.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success (FS); B.S., California State University Northridge; M.A., University of Denver; M.S., South Dakota State University; Ph.D., Oregon State University
GIMNESS, ERIK S.
Director, Institutional Research; B.A., University of Puget Sound; M.Ed., University of Washington
GOON, RACHEL E.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; B.A., M.L.I.T., 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 (PY); A.A.S., Pierce College; B.S., M.S., Western 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; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Chapman University
Vice President, Administrative Services; B.S. Economics, University of Puget Sound; M.A. Economics, University of Iowa
HANDLER, NICHOLAS (MAX)
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science/Geography (PY); B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D. Geography, University of Minnesota
HARTLEY, DENISE J.
Professor, English & Humanities (FS); B.A., San Francisco State University; M.F.A., Mills College
HASKINS, MARK S.
Executive Director, Pierce College at JBLM; B.S., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., University of Oklahoma
HEILSTEDT, MARTIN R.
Instructional Dean; B.E., Vanderbilt University; M.S., Naval Post Graduate School
HENSON-WILLIAMS, PAULA M.
CTC Link Project Manager
HESS, MEGAN C.
Associate Professor, Chemistry (FS); A.A., Pierce College; B.S., M.A.T., The Evergreen State College; M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology
Opportunity Grant Program Manager/Washington Achiever Mentor Coordinator (FS); A.A.S., Fort Steilacoom Community College; B.A., St. Martin’s College
Instructional Dean; B.A., Millersville University; M.A., Immaculata College; Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College
HOSPENTHAL, MONICA L.
Professor/Program Director, Dental Hygiene (FS); B.S., University of Washington; M.Ed., University of Puget Sound; R.D.H. Washington
HOWELL-WILLIAMS, VICKI J.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor (PY); B.A., Le Moyne-Owen College; M.A., Trevecca Nazerene College
Assistant Professor, English (PY); B.A. English, Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California San Diego
HURTADO, SALVADOR G.
Professor/Program Director, Veterinary Technology (FS); B.S., D.V.M., Washington State University
IGNACIO, MARLENE D.
Professor, Physics (PY); B.S., Mindanao State University-Philippines; M.S., Ateneo de Manila University-Philippines
Faculty Counselor; B.A., University of Colorado; M.A., Lewis & Clark College;
JACOBS, TAMI L.
Dean, Student Success (FS); B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.Ed., Concordia University
JAFFE, STEWART N.
Professor, Mathematics (PY); B.A., University of Maryland; B.S.N.E., University of Florida
JAMES, SYLVIA D.
Director, Fiscal Services; B.A., Brandman University
JOHNSON, JAMES M.
Special Assistant Program Manager/Coordinator for Instruction/IT/Network Operations (JBLM); B.A., University of Maryland; MCSE, MCT, CTT+
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 (FS); A.S., Wayne County Community College; B.S., Saginaw Valley State University; M.S., Wayne State University
JONES, STEPHEN L.
Professor, Economics/Business (PY); B.A., Salisbury State University; M.A., Temple University - Tokyo, Japan campus
KASLIK, PETER J.
Professor, Mathematics (FS); B.S., James Madison University; M.S., Oregon State University
KEITH, KATHRYN E.
Professor, Anthropology (PY); B.A., Boise State University; M.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Michigan
KEMP, ALAN R.
Professor, Sociology (FS); B.A., California State University Northridge; M.S.W., University of Washington; M.Div., Sophia Divinity School; D.Min., St. Stephen’s College; D.C.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., L.M.F.T., L.M.H.C.
KETCHESON, LINDA E.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor (PY); B.A., Central Washington University; M.A., St. Martin’s College
KHALSA-MÄULEN, LEON G.
Professor, Sociology (PY); M.A. Psychology, M.A. Public Policy Analysis, M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago
KIM, KRISTINE M.
Professor/Director, Educational Programs, Early Childhood Education (FS); B.A., Pacific Oaks College; M.S., Drexel University; Ed.D., Northeastern University
KOETJE, MICHAEL L.
Director, District Child Development Centers; B.S., State University of New York, College at Oswego
Professor/Coordinator, Philosophy (FS); B.A., Utah State University; M.A., Norwich University
Associate Professor, Mathematics (FS); B.S., M.S., Michigan State University
Assistant Professor, Spanish; M.A., Loyola University Chicago; Ph.D., University of California Davis
LEAVELL, LAWRENCE (BRET)
International Marketing Manager; B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., Montana State University
Early Achievers Grant POC; B.A., City University; M.A., Walden University
LINK, THOMAS G.
Professor, Psychology (FS); B.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Washington
LIPPMAN, DAVID R.
Professor, Mathematics (FS); A.A.S., Whatcom Community College; B.S., M.S., Western Washington University
Assistant Professor, Accounting (FS); 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 (PY); B.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., Indiana University
MANNERING, SCOTT A.
Director, WSH, Special Funded; B.A., North Park University; M.Ed., Lesley University
MARTIN, BRIAN J.
Professor/Coordinator, Digital Design (FS); B.A., M.S., Eastern Washington University
Assistant Professor, Business Information Technology (PY); B.A., Interdisciplinary Child Development, Western Washington University
MAY, RONALD H.
Instructional Dean; B.S., M.S., University of Idaho
Assistant Professor, Biology (FS); B.S., M.Ed., Arizona State University; M.S., University of Nebraska
MCCLINTON, J. DUNCAN
Professor, English (PY); A.A.S., Whatcom Community College; B.A., M.A., Central Washington University
MCCOLLOW, THOMAS J.
Professor, Mathematics (PY); 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 (FS); A.A., Peninsula College; B.A., Western Washington University; M.A., Seattle University
METZGER, FREDERICK G.
Professor/Coordinator, Communication/Theatre/Film (FS); B.A., Marymount College; M.A., University of Northern Colorado
MEULBLOK, MARY C.
Manager, International Student Services (FS); B.A., Western Washington University
Professor, English (FS); B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout; M.A., Idaho State University
MILLER, JEANETTE M.
Manager, Basic Food and Employee Training; B.A., University of Washington, Tacoma
MORA, MARQUITA I.
Director, Financial Aid; B.A., Washington State University; M.A., Keller Graduate School of Management
MORAN, DONNA M.
HIIT Grant Manager; B.A., M.B.A., Winthrop University; M.A.B.S., Leadership Institute of Seattle
Assistant Professor, Information Technology; B.S., Bellevue University
Associate Professor/Coordinator, Health Education/Wellness/Physical Education (FS); B.S., Barry University; M.S., University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor, High School Science; B.S., Lawrence University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of Washington
Faculty Recruitment & HR Specialist; B.A., Central Washington University; M.A., Fitchburg State University
NORMAN, ELIZABETH S.
Professor/Coordinator, Earth Sciences (FS); B.S., Portland State University; M.S., University of Utah
NUCCIARONE, MONICA A.
Associate Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor (FS); B.S., M.S., California State University Fullerton
OLSEN-TIGLAO, KATHERINE A.
Professor, Chemistry (PY); B.A., Willamette University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington
ORRANGE, WILLIAM R.
Professor/Coordinator, GED/ABE (FS); B.S., Syracuse University; M.Ed., Western Washington University
OWEN, KENNETH L.
Professor, Music (PY); B.M., University of Utah; M.M., Brigham Young University; D.M.A., Arizona State University
Executive Director, International Education; M.B.A, City University
PARKS, MICHAEL W.
Professor/Coordinator, Journalism/Pioneer Advisor (FS); B.A., Seattle Pacific University; B.A., M.C., University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Intensive English - International Education (FS); B.A., Washington State University; M.Ed., City University
PHELPS, THOMAS D.
Professor, Mathematics/Economics (FS); A.A., Green River Community College; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
POPPEN-EAGAN, NIKKI M.
Associate Professor/Coordinator, Communication Studies, (PY); B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., University of Oregon
Assistant Professor, Communications and Theater (PY); B.A. Speech Communication, Ithaca College; M.A. Media and Communication Studies, Florida State University
Assistant Professor, Biology (JBLM); A.A., Cuesta College; B.S., M.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
Professor, Mathematics (FS); 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.
ROHOLT, J. DAVID
Associate Professor/Coordinator, Art (FS); B.F.A., Utah State University; M.F.A., Colorado State University
RUSSELL, MARY L.
Professor, Anthropology (FS); B.A., The Evergreen State College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon
Professor, Business Management (PY); B.A. Business Administration, Pacific Lutheran University; M.A. Business Administration, University of Colorado
SABETI, ROYA R.
Professor, Mathematics (PY); B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
SALAK, ANN M.
Professor/Coordinator, English (PY); A.B., M.A., John Carroll University
SAMPLE, KURTIS F.
Computer Clubhouse Coordinator; B.S., Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Assistant Professor, Business Information Technology; Adult Education Certificate, Renton Technical College; B.A., Seattle University
Associate Professor/Coordinator, ESL (FS); B.A., MA., Seattle Pacific University
SCANNELL, VICKI L.
Professor, English (FS); B.A., M.A., University of Washington
SCOTT, SAMUEL T.
Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems (FS); B.S., Southwest Missouri State University; M.S., University of Southern California
Web Content Manager; B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., University of Idaho; Certification from University of Washington
SHUSTER, LAURIE M.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian (FS); B.S., St. Joseph’s University; M.S., Drexel University
SIEVING, ALLISON L.
Director, Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness; B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.S., Ph.D., Wayne State University
SIMPSON, JOHN M.
Professor, History (FS); B.A., Central Michigan University; M.A., Pacific Lutheran University
Instructional Dean; B.A., Southeast Missouri State; M.A., Illinois State University; Ph.D., University of Florida
Vice President, Advancement/Executive Director; B.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art; M.B.A., Virginia Tech University
SOREM, BLAKE D.
Professor/Coordinator, Economics (FS); B.A., University of California Berkeley; M.A., University of Maryland College Park
STARR, JANINA L.
Professor/Coordinator, American Sign Language (PY); M.A., California State University Northridge
Assistant Professor of Sociology; B.A., University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Associate Professor, Astronomy/Physics (FS); B.S., University of Washington; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
STEVENS, M. ELIZABETH
Professor, English (PY); B.A., M.A., Central Washington University
STEVENS, SANDRA W.
Associate Professor/Coordinator, ESL (FS); B.S., Miami University; M.B.A., University of Puget Sound
STEVENSON, DUNCAN K.
Director, Athletics (FS); B.A., Western Washington University
STEWARD, AGNES BARRON
Dean, Student Success (PY); B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.Ed., University of Washington Tacoma
STOCKE, MICHAEL F.
Chief Information Officer; A.A., Community Colleges of the Air Force; B.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
SUH, DANIEL H.
Assistant 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 (PY); M.A., University of Connecticut; MLIS, University of Washington
SWEET, MERRILL (SCOTT)
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences (PY); B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University
TAYLOR, JAMES T.
Director, Facilities and Construction Management; B.A., Texas A&M University
SEVIS Manager; B.A., University of Montana; M.A., Washington University
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education; B.A., Western Washington University; M.S., Erikson Institute
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian (PY); B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., Gonzaga University; M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America
Assistant Professor, Physics; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California
VANNESON, CHRISTOPHER T.
Professor, History/Geography/Political Science (PY); B.S., M.S., Kliment Okhridski University, Sofia; M.Div., St. Vladimir’s Seminary/SUNY; M.A., California State University; B.A., B.S., M.L.S., City University of New York
Administrative & Human Resources Specialist; B.A. Southeastern Louisiana University
VONDERSCHEER, ANDREA M.
Military Program Student Support Manager (JBLM); B.S., Pacific Lutheran University
WARAKSA, CHRISTOPHER J.
Manager, Intensive English Program; M.A., University of Wisconsin; J.D., University of Washington
WARMINGTON, CURTIS W.
Professor/Coordinator, English (FS); B.S., Southern Oregon State; M.A., University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Nursing (PY); A.A., Highline Community College; B.S. Animal Science, Washington State University; M.S. Nursing, Saint Joseph’s College
Assistant Professor, Chemistry (FS); 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
WEST, CARRIE Q.
Open Educational Resources Project Manager; B.A., M.A., Marylhurst University; M.L.S., Emporia State University
Dean, Enrollment and Financial Aid Services; Registrar; B.M., University of South Alabama; M.A., Chapman University
Assistant Professor, Intensive English - International Education (FS), B.A., M.A., Eastern Washington University
Assistant Professor, English; B.A., M.A., Central Washington University
WISEMAN, LAWRENCE F.
Professor/Coordinator, Mathematics (PY); B.A., B.S., University of Washington; M.A., University of California San Diego
Director of Development; B.A., Luther College; Certification, Tacoma Community College
Professor, Business Information Technology (FS); B.A., M.S., Central Washington University
WOOD, THEODORE J.
Professor, Chemistry (FS); B.S., University of Maryland; M.S., University of Colorado
WYCOFF, CORRINA M.
Professor, English (PY); B.A., M.A., University of Illinois; IM.F.A., University of Oregon
YOCHUM, DENISE R.
President, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom; B.A., California Polytechnic State University; M.A., San Diego State University
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BALL, MARION S.
Director of Military Programs
BOYDEN, WALTER L.
BOYER, BARRY L.
Economics, General Business
Early Childhood Education
BROWN, MARY KAY
Early Childhood Education
BUCKNER, HAL R.
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
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
Business and Political Science
JEPSEN, THOMAS C.
Business, Office Professions
JOHNSON, DR. BURTON L.
Division Chair, Speech/Theatre
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.
MCGONAGILL, CAROL L.
Business Information Technology
Computer Information Systems
MIR, DR. QUI-CHEE A.
MORTON, DENNIS A.
MULLEN, G. JAMES
NEWTON, PATRICIA J.
English; Director, Learning Asst. Services
OWENS-EWING, KAREN J.
Disability Support Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor
English as a Second Language
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, D. SHARON
SAGER, ROBERT J.
Earth and Space Sciences
SCHILLAR, DR. THOMAS A.
Natural and Social Sciences
Medical Office Professions, Business
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
Chancellor; President, Pierce College Puyallup
Faculty Counselor; Health Career Advisor;
WILLIAMS, DR. ELLAWEESE O.
Ethnic Humanities, English
WRIGHT, THOMAS C.
Business Management, Fashion Merchandising
YOUNGER, VIRGINIA C.
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AA: Associate of Arts (formerly AAS). See Transfer degree.
AAS: Associate in Arts & Sciences. See AA.
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 of Science. See Transfer degree.
Associate degree: A 90-credit (or more, depending on the program) degree awarded by a community college. See Transfer degree and Technology degree.
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.
Day of instruction: See Instructional day.
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.
Instructional day: The day on which instruction begins or ends for a particular quarter. Not necessarily the same as the first or last day a particular class meets for the quarter.
Instructional quarter: The period of time running from the first instructional day through the last instructional day of a quarter.
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. See also Resident student.
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. See also Full-time student.
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, 25 of the final 45 credits must be taken in residence.
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 of Arts (AA) and Associate of 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 2017-18 Catalog was produced by Pierce College District Marketing and Communication Department in collaboration with Instructional Services in Aug. 2017.
The information in this catalog is effective as of Fall Quarter 2017.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Instruction & Curriculum Support Consultant
Communications and Public Relations Specialist
Web Content Manager