2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendix



Personnel

FULL-TIME FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION

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ADAMS, JOEY
Director, Student Life Fort Steilacoom Campus; B.S., Central Washington University

AIGNER, SCOTT
Associate Professor, Art; M.F.A. Ohio State University; M.A., B.A., Eastern Illinois University

ARCEJAEGER, DYLAN-MIGUEL
Assistant Professor, Mathematics; M.A., B.A., San Jose State University

BAKER, DIANA R.
Manager, Workforce Education & Development Job Connections; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A. Grand Canyon University

BARIA, JO ANN W.
Vice President for Workforce, Economic and Professional Development; M.S., B.S., University of North Texas

BASSETT, KATHY B.
Professor, Dental Hygiene; R.D.H., M.Ed., Lesley College; B.S.D.H., Eastern Washington University

BEMIS, CHAD
Associate Professor, Mathematics; M.A., B.A. Mathematics, California State University Sacramento

BENSON, KELLY K.
Interim Executive Director, Pierce College at JBLM; M.P.A., Washington State University Vancouver; B.S., Central Washington University

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; M.S., University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology; M.S., B.S., London University

BLUMS, ANGELA
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education; Ph.D, M.S., UC-Davis; B.A. University of Minnesota

BOULWARE, RICHARD
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; J.D., Suffolk University Law School; B.A., Boston University

BREWER, IRENE C.
Professor/Coordinator, Reading/College Success; M.Ed., Lesley University; B.A., Eastern Washington University; B.A., Western Washington University;

BROWN, CONNIE
I-BEST Academic Support Instructor, M.Ed., Western Washington University

BRUNNEMER, KRISTIN C.
Professor, English; Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Riverside; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

BURGHAGEN, SABINE
Associate Professor, ESL; M.Ed., Staatliche Realschule Erlangen 2

BUSH, THOMAS A.
Professor, Earth Sciences; M.S., Washington State University; B.S., University of Washington

CABLE, SUSAN A.
Director, Workforce Education & Development; B.A., Chapman College; A.A., Allan Hancock College

CAMPBELL, MATTHEW
Interim President, Puyallup Campus; Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Temple University; M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Washington; B.A. Political Science, University of Delaware

CATES-CARNEY, JOE
Professor, Human Biology/Health Science; N.D., B.S., Bastyr University; B.A., Seattle University

CHENG, BEN
Associate Professor, Earth Sciences; Ph.D., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Kentucky

CLARK, EMILY
Assistant Professor, English/Humanities; M. A. English, University of Washington; B.A. English Lit, University of Melbourne

CONTRIS, MARKIVA V.
Professor, Veterinary Technology; Associate in Veterinary Technology, Pierce College; B.A., Western Washington University

COOKE, SEAN
District Title IX Coordinator; M.Ed., Western Washington University; B.A., University of Washington Tacoma; A.A., Pierce College

CRERAR, LINDA G.
Director, Homeland Security/CE; M.ABS, Whitworth College; B.A., Evergreen State College

DAUGHERTY, PATRICK
Professor, Communication/Theatre/Film; M.A., Louisiana Tech University; B.A., University of Tulsa

DAVOLIO, DEBBIE
Bethel School District Project Manager; Master’s in MA, Ed. Adult Education & Training, Seattle University; Bachelor’s in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

DEAN, MICHAEL
Assistant Professor, History; Ph.D. in History, University of California-Berkeley; B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative History Ideas, University of Washington

DICKSON, VICKI
Director, Nursing; M.S.N., Washington State University; B.S.N., Pacific Lutheran University; B.S., University of Washington

DILLEY, JOEY
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
Associate Dean Student Conduct, Learning and Student Success; Ph.D., Colorado State University; M.A., Michigan State University; B.A., University of Portland

ECKERT, CANDIS
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education- Residency Focus: Ed.D, M.I.T., B.A., University of Washington

EDWARDS, COURTNEY
Associate Professor, English; M.A. English (Rhetoric/Composition), Western Carolina University; B.A. English, Appalachian State University

ESTRADA, DERRICK
Assistant Professor, English; M.A. English, Southern New Hampshire University; B.A. English, California State University - Channel Islands

EVANS, JENNIFER
Assistant Professor, Nursing; B.S. Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University; A.P.N. Tacoma Community College

FISH, LINDA
Assistant Professor, Nursing; M.S.N., UW Tacoma; B.S. Health Science, California State University; A.D.N Tacoma Community College

FLOOD, CAITLYN
INVISTA Project Manager, A.A., Tacoma Community College

FLYNN, CHRISTIE J.
Dean, Libraries and Learning Resources; MLIS, University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Southwestern University

FORKNER, PHILLIP
Assistant Professor, Physics; M.S., University of Tulsa; B.S., University of Oklahoma

FORSYTHE, DEENA D.
Director, Employee Relations/Compliance; M.B.A., Brandman University; B.S.H.R., Western Washington University

FOSTER-GRAHLER, BOBI D.
Professor/Coordinator, Criminal Justice; M.A., The Evergreen State College; B.A., Eastern Washington University; A.A., Big Bend Community College

FREY, VALERIE J.
Manager, Running Start; M.A., The University of Oklahoma; B.S., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

GANGSTAD, CATHY
Basic Skills Professor; M.P.A., Lewis & Clark College; B.S., Montana State University

GAVINO, JOSE
Director of IT Integration; B.A., Seattle University

GERHARDT, PAUL
Professor/Coordinator, Business Management and Marketing; Ph.D., Capella University; Graduate Certification (Human Resources), M.A., Chapman University; B.A., The Evergreen State College; A.A., Highline College

GERON, JO ANNE
Professor, Psychology; Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute; M.A., Antioch University; B.A., Tel Aviv University

GLASS, ANDREW
Chief Information Officer; M.B.A., Brandman University; B.A. Western Washington University

GOODWIN, JESSICA
Associate Professor, Nursing; M.S.N., Capella University

GOON, RACHEL E.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; M.L.I.S., B.A., University of Washington

GORSKI, HOLLY M.V.
Vice President, Human Resources; B.A., Westminster College of Salt Lake City

GRACE, TONY J.
Distance Learning Retention Specialist/Campus Manager; B.S., University of Phoenix

GRANATA, TONY T.
Professor, Mathematics; M.S., B.S., Western Washington University; A.A.S., Pierce College

GRAVES, KAYCIE
Associate Professor, Kinesiology; M.S., California State University; B.S., Central Washington University

GREEN, TERRY D.
Associate Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services; M.Ed., City University; BSPEd., Washington State University; A.A.S., Pierce College

GRIFFIN, LORI A.
Instructional Dean, Transitional Education; M.A., Chapman University; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

HABECK, SUE
Assistant Professor, Biology; M.A., University of Colorado; B.A., Stanford University

HAMILTON, JOHANNA, MAX
Faculty Recruitment & HR Specialist; M.S Ed., Indiana University

HANDLER, MAX
Associate Professor, Environmental Science/Geography; Ph.D., M.A., Geography, University of Minnesota; B.A. Spanish, Pomona College

HANFORD, LANA
Associate Professor, Biology; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; B.S. Western Washington University

HANSEN, KRISTINA
Assistant Professor, Nursing; M.S.N., Gonzaga University

HASSAN, WAIS
Associate Professor of Political Science; Ph.D., University of California, Politics; M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.A., University of California- Berkeley

HELMER, JULIAN
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; M.Chem., Illinois Institute of Technology; M.A.T., ,B.S., The Evergreen State College; A.A., Pierce College

HOWELL-WILLIAMS, VICKI J.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor; M.A., Trevecca Nazerene College; B.A., Le Moyne-Owen College

HUITSING, SHARON
Associate Professor Computer Information Systems; M.B.A., New York University; B.S., Ohio State University

HURTADO, LISA
Professor, English; Ph.D., M.A., University of California San Diego; M.S., California State University; B.A. English, Tufts University

HURTADO, SALVADOR G.
Professor/Program Director, Veterinary Technology; D.V.M., B.S., Washington State University

IRBY, MEGAN
Faculty Counselor; M.A., Lewis & Clark College; B.A., University of Colorado

JACOBS, TAMI L.
Dean, Student Success, District ADA/Section 504 Coordinator; M.Ed., Concordia University; B.A., Eastern Washington University

JACKSON, NATALYA
Associate Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., M.A., University of California- Santa Cruz, Mathematics; B.A., Humboldt State University

JAFFE, STEWART N.
Professor, Mathematics; B.S.N.E., University of Florida; B.A., University of Maryland

JENG, WAY
Associate Professor, English/ESL; Ph.D., Washington State University; M.A., Youngstown State University; B.A., B.S., University of Illinois

JOHNSON, KATHLEEN
Assistant Professor, Biology; M.S. Biology, Western Washington University; B.S. Zoology, Washington State University; A.A.S Wenatchee Valley College

JOHNSON, ROBERT D.
Professor, Biological Sciences; M.S., Wayne State University; B.S., Saginaw Valley 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, STEVE L.
Professor, Economics/Business; M.A., Temple University - Tokyo, Japan campus; B.A., Salisbury State University

KASLIK, PETE J.
Professor, Mathematics; M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., James Madison University

KEITH, KATE E.
Professor, Anthropology; Ph.D., University of Michigan; M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Boise State University

KHALSA-MÄULEN, LEON G.
Professor, Sociology; M.A. Psychology, M.A. Public Policy Analysis, M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago

KIM, KRISSY M.
Instructional Dean at Pierce College JBLM; Ed.D., Northeastern University; M.S., Drexel University; B.A., Pacific Oaks College

KLECKNER, ADIE
Associate Professor of English: M.F.A, Creative Writing, Seattle Pacific University; B.A., Fine Arts & Creative Writing, Belhaven University

KOEHLER, JOE
Associate Professor, EMT/EMS; B.A.S., Homeland Security Emergency Management, Western Governors University

KORPAL, ROWENA
Associate Professor of Biology; M.D.; B.S., University of Santo Tomas

KULBACKI, EMILY
Professor/Coordinator, Philosophy; M.A., Norwich University; B.A., Utah State University

LAL, RAJESH
Professor, Mathematics; M.S., B.S., Michigan State University

LARIS, ARTURO
Associate Professor, Spanish; Ph.D., University of California Davis; M.A., Loyola University Chicago;

LEAVELL, BRENT
International Marketing Manager; M.S., Montana State University; B.A., Oregon State University

LAZO-FUENTES, NELDA
Associate Professor of Spanish; M.A., San Francisco State University; B.A. California State East Bay

LENT, LIN
Professor, Psychology; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo; B.A., University of Rochester

LETT, JAMES D.
Dean of Student Success: Holistic Supports, Pierce College; Ed.D., Arizona State University; M.B.A., Trident University International; B.A., Thomas Edison State University; B.A., Ashford University

LINK, TOM G.
Professor, Psychology; Ph.D., University of Washington; B.S., Pennsylvania State University

LIOU, JENNY
Associate Professor, English; Ph.D., M.F.A., B.S., University of CA- Irvine

LOAN, JASON
Associate Professor of English; M.A., California State University-San Bernardino; M.F.A., New York University; B.F.A., Florida State University

LOZANO, SUZANNE
Associate Professor, Accounting; M.B.A. Finance, City University of Seattle; B.S., Accounting, University of the State of New York-Regents College; A.A.S., Pierce College

LUCAS, JOHN
Professor, Political Science; Ph.D., Indiana University; B.A., University of Washington

MAN, ALAN
Associate Professor of Engineering; Ph.D., University of California-Davis; B.S., Brown University

MANNERING, SCOTT A.
Director, WSH, Special Funded; M.Ed., Lesley University; B.A., North Park University

MAULE, TIFFANIE
Associate Professor, Business Information Technology; B.A., Interdisciplinary Child Development, Western Washington University

MAY, RON H.
Instructional Dean, Health & Technology; M.S., B.S., University of Idaho

MBUJA, ELYSIA
Associate Professor, Biology; M.S., University of Nebraska; M.Ed., B.S., Arizona State University

MCGINNIS, RACHELLE L.
CE Program Developer/Manager; M.A., Chapman University; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

METZGER, FRED G.
Professor/Coordinator, Communication/Theatre/Film; M.A., University of Northern Colorado; B.A., Marymount College;

MEULBLOK, MARY C.
Manager, International Student Services; B.A., Western Washington University

MURRAY, LISA
Professor/Coordinator, Health Education/Wellness/Physical Education; M.S., University of Kentucky; B.S., Barry University

MYERS, JULIA
Professor, Math; Ed.D., Montana State University; M.A., Saint Louis University; B.S., Purdue University

NG, VERNON
Associate Professor of English; M.A.R. Yale University; M.F.A., B.A., University of California-Irvine

NICHOL, MADI
HR Generalist; M.B.A., Fitchburg State University; B.S., Central Washington University

NICHOLSON, NICHOLE
Associate Professor, Communications: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

NING, DIANA
ctcLink Business Systems Analyst, B.A., John Hopkins University

NUCCIARONE, MONICA A.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor; M.S., B.S., California State University Fullerton

NULAND, ELIZABETH (BESS) E.
TRIO Retention Manager; Master’s International Education Teachers College, Columbia University; B.S. in Psychology, Washington University - St Louis

OLSEN-TIGLAO, KATY A.
Professor, Chemistry; Ph.D., M.S., University of Washington; B.A., Willamette University

OWEN, KENNETH L.
Professor, Music; D.M.A., Arizona State University; M.M., Brigham Young University; B.M.,University of Utah

PAK, MIN
Assistant Professor of Digital Design: M.F.A., Columbia College; B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Communication; B.F.A., University of Illinois, Painting

PARKER, CHARLES
Interim Vice President of Learning Student Success, Puyallup Campus; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; M.A., B.A., University of Missouri

PERRY, EDDIE

Instructional Dean, Natural Sciences; Ph.D, Higher Education, George Mason University; M.S., Chemistry, University of North Carolina; B.S., Chemistry, Wake Forest University

PHELPS, E
Assistant Professor of Sociology: A.B.D., M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University; B.S., Sociology, Ball State University

POPPEN-EAGAN, NIKKI M.
Professor/Coordinator, Communication Studies; M.A., University of Oregon; B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

POTTER, JOSHUA
Associate Professor, Communications and Theater; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; M.A. Media and Communication Studies, Florida State University; B.A. Speech Communication, Ithaca College

PRESTON, BRIAN
Associate 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

PUTMAN, BARRY
Associate Professor, Biology; M.S., B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara; A.A., Cuesta College

RADEN, REBECCA
Assistant Professor, GED Studies; M.A. Idaho State University

RAMBEAU, GAYLE
Web Content Manager; Certificate in Professional Technical Writing, University of Washington; Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

RANDALL, GREG
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

RASMUSSEN, MELONIE
Professor, Mathematics; M.S., Western Washington University; B.A.E., Pacific Lutheran University

REED, DAWN E.
Associate Vice President of Student Success; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks

ROBERTON, CAROLYN D.
Professor, Dental Hygiene; R.D.H, B.S.D.H., A.S.D.A., Loma Linda University

ROHOLT, J. DAVE
Professor/Coordinator, Art; M.F.A., Colorado State University; B.F.A., Utah State University

ROONEY, LEIGH ANN
Associate Professor of Digital Design; M.F.A., New York Academy of Art; B.A., University of Vermont

SAMUELSON, JAMIE
Associate Professor, Business Information Technology; B.S., Seattle University; Adult Education Certificate, Renton Technical College

SANDENO, JULIE
Professor, ESL; MA., B.A., Seattle Pacific University

SARABI, NILOO
Assistant Professor, English; Ph.D. Comparitive Literature, University of Maryland; M.A. English Literature, Chapman University; B.A. Business Administration, California State University

SAW, MINDI
Associate Professor, Nursing; M.B.A., M.S.N., B.N., Western Governors University

SCANNELL, VICKI L.
Professor, English; M.A.,B.A., University of Washington

SENAGA, KAREN
Associate Professor/Chair, High School Social Studies; Ph.D., M.A., Mississippi State University; B.A., B.A., University of North Carolina

SHARPE-HAYGOOD, DAVIDA
Associate Professor; M.A., Ashford University; B.A., Grand Canyon University

SHUSTER, LAURIE M.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; M.S., Drexel University; B.S., St. Joseph’s University

SIEVING, ALLISON L.
Instructional Dean, Business & Social Sciences; Ph.D., M.S., Wayne State University; B.S., Bowling Green State University

SMITH, HOLLY
Instructional Dean, Arts & Humanities; Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A., Illinois State University; B.A., Southeast Missouri State

SNOW, ALY
Associate Professor, Chemistry; M.S., B.S., University of Utah; B.A., St. John’s Seminary

SNYDER, ELIZABETH
Assisstant Professor, Education; Master’s Early Childhood, University of Phoenix; B.F.A. Fiber Design, University of Washington; B.A. Art Education, University of Washington

SNOEK-BROWN, SAM
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; M.A., University of Maryland College Park; B.A., University of California Berkeley

STAPP, APRIL
Associate Professor, Sociology; Ph.D., M.A., Virginia Tech; B.A., University of Missouri

STEPHENS, HILLARY
Professor, Astronomy/Physics; Ph.D., M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.S., University of Washington

STEVENS, M. BETH 
Professor, English; M.A., B.A., Central Washington University

STEVENSON, DUNCAN K.
Director, Athletics; B.A., Western Washington University

STRITTMATTER, KATE
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; Ph.D., University of California Riverside; M.A., California State University; B.A., University of California Riverside

SWART, KATHY A.
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; MLIS, University of Washington; M.A., B.A., University of Connecticut

TAYLOR, SUSAN
SEVIS Manager; M.A., Washington University; B.A., University of Montana

THOMAS, DAVID
Associate Professor, History; Ph.D., Temple University; M.A., Miami University; B.A., Lee University

THOMAS, LEESA
Director of Education Programs, Early Childhood Education; M.S., Erikson Institute; B.A., Western Washington University

THOMS, BETH
Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian; M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America; M.A., Gonzaga University; B.A., University of Maryland

TODD, PHILLISE
Associate Professor, Physics; Ph.D., M.SA., B.A., University of California-Irvine; M.S., Pace University; M.B.A., Babson College; B.S., California State University-LA; B.A., Northwestern University

TODY, KRISTINA 
Associate Professor, Social Services and Behavioral Health; M.S.W. UW Tacoma

TSAPRALIS, ADRIANA
Manager, Workforce Education & Development; M.S., Grand Canyon University; B.A., Western Washington University

VONADA, KRISTY
ctcLink Business Systems Analyst; 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.
Interim Dean of Student Services for JBLM; MSML, Western Governors University; B.S., Pacific Lutheran University

WALKER-STROMDAHL, ALI
Associate Professor of English; M.A., University of Toronto; M.A, B.A., Ohio University

WARAKSA, CHRIS J.
Manager, Intensive English Program; J.D., University of Washington; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

WARMINGTON, CURT W.
Professor/Coordinator, English; M.A., University of Washington; B.S., Southern Oregon State

WEINGARDEN-BANDES, MICHELLE
Assistant Professor, Nursing; M.S.N. Maryville University; B.S.N. Western Governor’s University; A.S.N. Bakersfield College

WEST, LEE
Associate Professor, Chemistry; Ph.D. Chemistry, The University of Adelaide; M.S. Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Flinders University of South Australia; B.S. Chemistry, Flinders University of South Australia

WETZLER, TATIANA
Associate Professor of Accounting; Masters in Accounting, B.A., University of Washington

WHITE, ANNE
Associate Vice President of Learning and Student Success, Enrollment and Financial Aid Services; Registrar; M.A.; Chapman University; B.M., University of South Alabama

WHITE, JULIE
Chacellor, C.E.O, and President for Fort Steilacoom Campus; Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester; Master’s Counseling, Xavier University; B.A., Miami University

WHITTEMORE, ANDREA
Associate Professor, Intensive English - International Education; M.A., B.A., Eastern Washington University

WILSON, SHANTIKE
Associate Professor of Education, Residency Focus: M.A., Teaching, B.A., Psychology, University of Puget Sound

WINZELER, KATRINA
Associate Professor of Philosophy; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley; B.A., Tufts University

WISEMAN, LARRY F.
Professor/Coordinator, Mathematics; M.A., University of California San Diego; B.A., B.S., University of Washington

WOOD, TED J.
Professor, Chemistry; M.S., University of Colorado; B.S., University of Maryland

WRIGHT, JENNIFER
Faculty Counselor; M.S., University of Wyoming; B.S., Northwestern State University

ZERBER-COMER, ERIN “Z”
Associate Professor, Digital Design; M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

ZITRON, LIZZ
Assistant Professor, College Success; M.A., University of Missouri; M.L.I.S., University of Illinois Urbana; B.A., University of Missouri- Kansas City

EMERITI

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BALL, MARION S.
Director of Military Programs

BATH-BALOGH, MARY
Biological Sciences

BLUM, DALE E.
Professor, Biological and Health Science

BOYDEN, WALTER L.
German, French

BOYER, BARRY L.
Economics, General Business

BRANSFORD, DEBORAH
Faculty Counselor

BROOKS, NORMA
Early Childhood Education

BROWN, MARY KAY
Early Childhood Education

BUCKNER, HAL R.
Art

BURKHOLDER, BRET G.
Professor, Faculty Counselor/Advisor

CAMNER, SHARON M.
Mathematics

CAVENDISH, PATRICK
Director, International Education

CHEEK, BARBARA N.
Director, Puyallup ALC; ABE/GED

CLINTON, PAUL
Art

COBB, F. HEATH
History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science; Honors Program Coordinator

COFFEY, MICHAEL
Mathematics

COLLERAN, KAREN L.
Chair, Social Science Division; Early Childhood Education

COOK, NORMA M.
Director, Alternative Learning Center

COOPER, AUTHULA P.
Real Estate

DARCHER, MICHAEL J.
English

DAVIES, JO
Reference/Instruction Librarian

DAVIS, PATRICIA
Mathematics

DE JARDIN, JUDITH K.
Division Chair, Business & Social Science; Early Childhood Education

DEVINY, DR. JOHN J.
Dental Hygiene

DOWNIE, DIANE K.
Mathematics

EDISON, DOUGLAS
Business Management

EGAN, RAYMOND J.
General Business

ERICKSON, JAMES R.
Mathematics

FALCIONI, DEBORAH
Mathematics

FIKAR, PHYLLIS
Mathematics

FORMAN, KEITH M.
Sociology

GALAGAN, MARY
Dental Hygiene

GENTRY, DR. CANDACE
Business Information Technology

GILCHRIST, DEBRA
Vice President of Learning and Student Success

GOLIGHTLY, DR. SHARON S.
Program Director/Instructor, Dental Hygiene

HALVERSON, JAN
Office Professions

HARDING, KAREN E.
Chemistry Instructor

HASART, TANA L.
President, Pierce College Puyallup

HEABERLIN, ROBERT E.
Psychology

HENDRICKS, JAMES
Computer Information Systems

HESS, L. JERRY
Physics

HILDEBRANT, DR. KENNETH C.
Executive Dean of Instruction

HOGAN, PATRICK
Business Management

HULET, RUSSELL N.
English, Journalism, Humanities

ICO, LYDIA
English

IGNACIO, MARLENE D.
Physics

JAECH, STEPHEN
English

JENSEN, DOUGLAS
Business and Political Science

JEPSEN, THOMAS C.
Mathematics

JEWELL, BARBARA
Business, Office Professions

JOHNSON, DR. BURTON L.
Life Sciences

KELLY, DOLORES
Construction Management

KEMP, ALAN R.
Sociology

KERR, DOUG
Division Chair, Speech/Theatre

KETCHESON, LINDA E.
Faculty Counselor/Advisor

KNUDTSEN, JERE
Music

KOBER, STEPHEN G.
Business

KOOPMANS, GRACE M.
Early Childhood Education

KRIEGER, DR. WILLIAM C.
English; Director, Thoreau Cabin Project and Writing Camps

KWOK, KOON W.
Accounting

LAI, MOSES P.
Geography, East Asian History

LAMKA, MICHAEL E.
Mathematics

LEIFSON, RANDY W.
Professor, Mathematics

LEWIS, SANDRA
Biological and Health Sciences

LOBDELL, R. MARTIN
Psychology

LONG, ROSSE V.
Director, International Programs

LOTTIER, RAYMOND L.
Accounting

MARTIN, BRIAN J.
Digital Design

MAYORGA, VICTORIA
World Languages

MCGONAGILL, CAROL L.
Business Information Technology

MCCLINTON, J. DUNCAN
English

MEDVED, KATHLEEN
Computer Information Systems

MICHAEL, LESLIE
English

MIR, DR. QUI-CHEE A.
Chemistry

MIRANDE, THERESE
World Languages

MOGG, DICK
History

MORTON, DENNIS A.
Sociology

MULLEN, G. JAMES
Psychology

NEWTON, PATRICIA J.
English; Director, Learning Asst. Services

NORMAN, ELIZABETH S.
Earth Sciences

ORRANGE, WILLIAM R.
GED/ABE

OWENS-EWING, KAREN J.
Disability Support Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor

PAN, ROSALIE
English as a Second Language

PARKS, MICHAEL W.
Journalism

PASINATO, MISHELLE
Intensive English 

PAYNE, MARGARET A.
Division Chair, Arts & Humanities, English

PAYNE, RICHARD L.
Business, Accounting, Business Management

PEDERSEN, MORRIS R.
Division Chair, Arts & Humanities; Music

PHILLIPS, RANDALL
Chemistry

PISETZNER, JEFFREY
Reading/Study Skills

RADCLIFFE, KATHERINE A.
ESL

RADES, WILLIAM L.
Fine Arts

RUSSELL, MARY J.
Anthropology

RUSSELL, D. SHARON
English

SAGER, ROBERT J.
Earth and Space Sciences

SALAK, ANN M.
English

SARRELLA, LINDA
Business and Business Management

SCHILLAR, DR. THOMAS A.
Business Management

SCOTT, ELIZABETH
Natural and Social Sciences

SCOTT, SAMUEL T.
Computer Information Systems

SEMSEN, PATRICIA
Library/Media

SIMPSON, JOHN M.
History

SOILEAU, DEIDRE
Vice President, Strategic Advancement and Executive Director Foundation

STAPLES, RAYE
Medical Office Professions, Business

STARR, JANINA
American Sign Language

STOUT, ORVILLE H.
Director, Media Services

TEEPLE, DR. TERRY
Veterinary Technology

TOOHEY, MARY ANN
Developmental Education

TOWNSEND, CATHERINE J.
Business, Business Management, Marketing

TWEED, NORMAN S.
Biological and Health Sciences

URICH, LESLIE
Physics

VANNESON, CHRISTOPHER T.
History/Geography/Political Science

WALL, STEVE
Chancellor; President, Pierce College Puyallup

WATTS, LESLIE
Faculty Counselor; Health Career Advisor

WILLIAMS, DR. ELLAWEESE O.
Humanities, English

WOLDEN, LUANN
​Business Information Technology 

WRIGHT, THOMAS C.
Business Management, Fashion Merchandising

YOCHUM, DENISE
President, Fort Steilacoom

YOUNGER, VIRGINIA C.
English

Glossary

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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 2023-2024 College Catalog was produced by Jamie M. Jones and Emily Nelson in collaboration with Pierce College District Marketing and Communication Department in April 2023.

The information in this catalog is effective as of Summer 2023.

Production Credits

Kate Frerichs
Communications and Public Relations Specialist

JMarie Johnson Kola
Director of Marketing and Communications

Jamie M. Jones
Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness

Emily Nelson
Director of Enrollment Opportunities and Outcomes

Gayle Rambeau
Web Content Manager