Inspired by her hero, Charles Kuralt, Kriste is visiting all 50 states during her
forties (she counts a state when she's eaten in it and not in an airport). In 4.5
years she's been to 33 states. So far her second favorite state is Kansas.
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Cassie Smith graduated from Boise State University in 2013 with a Master's in English,
Rhetoric and Composition and has taught writing courses at the College of Western
Idaho and Brigham Young University-Idaho. She currently works in Student Services
at Oregon State University and teaches Writing 115 and 121 for Linn-Benton Community
College. In her free time, Cassie enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, hiking,
taking road trips, exploring Oregon's many diversions, and spending time with her
husband and kids.
Jenn Kepka teaches writing and developmental college courses at Linn-Benton and Lane
Community Colleges. She holds a Master's of Fine Arts degree from the University of
Oregon and a Master's of Science in Education -- Information Technology from Western
Oregon University. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Boise State University,
studying Educational Technology, and a 2017-2018 Open Education Group research fellow.
Jenn Kepka Website
Adam Michaud holds Masters degrees in Literature and Creative writing. Since 2006,
he has taught classes in composition, creative writing, business writing and theater
arts at universities, colleges and high schools on both coasts. He is passionate about
words, wild spaces and boardgames.
Alison Clement is an Oregon Book Award winning novelist. Her short stories and essays
have appeared in a variety of publications.
Kacie Wills specializes in teaching a range of courses in composition and critical
thinking, including both technical and business writing. She researches eighteenth
century literature and culture, Pacific exploration, and Romantic poetry. She is currently
completing her dissertation for her PhD in English.
Kacie Wills Website
David Bockoven teaches courses in writing, literature, and the Humanities at Linn-Benton
Community College, Lane Community College, and American Public University System.
His research interests include literary theory, philosophy, literature, intellectual
history, music, and film. He grew up in the Seattle area and has lived in Seattle,
Los Angeles, and, since 1992, Eugene. He earned a B.A. at the University of Washington
in 1991 and a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Oregon in 1998. His
dissertation, "For Another Time of Reading," investigates the ways people use stories
to help give meaning to their experience of time.
Terrance Millet, author of fiction and poetry, including translations from the Greek
poetry of C. P. Cavafy and the German poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, received an M.A.
from The University of Western Ontario and an M.F.A from Oregon State. His short fiction
has appeared in such magazines as The Hopkins Review, Descant, The New Quarterly,
Acumen, and the Clackamas Literary Review, his poetry in Canadian Literature, Pig
Iron Press, and the CBC Anthology, and his novel Bones in the Dam explores the struggles
of a military family through three generations.
With 26 years of Hewlett-Packard engineering management experience and 15 years as
a private-practice mediator/facilitator, Brian B. Egan teaches WR 227 Technical Writing
at LBCC as a life-skills course. His very eclectic history - living and working in
Germany and England, raising a gay son, playing in a rock band, mentoring students
remotely, serving in the US Air Force, painting watercolors and creating stained glass,
volunteering for charities, and learning to partially understand cats - all influence
his teaching style. Brian's philosophy of life is based on The Bucket List and the
immortal words of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Theodore Logan: "Be excellent to each other...
and party on, dudes!"
Brian Egan Website
Brian B. Egan
Diane Tedrow is a native New Englander who got her bachelor's degree from Northeastern
University and her master's degree from Assumption College. She began teaching in
1976 in Massachusetts and has been at Linn-Benton since 1990. Diane is married and
has two sons and two grandchildren.
Robin Cedar is a teacher here at LB, predominately WR-121 and WR-115. She's a graduate
of Oregon State University, where she earned her MFA in Writing, and Lewis & Clark
College, where she earned her BA in English. There is nothing she wants more in the
world than to read a killer student essay about orcas or quasars.
Matthew Schmidgall received his M.A. in English from Oregon State University and primarily
teaches composition. Despite his graduate degree in English, he earned a B.A. in mathematics
from Western Oregon University where he thoroughly enjoyed studying pure mathematics
with a focus on Number Theory. When he is not editing math textbooks, he's typically
found taking far too many pictures of his cats.
Will Fleming has been teaching college-level English Composition, Creative Writing,
and Workplace and Technical Writing since 2003.Will earned a B.A. in English at Vermont
College, a Master's in English from the City College of New York, and then moved to
Oregon in 2006 to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon in
Eugene, where he has lived with his wife (also a writer) and their two children ever
since. Will taught part-time at LBCC for several years until in 2015 he became a
full-time English faculty member who specializes in Technical, Workplace, and Business
Writing as well as Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.
Karelia Stetz-Waters has been teaching composition, technical writing, and creative
writing for 15 years and is currently the English department chair. She is also a
contemporary lesbian writer with five titles on the market. Her novels include For
Good, Something True, The Admirer, The Purveyor, and Lambda Literary Award and Golden
Crown Literary Society finalist Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before. She has a
BA in comparative literature from Smith College and an MA in English literature from
the University of Oregon.
Karelia Stetz-Waters Website
Bjorn began teaching at LBCC in the Developmental Studies department in 2016 and in
the English department in 2017; he also teaches at the University of Oregon where
he earned his Master's degree in 2014. His personal and scholarly interests often
overlap and include 20th and 21st century genre fiction, comics, and film; and feminism,
queer theory, ecocriticism, and food studies. In his free time, he enjoys hiking,
homebrewing, spending time with his wife and their two cats, writing fiction and comics,
and reading all of the horror and Weird fiction he can get his hands on.
I completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Oregon State University and have
done post-master's work at Oregon State, Western Oregon University, Lewis and Clark
College, and George Fox University. Oregon is my home state, but I've also lived
in New England, Southern California, and Indonesia. Teaching is my "thing," and I
spent ten years in public and private high schools in the Willamette Valley and have
taught part time at LBCC for nearly twenty years.
I teach writing and literature at LBCC. My specialty is in both creating and analyzing
comics. I spend my spare time building instruments out of recycled/repurposed stuff,
skating with my wife and kids, birding, and thinking about basketball.
Leana Dickerson teaches an array of writing classes at Linn Benton Community College.
When not focused on writing structure and creativity, she studies women writers, regionalism,
and environmental literature. She has a B.A. in English from Western Oregon University,
and an M.A. in English from Portland State University.
Linda Spain has been a faculty member at LBCC for over 30 years teaching a variety
of writing and literature classes. She currently teaches primarily online focusing
on humanities and film courses. She is part owner of Pak Mail, a shipping business
in Corvallis where she enjoys time with her husband, sons, granddaughter and cat.
Stephen Rust, PhD is a part time faculty member in the English Department at LBCC,
where he teaches first-year writing and film studies courses. He is also a full-time
instructor at the University of Oregon, where he teaches composition and cinema studies,
and a part-time instructor at Oregon State University, where he teaches film studies.
Stephen has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and was lead editor on two scholarly
books, Ecocinema Theory and Praxis (American Film Institute/Routledge Press, 2013)
and Ecomedia: Key Issues (Earthscan/Routledge, 2016).
I am a native of Corvallis, an hereditary Spartan (Mom was Class of 1941), CHS graduate,
Class of 1965, and an OSU graduate, BA English, Centennial Class (1969); my MA is
Interdisciplinary Studies (Education, English, and Psychology), from Western Oregon,
1979. After touring Europe in the summer of 1971 with the OSU Choralaires, I began
my teaching career and taught high school Language Arts at Myrtle Point High, Amity
High, and Chemawa Indian School in Keizer, I am now on the threshold of my second
decade at LBCC !
Dr. Ramycia McGhee is a Chicago native and holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from
UW-Whitewater, M.S.in Journalism from Roosevelt University, and an Ed.D in Education
Leadership Management from Capella University. Before beginning her career at Linn
Benton in fall 2017, she worked as an adjunct English instructor for City Colleges
of Chicago. Her specialties include developmental writing and adjunct professional
Hello, my name is Peter Bañuelos and I'm new to the LBCC English Department, but I'm
so happy to be here as writing is a strong passion of mine as I like to write poetry,
short stories, and the occasional essay. My next project is a children's book with
a fellow alumnus from OSU, which is where I studied writing and culture, but I also
studied Adult Education and Ethnic Studies. Other than writing, my main focus and
research revolves around subjects such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality,
culture, equity, inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality and I'm thrilled that
I get to have these discussions in my classes, along with writing and all that this
Jana Fahey is passionate about learning how to write with confidence and sophistication,
and she constantly strives to find new ways to share that passion with her students.
She is particularly interested in the study of knowledge transfer as it applies to
the rhetoric and composition discipline. Jana graduated from California State University,
Sacramento with her master's degree in Literature and her Teaching Composition Certificate.
A native of Pennsylvania, Matt has taught English at the community college level since
2000. He joined the full-time faculty at Linn-Benton in 2012.
Joyce Bower received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Writing
from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and her Master of Arts degree in
English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico
State University. She grew up in Oregon and is excited to raise her four children
with her husband in Albany. When she is not sharing her passion for writing while
teaching, she enjoys hanging out with family, baking, and traveling.
John R. Campbell's poems and essays have appeared widely in literary journals such
as Poetry, The Threepenny Review, North American Review, Georgia Review, The Seattle Review, Terrain, Northwest Review, and Poetry East. His book of environmental essays, Absence and Light, is available from the University of Nevada Press, and his novel, Mountains Drawn By Memory, can be found on Amazon. He has won awards from Poets and Writers, the Utah Arts
Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation.
John R. Campbell
Before coming to Oregon, Colleen Boardman grew up in the Ozark Mountain village of
Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She holds a dual BA in English and Chemistry from the University
of Arkansas, and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Oregon State University. Colleen’s
current scholastic interests include archival and material rhetorics, the work of
chemist Linus Pauling, and medieval illuminated manuscripts. She recently published
a book chapter in Assembling Oregon: Material Rhetoric in the Pacific Northwest (ed.
E. Pflugfelder) on the rhetorical phenomenon of the PDX Carpet.