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Humanities faculty at COCC are award-winning leaders in their fields who provide students with inspiring courses and knowledgeable advising. View the Humanities directory for a full listing of faculty and staff.
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Prior to attending college, Jake already had real-world experience as a writer under his belt — for five years, he served in the Army as a photojournalist. Jake went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Oregon. He has been at COCC since 2002.
Jake teaches a variety of classes, ranging from Freshman Composition to Film Analysis to Literature and Digital Games Culture. "My favorite courses to teach are the ones I have in the current term," he says. "Every class is different, and I really enjoy helping students as they lead themselves to those aha! moments that are the center of higher education."
Stephanie teaches a full range of Humanities courses, including one of the College's most sought-after classes: Folklore and U.S. Popular Culture [ENG 256], aka "the vampire class." Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of Notre Dame and her master's degree in English literature at Rutgers University. Before moving to Oregon, she worked as an assistant paralegal in a law firm and as an instructor at Raritan Valley Community College, keeping a consistent connection with the Rutgers University Writing Program as a tutor and part-time lecturer. Stephanie enjoys providing an engaging and supporting environment for students as they learn. "I love facilitating conversations during class meetings and helping students develop their voice and their skills in argumentation," she says.
Stacey has extensive experience teaching in-person and online writing and literature courses at a variety of community colleges and universities. Her favorite class to teach at COCC is Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition [WR 122] "because it focuses on skills critical to being an engaged citizen in the 21st century." She also enjoys sharing her love of reading with students in her Autobiography and Introduction to Fiction classes.
During the summer, Stacey leads workshops for graduate students in English about teaching at community colleges. She is the recipient of the 2020 Francis Andrew March Award for Service to the Humanities from the Association of Departments of English (part of the Modern Language Association), and the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn DesJardin's Leadership Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.
Stacey holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton (and, yes, she still has a New York accent).
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Christopher completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Western Illinois University and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida, specializing in composition, rhetoric, and writing studies. His doctoral research focused on writing and writing pedagogy in prisons. At COCC, he teaches numerous courses, including Academic Composition, Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition, Technical Writing, and Creative Writing: Nonfiction.
M. Eileen Sather
After earning a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Eileen has been teaching writing and literature at community colleges across the country. Her initial love for writing stemmed from scribbling fictional stories in notebooks about angels delivering pizza, but she has also written articles for her high school and college newspapers, drafted client reports for a medical company, and worked as a web content writer for a company that sold Halloween costumes, sometimes producing up to 30 costume descriptions a day. Eileen draws on these varied personal and professional experiences with writing to try to help students find ways that writing can help them connect and create in the various contexts of their lives.
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Carrie J. Walker
With a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in English, Carrie's past experiences include a postdoctoral scholar post with the department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Fulbright scholar post that she conducted in Jamaica. Her interest in letter writing and human rights has grown out of her dissertation, "Reinventing Epistolarity: Contemporary Women Writers and Human Rights," which examines the resurgence of the epistolary novel among women writers across the Black Atlantic. Carrie's research interests include women's literature, Africana literature, and letter writing as a social practice. At COCC, she teaches developmental writing courses, composition, and world literature.
Malinda "Mindy" Williams
Although she considered many majors as an undergraduate, it was her love of writing and literature that prompted Mindy to select English as a primary course of study. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English and biblical studies from Hope International University, Mindy worked in marketing and technical writing for an audio-visual peripheral manufacturer before returning to graduate school at California State University, Chico, for her master's degree, and then the University of Denver for her Ph.D., both in English/literary studies.
Mindy teaches a range of courses at COCC, including Technical Writing, Women's and Gender Studies, and several American literature courses, all connecting with her past professional experience and scholarly interests in feminist criticism and critical race theory.