The SPSCC welcomes 20 full-time professors for 2022-2023

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South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) kicked off its 2022-23 academic year this week, welcoming 20 new full-time tenure-track faculty to the college.

Kristofer Alston, Professor of Nursing

Alston received her Associate of Science degree from Lone Star Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and her Master of Nursing in Nursing Informatics from Western Governors University.

Ryer Banta, Open Education Librarian

Banta earned her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theater Arts: Film/Video and her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Maria Díez-Ortega, Spanish teacher

Díez-Ortega earned her Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Complutense University of Madrid, and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

John-Patrick Downey-McCarthy, culinary arts teacher

Downey-McCarthy received her Professional Certification in Restaurant and Food Service from South Seattle Community College.

Gregg Erickson, professor of information systems and computer science

Erickson received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Washington and his Master of Science in Industrial Technology and Master of Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University.

Daniel Hollis, Business Professor

Hollis holds a Bachelor of Arts in World History from North Carolina State University, an MBA in Strategic Management/Public Accounting from Pace University School of Business, and a Juris Doctor Certificate in environmental law and a certificate in international law from Pace University School of Law. .

Matthew Ito, English teacher

Ito earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Biola, her Master of Arts in English with a major in Asia/Pacific Cultural Studies, and is currently working on her PhD in English from the University of Hawai’i in Manoa.

Tiffany Johnston, Dental Assisting Professor

Johnston received his Associate of Applied Science degree in dental assisting from South Puget Sound Community College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Technical Education and Instructional Design from South Seattle College.

Paradise Low, math teacher

Low received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming from Joliet Junior College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel and Textile Design from Michigan State University, and is completing his Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois. University.

Dr. Sara McCamman, Professor of Nursing

McCamman earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from North Western Wyoming Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Nursing Practice from the University of Wyoming.

Gabrielle Morales, ABE Reading & Writing/I-BEST Professor

Morales earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Written Communications from Bushnell University and her Master of Science in Education, Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Shruti More, professor of information systems and computer science

More received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems and Computer Engineering Systems, his Master of Science in Computer Systems, and is currently working on his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Joseph Owen, Welding Instructor

Owen earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology from Los Medanos College.

Dr. Patricia Poblete, English teacher

Poblete received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing and his Master of Arts from La Sierra University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University.

Jolyn Ponder, Medical Assistant Professor

Ponder received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting from South Puget Sound Community College.

Brad Schrandt, music teacher

Schrandt received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a major in Jazz Studies from Winona State University and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Improvised Music from the University of Washington.

Eric Spieth, Business Professor

Spieth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Communication Design and Digital Film from California State University and an MBA and teaching certificate from community college at Humboldt State University.

Dr. Paul Tran-Hoang, Professor of Philosophy

Tran-Hoang received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Master of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Science in Mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame .

Jean-Baptiste Urtecho, professor of biology

Urtecho received his BSc in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis and his MSc in Biology from California State University.

Stephanie Ybarra-Rotelli, professor of academic and professional success

Ybarra-Rotelli received her Associate of Arts degree from South Puget Sound Community College, her Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Literature from Evergreen State College, and her Master of Arts in Writing and Directing for Humboldt Theater. State University. She has worked part-time for the college since September 2015.

Editor’s Note: The above article was sent to The JOLT on September 20, 2022.

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