SPSCC Welcomes 20 full-time faculty members for 2022-23

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

Christopher Alston, Nursing Professor

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

Ryer Banta, Open Education Librarian

Banta received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Media & Theater Arts: Motion Picture/Video and his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.

Maria Díez-Ortega, Spanish Professor

Díez-Ortega received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies with Spanish Linguistics Specialization from University of Hawai’i at Manoah.

John-Patrick Downey-McCarthy, Culinary Arts Professor

Downey-McCarthy received his vocational Certificate in Restaurant and Food Service from South Seattle Community College.

Gregg Erickson, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science Professor

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

Daniel Hollis, Business Professor

Hollis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in World History from North Carolina State University, Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management/Public Accounting from Pace University School of Business, and Juris Doctor Environmental Law Certificate and International Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law .

Matthew Ito, English Professor

Ito received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Biola University, his Master of Arts in English with a focus in Cultural Studies in Asia/Pacific and is currently working on his Doctorate degree in English from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Tiffany Johnston, Dental Assistant Professor

Johnston received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting from South Puget Sound Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Technical Education and Instructional Design from South Seattle College.

Paradise Low, Professor of Mathematics

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

Dr. Sara McCamman, Nursing Professor

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

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

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

Shruti More, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science Professor

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

Joseph Owen, Professor of Welding

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

Dr. Patricia Poblete, English Professor

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

Jolyn Ponder, Medical Assistant Professor

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

Brad Schrandt, Professor of Music

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

Eric Spieth, Business Professor

Spieth received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Communication Design and Digital Film from California State University and Master of Business Administration degree and Certificate in Community College Teaching from Humboldt State University.

Dr. Paul Tran-Hoang, Philosophy Professor

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

Jean-Baptiste Urtecho, Biology Professor

Urtecho received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California, Davis, and Master of Science degree in Biology from California State University.

Stephanie Ybarra-Rotelli, College and Career Success Professor

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

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

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