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English Department Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty Part Time Faculty Instructional Specialists
Windee Cottle Vaughan Ariano Francine Allen
Sandy Douglass Jim Bowsher Kaitlyn Gallagher
John Marmysz Cecilia Cavalier Jo Muilenburg
Janet Mackintosh Trine Miller Beth Sheofsky
Donna Monahan Noel Dean Robertson Rion R. Smith
David Rollison, Dept. Chair Helen Salem Rowena Southard
Ingrid Schreck Carla Steinberg  
John Sutherland Jamie Tipton  
Larry Tjernell     
Blaze Woodlief    

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Faculty - Full Time
 
Windee Cottle e-mail: win.cottle@marin.edu
Office: HC 205 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9391
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Mrs. Cottle received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and M.A. in English from San Francisco State University where she was also awarded the Certificate in the Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading. Mrs. Cottle began her career at College of Marin as an Instructional Specialist and proudly accepted a full-time teaching position in 2002. She teaches classes in the Computer Writing Center (BC 101), a classroom where students can practice writing online and develop Internet literacy skills such as the ability to evaluate web sites. Working with students of diverse cultures and backgrounds is something she enjoys very much. Her interests outside of work include mountain biking, scuba diving, and playing with her dog Hana.

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Sandy Douglass e-mail: sandra.douglass@marin.edu
Office: HC 208 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9365

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John Marmysz e-mail: john.marmysz@marin.edu
Office: HC 212 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9334
Dr. Marmysz attended College of Marin from 1982 to 1984 before transferring to San Francisco State University, where he earned a BA in sociology, an MA in philosophy and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking.  After working as a part-time college instructor in and around the Bay Area for 5 years, he enrolled in graduate school at The State University of New York at Buffalo and, in 2000, earned his Ph.D. in philosophy. From 2000 to 2005, John taught at Corning Community College, in Corning,  New York.  In the Fall of 2005 he was happy to return to the Bay Area in order to teach at College of Marin.  John’s philosophical interests center on the problem of nihilism and its cultural manifestations.  He has published a number of papers on this topic, and in 2003 his book, Laughing at Nothing: Humor as a Response to Nihilism, was released by SUNY Press.  In 2004, John was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and in the summer of 2005, he was a participant in an NEH sponsored seminar focused on “Terror and Culture” at Stanford University.  Currently, John is completing a new book, titled Wondrous Distress,  that offers a reading of the history of philosophy through the lens of nihilism.  In addition to writing, reading, philosophizing and teaching, John enjoys running, hiking, watching horror movies, riding his motorcycle and listening to loud punk rock music.

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Janet Mackintosh  
Office: HC 204 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9359

Dr. Mackintosh received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in English. She is a student of psychoanalysis and has taught psychoanalytic theory in the Bay Area and edited several psychoanalytic journals. Her most reliable pleasures are opera, Italy and the New York Yankees.

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Donna Monahan e-mail: donna.monahan@marin.edu
Office: HC 206 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9358

The most valuable part of Mrs. Monahan’s education was at UC Berkeley, where she earned an M.A. in English, with emphasis on 17th century poetry and drama. After an initial assignment as an Instructional Specialist, she has taught at College of Marin for nearly two decades. Besides kayaking, her current interests include Renaissance music and dirt-cheap travel.

In her words: In a perfect world I would teach only elective courses, but our students in composition classes are consistently thoughtful, funny, and insightful as they work to master the strenuous art of writing. I believe that good writing is clear thought made visible, and that it enhances students' skills in every other subject. I'm not an easy grader; A's are not automatic. But every student who makes a genuine effort will certainly become a more powerful writer, and I consider it an honor to assist in that process.

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David Rollison, Department Chair   e-mail: david.rollison@marin.edu
Office: HC 225 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9355

Mr. Rollison received an A.A. from Ventura College and B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University. He began teaching at College of Marin in 1975 after teaching at Alan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California from 1969 - 1975. Mr. Rollison is a National Endowment of the Humanities grant recipient and a Josephine Mills fellow. He is the author of a book of poems, Outlaw Music, and founding editor of Tepesquet: A Magazine of the Arts 1969 – 72, 75.

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Ingrid Schreck   e-mail: profschreck@earthlink.net
Office: HC 207 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9611
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Ms. Schreck completed an A.A. at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and went on to study English at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) & University of California at Davis (UCD), where she received her B.A. Ingrid was awarded her M.A. from SFSU. In addition to a Master's degree in English Literature, Ingrid holds a Certificate to Teach Post Secondary Reading as well as a Certificate to Teach Composition from SFSU. Ingrid proudly accepted a full-time teaching position at College of Marin (COM) in 2001.

In her words: The combination of teaching experience at SFSU and at SRJC has well prepared me to meet the challenges of teaching to an ethnically, culturally, economically, and physically diverse student population and has certainly prepared me to meet the demands of teaching students who exhibit great diversity in terms of levels of reading and writing skills. I am constantly searching for ways to integrate technology into my classroom in order to provide students with technological skills in addition to the reading and writing skills that they will need in order to succeed in the competitive job market. I'm especially interested in computer mediated instruction, collaborative learning, critical and feminist pedagogies and building a sense of community in the classroom. When I'm not grading papers or preparing for class, you will most likely find me running with my Beagle, Hero (named after the Hero of “Much Ado About Nothing”), or updating my Web Pages.

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John Sutherland e-mail: john.sutherland@marin.edu
Office: HC 220 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9434

Mr. Sutherland received an M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. He began working in the College of Marin English Department as an Instructional Assistant in 1986. Within a few years, he began teaching part time in addition to continuing in his position as reader. Now a full time instructor, Mr. Sutherland teaches a full range of composition courses in the Department.

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Larry Tjernell e-mail: larry.tjernell@marin.edu
Office: HC 218 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9354

Mr. Tjernell graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. in English Literature from San Jose State University. He began teaching literature and composition at SJSU where he co-directed the university’s writing lab and developed tutoring programs for veterans and EOP students. Before coming to College of Marin, he worked as the associate coordinator for the Learning Resource Center at Foothill College. At COM, he has taught courses in business English, computer literacy, print production, and English composition.

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Blaze Woodlief   e-mail: blaze.woodlief@marin.edu
Office: HC 208 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9647

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Faculty - PART Time
 
Vaughan Ariano e-mail: vaughan.ariano@marin.edu
Office: In Harlan Center Phone: 415 . 485 . 9395

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Jim Bowsher e-mail: jim.bowsher@marin.edu
Office: HC 218 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348

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Cecilia Cavalier e-mail: ceciliac2@juno.com
Office: BC 103 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348
Ms. Cavalier has 25 years of experience in the teaching of language arts to students of all ages, through college and adult education. For the past six years she has taught English and Philosophy at College of Marin. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree from Cornell University in Classical Languages and Literature as well as certificates from San Francisco State University in the teaching of both reading and writing at the college level. One of the features of her work at College of Marin that she particularly enjoys is that fact that her classes have students from both the United States and abroad. Her years of study at a Mexican university and her ability to speak fluent Spanish make her aware of the rich learning possibilities that are inherent in classrooms like those at College of Marin in which the students come from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

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Trine Miller  email: trinems@comcast.net
Office: In  Harlan Center Phone: 415 . 485 . 9438

Ms. Miller received a B.A. from UCSB, and an M.A. from San Francisco State University, where she also completed the Certificate in the Teaching of Composition.  She has been teaching part-time at the College of Marin since Fall 2000.  Ms. Miller decided to teach composition for three main reasons: 1) She loves to write, and wants to pass that on to others; 2) She loves to demystify composition and the writing process, give students concrete lessons that will help them think about, organize, develop and revise their writing; and 3) She wants to help students develop the writing skills that are so critical in their other classes and in the world beyond academia. 

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Noel Dean Robertson e-mail: noeldr@comcast.net
Office: BC 103 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9349

Mr. Robertson, a life-time Alpha Gamma Sigma member and former College of Marin re-entry student, transferred to UC Berkeley where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1991 with a B.A. in English. The following year he earned an M.A. also in English at UC Berkeley, where he continued as a graduate assistant working closely with Maxine Hong Kingston in non fiction, Bharati Mukherjee in fiction and Hertha Wong and Genero Padilla in Autobiography and Ethnic American Literature. Under the guidance of Hong Kingston’s, he wrote a bicultural autobiographical novel and self analysis for his Masters thesis. His most recent publications include the following short stories: "Roachville Redemption" and “The Troll and the Trashman” for Dominican University’s award winning TUXEDO Magazine. He has over ten years experience teaching at College of Marin and Dominican University of California in the following subjects: Developmental English, Multicultural American Literature, TUXEDO’s Literary Magazine, College English and Creative Writing. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Robertson was a professional carpenter, guitar player and classical ballet dancer. Aside from professional performances, beginning in 1981, he taught Classical Ballet, specializing in Men's and Pas de Deux classes at public and private Bay Area institutions, including San Francisco State University, Ballet Theatre West and the Vallejo, Santa Rosa and Petaluma Ballet Schools.

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Helen Salem   e-mail: helen.salem@marin.edu
Office: In Harlan Center Phone: 415 . 485 . 9395

Mrs. Salem received a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University. Prior teaching experience includes Peace Corps (Turkey), high school, and business writing workshops Her professional interests include argumentation and non-fiction.

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Carla Steinberg   e-mail: carla@svn.net
Office: BC 103 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348
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Dr. Steinberg received a B.A. from Syracuse University, M.A. from Sonoma State University and Doctorate at State University of New York at Albany. She is an adjunct professor of Literature at Sonoma State where she teaches World Lit, Post Colonial Lit, Short Story, Drama, Advanced Comp, Personal Essay, Reading Across the Curriculum, Mythic Structures, and a Course of Ideas. She is a generalist who has read and thought widely and deeply and is an ardent student of art, history, music, philosophy, gardening and gastronomy. She has sailed to Mexico on a small boat, had a catering business, been a photographer, art reviewer and op ed writer, won the California short story contest in 1989, published poetry in small reviews, and began her career as a monologist at the Marsh Theatre in June.

"It is the obligation of higher education to challenge students to think outside the box, to solve problems, and take steps away from the brink of extinction. Instead of continuing endless wars of competing factions, we can evoke a transformative vision of ourselves as a cooperative harmonious species whose members work together for the good of the whole. We can liberate rather than oppress. We can awaken, enlighten, inspire...perchance amuse."

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Jamie Tipton e-mail: james.tipton@marin.edu
Office: BC 103 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348

In his words: At UC Davis, my Ph.D. fields were 19th and 20th century British and American literature, and my dissertation was "Sacramental Moments in the Poetry of Kenneth Rexroth," discussing the transcendental and ecological insights of Rexroth's great love and nature poetry. I worked closely on my dissertation and on my poetry with pulitzer-prize winning poet, Gary Snyder. I have an M.A. in Creative Writing as well, from SFSU, my M.A. thesis being a book of my poetry.

I have taught composition, literature, and creative writing for twenty-two years, starting at UC Davis, where I became a full time Lecturer. After completing my doctoral qualifying exams at UCD, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as an Exchange Lecturer, and taught at the University of Bordeaux, France. There for one year, I taught grammar, writing and literature and researched places Kenneth Rexroth wrote about. Since UC Davis, I taught as a full time literature generalist at a small Midwest liberal arts college, and now for over ten years, I have taught all levels of composition and literature, as well as creative writing, at community colleges in the Bay Area. For five years I also led the fiction workshops for the Writer's Center of Marin.

My professional interest is my writing of poetry and fiction, which I work on constantly.

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Instructional Specialist
 
Francine Allen e-mail:
Office: HC 218 Phone:

Mrs. Allen graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in the History of Art. Her particular field of interest was the transformation of Buddhist imagery in its migration from India through China, Japan and S.E. Asia. She then spent several years traveling and working at a wide variety of jobs. After receiving an M.A. in Creative Writing/ English from SFSU, she wrote for various magazines and newspapers. She was Associate Editor of CommonKnowledge, the quarterly journal of the Commonwealth Institute and published a commercially successful cookbook with Ten Speed Press. Mrs. Allen has lived in Inverness for 28 years, where she and her husband built their own home. She has an extensive organic garden and raises fruits and vegetables for her family as well as supplies Manka's Restaurant. She lives with her husband, a teenage son, a black lab, and an amazing collection of tropical fish.

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Kaitlyn Gallagher  e-mail: kaitlyngallagher@earthlink.net
Office: HC 214 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9647

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Jo Muilenburg e-mail: jo.muilenburg@marin.edu
Office: HC 218 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348

As a student of literature at the University at Chapel Hill where she obtained a B.A., Ms. Muilenburg studied with published Southern writers, Max Steele and Doris Betts. Since 1978, Ms. Muilenburg has worked as an Instructional Specialist. She is also experienced in tutoring students in A.P. classes and editing in the private sector. Her hobbies include composing music and studying Asian medicine.

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Beth Sheofsky e-mail: bethsheofsky@yahoo.com
Office: HC 214 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348

Ms. Sheofsky received a B.A. in English from University of San Diego and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Literature and a Certificate in Teaching Composition at San Francisco State University. She worked in the Writing Center as a peer tutor while she was a student at USD. She has worked as an Instructional Specialist at College of Marin since 1996 and has been an editor for SFSU’s Graduate Literature Association journal, Interpretations, for the past two years.

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Rion R. Smith e-mail: rionrobertsmith@hotmail.com
Office: BC 103 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9348

Mr. Smith received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from the University of London (Royal Holloway). Rion has been an Instructional Specialist at College of Marin since 2000. Rion can be found in LC 110 or helping students.

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Rowena Southard  e-mail: rowena.southard@marin.edu
Office: HC 214 Phone: 415 . 485 . 9349
Mrs. Southard received her B.A. in literature and M.A. in English from Sonoma State University. She taught basic composition at Sonoma State while finishing her M.A. and now works as an Instructional Specialist and Part-time Instructor at College of Marin. Her interests include writers of the American Renaissance, composition studies, and creative writing. Rowena enjoys working with students, both online and in person. She also writes short stories and collects historical circus memorabilia.

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