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  • Transfer to Oregon State University English Program

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    This two-year degree will provide you with strong communication skills and prepare you to transfer to OSU to pursue a degree in English, writing, or to teach English in elementary or secondary schools.

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  • Why Go Into English
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  • Why Should You Go Into English

    Whether you plan to enter the sciences, a business or technical field, or the liberal arts, your career success will be enhanced by strong communication and critical thinking skills.

    Our programs and classes are designed to help you:

    • develop specific skills in academic, professional or creative writing
    • meet requirements for two-year and four-year degrees
    • acquire practical workplace communication skills
    • enrich your understanding of literature and the humanities

    Some notable English majors are Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Tom Clancy, Jennifer Weiner, Stephen King, Sigourney Weaver, Martin Scorcese, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Kris Kristopherson.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.


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  • Fun Facts in English

    • Isaac Asimov published 516 books, in 9 of the 10 Dewey Decimal categories. When asked what he would do if he learned he only had six months left to live he replied, "Type faster."
    • In 2001, an original collection of Shakespeare's plays called the First Folio, published in 1623, sold at auction for six million dollars.
    • The longest novel ever published is Cyrus the Great by Georges de Scudéry. Released in the 17th Century, the novel is almost two million words long.
    • Said to be the most translated author in the world, Agatha Christie's books have seen 7,233 translations from English.
    • Called by some the "most powerful letter ever written," Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" was written while King was incarcerated, and it contributed to the creation of the landmark Civil Rights Act in the United States.
    • The shortest poem in the English language is said to be "Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes."
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Faculty

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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Kriste York
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.
Cassie Smith
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

Jenn Kepka
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.
Adam Michaud
Alison Clement is an Oregon Book Award winning novelist. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications.
Alison Clement
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

Kacie Wills
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.
David Bockoven
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.
Terrance Millet
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.
Diane Tedrow
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.
Robin Cedar
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.
Matthew Schmidgall
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.
Will Fleming
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

Karelia Stetz-Waters
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.
Bjorn Smars
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.
Pam McLagan
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.
Forrest Johnson
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.
Leana Dickerson
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.
Linda Spain
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).
Stephen Rust
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 !
Donna Trask
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 development.
Ramycia McGhee
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 encompasses.
Peter Bañuelos
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.
Jana Fahey
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.
Matt Usner
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.
Joyce Bower
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

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