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Suzanne AtkinSuzanne Atkin

Suzanne has a Master’s Degree in communication and teaches collegiate classes in communication for several local universities and colleges. Receiving her degree from Portland State University, while working full time for the high-tech sector, Suzanne brings to the classroom an integration of real-world communication scenarios with theoretical underpinnings. From Basic Communication to Organizational Communication and Public Speaking, Suzanne is an energetic and engaging instructor whose philosophy is student-centered and believes by working on ourselves, we can change the outcome of our communication interactions.

As a Certified Professional Consultant And Trainer as well as a Certified Mediator, Suzanne is also the owner of Workplace Harmony, a highly successful organizational development consulting firm that is dedicated to raising productivity, improving customer service and reducing wasted management time as a direct result of resolving jobsite tensions and increasing workplace synergy.

Chris Edwards
I have been a communication instructor at PCC since 1997. I have a BA in both Communication and Psychology from Washington State University, and a MS in Communication from Purdue University. I primarily teach Introduction to Speech Communication and Public Speaking. My primary areas of interest are nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication and communication technology.
Jorge EspinosaJorge Espinosa
Jorge Espinosa received his BA from Lewis and Clark College in the summer of 1975 and his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University in 1982. He has taught communication courses to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in the country since 1979. He was hired at PCC in 1989 as the first full-time director for the Office of Affirmative Action for the college district. He has been a full-time faculty in the Communication Studies Department at Cascade campus for the last nine years.
Jeremy EstrellaJeremy Estrella
Jeremy Estrella graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Speech Communication and an MA in Communication Studies. Before coming to PCC, Jeremy taught Speech Courses at various colleges throughout Southern California including CSULB, Long Beach City College, Fullerton College, El Camino College and High School in Inglewood, CA. Jeremy started out his career in Communication as an on-air personality and DJ at a Hip Hop/Top 40 radio station in California. He also served as Assistant Director of a nationally recognized performance troupe in Long Beach, CA, which addresses issues such as sexual assault prevention, diversity education and homophobia. Jeremy’s academic interests include pedagogy, rhetoric, interpersonal communication and persuasion. Jeremy’s hobbies include hiking, bicycling, swimming, weight training, skateboarding and Simpson’s trivia.
Chris Hale

Chris has been teaching speech communication at PCC since 1992. She typically teaches Speech 100 and 111. Chris’s courses are intended to introduce the student to communication and public speaking. Her classes emphasize communication skills that students will use throughout their lives. Chris believes that it is not enough to simply communicate well, it is also important to be able to critically evaluate messages being sent and received in both the public and personal arenas. In Speech 100, students are introduced to the importance of both the verbal and nonverbal communication that takes place in our world, including the impact of gender, culture, race and ethnicity. In Speech 111, students focus on how to deliver a speech and how to critically evaluate speeches delivered in the public forum.

Chris began her post-secondary education in the community college setting and completed her graduate studies at the University of Portland. Chris has had a long and successful corporate career and brings to the classroom a unique blend of experience in both the academic and corporate worlds. When not teaching, Chris is an avid athlete, with a successful climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, in January of 2008.

Chris KernionChris Kernion
Chris Kernion received his BS in Speech Communication from Western Oregon University in 1997 and MA in Speech Communication from California State University, East Bay in 2002. He has been teaching at PCC since 2002 as a part-time faculty member and completed 3 one-year temporary full-time appointments. He has also worked with fellow colleagues to design and implement the SP 100 online course at PCC. His focus of interest includes rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and interpersonal communication.
Holly KingHolly King

Holly King graduated from San Francisco State University in 1989 with an MA in Speech and Communication. She primarily teaches public speaking, introduction to communication, gender communication and intercultural communication. Holly has been involved in the following college initiatives: service learning, internationalizing the curriculum, lowering cost of textbooks, student retention, and focus the nation on sustainability.

Most notably Holly has recently begun to work with veteran students to bring awareness of their need for support. She facilitated two panels of veteran students at the Teaching and Learning Center, initiated a committee to provide support for veterans at the Rock Creek Campus, and also serves as an advisor for the Veterans Students Club. Holly is currently SAC chair of speech communication (2008-2009). In addition, she serves on the following PCC committees: Veteran’s Support, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Staff Development, Multicultural Committee, Sabbatical Review Committee, Stop the Hate, and various hiring committees.

Susan MannSusan Mann
"They know enough who know how to learn.” When I read this quote by Henry Brooks Adams chiseled over a doorway in college, it resonated with me. Today, I continue my learning journey with my students here at PCC. While I started my undergraduate years as an art major, I ended them earning my BA in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. After travel and a short stint as a server at a pizza joint, I began my career in corporate communications and public relations, and later in advertising. Yet teaching, instead of selling people unneeded stuff, was what I “wanted to do when I grew up.” So, like many of our PCC students, I returned to school, this time to earn my MS in Management Communication from the University of Portland. I have been teaching (and learning) ever since, first at the University of Portland and now at PCC Sylvania. When not teaching, traveling, taking photographs, or trying to keep up with family and new technology, I can be found wandering and pondering words of advice or wisdom chiseled on buildings, monuments and sidewalks.
Katy NadalKaty Nadal
Katy has been teaching speech classes at PCC for more than 15 years and has interests in "things intercultural, intergenerational, and environmental". A proud native Oregonian, she's spent considerable time living out of state, including time in Washington, Iowa, Michigan, and three years in Iran. Away from campus, you'll find her at home reading, working in her garden or out enjoying the NW hiking and/or reacquainting herself with small towns in Oregon. On Oregon wine weekends, you might find her pouring tastes at her brother-in-law's vineyard.
Bob Pryor
Bob Pryor teaches Fundamentals of Speech, Persuasion, and Mass Communication. Bob received his BA and MA in Communications at Purdue University and a PhD in Mass Media and Culture from the University of Illinois. Before coming to PCC, Bob taught at several universities, including Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Nebraska and Northern Illinois University.

Patricia Semura

Pat teaches the following speech communication courses: SP 100 Intro to Speech Communication, SP 101 Oral Communication Skills, SP 110 Voice and Articulation, SP 111 Public Speaking, SP 112 Persuasion, Argumentation, and Debate, SP 140 Intercultural Communication, SP 212 Voice and Diction, and SP 229 Oral Interpretation. She received a bachelor’s and MA in Speech Communication from the University of Hawaii where her studies included debate and forensics, persuasion, rhetoric and public address, linguistics, acting, and oral interpretation. She also completed graduate work in classical rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, language acquisition, and communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her primary areas of teaching are public speaking, voice and diction, phonetics, TESOL, language acquisition, and intercultural communication. For many years, she worked with non-native speakers both at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and at PCC in the English as a Non-Native Language (ENL) program. In addition to teaching classes, she loves gardening and enjoys tutoring phonetics in the PCC Cascade Learning Center.

Doris WerkmanDoris Werkman
Doris Werkman graduated from Portland State University in 1982 with a BS in Speech Communication and Sociology, with a minor in Journalism. She holds a MS in Speech Communication, also from PSU (1986). Doris has been teaching for PCC since 1985. She previously taught as a full-time instructor at Portland State University. Doris won an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002.

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