Chancellor Shouan Pan and the Seattle Colleges District Board of Trustees formally honored 15 newly tenured faculty members at the Tenure Recognition Reception on Thursday, March 9, at Seattle Central College. Among those acknowledged were five faculty members from North Seattle College: Alexandra Abeyta, Hugo Alamillo, Charles Eckard, Beth Goss and Zola Mumford. North Seattle College also honors faculty member Stephanie Solomon, who recently received “core status” as a full-time instructor in the Intensive English Program (IEP). “Core Status” is essentially tenure for faculty in the IEP, which is a contract program.
About the Honored Faculty
Alexandra Abeyta started at South Seattle College in Adult Basic Education (ABE) in 2008. She was hired as a full-time ABE instructor at North Seattle College in 2014 where she led efforts to implement High School 21+, a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners. In recognition of her teaching and leadership, Abeyta received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award in 2015. Abeyta holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching, both from the University of Washington.
Hugo Alamillo received his Ph.D. in zoology from Washington State University, a master’s in biology from the University Missouri and a master’s in historical administration and museum studies from the University of Kansas. Alamillo has taught biology classes in a new modality, participated in the Diversity Advisory Committee, written a curriculum development grant, and taught contextualized classes in partnership with the Hospital Employees Education and Training (HEET) Program grants. (Alamillo was awarded tenure in June 2016.)
Charles “Chuck” Eckard was born in Seattle and raised in Bellevue. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, he worked with Boeing for nearly eight years, most of them in Flight Test Engineering. He then returned to WSU to earn an M.B.A. He began teaching electronics in 1995 and came to North in 2014, where he has taught many of the electronics courses.
Beth Goss/Parent Education
Beth Goss did graduate work in elementary education and is a full-time faculty member at North Seattle College where she teaches parent education classes to families raising children from birth to five years. She is also a Certified Gottman Educator and Training Specialist for the Bringing Baby Home program and runs postpartum support groups for Swedish Medical Center. She is married and the mother of two children.
Zola Mumford is a reference and instruction librarian at North. She serves on the Committee on Academic Standards and the Coordinated Studies committee. Outside North, she has co-curated the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, a program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Her background also includes arts event management, film and TV production, historical research, writing, and preservation work with film and print materials in university and private film and art archives.
Stephanie Solomon was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Texas in Austin. After living, traveling and teaching English in Japan, she came back to the U.S. to get her master’s degree in education/TESOL in 1998 at City University. She has worked at various schools around Seattle and has been teaching English for over 20 years. She teaches in the Intensive English Program.