Biography

Justus Ballard
Justus Ballard received his B.A. in English from UCLA and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He teaches composition, creative writing, and film, and he is the Managing Editor of Building 45, Chemeketa's online literary/arts journal. His novelette The Cubist Infant was published by Cloverfield Press in 2006.

Kim Colantino
Kim earned a BA in English from George Fox University and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State, Pullman. After several years working for Chemeketa as a part-timer, she joined the full-time ranks in 2010. Kim teaches WR 121, Technical Writing (WR 227), Introduction to Drama (ENG 105), and the Bible as Literature (ENG 275).

LeAnna Crawford
Always a traveler, LeAnna attended schools ranging from community college to the National University of Ireland, Galway for her undergraduate work. She received her B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. LeAnna has always had a special place for the absurd, the extraordinary, and art that pushes the boundaries of what we call “art.” She brings that, as well as her belief in the power of language, to her teaching of writing and literature to Chemeketa.

Daniel Couch
Daniel earned his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MA in Composition and Rhetoric, American Literature (1890-1940), and Postcolonial British Literature from Portland State University.

Daniel spent seven years in the non-profit sector doing technical writing and providing training and technical assistance to community colleges across the country before joining Chemeketa full time in 2014. He has taught and teaches WR 80, 115, 121, and 122.

Sydney Darby
Sydney has taught writing and literature at Chemeketa since 2000. She earned her MA in English from Boston College, focusing on African American and Women’s Literature. She completed doctoral courses at the University of Kentucky focusing on American Literature, Literary Theory and Composition and Rhetoric.

Tammy Jabin
Tammy, a former Chemeketa student, earned her BA in English and Spanish from Willamette University and her MA in English from Portland State University. She has taught composition and literature (Intro to Fiction, Intro to Poetry, Latin American Literature, and World Lit) at Chemeketa since 2001, and is fluent in Spanish.

Tammy is currently serving as one of the coordinators of the College Writing Center, and is active in promoting Learning Communities at Chemeketa. Tammy's classes are challenging, interactive and fun. She creates classroom environments that welcome questions and allow for mistakes. Tammy loves teaching, and helping students develop the tools that they need to be successful.

Eva Payne
After a varied work background that included being a waitress, truck driver, legal secretary, and professional firefighter, Eva attended Oregon State as an older-than-average student and earned a BA in English, an MA in Rhetoric and Composition, and a MA in Teaching.

Eva's teaching style centers on active student participation. She often teaches WR 227 (technical writing) and ENG106 (Poetry as Literature), but sometimes gets the chance to teach WR121 or WR122. Eva welcomes questions regarding advising, so feel free to contact her.

Magdalen Powers
Magdalen Powers has a BA in English from Reed College and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida. She has taught at Chemeketa since 2008 and worked as a professional copy editor for more than 20 years. She is a writer, musician, avid reader and fabulous cook. Having lived in four U.S. states and one European country, she enjoys meeting new people with different backgrounds and experiences. She teaches composition (WR 115, 121, and 122); technical writing (WR 227); beginning and advanced fiction writing (WR 241 and 244); literature appreciation, introduction to literature, and occasionally poetry (ENG 100, 104, and 106, respectively). She is the director of the visiting writer series at the Salem campus, Chemeketa Writes, and the faculty advisor of Writers Anonymous, Chemeketa’s student creative writing club.

Jill Rupert
Jill has taught at Chemeketa since 2003. She generally teaches Literature Appreciation, WR 121, WR 122, and English Literature. She also coordinates the Online Writing Center.
Jill holds a B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith has few regrets about leaving Chicago behind in 2014 to join the faculty at Chemeketa, where he teaches writing and film arts courses. His writing classes deal with sustainability, and recent or upcoming film course topics include Introduction to Film, The Films of Pixar Studios, Comic Book Movies, Animation, The Horror Film, and The Lord of the Rings Franchise. He started life after high school at a community college and received BAs in History and English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MA in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric and a PhD in Film Studies, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While Kevin finds the natural beauty of Oregon awe-inspiring, he has, sadly, not yet been able to find good pizza.

Jeremy Trabue
Jeremy finished his MA in English at the University of West Georgia and began teaching composition, rhetoric, and literature there. Two years later, he and his wife joined the Peace Corps, and Jeremy taught at the National University of Moldova (a small country between Romania and Ukraine).

He then returned to Portland and began teaching at Chemeketa. He currently teaches WR 115, ENG 106 (Introduction to Poetry), WR 242 (Creative Writing: Poetry), WR 245 (Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry), and ENG 221 (Tolkien's Lord of the Rings), all online.

Jan VanStavern
Jan began teaching at Chemeketa in 2007, with classes in WR 121, ENG 106 (Intro to Poetry), Shakespeare, and Creative Writing (WR 242, 240, 250). She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Davis. She is a published poet.