English Department: Faculty and Staff

English Department

Meet your departmental faculty and staff virtually, and find out more about their professional backgrounds.

DuValle Daniel

DuValle M. Daniel has been an English professor at Shoreline CC since 1995. She has a B.S. degree in Industrial Management from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in English from Governors State University. Since arriving at Shoreline, Professor Daniel has taken a particular interest in curriculum transformation to infuse multicultural concepts and ideas in the courses she teaches, which include American Literature, 1860 to 1914 and 1915-Present, Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to Literature, Women's Literature and various levels of English Composition. Professor Daniel is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary learning, and has participated in team teaching with professors in several areas of study, including Psychology, Japanese History and Multicultural Studies.

Professor Daniel enjoys teaching students with diverse backgrounds and interests. She challenges students to explore themselves and the world around them. Every class is a learning experience for both teacher and students, and by the end of each quarter, hopefully everyone will have become more socially conscious and culturally aware, and maybe learned a little bit of English along the way.


Bonnie Frunz

Bonnie Frunz has been teaching at SCC since 1997. She teaches transfer level English (101 & 102), Developmental English (90 & 100), Intro to Literature (Eng. 201), Study Skills, and Portfolio Design for Prior Learning Assessment. Prior to teaching at SCC, she taught transfer English at Western Washington University. She has an M.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University and a B.A. in English from University of Washington.


Ed Harkness

Ed Harkness grew up not far from the Shoreline campus in the Haller Lake neighborhood of North Seattle. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in 1970, published his first poems about that time, then spent three years in Montana where he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 1973. Saying the Necessary, his first full-length collection of poems, was published in 2000. Ed lives in Shoreline with his wife, Linda. They have two grown sons, Devin and Ned, who live in Portland, Oregon.


Dutch Henry, Ph.D.

Dutch was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Ohio, Virginia, and Montana as well. He earned a B.A. in English from Montana State University in 1989 and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1993 and 1995 respectively.

Dutch teaches a range of English courses from English 080 to English 101 and every other year or so he teaches English 266. College Knowledge: Entries into Academic Culture, a reader he co-edited with Pam Dusenberry and Sean Rody, is currently in its second printing by Kendall/Hunt Publishing. Dutch lives in Mukilteo with his wife Kris, sons Bryce and Kel, and daughter Clare.


Jeannette Idiart

Jeannette Idiart has been teaching English composition and literature at Shoreline Community College since 2001. She's taught college English courses since 1990. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. in English from the University of Washington. Her special teaching interests include 19th century American literature, women's literature, Gothic literature, and interdisciplinary studies.


Ellen Leung

Ellen Leung has a B.A. in English from the University of Hawaii, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, and an MAT in teaching English also from the UW. She teaches Eng. 101 and 102 at Shoreline Community College. She has also taught English at UW Training & Development, college preparatory English at Seattle Central Institute of English, and ESL at Seattle Central Community College.


David Martin

An associate faculty member of the English Department since 1979, David Martin has taught English 100, 101, 102, and 270 in the traditional classroom, hybrid, and online formats. David is a native Tacoman who grew up in New York City where he graduated from high school. Then he attended college in Ohio for his B.A. degree in the Classics and Greek. He returned to New York City to attend graduate school and received a Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary. After four years as a Presbyterian minister in New Scotland, New York, he returned to graduate school and completed a Masters Degree in History, Modern European. That year he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to John Carroll University where he participated in a Master in Urban Teaching program and taught junior high social studies and English in Cleveland for ten years. After two years of teaching at Cuyahoga Community College, David returned to Seattle in 1978, and he has since taught at various community colleges in Greater Seattle.


Gary Parks

Gary Parks grew up in California and Montana, with short stops in New York and Maryland, and has now lived most of his life in western Washington.  He has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature, University of Montana, 1981; M.A. in Literature, University of Montana, 1983; and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Seattle University, 1991. His teaching interests include pre-transfer and transfer composition, Creative Writing workshops, Introduction to Fiction, and Irish Literature. He is co-author of Writing Research Papers, 7th ed. and contributing author to other books and web materials for Bedford / St. Martin’s. His short fiction has been published in Grey's Sporting Journal, Alaska Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Portland Review, Black Warrior Review, Spindrift, Crosscurrents, and other magazines.


Grace Rhodes

After high school Grace spent two years at Washington State University, but college proved to be a great hindrance to her social life, so she took off for Caribbean heat in the Virgin Islands. Five years, four states, and several waitress jobs later, she returned to school much wiser for the wear and joyfully earned a B.A. degree in Adult Education from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. After five more years of working or being in school, Grace completed studies for Pacific Lutheran University's M.A. degree in Social Sciences, with a focus in Human Relations.

Grace loves her job as director of The Writing & Learning Studio, a position she's held since 1988. Students can earn credit in her two individualized lab courses (English 089 Reading Center and English 099 Writing Center), attend her study skills workshops, or take her tutor education course (Education 199). She welcomes all students to study in the Center, to brush up on learning/study skills, or to get free drop-in tutoring for many kinds of writing: essays, reports, research papers, personal statements, etc. Students can relax in the friendly environment, read a magazine, work a jigsaw puzzle, and listen to classical music. Sometimes there's even free candy. (When she's not working, Grace enjoys scrapbooking and boogey boarding the Oregon coast. She lives at home with her husband, son, and yellow lab.)


T. Sean Rody

T. Sean Rody grew up on several Pacific islands including Yap, Saipan, Hawaii, and Oahu. After studying business, oceanography and literature, he accidentally earned an English degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He then went to Aotearoa to break his arm snowboarding; this, of course, led to graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied literature and composition. Just after he graduated, a siren lured him to Seattle where he accidentally earned a job teaching English at Shoreline Community College. He is still adjusting to the vast tracts of land, the aloha-challenged culture, and the cold ocean of the Pacific Northwest.

Maya Smorodinsky

Maya Smorodinsky has been teaching English composition and literature at Shoreline Community College since 2014. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington. Her expertise and teaching interests include cultural studies, critical race theory, gender studies, post-colonial theory, immigrant fiction, and global literature. Her pedagogy includes teaching from an interdisciplinary, multicultural standpoint and implementing active teaching and learning techniques.