TYCA-Pacific Northwest

Welcome! TYCA-Pacific Northwest is part of the College Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. We remain committed to our original purposes:

  • to provide professional activities for teachers in two-year colleges of the Pacific Northwest region;
  • to sponsor an annual conference on the teaching of English in two-year colleges in the region;
  • to encourage research, study and writing by teachers in two-year colleges (see links at our resources page);
  • to recognize excellence in teaching, we invite nominations for the Lisa Ede Teaching Excellence Award; two faculty, one full-time and one adjunct, may receive this award each year, which includes a cash grant of $500.

As the fastest-growing of the seven regions of the TYCA, we welcome your interest and invite your membership in the organization.

Cheryl Siemers and Dodie Forrest
Chairs, Regional Executive Committee

To see the job descriptions for each position, click on the highlighted position title.

Permanent Positions:

Chairs: Cheryl Siemers, Chair, 907-262-0364, Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna, Alaska October 2012 - October 2015 and Dodie Forrest, Assistant Chair, 509-574-4822, Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, Washington  October 2014 - October 2017

Membership Chair : Barbara Simmons, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington  October 2014 - October 2017

National Representative : Alexis Nelson, 509-533-3588, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington  October 2012 - October 2015

Publications Co-Editors: Siskanna Naynaha, 541-463-3388, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon and Jeannie Isern, 509-533-8142, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington October 2012 - October 2015  

Secretary  Joy Barber, 406-247-3075, City College at MSU Billings, Billings, Montana  October 2012 - October 2015

TreasurerBetsy Lawrence, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington October 2014 - October 2017

Members-at-LargeAnnalee Kodman, 509-542-5515, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington October 2014 - October 2017 and Aylen Rounds, Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA October 2014 - October 2017

One-Year Positions:

2014 Conference ChairsWendy Olson, 360-546-9513, WSU - Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington and Siskanna Naynaha, 541-463-3388, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon

We would like to recognize the valuable colleagues who are hosting the 2014 joint conference between TYCA-PNW and PNWCA at WSU - Vancouver.

Thank you, Wendy and Siskanna!