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Alex Emerson                                                                                         printable version
Instructor of English and Spanish
Lower Columbia College
Longview, Washington


Master of Arts in English
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington (1992)

Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude
Minors: Spanish and Geography
Central Washington University (1990)

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, summa cum laude
Central Washington University (August 2001)

Instruction, Lower Columbia College (1994-present)

English 101, 102
English, Developmental Reading and Writing
Literature for Children
English for Students in Transition
Beginning Spanish (first year sequence)
Intermediate Spanish (second year sequence)
Developed Spanish distance education and online programs
Developed Spanish developmental level grammar courses

Academic Distinctions

Top 4% of graduating class, CWU 1990
Master's program, 4.0 GPA
B.A. Spanish, 4.0 GPA
Lifetime Member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
National Dean's Scholar
Samuel R. Mohler Memorial Scholarship, twice recipient
Anonymous Scholarship in Literature and Science, twice recipient
CWU Academic Scholarship
Bob Hope Academic Scholarship
Munson Academic Scholarship
Life Member, California Scholarship Federation
Bank of America Award in Foreign Languages



Communication Works! English Skills for Technical Training and Workplace Applications (Co-authored textbook) Prentice-Hall, 2000

Antes de empezar: A Spanish Grammar Guide for Pre-Beginners, Textbook/Workbook, Lower Columbia College, 2003

Verbs Conjugations in the Present Tense. Teacher's Discovery, 2004.

Agreement of Nouns and Adjectives. Teacher's Discovery, 2004.

Object pronouns can be fun! A workbook intended to convince you. Lower Columbia College, 2006

Short publications

Answer key to exercises in Entrevistas: An Introduction to Language and Culture. Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005


"The Personal Essay: Student Voices in Transition"
Washington English Journal, Spring 1992

"Reading, Writing, Thinking--and the Right to Bear Arms"
Washington English Journal, Fall 1994

"Mentoring the Distance Learner"
Community College Week, Spring Technology Supplement, 1999

"Crossing the Columbia"
The Columbia River Reader, Longview, Washington, August 2005

"The Stuff of Neighborhoods: A Profile of the Terry-Taylor Yard Sale"
The Columbia River Reader, August 2007

Creative Non-Fiction

"Morris and the Rock"
Legends, Spring 1993

"The Veronica Rolleyn Academy for the Art of Doing Absolutely Nothing"
Legends, Spring 1996

"The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within"
The Columbia River Reader, Longview, Washington, January 2006
The Salal Review, Spring 2006

"The Order of Nature; the Nature of Order"
The Salal Review, Spring 2007

"The Harvestman"
The Salal Review, Spring 2008


"Dakotah Woman"
Legends, Spring 1994

Central Today, Fall 1996

"El tren fantasma"
The Salal Review, Spring 2001

"El Liebre Cimarrón"
The Salal Review, Spring 2004

Book Reviews

Reviewed for McGraw-Hill, Puntos de partida, 2000

Other reviews for Prentice-Hall Spanish textbooks

River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia, William D. Layman, University of Washington Press, 2006. The Columbia River Reader, Longview, Washington


  • Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, 1998-1999
  • NISOD Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002-2003
  • Crystal Apple Award Nominee district-wide for teaching excellence, 2005
  • NISOD Outstanding Faculty Award, 2007-2008

Extracurricular Activities and College Service

Chair, Department of Language and Literature, Lower Columbia College

English-Spanish translation services for the community

Volunteer teaching Spanish at local Community House homeless shelter

Member Washington Association for Teaching of Foreign Languages

Member American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,
Hosted annual Idea Share for Juan de Fuca Chapter, Southwest Washington Region

Washington Center Conference, February 2000: Teaching and Learning in the Context of Cultural Differences

AATSP Conference, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in the Spanish Civil War, University of Washington, 2000

Financial Aid Committee

Distance Education Committee

Co-editor, Washington State Commission on Technical and Community Colleges, Lower Columbia College Accreditation Self-Study, 2000

Annual LCC Open House, Barnes Elementary College Day

Student Activities Council

NISOD Conference, Spring 2003

WSBCTC Best Ideas Conference, Sea-Tac, Washington, 2005

College Readiness Team Project, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Spring 2006

NISOD Conference, Spring 2008

Prior Teaching Experience

Spokane Community College
Instructor of English, 1992-1994

Central Washington University
Teaching assistant, taught English composition, 1990-1992
Tutor, reader, scribe, proctor for Special Services

Related Work Experience

MicroCenters, Spokane, WA 1986
Technical writer by contract to produce business plan for retail computer sales

Creative Micro Controls, Inc., Loon Lake, WA 1984-1986
Administrative assistant

Pacific Telephone and Pacific Northwest Bell, 1962-1973
Seminars and workshops related to supervision, customer service, public relations, advertising sales

Pacific Northwest Bell, Seattle, 1967-1973
Yellow Pages advertising sales representative
Sales, ad layout, ad copy writing

Pacific Telephone Company, Los Angeles, 1962-1967
Customer service consultant
Trained new employees, wrote Bell System practices and procedures for customer service
Office supervisor
Trained and supervised staff clerks
Staff clerk, secretary, repair service clerk

Whitworth College summer program, Spokane 1984
Volunteer teacher's aide

Gess Elementary School, Chewelah, Washington 1982-1985
Volunteer teacher's aide
Girl Scout leader