8 MHCC Faculty Receive Tenure

Posted: March 18, 2014

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education approved tenure for eight full-time instructors at its monthly meeting March 12.

The collective bargaining agreement between MHCC and the Full-time Faculty Association defines tenure as “a continuous appointment contract between a faculty member and the college for mutually agreed upon services. It is regarded as favorable to both college and faculty in its promotion of competence, interest in the development of long-range goals and programs, academic freedom and economic security.” The agreement also describes roles and responsibilities for tenured faculty such as serving on certain committees, and criteria and procedures for granting tenure.

MHCC Congratulates the Following Full-time Faculty

Gina Shankland, Laird Sheldahl, Nick Chura, Kristin Kjensrud, Mark Thomas, Jason Pinkerton and Jon Delifus. Not pictured: Julie Hutchin.
Gina Shankland, Laird Sheldahl, Nick Chura, Kristin Kjensrud, Mark Thomas, Jason Pinkerton and Jon Delifus. Not pictured: Julie Hutchin.

Nick Chura taught math two years at Southern Oregon University prior to joining the MHCC staff in 2010. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Portland State University. He currently serves on the Curriculum Committee, is a department representative to the College Now/Dual Credit program and a leader in the Dead Mathematicians’ Society lecture series.

Jon Delifus teaches in the ABS/GED (Adult Basic Skills/General Educational Development) department. He has 15 years of combined experience in adult workforce development, training, design, implementation, facilitation and coordination. He began his teaching career in ABE/GED in Florida in 2003 and joined the faculty of MHCC in 2010. He has a bachelor’s in Professional Management, a master’s in Business Administration and is ABD (all but the dissertation) in Organization Leadership from Nova SE University in Florida.

Julie Hutchin teaches in the ABS/GED department at MHCC. She has 15 combined years of experience serving the educational needs of under-prepared adults, both native and non-native speakers. She has worked in teaching, administration and instructional design in both the U.S. and abroad. She has a bachelor’s in Education from PSU and a master’s in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began her teaching career at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., and joined MHCC in 2004 as an adjunct instructor in GED and Project YESS.

Kristin Kjensrud has taught full-time in the physical Therapist Assistant program since 2010 and part-time for the preceding six years. She has worked as a physical therapist and holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Jason Pinkerton came to MHCC from Reedley College, located in central California. His industry experience includes employment with the Sierra and Los Padres National Forests in both fire suppression and timber management. He earned a master’s degree in Forest Sciences and bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management with a concentration in Forest Management from California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. His work was published recently in the Journal of Forest Ecology and Management.

Gina Shankland has worked 11 years as an instructor in the mathematics department. She left to stay at home with her two small children and then reentered the workforce at Inspiration Software, where she served as a consultant on a variety of projects for the company’s line of educational software products. She then moved on to the Northwest Evaluation Association where she worked as a mathematics content specialist, designing assessments and ensuring the quality and content of assessment items. Three years ago she returned to her true passion, teaching, and is overjoyed to be working with the wonderful students at MHCC.

Laird Sheldahl was born in West Germany, and raised in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994, earning a degree in Biology.  He worked at Powell's Books before earning his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in 2002.  He conducted research at Oregon Health and Science University, studying the effects of estrogen on the brain and its ability to protect the body from stroke and Alzheimer's disease.  At night, he taught music and recording technology to at-risk teens in Portland.  Enjoying teaching much more than research, he transitioned into an education career and joined MHCC full time in 2010 in the Anatomy and Physiology department.

Mark Thomas is an instructor of Machine Tool Technology. He began his career as a machinist by earning an associate degree in Machine Tool and Die Technology from Mesa Community College in the early nineties. He has worked in the aerospace, medical device and rubber tire industries. After 16 years of machining, he enrolled in a master’s program at Purdue University where he discovered that his true calling in life was to pass on the skills that he had acquired to the next generation.

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