From the one in ten area residents who take classes with us, to the businesses who turn to us for training, to our 16 locations – THE Community’s College is more than a slogan, it represents who we are and what it means to be part of the college and part of the community.
Of course, a big part of our community is our caring and devoted faculty and staff. This year, EICC welcomed 42 new faces to campus, including 18 new faculty members.
While we couldn’t introduce all of them to you in the magazine, we can here!
Here are three examples of the great new people joining our family and furthering our mission of caring for our students and helping them to achieve their dreams.
Muscatine Community College
Speech & Communications Instructor
Zach Campbell joined the faculty at Muscatine Community College last spring as the new Speech and Communications Instructor. While he will now be in the classroom full-time, he’s no stranger to EICC, having started his teaching journey as an Adjunct Instructor at Scott Community College during the Fall 2015 semester.
Campbell went to the University of Northern Iowa where he received both a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s of Arts in Communication Studies.
“My research while in graduate school looked at perception bias regarding student workplace competencies in direct comparison to their peers. Now, my focus has shifted to studying Generation Z students and how we can have the greatest possible impact on their educational careers,” Campbell said. “I am excited to grow as an educator and further my career while impacting the students who enroll at Muscatine Community College, or any of the campus locations of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges!”
Clinton Community College
Phoebe Jan-McMahon is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Prior to coming to Clinton Community College, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at Luther College. In addition to her artistic skills in painting and drawing, she is accomplished in woodworking, costume construction and bicycle repairs.
“My teaching encompasses art appreciation and history, as well as pairing digital processes such as Adobe Illustrator with traditional oil painting,” she said. “I am excited to be able to teach students who are both new to the arts, as well as advanced students who desire to build on their studio practice.”
Scott Community College
Instructor Mary Bakeris-Gullion is Scott Community College’s new English Instructor. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Master’s of Science degree in Education. “I’ve actually been an adjunct instructor at SCC for seven years, but am really excited to now be a full-time faculty member in the English Department,” she said. “My teaching encompasses bringing career experience into the writing classroom, I really enjoy it.” “In my free time I also enjoy spending time with my husband Randy, family and friends. I have three grandchildren, Addy, Danica and Aiden, and two miniature schnauzers, Sophie and Coco, who are very spoiled!”