Pauline Christiansen's Homepage
Bellevue Community College, English Dept, 3000
Landerholm Circle, Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
Office Telephone: (425) 564-2104
BCC Arts and Humanities Div.
Telephone: (425)564-2341 Fax:(425)564-2690 Office: R230H Mailstop: R230
- B.A., M.A. English, University of Washington, Magna Cum Laude: Phi Beta
English 092, Developmental
English 101, Written
English 106, College
English 110, Reading
English 112, Reading
English 210, European
English 267, American
Lit, from beg. to Civil War
English 268, American
Lit. from Civil War to W.W.I
English 269, American
Lit. from W.W.I. to present
(Click here for a recent photo of Pauline)
- Born and raised in Seattle, Washington.
- Worked way through college as a swimming instructor.
- Lived in Switzerland for a year, teaching English in
an international school,
- Went around the world twice.
- Married to a Norwegian met crossing the North Sea on
a storm tossed ship,
going from Oslo, Norway, to Newcastle, England.
- Been to Norway eight times; speaks Norwegian (but has
an American accent.)
- Sings love songs in Russian (grandparents were Ukrainian).
- Composes and writes words for piano compositions.
- Draws animal pictures, using pastel chalk and colored
Sample photos of Pauline’s
- Has teetered on a Harley Davidson, hugged a whale, brushed
a walrus’ teeth,
and been kissed by a seal.
Photos of Pauline in action.
- Husband, Finn Christiansen, is an electrical engineer
who develops state of
the art radios and medical instruments.
- Husband breeds African Cichlids ( a tropical fish from
Lakes Malawi and
Tanganyika) and has an 800 gallon fish tank he can scuba dive in.
- Son, Gregg Grabill, does management recruitment in LA,
- Brother, Bill Yeager, is a professional trombonist, teaching
at San Diego
State University (Bill has played with Les Brown and Louie Bellson’s All
Stars among others and has cut a number of CD’s.)
- Sister, Pat Goldsberry, was the former owner of the Seattle
and has lived in the SanJuans, the Bahamas, and now on Hoods Canal.
Education: B.A., M.A. English, University of Washington
Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
60’s to early 70’s
70’s to early 80’s
80’s to early 90’s
Late 60’s to
- First elected chair of Bellevue Community College’s English Dept.
- Researched and implemented the change from a 3 to a 5 credit writing
- Helped develop an English program with the most extensive literature
in our state’s community college system.
- Taught a series of interdisciplinary classes with the music and art
over a four year period using both historical and thematic approaches.
- Team taught Drama as Literature with Bonnie Wallace Hoffman’s Drama
enacting scenes from the plays discussed.
- Team taught American Literature with Black Literature.
- Created seven videos retrievable on individual TV sets programmed to
them in our library and with voice only retrievable on any touch tone phone.
(All this was programmed through our original library computer who was
- Used audio tapes to help students create compositions and to give responses
and evaluations to them.
- Taught a year in an international school, L’ecole Benedict, in Montana-
- Collected materials to develop a European Lit. Class
Late 70’s to
- Wrote the English composition text, From Inside Out.
Mass.: Winthrop Publishers, 1978.
- Pioneered the use of a process approach to writing, using student rather
than professional writing models.
- Presented papers at the College Communications and Composition Conferences
in Washington DC, Dallas, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Gave over nineteen workshops locally, regionally, and nationally on
following topics: Writing Across Disciplines, Right Brain/Left Brain Teaching
Techniques, Group Approaches to Teaching Composition, Multi Sensory
Approaches to Teaching Literature, Building a Successful Literature Program,
Techniques for Increasing Students’ Involvement in Literature Classes;
Overcoming Writer’s Block, How to Write a Paper When You Really Don’t
Want to, Creating Video Tapes to Supplement Class Content, 1984 and
Other Negative Utopias, E.B. White’s "Door" as a Mirror of Humanity,
Creating an Interdisciplinary Class on Sex and Gender, Research Findings
on Class Size, Creating an Multimedia Program for Composition Classes.
- Published poems in literary magazines ‘79, ‘80, ‘81, ‘82.
- College coordinator for Washington’s Community College Humanities
Project, funding research and development in the Humanities.
- One of founding members of the League of Humanities, combining
resources from colleges in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada,
Arizona, and Alaska.
Late 80’s to the
- Created Powerpoint presentations for literature classes.Created an
multimedia computer program on CD ROM for use in composition classes
with the help of Brian Heiden, Media technician.
- Collected student feedback on responses to multimedia program in various
levels of classes ranging from developmental English composition to second
year lit. classes.
- Demonstrated use of self created Multi media and Powerpoint programs
the Great Teachers Seminar in Oregon, BCC’s Arts and Humanities Division
Retreat, overall BCC campus during orientation week, and BCC’s Foundation
Board and Board of Trustee Members.Created the English Homepage with the
the Web development/technical assistance of Joe
- Gave guest lectures at AAWCJC, Phi Theta Kappa, College Survival Courses,
and the Pemco Ins. Co.’s Community Guest Lecturer Series.
- Wrote and acted in the play, "BCC Fantasia," coordinating
administration, and staff actors for Ray Jensen’s Sculpture Fundraiser.
- Turned the one act play "A Dopey Fairy Tale" into a musical,
six original songs and two word parodies to existing songs, creating a
fairy tale world where enchanted frogs harmonize, dogs do a howling
imitation of Johnny Cash, and sad princesses burst into the "PMS Blues."
This farce was produced by BCC’s Drama Dept. to standing room only
- Composed some 35 songs for piano. Two songs were performed in BCC’s
Fall and Spring Choral Concerts.
- Taught interdisciplinary classes on "Existential Heroes"
and "Sex and Gender."
National Merit Scholarship Commendation
Achievement Award from National Council of Teachers of English
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Name engraved on plaque at University of Washington for graduating
with the highest grade point accum. in the college of education.
Honored at U. of Wash. Matrix Table for Women of Achievement.
Listed in Who’s Who of Outstanding Educators of America.
Exemplary Status Award in Humanities (won both in ‘81 and ‘82).
Selected to represent Bellevue Community College twice at the Great
Teachers’ Seminar (‘82 and ‘94).
First recipient of Bellevue Community College’s Margin of Excellence
Award for outstanding teaching.