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A 14-year classroom veteran, Ellen Bremen is tenured faculty in the Communication Studies department at Highline Community College. Ellen has previously taught at Darton College (a two-year unit of the University of Georgia system), the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and College of Southern Nevada. Ellen holds degrees in Post-Secondary Education and Communication ... and she’s an extremely proud A.A. degree holder.
As a professor who stops at nothing to help students strengthen their communication skills: Peanut butter and jelly to illustrate problematic messages, pipe cleaners to teach communication models, and Post-it notes to reduce speaking anxiety, not surprisingly, Ellen has received national recognition for teaching innovation by the Sloan-Consortium (2011), the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and the National Council of Instructional Administrators (2003).
She is a sought-after subject matter expert in public speaking and interpersonal communication for nearly every single major academic publisher, including Mc-Graw Hill, Oxford University Press, Cengage, and Pearson. In 2010-2013, Ellen’s work with major publishers did not stop her from spiritedly signing on to the Gates Foundation’s Open Course Library Grant (in partnership with the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges) when she was competitively selected to serve on the leadership team. This initiative, offers open source 100- and 200-level course materials at a cost of no more than $30 to students, eliminating the need for costly textbooks.
Ellen holds degrees in Post-Secondary Education and Communication … and she’s a very proud A.A. degree holder.
Ellen, whose love of public speaking “borders on the ridiculous,” is an award-winning public speaker who, in 2007, became one of only four Washington State certified speakers for Monster.com’s “Making High School Count” program. She continues to deliver college presentations through Samara Lectures.
Ellen blogs as The Chatty Professor. She is an insanely active tweeter (@chattyprof).
Ellen lives in Seattle with her husband, Mark, daughter, Brenna, and son, Scott.