CC Instructors Granted Tenure


The Centralia College Board of Trustees has voted to grant tenure to five instructors, Mark Gorecki (Spanish), Jeff McQuarrie (Speech), Julie Nurse (Library), Dave Peterson (ELT/Robotics) and Paul Suozzo (Economics).

All faculty members participate in ongoing evaluation, but those in the tenure process are intensively evaluated by their students, peers and supervisors throughout the probationary period, which typically spans three years. The Board of Trustees grants tenure based upon these evaluations and recommendations from the probationer’s committee and the college administration.

Tenure is primarily intended to guarantee the right to academic freedom. It protects teachers when they dissent from prevailing opinion, openly disagree with authorities, or spend time on unfashionable topics.

“Over the past three years these individuals have been the focus of intense scrutiny by their respective tenure committees and have demonstrated the skills, attitudes, and abilities to achieve this important milestone,” explained Vice President of Instruction John Martens. “We congratulate them for their accomplishment and would like to extend our thanks to their tenure committees for the many hours they have invested. Through all of their efforts, the college is assured a high quality faculty.”


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  1. Dave Peterson, was my instructor when I attended at Centralia College in 2013 and he was always there to spend extra ttime with me when I was confused. Involved math, robotics and coding in java. He was always there to assist me in the subject on hand. So I thank you for the the time you spent answering my questions. And givimg me the ability to understand. Dave is not just a good instructor he is also a big roll in the community giving his free time.

    Thank you Dave.
    God bless you.

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