News Release Details

9/2/2016

EAC welcomes new faculty

By Erin Larson

Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College was excited to welcome several new faculty members to it ranks this fall. Jill Cluff, hired as an allied health instructor, received her Master of Science in Nursing Education and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. She completed her associate degree in nursing at EAC. Cluff is a registered nurse and has worked in labor and delivery/postpartum at Mount Graham Regional Medical Center since December 2011. During this time Cluff also worked in EAC’s Skills Lab teaching and assessing students’ clinical skills. She has over four years of experience supervising nursing assistants in the hospital setting. In addition to her RN license, Cluff is certified in ACLS, PALS, STABLE, and NRP. She has lived in Thatcher for nearly 25 years, graduating from Thatcher High School and from EAC twice.

Tasha Layton is the new writing lab director, coming to Eastern with her Master of Arts in General English and her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities from Northern Arizona University. Before that, she received a degree from EAC. Layton taught at Pima High School last year and in the 2014-15 school year she served as the Head Tutor in EAC’s Writing Lab.

Kris McBride has accepted the position of communication studies instructor which includes classes such as Introduction to Human Communication, Interpersonal Comunication, Communication Theory, Public Speaking, and Interviewing Principles and Practices.

McBride earned a Master of Arts in Communication at Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts in English at Northern Arizona University. Prior to this he attended the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy. McBride comes to EAC after 20 years’ successful experience as a communications strategist. He worked on funding and planning efforts for complex construction projects like the Utah Transit Authority’s extensive bus and rail system, Salt Lake City International Airport’s Terminal Reconstruction Program, and the Utah Department of Transportation’s Provo Orem Transportation Improvement Project. Additionally, McBride has 20 years’ experience training communications professionals, mentoring and assessing more than 75 communications interns, and being a guest lecturer at University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. He has developed educational programs for high schools and has designed curriculum for professional trainings on various topics.

Chase Moore, of Richmond, Kentucky, has taken the baton from Trish Jordahl and will serve as EAC’s new music theatre instructor. Moore completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting in May of 2015, and his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, both at Eastern Kentucky University. He has had several teaching and teaching-related experiences including adjunct professor of music, staff accompanist, instructor in the piano lab at Eastern Kentucky University, and professor of music at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. At Eastern Kentucky, Moore was a graduate assistant in the choral department conducting the Chamber Singers, the University Singers, and the Concert Choir.

Randy Morris earned a Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University, and an associate degree from EAC. He has recently accepted a full-time instructor position in allied health. Morris has 26 years’ experience as a healthcare professional and has been a certified paramedic since 1994. Other certifications include BLS, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, NRP and FP-C. He has been a flight paramedic for LifeNet, Sunrise Air Ambulance, and Critical Air Medicine, as well as a paramedic for Rural-Metro/Southwest Ambulance.

Morris is also the president and founder of Arizona H.E.R.O.E.S, Inc., an organization that helps families deal with emergency medical services providers who are seriously injured in the line of duty and has been an adjunct instructor for EAC’s EMS Program. In May 2016, he was the winner of the National EMS Week Writing Contest with his essay, The Sounds of Sirens: My Call to Care.

Dorian Nelson joins EAC’s new advanced manufacturing department as an instructor in the Fab Lab and Machine Shop. He brings over ten years of full-time employment as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist setting up and operating both manual and CNC mills and lathes, including programming of CNC and other computer skills. Nelson is a certified lab technician and received his Associate of Arts in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Welding Technology, and General Technical Studies, all at EAC. Nelson was a machinist and machine shop supervisor for Kyocera Solar in Scottsdale, Arizona, for 11 years and was a machinist for Open Loop Energy in Safford for three years. He has knowledge in welding, foundry, blueprints, computer assisted drafting (CAD), and OSHA training.

Helen Robinson received her Master of Arts in English at Andrews University and her Bachelor of Arts in English at Southern Adventist University. In 2008 she came to EAC, serving as the director of the EAC Writing Center and Writing Lab until 2012. During that time she also taught English composition and developmental writing classes. Robinson then moved from the Gila Valley to teach English in Seoul, Korea, for two years and at Andrews University in Michigan for one year. During that time she has continued to work as a freelance writer and editor. Presently, she is editing work for News and Views, a bi-monthly publication by Northern Asia-Pacific Division, Seoul, Korea. Helen’s new teaching assignment as a full-time English instructor will include dual enrollment classes at Pima High School.

“We have worked diligently over the summer finding the most highly qualified individuals to be part of our team,” said EAC’s Provost Jeanne Bryce.

“We are looking forward to a great year!”