Instructor Profiles

Professional Editing

Rod Burton, an early graduate of Fairhaven College with a self-designed degree in visual communication and photography, has several decades of experience as a professional graphic designer. He has worked with a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and private clients on projects such as annual reports, promotional campaigns, packaging and books. A well-known example of his work is the award-winning and best-selling "Whatcom Places" books. During his career Rod has mentored and trained interns from WWU and WCC.

Carolyn Dale has taught writing and editing courses at Western Washington University for more than 20 years. Through her freelance editing and consulting firm, she has worked with corporate and nonprofit clients locally as well as abroad. She brings a background of professional media work as a writer and editor for both news and features and is co-author of the book “Fearless Editing: Crafting Words and Images for Print, Web and Public Relations,” published by Allyn & Bacon (2005).

Kevin Dixey has spent the past thirty years working in advertising, design multi-media development. He apprenticed in pre-press in the early days of the desktop computing and understands that as nice as digital tools are they are not a replacement for knowing how to do the task. His approach to teaching is best described as skills over software. He's also pretty funny.

Hilary Parker has more than 15 years’ experience in editing, primarily for regional magazines including Washington Athletic Club and Bellingham Alive/North Sound Life. Parker is a graduate of Western Washington University’s journalism program, and regularly works with journalism, marketing and graphic design interns from WWU in the workplace. She most recently earned her master’s degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2012. She currently serves as a project manager for Red Rokk Interactive, a digital-media marketing firm, and serves as board member for two community organizations.

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