Office of Instruction


The Office of Instruction, oversees and supports all teaching and learning activities at Blue Mountain Community College.  We are dedicated to quality instruction and oversee assessment of student learning at course, program and degree level, support on-going accreditation review, and provide resources for faculty.  Through partnerships with universities, K-12 partners and local industries, the Office of Instruction collaborates with faculty to maintain academic integrity and rigor through dynamic and relevant curriculum in both credit and non-credit offerings.  Our office, led by Dr. John Fields, includes all full and part-time faculty, Dean of Career and Technical Education and Community Education, Instructional Office support staff, Library, eLearning and Early College Credit Coordinators, and Center Directors in Baker City, Milton-Freewater, Hermiston and Boardman.


Statement of Purpose

The Office of Instruction at Blue Mountain Community College provides leadership and guidance for programs and courses to support student success, completion, and advancement.  BMCC faculty and staff provide high quality instruction that allows students to achieve their educational goals.

Staff and Position Descriptions

Dr. Cynthia E. Azari
Interim Chief Academic Officer

The chief academic officer of Blue Mountain Community College is responsible for oversight all academic programs (transfer, career technical and non-credit community education), assessment of student learning, academic personnel decisions, budget development, program and curriculum development, and improvement of teaching and learning.  In this role, the chief academic officer works closely with the faculty, Dean of Career Technical Education and Executive Leadership Team internally; the wider college district community including employers, ESD and public school districts; and other community colleges and universities in the state and region.

Tammy Krawczyk
Dean of CTE and Community Education

Identifies operational inefficiencies for process mapping and technology-driven solutions. Collaborates with College-wide departments. Plans, prepares, and submits program budgets. Monitors expenditures to ensure budget compliance for the instructional units. Oversees instruction-related preparation and submission of appropriate reports to the state. Serves as the AIS course management module manager and Office of Instruction lead for administrative system functions related to instructional processes. Serves as the initial contact for student complaints about academic matters.

Philip Schmitz
Interim Dean of Learning and Academic Engagement

The Dean provides leadership for a collaborative team that is focused on creating and maintaining a student-centered college that embodies a Students First philosophy.  The Dean provides  administrative direction and equity-minded leadership for instructional and student-support operations within assigned areas; develops and coordinates learning and support operations; fosters an empowering learning environment for students; supervises and mentors faculty and staff; provides leadership for meeting momentum points and metrics so that student retention improves  quarterly, and contributes to the overall mission and administration of the college through collaborative leadership and effective communication.   

Karl Schrader
Director of Instructional Support

The Director of Instructional Support Services provides effective leadership and oversight for the overall management of academic operations, accreditation, curriculum, and pathways. The Director provides College-wide leadership focused on four areas of responsibility: (1) managing critical components of academic operations that support efficiencies throughout the instructional unit; (2) coordinating the quarterly class schedule, including its timely encoding and publication; (3) coordinating curriculum services, including state reporting, liaising with the Higher Education Coordinating Council and other organizations to ensure BMCC is in compliance with all rules and regulations; and (4) serving as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Northwest Commission on College and Universities.

Tami Pelles
Early College Credit Coordinator

The Early College Credit Coordinator leads the College’s Early College Credit (ECC) program to provide oversight and leadership for all ECC classes at Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC); successfully builds and sustains relationships between BMCC and secondary and post-secondary educational institutions as well as between students and families in BMCC’s service area; serves as liaison between the Intermountain Educational Services District (IMESD) and BMCC; assesses the needs of ECC students and school districts and coordinates with instructional deans to provide courses in response to those needs; works with stakeholders to improve BMCC’s educational pipeline from ECC through completion or transfer; and performs all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan.

Stacie Stahl
Administrative Assistant

Provides high-level administrative assistant services as part of the support team for the Office of Instruction.  Actively and independently participates within a team concept in the Office of Instruction.  Participates as an active member of campus teams and committees. Performs all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.

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