Dearest Seattle Central College

Posted Aug 31, 2015 in Life, School, Work

  • Web Design & Development Instructor at Seattle Central Community College

    Web Design & Development Instructor at Seattle Central Community College

Seattle Central College
Attn: Business, Information Technology & Creative Arts Hiring Committee
1701 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

To whom it may concern:

This letter is written to announce my intention to pursue the full-time, tenure track Instructor of Web (UI/UX) Design position in the Business, Information Technology & Creative Arts Division at Seattle Central College.

Now that you know that, I’d like to introduce myself… Hello. My name is Mike, and you may or may not know me. Either way, I’d like to tell you my story.

I came to the greater Seattle area to find a job in the booming graphic design industry shortly after I had earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from California State University at Chico in 1994. The industry that I found here in Seattle at that time was ripe for a fresh new face with a design degree and computer experience. And, it didn’t take long before I was working in the industry. I was fortunate enough to work for such companies as Nintendo of America and Sierra On-line designing and producing artwork for “Nintendo Power” and “Interaction” Magazine.

By 1997, I had the desire to start my own business, Premium Design Works to get away from the corporate industry and to find a path that suited my ideology a little better. Starting my own graphic design business allowed me to create logos for small businesses and design and produce print work for non-profit organizations, musicians and recording companies.

But, in order to compete in the new information-age industry, I found it necessary to learn web design and development along the way as I designed websites for local software and net-casting companies. And, in order to learn even more about the web design industry, I put Premium Design Works on hold to take a position as a User-Interface Designer with Drugstore.com where I was able to contibute to the sucessful design of their website.

After the dot-com bust in 2001, I was laid off and left to figure out what I was going to do with myself. I had always dreamed of one day being a teacher and was fortunate enough to be offered an adjunct web design instructor position at Seattle Central College (SCC) in the fall of 2001. I was then able to pick up my graphic design business part-time once again while focusing on my new passion of web design and development.

Teaching college level design and development courses, while working as an industry professional has been a fulfilling asset to my life and has enabled me to keep my finger on the pulse of the web design and development industry. Our program at SCC has grown quite rapidly over the years and has been an incredible journey to say the least.

Therefore, as the years have rolled on, I have embraced that teaching at SCC is what I was meant to do with my life at this time. Although only a part-time instructor, I have been able to contribute to the success of our Web Design & Development program. Not only have I been one of the core instructors of the program, but I have also had the pleasure of designing and developing much of its curriculum while also training and mentoring new instructors.

The classes that I have designed and have been teaching most recently include:

  1. WEB105: Web Design Project Management
  2. WEB112: Typography
  3. WEB160: Writing for the Web
  4. WEB170: Content Management Systems with WordPress
  5. WEB200: The Theory of Web Design
  6. WEB202: User Interface & Experience Design for the Web
  7. WEB210: Advanced Web Design Projects
  8. ITC298: User-Centered Design Research Methods
  9. CIS197: Work Experience Project Internships

In order to better position myself for this full-time, tenure track position, I decided to go back to school myself in 2010 where I was accepted to attend the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professional Master’s Program at the University of Washington. After the initial shock of going back to school wore off, it wasn’t long before the HCDE department put me to work as a Teacher’s Assistant for the User-Centered Web Design class where I was responsible for teaching the Web Design & Development labs.

I found that going back to school was no easy feat, but it certainly was a humbling and rewarding journey that I am incredibly proud of. I was even awarded the 2014 Graduate Award of Excellence for Leadership & Engagement and still teach the original Web Design & Development labs which is now it’s own class called, HCDE532: Web Design Studio.

Not only did going back to school allow me to learn new theories and techniques to bring into my current classroom, it has resulted in allowing me to be able to help develop and teach new classes all together. It is with this new knowledge and skillset that I hope to continue to push the Web Design program at SCC further.

If fortunate enough to be hired as the full-time Web (UI/UX) Design instructor, I promise to keep pushing our already respectable program farther into the future for years to come.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Mike Sinkula's Signature

Mike Sinkula
13612 14th Ave S
Burien, Washington 98168
mike@mikesinkula.com

12 Comments:

Patti Auburn
Sep 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

You were definitely the best teacher I had at SCC. I hope they see the great potential and hire you as a tenure track prof. You deserve it. Not only are you a good teacher, I was also never bored in your class. All your former students know exactly what I mean!
Good luck Mike!


 
I Shall Remain Nameless
Nov 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Honestly, I wish I had taken the Design track instead of Development, so that I could have had more classes with you. You seem to be knowledgeable about what it takes to do this job in the real world. Your classes are well structured and relevant. I felt like I actually learned something in your classes.


 

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