Almost nine years of teaching at Clark College

This December will mark nine years of teaching Web Development at Clark College. Here’s a list of things I wanted to share with you about my journey:

  • In the Fall of 2012, I was asked to temporarily fill in for a professor who needed to go on medical leave for six months. Unfortunately, the professor passed away, and I continued teaching on a full-time temporary basis from 2013 – 2020.
  • In the Fall of 2021, I started as a Tenure-Track Instructor
  • Taught 1,500+ students programming and web development
  • Authored and received a grant to develop new course material for teaching accessibility and universal design in web development courses
  • Taught students in the iTech Preparatory program on the Washington State University campus Python, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS
  • Continually gratified hearing from students who get hired in the field of web development and other fields
  • Developed a trusted network of college staff and faculty that I rely upon for collaboration and feedback
  • Spoke at local business and technology meetups and events
  • Spoke at the Washington State School for the Blind about my career journey being a visually impaired individual
  • Two-time winner of the Clark College Exceptional Faculty award (2013 and 2018)
  • Developed and published an Amazon Alexa skill to get the latest news from Clark College
  • Helped Clark develop a campus strategy for universal access and design
  • Department Chair of the Web Development program at Clark, which has a 40% BIPOC student population  
  • Earned 25 industry certifications from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, CompTIA, Techsmith, and the Python Institute
  • Created over 300 instructional videos
  • Teach 13 different courses, including Python, Web and Interface Design, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics
  • An advocate of universal design and accessibility
  • Have taught online courses since 2013
  • Speaker at the 2017 VanTalks event
  • Used the Harvard CS50 curriculum to deliver an intense eight-week course on computer science to students in the Technical and Professional writing graduate program at Portland State University
  • Worked with members of local industry on program advisory committees
  • Implemented instructional practices that promote racial and cultural equity
  • Authored and recorded a course for Lynda.com
  • Recognized by Amazon Web Services as a Faculty Cloud Ambassador
  • Recognized as an IBM Champion for Cloud Computing
  • I’m thankful that my Tenure Review Committee submitted my Tenure Binder for consideration for early tenure in Spring 2020 to the college’s Board of Trustees

Author: Bruce Elgort

You’ll find this technology professor – an award-winning instructor at Clark College – working hard to inspire and challenge his students with meaningful web development and programming experiences. With a skinny vanilla latte (no foam) in hand, Bruce loves to tinker and test the boundaries of existing and emerging technologies, to then guide hungry minds through memorable, educational journeys to showcase with passion the ever-evolving innovations of society. An industry leader, Bruce is known for co-developing Elguji’s IdeaJam software, and is recognized by IBM as an ‘IBM Champion’ for being an innovative thought leader in cloud technologies.