Office location: Science Bldg – Room 302
Title(s): Professor of English, Humanities Institute Director
Department/Division: English/Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
- Ph.D., English, Fordham University
- ENG 101: Writing and Research
- ENG 102: Writing and Literature
- ENG 092: Writing for College
- ENG 201: American Literature after 1865
- ENG 117: Life Writing
Selected Honors and Awards:
- National Endowment for the Humanities, $300,000 Challenge Grant for the Two-Year College, co-recipient, 2012; project: establishment of the WCC Humanities Institute, with a subsequent endowment of $900,000.
- New York Council for the Humanities, Scholar-Facilitator: Reading & Discussion Program on “Growing and Aging,” with Carolyn Resnick, Director, Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, North Salem, NY, Spring 2016.
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2011 (a competitive award granted to one individual at the College a year).
- Westchester Community College Course Redesign Grant (competitive grant given for the development of an Accelerated Learning Program pilot for developmental student writers), Spring 2014-2015.
- Westchester Community College Foundation Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship, 2011.
- Faculty Teaching Award, Center for Faculty, WCC, Spring 2009.
- Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism, Clarion Awards. The Association for Women in Communication, 2005 (awarded for freelance article).
Publications and Presentations:
- Kate Chopin in Context: New Approaches. Co-editor, with Kate O’Donoghue. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- Writing Program Administration and the Community College. West Lafayette: Parlor Press, 2013.
- Kate Chopin in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Essays. Editor. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.
- The Fiction of Junot Díaz. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, under contract/submission.
Selected Essays & Articles
- “Reflecting Practices: Competing Models of Reflection in the Rhetoric of Prior Learning Assessment.” Co-written with Cathy Leaker. A Rhetoric of Reflection. Ed. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Logan: Utah State UP, forthcoming 2016.
- “The Moral Imagination and Sergeant James Hathaway in Inspector Lewis.” Supernatural Studies 3.1 (Spring 2016): 42-55.
- “Maternity vs. Autonomy in Chopin’s ‘Regret.’” Kate Chopin in Context: New Approaches. Ostman and O’Donoghue, 2015.
- “Self-Narrative as Performative Act: Student Autobiographers and the Postmodern Self.” New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing 10.3 (2013): 336-344.
- “Composing Knowledge: Writing, Rhetoric, and Reflection of Prior Learning Assessment.” Co-written with Cathy Leaker. College Composition and Communication 61.4 (2010): 691-717.
- “‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’: Emma Goldman and the Rhetoric of Motherhood in Living My Life.” Prose Studies 31.1 (2009): 55-73.
- “Maternal Rhetoric in Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull-House.” Philological Quarterly 85 (2006): 343-370.
- “Patterning Daughterhood, Anticipating Adulthood: Constructing the Self in the Autobiographies of Jane Addams and Emma Goldman.” Pennsylvania English 27.1/2 (Fall/Spring) 2005: 60-78.
- “Backbiters, Flatterers, and Monarchs: Domestic Politics in The Tragedy of Mariam.” Images of Matter: Essays on British Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ed. Yvonne Bruce. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005. 183-205.
- Rev. of Feminist Rhetorical Practices. Composition Studies 40.2 (2012): 166-8.
- Rev. of From the Personal to the Political: Toward a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. Women’s Studies 39.8 (2010): 909-911.
- Rev. of Approaches to Teaching Chopin’s The Awakening. Teaching American Literature: a Journal of Theory and Practice, 2016.
- Rev. of Christianity and the Detective Story. Journal of Religion and Philosophy 26.3 (2014): 369-370.
- “The Return.” Balanced Rock (Winter 2014): 70-77.
- “Coney Island.” Balanced Rock (Spring 2013): 13-21.
- “How Safe We Are.” New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing 5.3 (2008): 201-210.
- “Anywhere But Here.” New Texas: A Journal of Literature and Culture (2007): 75-88.
- “This Is Texas, Sugar.” All About Mentoring 32 (Spring 2007): 9-13.
List of presentations, conference papers, and invited lectures is available upon request.
Selected Institution Service:
- Humanities Institute Director, 2014-present (co-Director 2012-2014).
- Faculty Senate Presiding Officer, 2015-present.
- Acting English Department Chair, 2014.
- Assistant English Department Chair, 2008-2013.
- Acting Humanities Curriculum Chair, 2013.
- Editor, Middle States Commission Higher Education (MSCHE) Monitoring Report, 2016.
- Lead Editor, Middle States Commission Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study, 2014-2015.
Selected Academic Service:
- Modern Language Association (MLA): Committee on Community Colleges (appointed position, 2015-present)
- Kate Chopin International Society (www.katechopin.org): Co-founder and President (2004-present).
- Associate Editor and Advisory Board Member, The Watchung Review, journal of the New Jersey College English Association (2015-present).
- Editorial Board member, Teaching English at the Two-Year College, journal of TYCA (2016-)
- Fiction Editor, Balanced Rock journal (2016-present).
- Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Outstanding Book Award Committee (2014)
- Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA): Best Book Award Committee (2013); Liaison Committee (solicits paper and panel proposals for annual CWPA session at MLA; acts as liaison with other organizations as needed/required; 2015-present)
- Conference for Basic Writing: Executive Subcommittee for Institutionalization/Activism (2012)