Professor Jim Werner is Assistant Professor of English at Westchester Community College, where he teaches courses in language and literature including Basic Writing 1 and 2, Composition and Literature 1 and 2,
and American Literature Through the Nineteenth Century.
He is also the faculty administrator for the Student Tutor Education Program (STEP), faculty advisor for the Alpha Iota Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a Faculty-Student Mentor, and a member of the Westchester Community College
Faculty Senate, among other service offices. In Spring 2006, Professor Werner will serve as Acting Curriculum Chair for Arts and Humanities. He has won a Department Initiative Grant and two Faculty Incentive Grants from the Westchester Community College Center for
Professor Werner is the author of American Flaneur: The Cosmic Physiognomy of Edgar Allan Poe, and of articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals including The Edgar Allan Poe Review, American Transcendental Quarterly,
American Periodicals and The Mid-Atlantic Almanack. He is the winner of the Westchester Community College Foundation’s 2005 Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Professor Werner holds a Ph.D. from The City University of New York’s Graduate Center, an M.A. from Queens College (CUNY), and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. Before coming to WCC, he was Speechwriter for CUNY Chancellor Matthew
Goldstein, and taught at Queens College, and Bronx and Kingsborough Community Colleges.
He is the father of two (Jason and Gianna); keeping up with them is his main pastime outside work. Before becoming a parent, his other hobbies included playing and writing music on electric bass and acoustic guitar, weightlifting, and
outdoors activities. He lives with his wife and children in College Point, New York
Professor Sakrajda co-directs the Westchester Community College Honors Program.