Office location: Sci/302
Title(s): Professor of English, Humanities Institute Director
Department/Division: English/Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
- Ph.D. English, Fordham University
- M.A. English, CUNY Lehman College
- B.A. Literature, SUNY Purchase College
- Writing and Research
- Writing and Literature
- Creative Writing
- Life Writing
- American Literature since 1865
Honors and Awards:
- National Endowment for the Humanities, $300,000 Challenge Grant for the Two-Year College
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
- WCC Women’s History Month Honoree, March 2018.
Publications and Presentations:
- Kate Chopin and Catholicism. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
- The Second Chance Home for Girls. (A novel) New York: Open Hand Press, forthcoming, 2020.
- The Fiction of Junot Díaz: Reframing the Lens. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
- 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 New View from Cane River: Critical Essays on Kate Chopin’s At Fault. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, under contract.
Selected Articles and Contributions to Volumes
- “Reading Kate Chopin in the Twenty-First Century.” Rpt. in The Awakening. Ed. Margo Culley. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017. 323-328.
- “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, 2016. 84-102.
- “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.
Selected Short Fiction
- “Big Red.” The Quint: an Interdisciplinary Journal from the North 8.4 (Sept. 2016): 214-228.
- “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.
Institution Service or Academic Service:
Selected Service to WCC
- Humanities Institute Director, 2014- (co-Director 2012-2014).
- Presiding Officer, Faculty Senate, 2015-2019.
- Acting English Department Chair, 2014.
- Assistant English Department Chair, 2008-2013
- Editor, Middle States Commission Higher Education (MSCHE) Monitoring Report, 2015-6.
- Lead Editor, Middle States Commission Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study, 2014-2015.
- Chair, Working Group on Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal Middle States CHE Self-Study, 2013-2015.
Selected Professional Service
- Kate Chopin International Society (www.katechopin.org): Co-founder and President (2004-).
- Modern Language Association (MLA): Committee on Community Colleges (appointed position, 2015-2018).
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers: Digital Recovery Hub/NEH Grant Planning Committee (2019-).
- Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Outstanding Book Award Committee (2014).
- Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA): Best Book Award Committee (2013).
- Conference for Basic Writing: Executive Subcommittee for Institutionalization/Activism (2012).
- Fiction Editor (2017-); Associate Editor and Advisory Board Member, The Watchung Review, journal of the New Jersey College English Association (2015-).
- Editorial Board member, Teaching English at the Two-Year College, journal of TYCA (2016-2019).
- Fiction Editor, Balanced Rock journal (2016-).
- Editorial Advisory Group, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018-).