Hi all! Here is a little bit about your professor to make me seem less like the “man behind the curtain.”
I’m a Doctor of Arts in English student here at St. John’s University. This fall will be my 4th year in the program. I am currently ABD, which means all but dissertation, and am in the process of finishing up my prospectus and hopefully getting my research project underway.
I have a whole slew of academic interests ranging from composition and rhetorical theory and its sub-disciplines, such as ecocomposition, public discourse, and ethical pedagogies, to children’s literature, young adult literature, and Victorian literature. I am a total nerd and actually really enjoy research. Part of why I love it so much is because I have begun to see how necessary it is to be literate and informed if I want to make a positive impact in my communities.
I have a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), where I studied English with a concentration in British literature. My thesis is titled “‘But they would not teach her to play’: Child Heroines, Fantasy, and the Victorian Debate on Female Education.” It outlines the re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alices by two Victorian women writers, Christina Rossetti (Speaking Likenesses) and Augusta Webster (Daffodil and the Croaxaxicans: A Romance of History), and traces their use of child heroines in fantasy worlds as commentary on the Victorian debate on female education. It was a big undertaking and wound up being a much longer project that I could have imaged at a whopping 109 pages.
I received my bachelors degree in English and Communications from Pace University (Pleasantville, NY), which is where I now teach primarily (except for this online course). It gave me a great background in writing for professional purposes, understanding film, and being able to code-switch to fit in with other disciplines.
Aside from teaching, I work at Montclair State University’s Center for Writing Excellence, where I’ve been consulting for since 2009. I love helping writers. That’s really the bottom line. It is my passion. I believe everyone can write if they have the right encouragement and someone to show them how to be rhetorically aware.
Before teaching and consulting, I worked as a personal assistant to a magazine writer/book author, a nightlife photographer, a horseback riding instructor, an administrative assistant at an IT consulting firm (still moonlight as a technical writer there), an online course teaching assistant, a campus tour guide, and a newsletter editor. I also interned during my time as an undergraduate as an academic advisor. If you want to go way back, you can throw in a short stint as a cashier at Best Buy. I’ve been privileged to experience a lot of different things in my life.
In my (very) spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my pets (an SPCA rescue rabbit named Cluck and an American Quarter Horse named Lexington) relaxing on the Jersey shore with a good book, taking pictures, and spending quality time with friends and family.
My favorite poem is “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” by Richard Wilbur, and my favorite book is The Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind.
Conference Presentations & Invited Talks
“The Ecology of Growth Spaces: First Year Writing Students’ Perceptions of Public and Private Writing Environments.” Conference on College Composition and Communications. MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV. 15 Mar 2013.
“Twitter as a ‘Middle Space’ for Graduate Student First Year Writing Instructors.” Roundtable presentation. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV. 17 Nov 2012.
“Use Your Smarts.” Alumni Address. Golden Key Induction Ceremony. Pace University, Pleasantville, NY. 4 Nov 2012.
(with Katharine Cimmino, Jordan Dolan, and Leonard Grant) “The Ethics of Tolerance: Knowledge Activism in the Post-9/11 Writing Center.” Panel Presentation/Workshop Northeast Writing Center Association Conference. St. John’s University. Queens, NY. 15 Apr 2012.
“Ethnography and Activist Writing: Sustainable Inquiries for First Year Writing.” Presentation. State University of New York Council on Writing. Fashion Institute of Technology. New York, NY. March 31, 2012.
“’But they would not teach her to play’: Augusta Webster’s Daffodil and the Croäxaxicans: A Romance of History and the Victorian Debate on Female Education.” Curiosities: The 19th Annual British Women Writers Conference. Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 1 Apr 2011.
(with Tara Bradway, Tuli Chatterji, Jordan Dolan, and Christopher Leary) “Branching Out: Digital Literacy and the Writing Center.” Panel Presentation/Workshop. Northeast Writing Center Association Conference. Southern New Hampshire University. Hocksett, NH. 12 Mar 2011.
“’But they would not teach her to play’: Child Heroines, Fantasy, and the Victorian Debate on Female Education.” Student Research Symposium. Montclair State University. Montclair, NJ. 23 Apr 2010.
“Hide and Seek with Identity: The Role of the Quest in the Psychological Metamorphosis of the Children‘s Fantasy Hero.” Honors Independent Research Conference. Pforzheimer Honors College, Pace University. Pleasantville, NY. 1 May 2008.
“Hide and Seek with Identity: The Role of the Quest in the Psychological Metamorphosis of the Children‘s Fantasy Hero.” Plenary session of Annual Meeting of the Society of Fellows of Dyson College. Society of Fellows of Dyson College. White Plains, NY. 22 Apr 2008.
Poem. “Monster,” published in The Monster Book for Girls, Exaggerated Press, 2011. Print.
Poem. “Breaking,” published in the Fall 2007 issue of North Central College’s North Central Review. Print.
Poem. “Cracks,” published in the Spring 2008 issue of Pace University’s Vox Literary Magazine. Print.