Faculty member since: 2010
The Fundamentals of Writing
The Accelerated Learning Program
English Composition: The Writing Process
English Composition: Writing and Research
The Short Story
Bachelor of Arts in English, Norwich University
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Emerson College
What brought you to Brookdale?
I initially started here as an adjunct in the English Department, teaching composition courses, and then few years later as a learning assistant working with technology. I fell in love with the college, the faculty, and the students. When I had the chance to apply for a full-time job I jumped at the chance.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
Right now I’m the coordinator for English Composition: Writing and Research. With two other English faculty, I was awarded a grant for creating a course using Open Educational Resources.
Do you work outside of the college?
Over two dozen of my poems have been published in journals and magazines like Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Jumble Box, Wilderness House Literary Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Scintilla Magazine, as well as in several anthologies, including Jumble Box, With Cherries on Top, and Bagels with the Bards. Some of my poems have been published in a 2009 chapbook, Evening Watch, published by Ibbetson Street Press, and in 2016 in a self-published collection Nostalgia and Ruin. I am also a founding editor of a quarterly pulp fiction magazine, Broadswords and Blasters.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
The first time I attended commencement exercises as a tenure-track instructor I combed through the program and found that I knew more than 25 of the graduating students. Some of them might have just barely passed, but I knew then that the work I’d put into giving them critical thinking and writing skills had paid off. Every year since I look forward to commencement so I can continue to cheer on graduating students.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
The faculty. Every single instructor I have met simply loves bringing their knowledge, experience, and expertise to new students year after year.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
Every student that comes to Brookdale comes through at least one English class. That’s a fact to be celebrated, not one to be dreaded. If you believe the stereotype, the skills we teach are confined to stodgy academic essays about boring subjects in a college sequence. But that’s not what we do. Reading and writing take people on adventures, both totally relatable slices of life and completely impossible fantasies, which humans need in order to thrive.