Full Time Faculty

Department Chairs

Patricia Sculley - Assistant Professor, Department Chair
MA (English) Fordham University; BA (English) St. John’s University

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 2, Women Writers, and Children’s Literature.

Alexandra Kay -Assistant Chair, Instructor MSEd (Secondary Education/English) Mount Saint Mary College; MA (Print Journalism) New York University; BA Pace University Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Honors Freshman English 1, Journalism–Writing, World Literature Enlightenment to Modern, and Women Writers Research Interests: teaching pedagogy

Full-time Faculty

Deborah Chedister - Assistant Professor, Special Assistant to the Chair
MS (Second Language Learning) SUNY New Paltz; BA (English) Colorado State University

Teaches ESL Reading & Writing, Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, and ESL for CAPE.

Anne Sandor - Associate Professor, Writing Consultancy Coordinator
MFA (Creative Writing) Vermont College; BA (English) Vassar College; AA (Liberal Arts) SUNY Orange

Teaches Technical Writing (OTA), Creative Writing Fiction, and Contemporary Novel.

Diane Bliss - Professor, Adjunct Coordinator
MA (English, Two-Year College Teaching Specialization) Binghamton University; BA (Creative Writing/Environmental Concerns & Philosophies) Hartwick College; AAS (Forest Technologies) SUNY College of Environmental Science

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, British Literature: 14th through 18th Century, Ethics, and Religious Concepts.
Has taught Contemporary Short Story, Creative Writing, Introduction to Philosophy, and Technical Writing (Occupational Therapy Assistant & Medical Lab Technician).
Research Interests: Early British and Celtic literatures, mythologies, and religions; poetry; critical thinking; language and its impact on concepts of the “Other”; Writing Across the Curriculum and In the Disciplines; academic leadership; environmental ethics and literature.

Melissa Browne - Assistant Professor
MA (Teaching of English) Teacher’s College; BA (English) Ohio Wesleyan University

Teaches Reading & Study Skills 1, Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Technical Writing 1 & 2 (Human Services) Women Writers, British Literature: 14th through 18th Century, and British Literature: 19th and Early 20th Century

Amanda Crowell - Assistant Professor
MFA (Creative Writing), MA (English) University of Missouri - St. Louis; BA (English) Truman State University
Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Pre-Semester Writing Intervention, Freshman English 1 & 2, American Literature to the Civil War, American Literature 1865 to Present, Contemporary Short Story, and Honors Service Learning, Honors Seminar: The Apocalypse.
Research Interests: poetry, creative writing, community service, publications literature in context, science fiction, writing in context.
Service: PBIE, temporary on APC, department Poetry Month committee.

Tony Cruz - Associate Professor
MSEd (English) Fordham University; MAT (Music Education) CUNY H. Lehman College; BA (Music Education) CUNY Graduate Center

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, and Contemporary Short Story

Sheila Donnelly - Associate Professor
MA+ (English, concentrated studies on Southern Literature) SUNY New Paltz; BA (English) Mount Saint Mary College

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Contemporary Poetry, American Literature: To the Civil War, British Literature: 14th-18th Century, Women in Literature, and Analysis & Interpretation of Literature.
Research Interests: American Southern Writers including William Faulkner and Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Contemporary Short Story and Fiction Writers, 17th Century British Writers (John Milton), the Metaphysical Poets.

James Givant - Professor
MA (English) University of South Carolina; BA (English) City University of New York

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, and Philosophy

Sandra Graff - Associate Professor
MAT (English and Education) Farleigh Dickenson University; BA (English; minors in Art and German) SUNY Albany; Post- Graduate Study (Education and Literacy) Jersey City State College, Seton Hall University, SUNY New Paltz, and Sam Houston State University

Teaches Reading & Study Skills 1 & 2, Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Creative Writing: Poetry, and Contemporary Poetry
Research/Other Interests: writing, sustainability, gardening, vegetarian cooking
Has published poetry and chapbook

Alexander Jakubowski - Associate Professor
MA (English) Binghamton University; BA (English) SUNY Oswego

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Technical Writing Module 1 & 2 American Literature to the Civil War, American Literature 1865-Present, Journalism: Survey of Mass Media, Fantasy Fiction (Tolkien, Arthurian Literature), and Science Fiction
Research Interests: American literature, science fiction/fantasy fiction, journalism issues, creative writing

Kristen Katzin-Nystrom - Assistant Professor
MA (English/Medieval anchorites, visionaries & philosophers) University of Massachusetts; BA (English/Women’s Studies) San Francisco State University

Teaches Reading & Study Skills, Basic Writing Skills, Freshman English 1 & 2, World Literature, and variety of literature courses
Research Interests: Medieval philosophy and religion

Abigail Kreitzer - Professor
ABD (English), MA (English) University of California; AB (English) Cornell University
Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, African-American Literature, World Literature, American Literature, Drama, Journalism: Mass Media

Research Interests: creative writing, medieval and renaissance studies, women in literature, gender studies

Kathleen Malia - Professor
PhD (English) University of Notre Dame; MA (English) Gannon University; BA (Speech-Drama) Marietta College

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Modern Drama, and Contemporary Drama

Stephen Meagher - Associate Professor
PhD (Eighteenth Century British Literature) University of Buffalo; MA (Contemporary Canadian Novel), BA (Drama and Theatre) McGill University

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Contemporary Short Story, British Literature 1 (to 1800), and Ethics
Research Interests: Currently revising his dissertation, Promise in Early, Eighteenth Century England: Reading Hobbes and Addison, for publication. He has presented papers at NeMLA and ASECS conferences on Canadian and British literature.

Donald Parker - Professor
ABD (English) New York University; MA (English), BA (English) North Texas University
Teaches Freshman English 2, Creative Writing: Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Contemporary Short Story, and American Literature

Publications: Articles, interviews, introductions, reviews, and poems in books and magazines such as The Southern Review; Interviews with Malcolm Cowley; Mathew Arnold, Man of Letters; Contemporary Poetry; Manhattan Mind; Insight. Co-founder and co-editor of several magazines: The Hart Crane Newsletter; The Visionary Company, A Magazine of the Twenties; Espirit; and Wordsmith, A Journal of Poetry and Art. Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1990); Fulbright Exchange Teacher (The Netherlands), 1994-95.

Sue Pendergast - Assistant Professor
MSEd (Special Education, reading coursework emphasis), BA (English) Mount Saint Mary College; AA SUNY Orange

Teaches Reading & Study Skills 1 & 2, and Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2

Geoffrey I. Platt - Professor
MA (English & Comparative Literature), MPhil (English & Comparative Literature) Columbia University; BA (English) Long Island University

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Mythology, Film & Literature, Contemporary Short Story, Honors seminars & honors sections, and Introduction to Humanities 1 & 2
Publication: Developmental Writing textbook
Research Interests: Hudson Valley, cross-disciplinary studies, Vienna 1900, Ancient World, cinema

Anna Rosen - Assistant Professor
MS (Literacy Education) Long Island University; MFA (Creative Writing) Sarah Lawrence College; BS (Psychology and Early Childhood Education) CUNY Hunter College

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Reading & Study Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, and Honors Seminar: Memoir

Steven Shaw - Instructor

MFA (Creative Writing) The New School; BA (Writing) Ithaca CollegeTeaches Basic Writing Skills and Freshman English I.

Ándrea Laurencell Sheridan - Instructor
MA (Literary Cultures) New York University; BA (English) Russell Sage College

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Pre-Semester Writing Intervention, Freshman English 1 & 2 (live and online), Honors Freshman English 2, Technical Writing Module (Human Services), Contemporary Short Story (online), Contemporary Novel, and Honors Seminar: The Lost Generation: Beautiful Little Fools & All That Jazz.
Research Interests: contemporary fiction, postmodernism, cultural studies, popular culture, the American Dream

Christopher Slichta - Associate Professor
MA (English, American Literature concentration) SUNY Buffalo; BA (English) Rutgers University
Teaches Basic Writing Skills 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, World Literature: Enlightenment to the Modern Age, American Literature: To the Civil War, American Literature: 1865 to Present, Technical Writing Module 1 & 2, and Faculty tutor in the Writing Center
Research Interests: American Literature

Elaine Torda - Associate Professor, Honors Program Coordinator, Chair: Interdisciplinary Studies
MA (English) Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec); BA (English) St. Michael’s College; Graduate Certificate (Teaching Language Arts as a Second Language) St. Michael’s College

Teaches: Honors Freshman English 1 & 2, World Literature 2, International Literature, Honors International Literature, Accelerated Contemporary Novel, Honors Contemporary Poetry, Children’s Literature, Honors Philosophy, and Honors Seminars.

Mary Warrener - Professor
ABD, MA (English) University at Buffalo; BA (English) Mount Saint Mary College
Teaches Reading & Study Skills 1 & 2, Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, World Literature, Introduction to Mythology, Shakespeare, Technical Writing, and online courses

Stephanie Wish - Instructor
MAT (Literature) Bard College; MFA (Creative Writing) Oregon State University; BA (English) Vassar College

Teaches Basic Writing Skills 1 & 2, Freshman English 1 & 2, Contemporary Short Story, and Creative Writing

Kathleen Wright - Professor
MS (English) SUNY Buffalo; BS SUNY New Paltz; AA Orange County Community College; post-graduate work (English) University of New Hampshire. Received the three Fulbright Awards to Mexico, India and Senegal, West Africa. Received four National Endowment for the Humanities Awards
to study at national universities.
Teaches Freshman English 1 & 2, International Literature: Non-European, and Contemporary Novel
Has taught: ESL Writing, American Literature 1865-Present, Film & Literature, and Contemporary Short Story, Creative Writing Fiction. In addition, she has been awarded an Orange County Human Rights Commission Award in 1999 and NY State Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching in 1992.

Publication: The Tourists in the literary magazine: The Bear's Tale.