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, Associate Professor, 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

Jennie Binnie - Full-time Fall 2018 temporary Instructor

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 - Associate 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.

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 - 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

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.

Christina Nelson-Brozycki - Full-time Fall 2018 temporary Instructor

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

Rebeca Rivera-Robayo - Full-time Fall 2018 temporary Instructor

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

Ándrea Laurencell Sheridan -Associate Professor
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