My educational background reflects both my abiding interest in literature and my professional commitment to teaching students how to discover the authority of their written voices. Shortly after arriving in the Finger Lakes region with my husband and young sons in 1986, I enrolled as a graduate student in the English Department at SUNY Cortland. While pursuing my graduate degree, I had the great fortune to study Irish literature with the venerable Robert Rhodes and the incomparable Alexander Gonzalez, both of whom helped me to discover my own authority as a scholar and writer. Likewise, under the capable guidance of Mary Lynch Kennedy, who once directed the Ithaca College Writing Program – the precursor to our current department – I made a rapid transition from student to teacher. After teaching for two years in the English Department at SUNY Cortland, I began my teaching career at Ithaca College. Although my family and my students vie for the majority of my time, I continue to make slow and unsteady progress on my poetry manuscript, The Threshing Floor.
- academic writing
- grammar and usage
- M.A. English, SUNY Cortland, 1998
- B.A. English, SUNY Empire State, 1992