Faculty / Staff
Sundeep Bisla, Assistant Professor (tenured) of English, specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature.
Having published a book-length investigation into Wilkie Collins's difficulties with the iterability of the word, Bisla is currently writing "A Visual Primer for Deconstruction." He also has a project underway entitled "Dipped in Inc.: Incorporating the Author in 18th-Century England" in which he looks into the destabilizing effects of uncontrolled repetition on a few English literary and legal contexts. He is currently writing essays on Pope, Percy Shelley, Emily Bronte, Stoker, Marx, Conrad, and Woolf, and a novel in his free time.
Linglan Cao graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University. She teaches composition and literature reading and writing courses. She also serves as York College's Chief Reader for CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW). An active member of TESOL, she is interested and experienced in helping the non-native speakers succeed in English reading and writing.
Matthew Corcoran has taught a wide range of courses at York, including Writing 300, English 125 and English 200. He has also taught Philosophy 101 and Ancient Greek I and II. Prior to becoming a lecturer in English, he taught for six years in the Language Immersion Program, York’s gateway program for ESL students.
His graduate studies are in the Classics, with a specialization in Greek. He is currently at work on a dissertation on Homeric epic poetry.
Jonathan Hall completed his Ph.D in American literature and his M.F.A. in fiction writing at Cornell University. His current research interests focus on college writing studies, including plagiarism prevention, writing program administration, the teaching of college writing to multilingual learners, and the relation between freshman composition and upper-level writing in the disciplines (Writing Across the Curriculum).
Cynthia R. Haller, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of English, holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to teaching writing courses at York College, she has served as Writing Center Coordinator, Writing Program Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) Coordinator, and Acting Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor Haller's research interests include rhetorical invention, college students' development of academic literacies, and agricultural/environmental rhetoric.
William J. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department’s Journalism Program hired in the Fall of 2007 to assist with the start-up of York College’s four-year B.A. degree program in journalism. During a nearly ten-year career as an investigative reporter covering crime and corruption in municipal governments and police departments in Westchester and Passaic Counties, Professor Hughes also taught journalism courses at night at Kingsborough College and Brooklyn College, both alma maters.
During his career as a full-time professional reporter he won numerous awards for exposing fraud, waste and corruption. In 2010 he won an award from The National Council on Crime and Delinquency for an article about a man who has served 22 years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. He is currently working on a book about wrongful convictions.
Kelly Baker Josephs, Associate Professor of English, specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. Her book Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (U of Virginia P, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980.
Professor Josephs is Director of the York College Honors Program and Editor for sx salon: a small axe literary platform (www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon).
Phebe Kirkham teaches Writing 301, Writing 303, English 125, and English 200. In her courses, she places an emphasis on helping students learn to revise and develop their work. She has a particular interest in teaching students how to recognize and avoid plagiarism. As co-editor of The York Scholar, she works closely with student writers to hone and polish their work.
Glenn Lewis is the Director of Journalism at York College and teaches Feature Writing and Narrative Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is a veteran magazine, newspaper and book journalist - with some work in television and radio. He was co-founder and Creative Director for Book Smart, Inc. - a book production company working with major publishers. He has published non-fiction and fiction with major book publishers. He is currently an on-air Journalism and Media expert for Fox TV-News -- and Fox Online and Radio. He was the Editor, and sole writer, of the Key Documents Volume of the Encyclopedia of Journalism for Sage Publications. The encyclopedia won the Dartmouth Medal (Honorable Mention) as one of the three most prestigious reference publications of 2009.
Daniel McGee is Associate Professor of English. He teaches literature courses in the Department, and serves as the Department's Academic Integrity Officer. In 2004-05, he coordinated the English Department's Academic Program Review, a periodic review undertaken in compliance with accreditation procedures for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Patricia Milanes, General Education Coordinator and Assistant Deputy Chair, teaches English 125, English 200 (Understanding Literature), and literature courses in the Department. She has also taught Humanities 101 and served as the College’s coordinator of support services for the CUNY Proficiency Exam.
Her research interests include 19th and early 20th century African American literature and cultural studies. Past research has explored issues of female agency in the Early Modern era. Her Master’s essay is entitled, "Edmund Spenser’s Virgin Queens: Marian Iconography in 'Book I' of The Faerie Queene."
Dr. Namphy has held teaching positions at Princeton University and at Rutgers University. At York College, he teaches courses on African American and Native American literature, art, and music, and constantly encourages his students to explore the connections between our cultural practices and our struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and dignity.
Jim Papa received his Ph.D. in English from The State University of New York at Stonybrook. His primary academic interests are American literature, nature and environmental writing, and ecocriticism. He has published poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and feature journalism, as well as critical essays on Edward Abbey, Henry David Thoreau, Jack London, and Annie Dillard. Professor Papa teaches creative writing.
Theresa Rooney is Associate Professor of English. Professor Rooney teaches English 125 (Introduction to College Writing) and English 270 (Essentials of English Grammar), among other courses at the College.
She represents the English Department in the College Senate, and is the former Director of the York College Writing Center.
Valerie K. Anderson is Associate Professor and Chair of English. She teaches college composition, survey literature, early African-American literature, and multicultural studies courses.
Professor Anderson's research field is African-American English Education history from the colonial American era to the post Civil War or Reconstruction era. Her research has been supported by University grants, and she has presented papers at such forums as the Institute for Research on The African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of English. York College founding faculty (1967), first Chair of English (1972-92), Chair of York Faculty (1994-2000).
Professor Cooper was NYC's on-air grammarian after starting the grammar and usage call-in section of WNYC's "New York and Company," later called "The Leonard Lopate Show" (1982-97) until he left to serve an exchange assignment in China (1998), teaching college-English faculty there to present Shakespeare and undergraduate English majors to understand the Western literary tradition. Texts he edited in China reach 500,000 people. Author of over eighty pieces of critical writing, he is internationally known as a scholar on the works of Philip Roth, having influenced the field through reviews, articles, collaborative book essays, and his own highly acclaimed book, Philip Roth and the Jews, (SUNY Press, 1996). Professor Cooper continues to teach literature, writing, and Western Civilization at York College.
Carolyn Kirkpatrick is Professor Emeritus. Professor Kirkpatrick served as Department Chair from 2001 to 2007, before retiring at the end of 2007. An important early advocate of writing process pedagogy on campus, she was instrumental in the creation of the College’s first effort at Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) in the 1980s, and in the formation of the current WAC Program begun in 2001. She was the College’s first WAC Coordinator, and led the annual WAC Faculty Seminar through its early years. She helped found the Writing Lab on campus, a student support center that later became the Writing Center, and founded the College-wide Writing Program, an independent academic program at the College, serving as its first coordinator.
Alms, Anthony, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Austin, Nathan, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Banks, Danis, Adjunct Lecturer
Bennett, George, Adjunct
Blickley, Mark, Adjunct
Brent, Lucia, Adjunct Lecturer
Bryzik, Renee, Adjunct Lecturer
Cacciutto, Franklin, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Campbell, Colin, Adjunct Lecturer
Chen, Mia, Adjunct Lecturer
Cope, LaForrest, Adjunct
D'Amato, Stephen, Adjunct
Delahousse, Sarah, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Donohue, Kathyrn, Adjunct
Dotterman, Angela, Adjunct Lecturer
Dubuisson, Donald, Adjunct
Ekere Tallie, Mariahadessa, Adjunct
Frank, Shirley, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Glenn, Jo-Ann, Adjunct Lecturer
Gruss, Yasmin, Adjunct Lecturer
Hamm, Christine, Adjunct Lecturer
Harris, Bonnie, Adjunct Lecturer
Hodgkins, John, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Howell, Eric, Adjunct Lecturer
Hussain , Aneesa, Adjunct
Kottner, Ann, Adjunct Lecturer
Lacey, Alice, Adjunct
Lane, Roseanna, Adjunct Lecturer
Leimsider, Naomi , Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ling, Micha, Adjunct Lecturer
Mendelsohn, Eric, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Miller, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer
Ralph, Aubria, Adjunct Lecturer
Richie, James, Adjunct Lecturer
Ryst, Sonja, Adjunct Lecturer
Schauer, Jordan, Adjunct Lecturer
Scheiwe, Richard, Adjunct Lecturer
Spatt, Hartley, Adjunct Associate Professor
Specland, Jeremy, Adjunct Lecturer
Stapleton, Ruth, Adjunct
Suso, Margarita, Adjunct Lecturer
Thomas, Wendell, Adjunct Lecturer
White, Sybil, Adjunct Lecturer
Wilkerson , Wendi, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Winslow, DeShawn, Adjunct Lecturer
Winson, Alan, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Wortes, Celeste, Adjunct