Faculty / Staff

More than three dozen full - and part- time faculty teach in the English Department.

Department Chair

Grasso, LindaGrasso, Linda
Professor
718-262-2490
AC-2A07
Linda M. Grasso specializes in U.S. Literature and Culture, Women's Literature, and Women's Studies. She teaches courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Writing. Professor Grasso's current book in progress Feminism and Georgia O'Keeffe explores how Georgia O'Keeffe and feminism are linked in scholarship, popular culture, and the public imagination. Using published and unpublished sources, including paintings, photographs, fan letters, autobiography, and business documents, Professor Grasso examines O'Keeffe's art, life, writing, and reputation by foregrounding feminist questions, employing feminist reading practices, and situating O'Keeffe in U.S. feminist history.
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Full-Time Faculty

Bisla, SundeepBisla, Sundeep
Assistant Professor
718-262-2480
AC-2A09

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.

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Cao, LinglanCao, Linglan
Doctoral Lecturer
718-262-5124
AC-2A10

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.

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Corcoran, MatthewCorcoran, Matthew
Lecturer
718-262-2491
AC-2A10

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.

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DiToro, DouglasDiToro, Douglas
Lecturer
718-262-2493
AC-2B12
Doug DiToro teaches Eng 125 and 200 and serves as the English Department website manager. He has been teaching within CUNY for many years and specializes in English composition and rhetoric.
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Grasso, LindaGrasso, Linda
Professor
718-262-2490
AC-2A07
Linda M. Grasso specializes in U.S. Literature and Culture, Women's Literature, and Women's Studies. She teaches courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Writing. Professor Grasso's current book in progress Feminism and Georgia O'Keeffe explores how Georgia O'Keeffe and feminism are linked in scholarship, popular culture, and the public imagination. Using published and unpublished sources, including paintings, photographs, fan letters, autobiography, and business documents, Professor Grasso examines O'Keeffe's art, life, writing, and reputation by foregrounding feminist questions, employing feminist reading practices, and situating O'Keeffe in U.S. feminist history.
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Hall, JonathanHall, Jonathan
Assistant Professor
718-262-5331
AC-2A01

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).

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Haller, CynthiaHaller, Cynthia
Professor
718-262-2468
AC-2A16B

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. 

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Hughes, WilliamHughes, William
Assistant Professor
718-262-2492
AC-2A11

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.

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Inayatulla, ShereenInayatulla, Shereen
Assistant Professor
718-262-5187
AC-2A14
Shereen Inayatulla specializes in Composition and Rhetoric. Over the last decade, she has taught English in a variety of international contexts ranging from college writing courses in Canada and the US to secondary-level language courses in Japan’s public school system. Her research areas include critical pedagogy, queer and postcolonial feminist theories, and representations of teacher/student identity in literacy narratives. She has presented her work at such forums as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, and the Thomas R. Watson Conference.
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Josephs, KellyJosephs, Kelly
Associate Professor
718-262-2469
AC-2A02

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).

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Kirkham, PhebeKirkham, Phebe
Lecturer
718-262-5251
AC-2A10

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.   

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Lewis, GlennLewis, Glenn
Professor
718-262-2482
AC-2A11

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.

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McGee, DanielMcGee, Daniel
Associate Professor
718-262-2489
AC-2A07A

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.

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Milanes, PatriciaMilanes, Patricia
Lecturer
718-262-2483
AC-2A12

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."

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Moore, ThomasMoore, Thomas
Assistant Professor
718-262-2484
AC-2A11
Tom Moore, a broadcast journalist with twenty-five years of experience, worked as an on-air reporter, anchor and producer at Bloomberg Radio & TV in New York. He covered general news as well as business stories and was part of the staff that launched the broadcast news operation. Moore also worked at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS and was part of the Decision ’88 team at the NBC News Election Unit. He studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he earned his Master’s in 1992. Moore reported for the New York Times and WBAI-Pacifica Radio and he still works as a news writer at the CBS News Radio Network, part-time. Moore wrote an essay in a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism collection of alumni stories about the digital journalism world. He served as an editor of that collection titled, ''Ink Stains, Stories From 20 Years of Journalism and Life." For over a decade he's edited the Park Slope Food Coop Gazette in Brooklyn.
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Namphy, MychelNamphy, Mychel
Assistant Professor
718-262-2477
AC-2A02
For over a decade Dr. Mychel J. Namphy has been lecturing, teaching, and writing about African American literature, culture, and politics, in such diverse venues as churches and mosques, police academies and drug treatment centers, Ivy League colleges, graduate schools, high schools, elementary schools, and prisons.

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.

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no photoPapa, James
Professor
718-262-3720
AC-2B11

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.

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Robinson, HeatherRobinson, Heather
Associate Professor
718-262-2479
AC-2A16A
Heather is a theoretical linguist and a Writing Program Administrator. Her research focuses, broadly, on issues of access in institutions as well as in academic writing. Her current research explores the intersection of education and the global economy in the context of free-standing grammar classes.
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Rooney, TheresaRooney, Theresa
Associate Professor
718-262-2070
AC-2A12

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.

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Rowe, DebbieRowe, Debbie
Assistant Professor
718-262-2481
AC-2A14
Debbie Rowe, Assistant Professor of English, has her PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has research, professional, and teaching experience in various forms of academic and professional writing. She introduces various technologies and writing forms in her courses, including computer synthesized speech and graphic novels. For her fourth year at York, she continues her work as on York's Service-Learning Advisory Committee as a Co-Chair. She is also managing a grant that looks at the effects of embedded tutoring on gateway courses.
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Serant, ClaireSerant, Claire
Lecturer
718-262-5198
AC-2A13B
Claire Serant is a lecturer in the English department’s journalism program. Prior to York College, Ms. Serant worked as a general assignment reporter at the New York Daily News for 14 years. She has freelanced for Black Enterprise and Essence magazines, New York Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Star Ledger (Newark). Ms. Serant worked as a senior editor at CMP Media LLC where she wrote business articles for Electronic Buyers’ News. She taught journalism at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Ms. Serant has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
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Assistant Professor


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347-337-2246
AC-1C01
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Professors Emeriti

Anderson, ValerieAnderson, Valerie
Professor Emerita
718-262-2948
AC-2A16B

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).

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Andretta, HelenAndretta, Helen
Professor Emerita
718-262-2346
AC-2A10
Dr. Helen R. Andretta is Professor Emeritus in the English Department. She has taught courses in language and in literature of the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration and Eighteenth century periods and inclusive of senior seminars and honors studies in English. Professor Andretta's interest in medieval studies is reflected in her monograph, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: A Poet's Response to Ockhamism (Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 29, New York: Peter Lang, 1997). Her article on Flannery O'Connor is "The Hylomorphic Sacramentalism of 'Parker's Back'" in a collection by O'Connor scholars, Inside the Church of Flannery O'Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction, ed. Joanne Halleran McMullen and Jon Parrish Peede (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007), 41-63. She has presented cross-disciplinary approach papers in regional, national, and international conferences, resulting in numerous publications.
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Cooper, AlanCooper, Alan
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2470
AC-2B09

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.

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Kirkpatrick, CarolynKirkpatrick, Carolyn
Professor Emerita
718-262-2470
AC-2A16

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.

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Part-Time Faculty

 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

Staff

 Beharry-Singh, Sharon, CUNY Office Assistant

 Gerspacher, Arnaud, Writing Fellow

 Kilian, Lauren, Adjunct Lecturer

 Mc Donald, Carolette, Writing Center Manager

 Parris-David, CadyAnn, CUNY Office Assistant