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English Department Faculty Accomplishments- At the conclusion of each English Department meeting, faculty share with colleagues their accomplishments over the preceding month(s). Those accomplishments are the reported here.

The English Department documents the accomplishments of its faculty members.  Full time and adjunct faculty are encouraged to share their accomplishments with the department at the conclusion of each department meeting.

Since 2000, announced faculty accomplishments have been reported on the English website.

Faculty Accomplishments for 2009-10

May 2010

Jonathan Hall presented "Closing the Sophomore Gap: General Education Connections Between First-year Composition and Writing in the Disciplines" at the CUNY General Education Conference, Kingsborough CC, on May 7, 2010.


Prof. Hall presented "What WAC/WID Faculty Need to Know About Multilingual Learners: New Approaches for Faculty Development" at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Indiana University. May 21, 2010.

Alan Cooper’s essay on David Ignatow will be published in the Spring 2010 number of the York College Library Newsletter.

Michael J. Cripps and Heather Robinson took three students – Shoba Parasram, Raquel Coy and Anna Charles – to present at the NorthEast Writing Centers Association conference, on April 10-11.   

April 2010

Valerie Anderson’s paper, “The Founding of a Freedman’s School: Penn School 1862-1948” is to be the focus of the April 14 African Studies Colloquium in the African American Resource Room.

Linglan Cao gave a presentation at the March 25 TESOL 2010 Convention held in Boston.  “Plagiarism in the Digital Age: A New Challenge to EFL/ESL Writing Teachers” focuses on the factors contributing to plagiarism on college campuses and the counter-measures to prevent plagiarism.

Michael Cripps, together with Gerry McNeil and Anne Simon (both of Biology), conducted a workshop on Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  The workshop, held March 11, explored the value and uses of peer review generally, and of biology faculty use of CPR in lower-level biology courses.

Professor Cripps and Heather Robinson, together with two English majors (Shoba Parasram and Raquel Coy) and a Communications Technology major (Anna Charles), presented papers at the 2010 Northeast Writing Centers Association conference at Boston University.  The panel, entitled “The Challenge of the Visual,” explored issues that students encounter when asked to use the visual, either to enhance and facilitate the writing process or as a part of their finished product.

Professors Cripps and Robinson on April 11 led a roundtable discussion entitled “Writing Moving Images: Locating Meaningful Uses of Video for Writing Center and WAC Work” as part of the Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium workshop held at Boston University.

Jonathan Hall will join Janice Capuana, Laurel Harris, and Aneta Kostrzewa—WAC Writing Fellows—in a CETL workshop April 29 from 12 to 2 PM in AC 4EA1: “What Faculty Teaching Writing Intensive Courses Need to Know about Multilingual Learners.”

 Professor Hall will have four poems included in a new anthology Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades, edited by Paul Nash and published by the Poets Press.

Cynthia Haller addressed the 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Expanding CCCC Histories, at Louisville, Kentucky, March 20.  Her presentation was “Student Research Writing, 1950-2009: Remixing a Genre.”

Kelly Josephs will present a paper on the panel “Caribbean Spaces, Transatlantic Spirit: Violence and Spiritual Reimaginings in the Caribbean,” at the conference “Let Spirit Speak: Cultural Journeys Through the African Diaspora” at City College CUNY, April 22-24.

Professor Josephs will present her paper “Forgetting to Forget: Soucouyant and the Topography of the Migrant’s Mind” at The 29th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, April 29-May 1, at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

 March 2010

Michael J. Cripps delivered a talk entitled "Writing at York: Opportunities and Challenges" on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, focusing on York’s NSSE data about writing and how York’s writing practices compare nationally with other colleges.

Helen Andretta read her paper, “Mystery and Meaning in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Enduring Chill,’” at the 2010 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Christianity and Literature Conference with the theme of Christianity and Detective Fiction on March 5 at Pace University, New York City. Prof. Andretta has been asked to submit an expanded version for the Proceedings of the Conference.

William Hughes noted that one of York’s former journalism students is now working for a newspaper in Pakistan.   

Alan Cooper has published a book review of David Brauner’s Philip Roth: Cooper, Alan.  Rev. of Philip Roth, by David Brauner.  Philip Roth Studies 5.1 (2009):142-45, Print.  

February 2010

Alan Cooper has published an analysis of Philip Roth's 2008 novel, Indignation, as follows: Alan Cooper, "Indignation: The Opiates of the Occident," Playful and Serious: Philip Roth as a Comic Writer, ed. Siegel and Halio. Newark:  University of Delaware Press, 2010.  pp. 255-68.

Kelly Josephs will be presenting work-in-progress at the Graduate Center's "Atlantic Studies" Seminar on February 19, 2010.

Glenn Lewis is the Editor and sole writer for the Key Documents Volume of the Encyclopedia of Journalism published last year by Sage.  The encyclopedia was recently awarded the highly prestigious 2010 Dartmouth Medal - Honorable Mention by the American Library Association. This means Prof. Lewis was a principal contributor to a project deemed one of the three most outstanding and significant reference publications for 2009.

December 2009

Phebe Kirkham and Michael J. Cripps published volume 6, issue 1 of The York Scholar in December 2009.  New this year, student contributors are revising their work in response to comments from the editors.  The issue features work by Marie A. Audain, Gail DaCosta, and Zola Philipp.  Ani Vigani provided the art for the cover of this issue, Still Life Abstraction.

 Across the Disciplines published a special issue, "Writing Across the Curriculum and Assessment: Activities, Programs, and Insights at the Intersection," guest edited by Kathleen Blake Yancey and the Florida State University Editorial Collaborative, in December 2009.  Professor Cripps worked on the project in his role as assistant editor for ATD. (

Professor Cripps introduced Dr. Robert Michael Gonyea (Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, Bloomington) at Hostos Community College/CUNY on December 4, 2009, as part of the CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Professional Education Series.  Dr. Gonyea spoke about CUNY's participation in the National Survey of Student Engagement and in the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College.  The event was supported by the CUNY Office of Undergraduate Education.

Professor Cripps together with Professor Xin Bai (Teacher Education)  and Professor Aegina Barnes (ESL, Foreign Languages, and Humanities), was awarded a 2010 FIPSE grant of $8000 through LaGuardia Community College's "Making Connections" e-portfolio mini-grant project.  Professors Bai, Barnes, and Cripps will work with a cohort of colleagues from around the New York Metropolitan area to explore e-portfolio implementation issues, with meetings to be held at LaGuardia throughout 2010. The grant includes some funding for local faculty development to advance York College's fledgling e-portfolio initiative.

Heather Robinson presented a talk called "Towards a Better - And More Useful - Understanding of Definite Descriptions via Corpus Analysis" at the Symposium on Second Language Writing in Tempe, AZ, on November 5.

Jonathan Hall presented  "What Multilingual Students Need to Know About College Writing: A Metacognitive Approach " at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, Arizona State University.

Helen R. Andretta is reading a paper, “Mystery and Meaning in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Enduring Chill’” at the 2010 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Christianity and Literature Conference March 5 and 6 at Pace University, New York City, New York.

Kelly Baker Josephs has received a grant from the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund to build an online Caribbean Literary Salon and Resource Center.

 Mychel Namphy announced that four English majors have applied for PhDs – Chanae Bazemore, Joan Jean-Ferancois, Michelle Gibbs and Suhaila Saduddin-Singh.

November 2009

Kelly Baker Josephs invited colleagues to attend students’ presentations of their research projects in Caribbean Literature on Wednesday, November 25th, 6:00 pm.

Linda M. Grasso presented a paper entitled “Letter Editions as Epistolary Fictions:  Rebecca Primus, Addie Brown, and Their Editor” at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference,” held in Philadelphia, October 21-24. 

October 2009

Deep Bisla presented a talk entitled "The Vampirism of the Sign: Textual Repetition and 'Dracula'" to the CUNY Graduate Center Victorian Research Seminar group on October 6, 2009.

Mark Blickley’s drama, My Better Half, was performed in June 2009 at the Tank Theater, NYC, directed by Scott Embler.

Professor Blickley’s poem, “Screaming Mime,” appears in the anthology, Unhoused Voices: Granting Change for the Homeless, Sabella Press, 2009.

Alan Cooper’s review of Phillip Roth’s new novel, The Humbling, appeared in Jewish Book World, Fall 2009.

Michael Cripps presented a paper, “Interface Literacy: Screencasts, GUIs, and Computer-mediated Authorship,” at the 2009 Georgia Conference on Information Literacy (September 24-26, 2009) at the Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Georgia.

Dean Dana Fusco, Professor Cripps, and Robert Baer (Academic Advisement) received an $85,000 CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education Innovative Programs Grant for 2009-10 to begin a campus-wide electronic portfolio initiative.