I have been a First Year Writing Instructor with Seton Hall's English Department for over 17 years. During much of that time I have been involved with Seton Hall's Critical Thinking Core Proficiency, having worked on both the development of the proficiency from its inception to the present efforts to expand the infusion of courses throughout the university curriculum. I am particularly interested in the relationship of reading and writing to enhance critical thinking, and in the effect of the study of literature on the development of complex thinking ability.
- 1979 Seton Hall University, B.A., English (Magna Cum Laude)
- 1981 Seton Hall University, M.A., English
- Summer 2004: "
The Poet's Word as Talisman" -- Center for Catholic Studies Faculty Seminar
- Summer 2013: "
Student Disengagement: A Way Out" -- Seton Hall's Advanced Seminar on Mission
- May 2014: "Writing Into Our Authentic Selves: Using elements of Lonergan's General Empirical method in Freshman Composition" - Praxis Program of Seton Hall's Advanced Seminar on Mission*
- Summer 2014: "
The 'Interiority Dialog': Lonergan's Insight Theory and the Conflicted Freshman Writer" - Seton Hall's Advanced Seminar on Mission
- Summer 2015: "Authenticity, God, and Me" - GEM Fellows Praxis Program of Seton Hall's Advanced Seminar on Mission*
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Presentations / Conferences
- March 2004: "Offering Choices: Incorporating Service Learning and Vocational Discernment into the Freshman Composition Course" - NJCEA Conference, Seton Hall University
- April 2005: "Writing about Literature and Public Life in the College English II Course" NJCEA Conference, Seton Hall University
- August 2006: Presentation of Critical Thinking Proficiency Course Infusion Strategies for the Signature Course - TLTC Summer Institute, Seton Hall University
- November 2006: Using Technology in the Writing Classroom, NJCEA Fall Roundtable, NJIT, Newark, NJ
- October 2010: NJCEA Fall Roundtable, Seton Hall University
- October 2012: 22nd Annual National Conference, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Spring 2014: "The Debate Over Literature in First Year Writing: Obstacle or Opportunity?" Seton Hall University English Department Faculty Development Workshop
- Spring 2015: "Strategies for Fostering Critical Thinking in Writing Assignments" -- Critical Thinking in Psychology Workshop, June 10, 2015 at Seton Hall University.
- Spring 2015: "Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources in Academic Writing" - EOP student workshop organized by Seton Hall's Academic Resource Center (ARC)
- Fall 2015 Faculty Development Workshop Presentations:
- "Critical Thinking in Core English I"
- "Critical Thinking and the Core"
- "Writing Center Tutoring to Foster Critical Thinking"
- "GEM in Core English I"
- Critical Thinking Core Proficiency Team leader
- Assistant to the Director of the Writing Center, Academic Resource Center, Seton Hall University
- GEM Fellow, Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission, the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies, Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, Seton Hall University
- GEM Fellows Retreat to Rome, Italy (2015)
- Center for Literature in the Public Sphere (CLPS) Colloquium Spring 2015 - Literature and War