Since coming to Seton Hall University in 1961 to the present, I have taught a great
number of what today may be thought of as disparate courses, but that emphasize my
contribution as generalist, rather than that of specialist, in the department. My
beginnings were clearly in the areas of expository writing and great books, but as
our department had to absorb constant losses of faculty, through retirement, resignation,
or medical leaves, I became the "utility player," replacing them, often from semester
to semester. My scholarship had to be devoted to preparing for these courses. I have
taught every period in British literature and American literature; furthermore, I
have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in special periods, persons, and genres.
Along with these courses, when the College of Education and Human Services asked our
department to offer a grammar course for students who are seeking accreditation in
Middle School, I was the only one to volunteer, develop, and teach it.
My last position as dean of the University libraries is another example of my willingness and ability to work in many areas. The academic life, for me, continues to be a journey with no final destination yet in sight.
- Ph.D., Drew University
- M.A., Seton Hall University
- B.A., Montclair State University
2009 Recipient of the Steven J. Sloan Mentor Award
2006 Recipient of the Bishop McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service
Patriarch editor of Orthodox Christian documents
My generation of faculty, entering in the 1960s and 1970s, was charged with developing programs and courses that would lay the foundation of our then-recently formed University. It was during this era and for three decades, when we moved from a single-sex school to a co-educational institution, that the core of modern learning was firmly established and implemented. The role I played was to design what has become the mainstay of the freshman English program at our University. This includes the standard first year College English I and II, the then newly-conceived Basic Skills courses, the support unit of the Writing Center, the advancement of English as a Second Language in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the universal project of Writing Across the Curriculum. During the 1980s, 1990s, and into the new century, I served as director of each of these programs simultaneously, then in turn, as chair of the English Department, and director of Special Projects in the dean's office. Subsequent to these positions, I served as interim-chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, and later and till recently, assistant chair of the English Department. along with these areas of responsibility, I have served on every standing committee in the University.