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Joseph M. Viera

Joseph M. Viera

Professor/ Department Chairperson
jviera1@naz.edu
585-389-2642
GAC - 496A

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Education: Ph.D., M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University
Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. Latino/a literary and cultural studies, particularly Cuban-American literary culture; identity construction and performance; diaspora and displacement; race and gender politics; 20th-century American literature; ethnic-American literatures; the short story; the novel; rhetoric and composition
Publications/Current Projects: "Oscar Hijuelos" in American Writers: Supplement VIII (2001); Entries on Denise Chávez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Virgil Suárez in The Encyclopedia of American Literature (2000); "Exile Among Exiles: Cristina Garcia" in Poets & Writers (1998); "Matriarchy and Mayhem: Awakenings in Cristina Garcia's Dreaming in Cuban" in The Americas Review (1996); "So Far from Home: Isolation in Oscar Hijuelos's Our House in the Last World" in Proceedings of the Seventeenth Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures (1996); "Cristina Garcia" in American Writers: Supplement IX (2002); "Cristina Garcia" in Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia (2003); currently working on a study of Cuban-American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos

Bill Capossere

Andreas Brooks

Lecturer
abrooks1@naz.edu
585-389-2440
GAC - 491

 

Bill Capossere

Bill Capossere

Lecturer
wcaposs3@naz.edu
585-389-2650
GAC - 408

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Education: B.S. Buffalo State College, M.A. SUNY Brockport, M.F.A. Pacific Lutheran University (Mount Rainier Writing) - summer 2009
Teaching and Research Interests: Creative Writing, the Novel, Children's Writing, Fantasy/Science Fiction
Publications/Current Projects: "Black Holes" (Colorado Review Spring 2009), "Ties" (Gulf Stream 2009), Harper's Magazine, Colorado Review, Rosebud, Bayou, Chattahoochee Review, In Short, Short Takes, Imaginative Writing, Know Magazine for Children, book-length collection of creative non-fiction, continued series of short fiction, full-length play
Recognition: 2009, 2008 (fiction, non-fiction) Pushcart Prize nominations, listed in Notable Essays section of Best American Essays 2008, 2006

Anne Coon

Anne C. Coon

Lecturer
acoon4@naz.edu
585-389-2989
GAC - 406

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Education: B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English, State University of New York at Buffalo
Teaching and Research Interests: Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), Modern Poetry, interdisciplinary connections between art, literature, and science.
Publications: Books: Discovering Patterns in Mathematics and Poetry, with co-author Marcia Birken; three books of poetry, Daedalus’ Daughter, Via del Paradiso, and Henry James Sat Here; and Hear Me Patiently: The Reform Speeches of Amelia Jenks Bloomer. My writing has been published in the McGraw-Hill college anthology Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama and the Essay, and in Provincetown Arts, Redactions, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Nimrod, The Baltimore Review, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and other journals.
Current projects: A novel and new collection of poetry in progress.

Jerome Denno

Jerome Denno

Associate Professor
jdenno9@naz.edu
585-389-2644
GAC - 489

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Education: B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Teaching and Research Interests: English Education, British Literature surveys, Medieval British Literature, Anglo-Saxon Poetics
Publications/Current Projects: Inspiration and the Poetic Imagination in Anglo-Saxon Poetry (book project)

Deborah Dooley

Deborah Dooley

Professor/Dean - CAS
ddooley5@naz.edu
585-389-2641
GAC - 475

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Education: B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester, M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester
Teaching and Research Interests: British Literature Surveys I and II, Victorian Literature, Women's Literature, Rhetoric, 20th Century Modern Literature, Feminist Theory, Introduction to Women's Studies
Publications/Current Projects: Plain and Ordinary Things: Reading Women in the Writing Classroom (SUNY Albany Press, 1995); women and gardens with special emphasis on the garden literature of Jamaica Kincaid

Cynthia Eisen

Cynthia J. Eisen

Lecturer/Director of American Studies Program
ceisen0@naz.edu
585-389-2948
GAC - 462

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Director of Undergraduate American Studies
Education: BA and MA, California State Polytechnic University
Teaching and Research Interests: Fairy Tales, the short story, American literature/culture and writing about the visual media
Publications/Current Projects: co-author of Afternoons with Puppy: Inspirations from a Therapist and His Animals

Gregory Foran

Gregory Foran

Assistant Professor/ Director of the College Writing Program
gforan4@naz.edu
585-389-2565
GAC - 497

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Education: B.A., Connecticut College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Teaching and Research Interests: the English Renaissance, especially Shakespeare and Milton; literature of the British Civil Wars; early modern political philosophy; political theology; the intersection of rhetoric, religion and economics
Publications/Current Projects: "Dunbar's Broken Rainbow: Symbol, Allegory, and Apocalypse in 'The Goldyn Targe'," in Philological Quarterly (May 2007); "Macbeth and the Political Uncanny in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates," Milton Studies (Spring 2011); "Prophecy and Ceremony in Macbeth" [under review]; currently revising dissertation into a book-length project on apocalypticism and kingless government in Shakespeare and Milton.

Marion Hoctor

Marion A. Hoctor, SSJ

Professor
mhoctor5@naz.edu
585-389-2638
GAC - 381

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Education: B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester; M.A. and Ph.D., Cornell University; M.Litt., Oxford University (England)
Teaching and Research Interests: British Literature Surveys I and II; Chaucer and medieval literature; medieval history; 18th and 19th century English novel; Victorian writers and ideas; Women's Studies emphasis in courses
Publications/Current Projects: Matthew Arnold's Essays in Criticism, First Series: A Critical Edition (U Chicago P); co-author of A Book of Drama I and A Book of Drama II in "Perspectives in Literature" Series (Harcourt Brace);"Matthew Arnold and the Critical Spirit," and "Matthew Arnold and Romanticism" in Greyfriars (Siena College, Albany NY); images of women in the 18th and 19th century English novel; 19th century English women writers with emphasis on "what it took" for women to be published in that era.



Suhail IslamSuhail M. Islam

Associate Professor
sislam1@naz.edu
585-389-2639
GAC - 485

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Education: B.A., Dhaka University; M.A., Dhaka; M.A., Windsor; M.A., Northern Arizona; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University
Teaching and Research Interests: Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Linguistics, Comparative World Literature, Post-colonial Cultural Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Subaltern Studies
Publications/Current Projects: "Empire, Literacy, Identity, and Literary Studies" in Bengal Studies: An Interdisciplinary and International Approach (Pustaka, Dhaka); "Rethinking Agency" in Weaving Knowledge Together (NWCA Press); "Graham Greene, Liberation Theology and the Theme of Revolution" (Harvest); "Time and Memory in Pinter's Plays," Jahangirnagar University Journal; "The Wretched of the Nations: The West's Role In Human Rights Violation In The Bangladesh War of Independence" forthcoming in Genocide, War Crimes, And The West: The Culture Of Impunity (Zed Books). Currently writing "Time and the Other: The Islamic Concept of Narrative, Time, and Historiography in Post-colonialism and Time: A Comparative Perspective Across the Culture" (Comparative Literature Methodology Series, Jadavpur University Press); "Nationalism" (Encyclopedia of Developing Nations, Fitzroy Dearborn)

Mark Madigan

Mark Madigan

Professor/Fulbright Program Advisor
mmadiga2@naz.edu
585-389-2643
GAC - 479

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Education: B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Teaching and Research Interests: African American Literature, Modern American Literature, Popular Culture, International Education
Publications/Current Projects: Fulbright Scholar (2004) and Fulbright Specialist (2005, 2006), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Fulbright Specialist (2009), University of Zadar, Croatia; lectures presented at the Sorbonne and University of Rome; co-editor (with Dan Gediman) of The Seeking by Will Thomas (Northeastern UP, 2013); editor of Youth and the Bright Medusa in the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition (U Nebraska P, 2009), Seasoned Timber by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (UP New England, 1996), The Bedquilt and Other Stories by Fisher (U Missouri P, 1996), Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher (U Missouri P, 1993); articles in The Black Scholar, The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather, The Norton Critical Edition of Passing by Nella Larsen, Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in American Fiction, and elsewhere. He is writing an essay on Charles Chesnutt's short story "The Passing of Grandison" and co-directing “Cather and Europe/Europe and Cather”, a symposium being held in Rome in June 2014.

Toni Messineo

Toni Messineo

Lecturer
amessin8@naz.edu

585-389-2968
GAC - 408

 

Rita Mignacca

Rita Mignacca

Lecturer
rmignac0@naz.edu

585-389-2605
GAC - 406

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Education: Ph.D., University at Albany 2007
Teaching and Research Interests: American Literature, Immigrant Literature, Children's Literature
Publications/Current Projects:Text in progress: Scott Fitzgerald and Lapolla: Gatsby and the Grand Gennaro As Unlikely Bedfellows

Adrielle Mitchell

Adrielle A. Mitchell

 Professor
amitche2@naz.edu
585-389-2640
GAC - 487

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Education: B.A., Hunter College, City University of NY; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching and Research Interests: Word and Image Studies, Graphic Narrative, Comics Studies, Gender Theory, Creative Non-Fiction, Literary and Cultural Theory, Memory Studies, Transnational Memoir, Childhood Studies.
Publications/Current Projects: Recent and forthcoming publications include: “Picturing National Identity: Iconic Solidarity in Autobiographical Comics” in Studies in Comics (2011); “Exposition and Disquisition: Non-Fiction Graphic Narratives and Comics Theory in the Literature Classroom” in Lan Dong, ed., Teaching Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom (forthcoming from McFarland Press);
"Graphic Journeys: Figuring Americans Abroad in Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage and Abel’s La Perdida,” in College English Association Critic (Spring-Summer 2010); “Spectral Memory, Sexuality and Inversion: An Arthrological Study of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” in ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies (September 2009);
“Creative Professionalization: Inculcating Divergent Career Concepts in Doctoral Candidates” in Sean Murphy, ed., Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life, Modern Language Association Press (2008). Currently working on a book-length manuscript on graphic memoirs in light of visual, comics, and memory studies.

Toni Messineo

Martin Naparsteck

Lecturer
mnapars2@naz.edu

585-389-2440
GAC - 491

 

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Education:M.A. Creative Writing, DePauw University.
Teaching and Research Interests:All good literature, but particularly contemporary American literature, and the moral basis for great writing.
Publications/Current Projects: Two Vietnam War novels (War Song and A Hero’s Welcome), a collection of stories (Saying Things), a book of writing advice (Honesty in the Use of Words), Richard Yates Up Close, Sex and Manifest Destiny, Mrs. Mark Twain, and The Trial of Susan B. Anthony. Short stories, poems, articles in North American Review, Mississippi Review, Ellery Queen, and more than 100 other publications. “The 9:13,” an Ellery Queen story, was produced as a 15-minute film in Australia. More than two dozen writing awards, including a Book-of-the-Month Club Fellowship in competition judged by William Styron and Ralph Ellison. Now working on a biography of Ely S. Parker, a Seneca who served as an aide to Ulysses S. Grant and as the first Indian to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Toni Messineo

Trista Nilsson

Lecturer
tnilsso8@naz.edu

585-389-5141
GAC - 492

 

Marjory Payne

Marjory Payne

Lecturer
mpayne5@naz.edu

GAC - 462

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Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Rochester
Teaching and Research Interests: Religion and Poetry, American Literature, African American Literature, Native American Literature, 17th-Century Poetry, Modern Poetry, Short Story and Novel, Rhetoric I and II
Publications/Current Projects: Two papers on Richard Wilbur, "Charles Johnson's Conversation with Melville in Middle Passage," papers on Hopkins and Mark Haddon's A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for CEA, memoir writing, continued reading and research in Native American Literature

Lisa Perks

Lisa Glebatis Perks

Assistant Professor/Director  of  Comm/Media Program
lperks3@naz.edu
585-389-5177
GAC - 495

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Education: B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Teaching and Research Interests: Media Studies; Media Ethics; Rhetorical Criticism; Persuasion; Humor and Communication
Publications/Current Projects: Dr. Perks' research is primarily focused on analyzing mediated representations of marginalized groups, tracing viewer reception of representation, and understanding viewer/reader immersion in stories through the practice of media marathoning. Her essays have been accepted for publication in Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Communication, Culture, and Critique, Feminist Media Studies (written with Kevin A. Johnson), The Journal of Popular Culture (written with Amanda Davis Gatchet), the International Journal of Humor Research, and the book Uncovering Hidden Rhetorics. She is currently working on an essay about viewers' interpretations of Michael Scott's bigotry in The Office (written with Emily Soule) and a book-length project about media marathoning.  Click here to visit Dr. Perks' media marathoning research blog.

Joseph Pestino

Joseph Pestino

Professor
jpestin5@naz.edu
585-389-2645
GAC - 471

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Education: B.A., French, Grove City College; M.A., Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University
Teaching and Research Interests: Experimental Fiction, Comparative Mythology, Fable, the Novel as a Genre, Rhetoric, Reader-Response Theory
Publications/Current Projects: Articles on Andrade, Breton, and Paul West; presentations on West, Sontag, Abish, Maupassant, Brooke-Rose, Ducharme, Audience Assessment, Future of Reading, Graduate Student Career Preparation. Continuing focus on West's work
Professional Leadership: President, New York College English Association; regular ADE Moderator


Bill Capossere

Chojy Schroeder

Lecturer
cschroe9@naz.edu

GAC - 492

 

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Professor
vskinne5@naz.edu
585-389-2648
GAC - 498

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Education: B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Louisville; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Teaching and Research Interests: Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Drama Literature, Playwriting, Composition
Publications/Current Projects: "Spurring Narrative Writing through the Monologue" in Teaching English in the Two-Year College. Dramatizing Writing: Reincorporating Delivery in the Classroom, published by Lawrence Earlbaum Associates. Currently working on a textbook based on the theories and applications discussed in her book.

Bill Capossere

Steven Tolson

Director of the Writing Center
stolson9@naz.edu
585-389-2647
GAC - 62B

 

Edward Wiltse

Edward Wiltse

Professor, Rosemary White Chair
ewiltse6@naz.edu
585-389-2646
GAC - 496B

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Education: A.B., Vassar College; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Tufts University
Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature, Post-colonial Literature, Crime and Detective Fiction, Film, Cultural Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Publications/Current Projects: articles on Thackeray's Vanity Fair, the Sherlock Holmes stories, Hollywood film representations of the Kenyan "Mau Mau," internet media fan cultures, social class in the literature classroom, and varying reading strategies among student-inmate reading groups at Monroe Correctional Facility; co-edited book, Hope Against Hope: Philosophies, Cultures and Politics of Possibility and Doubt (Rodopi, 2010) contains his introduction and an essay on the effects of Nazareth students and jail inmates reading literature together

Bridgette Yaxley

Bridgette Yaxley

Lecturer
byaxley0@naz.edu

585-389-2440
GAC - 491

 

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Education: B.S. - SUNY Brockport; M.S. - SUNY Brockport; Ed.D. Candidate - University of Rochester
Teaching and Research Interests: American Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Film Studies, Children's Literature, & Trends in Online Teaching and Learning
Publications/Current Projects: Most recently, a literature review called "Web 2.0 Digital Literacy Initiatives Inspire a Pedagogical Evolution" currently being reviewed by The Journal of Online Learning & Teaching, one short-story called "Thank You, Mr. Weller!" published in The Rochester Woman Magazine, and another that taps into the heart and soul of Americana called "Mudbugs, Muskmelon, and Mayhem" published in The Oak Orchard Review. Also serving as Grant Writing Administrator for The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc., and an extensive background serving on curriculum committees. Currently writing a literature review regarding Faculty Skepticism With Online Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

Bill Capossere

Liliana Palumbo

Secretary
lpirill8@naz.edu
585-389-2635
GAC - 493

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