Unpacking Your Potential
No matter what career goals you set, comprehending written materials – whether a technical textbook or a classic work of literature – is essential to your success. The English Department is dedicated to providing you with the skills you need to better comprehend all types of texts and write about them in a meaningful way. Rather than focus solely on fiction, our Department also helps you unpack works of non-fiction. This well-rounded approach can serve as a foundation for your success in college and beyond.
The English Department features a full spectrum of courses, ranging from developmental composition and reading; to advanced literature, writing, and interdisciplinary electives; to honors and online offerings. We serve the needs of students with a wide range of life experiences and academic preparation by providing:
- Both developmental and college-level composition in a nurturing and outcomes-oriented environment. This approach helps you to develop, improve, and refine reading, writing, and analytical thinking skills needed for success in college, the workplace, and the wider world
- College-level courses for high school students under the College’s Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP)
- Advanced literature, writing, and interdisciplinary electives to give students the chance to study focused topics, fields of inquiry, genres, and/or periods in ways that allow for more advanced perusal of literature and diverse cultures
As a student you will be introduced to new experiences, ideas, and varied options for learning within an open-minded academic environment that both celebrates cultural and personal diversity and fosters collaboration and interpersonal understanding. You’ll gain intellectual sophistication in a rapidly changing world in which fields of knowledge are increasingly interrelated.
Effective writers are needed everywhere. The ability to write clearly and comprehend complex information is a universal skill that will serve you well, whether you enter the business world, academia, education, science or the arts.
Our graduates have transferred to such prestigious schools as Columbia University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey and Rider University.
Unpacking Your Potential
Susan Arvay, Department ChairRead More
Charlie BondhusRead More
Michelle J BrazierRead More
David ChaseRead More
Jessica Darkenwald-DeColaRead More
Lynne M. DeCiccoRead More
Justin FelixRead More
Karen GaffneyRead More
Andrew MannoRead More
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Christine Pipitone-HerronRead More
Anita RosenblitheRead More
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Ronald A. TysonRead More
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Rutgers University
Publications: • “The Role of Literature in the Composition Classroom.” Teaching Literature in Community College Classrooms: Traversing Practices. Ed. Margaret Barrow and Manya Steinkoler. New York: McGraw Hill, 2012. Presentations: • “Helping Students Learn to be Students.” Co-Presenter with Gwen Kane, Christine Pipitone and David Ross (RVCC). Faculty of the Future, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. May 30, 2014. • “Supporting Sixty: Challenges and Best Practices for Adjuncts.” Co-Presenter with Karen Gaffney, Charlie Bondhus, Justin Felix, and Gwen Kane (RVCC). Faculty of the Future, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. June 1, 2012. • “The Role of Literature in the Composition Classroom.” Transitions and Transactions: Literature Pedagogy in Community Colleges Conference, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City, NY. April 21, 2012. • “‘I See What You Mean’: Using Visual Strategies to Help Basic Writers.” Basic Composition in the Works: North Eastern Regional Composition Conference, Felician College, Lodi, NJ. February 28, 2009. • “‘Face to Face’ with God: Levinasian Ethics at the Limits of the Affective Devotional Project.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 5-8, 2005. • “Compassion Envy: Rhetorics of Suffering in Late Medieval Devotional Texts.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 8-11, 2003. • “Pain, Pleasure and the Devotional Imagination.” Convivium Conference, Siena College, Loudonville, NY. October 11-12, 2002. • “Public Memory, Private Devotion, and the Subject of Contemplation.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 3-6, 2001. • “Soulful Performances: Margery Kempe and the Contemplative Tradition.” Wrinkles in Time Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 7, 2000.
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D. University of Massachusetts; M.F.A., Goddard College; B.A., St. Anselm College
2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award 2008/2009 Brickhouse Books Stonewall Book Award
Ph.D., M.A., Rutgers University; B.A., Yale University
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M.A., University of California; M.A., University of Illinois; B.A., Wheaton College
RVCC Sabbatical Leave Award UCLA English Department Dissertation Research Fellowship UCLA Graduate Division Summer Research Fellowship Travel Grant, Graduate Research Fund in American Literatures and Cultures Sawyer Seminar on Sexual Identities and Identity Politics Illinois State Scholar
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ed.M., Rutgers University; Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies, Indiana University
Professor of English
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M. Phil., M.A., Columbia University; B.A., Rutgers University
Scholarly publication: "Uneasy Alliances: Lawyers and Women in the mid-Nineteenth-Century Novel" (from doctoral thesis, Columbia Univ., published by Mellon Press; part of Faculty Collection in Evelyn Field Library) Princeton Mid-Career Fellowships (2) 1996: "Women's Studies and the Community College: 'Attention Must be Paid' "; 2009: Embracing the Feminist Landscape: The Need for Inclusion"; Leaves of Sabbatical (3) 1994: Publication of dissertation; 2001: Research on founding of Somerset County College; 2011: Project: Autoethnography: A Process and a Product" Founding Chair, Honors Advisory Council (1994-2001); awarded plaque "In grateful appreciation of extraordinary service to the RVCC Honors Program." Member, Women's and Gender Studies Committee, part of New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium Visiting Professor in Writing Program, Rutgers University (in conjunction with New Jersey Writing Alliance and faculty exchange between Rutgers University and RVCC) Participating faculty member in Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (STEP) Conference presentations at Modern Language Association, National Collegiate Honors Council, Law and Literature Symposia, New Jersey Project Former Department Chair, Commencement Speaker, Adviser to Phi Theta Kappa
Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., B.A., Kent State University
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M.A., University of Delaware; B.A., Wesleyan University
Blog: Divided No Longer http://dividednolonger.com/ • Awarded sabbatical to complete book project, a racial justice handbook, Spring 2016 • Democracy for America Scholarship Winner, Netroots Nation Conference, Detroit, July 2014 • Recent Publications: “Whiteness as Cursed Property: An Interdisciplinary Intervention with Joyce Carol Oates’s Bellefleur and Cheryl Harris’s ‘Whiteness as Property’.” Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies 2.3 (2015). Web. “Navigating the Gender Box: Locating Masculinity in the Introduction to Women and Gender Studies Course.” Men and Masculinities 14.2 (2011): 190-209. Web. Co-written with Andrew J. Manno. “Ideology and Otherness in Lost: ‘Stuck in a Bloody Snow Globe.” The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone. Ed. Sharon Kaye. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011. 187-204. Print.
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Lehigh University; M.A., B.A., Trenton State College
--Gaffney, Karen, and Andrew J. Manno. "Navigating The Gender Box: Locating Masculinity In The Introduction To Women And Gender Studies Course." Men & Masculinities 14.2 (2011): 190-209. --“Poker, Masculinity, and Economic Inequality: How the Popularity of ‘America’s Favorite Card Game’ Discourages Systemic Change.” Individual Panel Presentation for “Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power” Conference” (Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association, May 2015, Georgetown University) --"You Can Take it with You: Transforming Teaching and Encouraging Social Action in the Intro Course.” Co-Presenter with Dr. Karen Gaffney. Mid-Atlantic Women's Studies Association Conference (March 2009, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.) --"Making Masculinity Visible: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack in the Intro Course." Co-Presenter with Dr. Karen Gaffney. Mid-Atlantic Women's Studies Association Conference (March 2008, Penn State Abington) --"Men's Studies is from Mars, Women's Studies is from Venus, But Not If We Can Help It: Bridging the Gap in the Intro. Course." Co-Presenter with Dr. Karen Gaffney. National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (March 2007, Boston) --"Guts and Glory on the Felt: Poker's Popularity and the Crisis of Masculinity." National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (April 2006, Atlanta) "Cheaters Might Never Prosper, but Liars Sure Do: Masculinity, Poker Culture, and the Valorization of Deception." National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (March 2004, San Antonio) --"Gambling Men with Poker Faces: Poker and Representations of Masculinity in Books, Films, and Suburbia." National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (April 2003, New Orleans) --"Professing Masculinity: Negotiating Classroom Space as Male Instructor of Masculinity in Literature." National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (March 2002, Toronto)
Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A.T., Western Carolina University; B.A., Rutgers University
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ed.M., Rutgers University; M.A., The College of New Jersey; B.A., Brigham Young University
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., University of Illinois; M.A., New York University; B.A., English, University of Akron; Advanced Diplomas in Applied Linguistics and 20th Century French Literature, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne)
Sabbatical award, “Putting More of the World in World Literature: An Interdisciplinary, Transnational Approacy, ” to do research and writing related to modern African and Caribbean literature • Presented paper “Female Textuality in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story” for the seminar “Body and Textuality in Context: Bringing a Comparative Perspective,” at the American Comparative Literature Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 26- 29, 2015. • Presented paper “’Something inside is laid wide like a wound’: Decentered Storytelling i in No Telephone to Heaven” for the panel “Questioning Boundaries: New Applications of Black Transnationalism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015. • Presented paper “The Challenge to Colonial Epistemic Violence in Zoë Wicomb’s October and Playing in the Light: A Feminism for the New South Africa” in a panel of the Women’s Caucus of the African Literature Association, University of Bayreuth in Germany, June 3-6, 2015. • Princeton University Mid-Career Fellowship • Fulbright Lectureship in English, Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Argentina • National Endowment for the Humanities One-Year Fellowship in Residence for College Teachers, New York University • Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires: Sabbatical Project: “The Role of the Writer in Argentine Society” • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Graduate Center, City University of New York • Project Director, NJ Education of Language Minority Students (ELMS) Grant • Member, Middle States Association Evaluation Team at the University of Puerto Rico- Bayamón • Selected for Writers of the Americas Second Annual US-Cuba Writers Conference, Havana and Matanzas, Cuba
Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Teachers College, NY; M.A., Rutgers University; B.A., William Smith College
Diversity Certificate, Cornell University Holocaust & Genocide Advisory Board, Raritan Valley Community College Big Brother Big Sister mentor Admissions volunteer, Hobart & William Smith Colleges Minority Student Careers Panel volunteer, Hobart & William Smith Colleges National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) member
Academic Degrees Achieved: M.A., Rutgers University; B.A., City College of New York-CUNY