First-Year Writing Faculty

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The First-Year Writing faculty are a diverse group of writers, educators, and artists who are committed to the First-Year Writing students at Montclair State University.First-Year Writing faculty come to the teaching of First-Year Writing with joint enthusiasm for the intellectual work of academic writing and for the students that enroll in these classes. We like getting to know students who take Introduction to Writing, or College Writing I or II while pursuing a wide variety of majors; it is our pleasure to get to know the world of music, sports, nutrition, justice studies, and biochemistry, to name just a few, by talking with our students and by reading their many essays.

The faculty at Montclair State University recognizes the importance that writing plays in the academic, personal, and professional lives of our students. We are writers ourselves, and we write daily, for many different reasons. We write to share our research and ideas, to communicate our passions and complaints, and even simply to figure out what it is that we think. For us, writing is thinking and thinking is writing. It can be exciting, thrilling, and it can help us achieve our goals, but it is sometimes frustrating, and it can be hard to do well. For us, however, what writing gives to us is far greater than what it takes away from us. 

The faculty listed below are joined by colleagues in the English Department who may also teach First-Year Writing. All First-Year Writing faculty are selected for their expertise in writing and pedagogy, and for their commitment to student learning.

Full-Time First-Year Writing Faculty

Robin Caine

Claudia Cortese

Erica Dolson

Leslie Doyle

Bonnie Dowd

Allen Durgin

Laura Field

Sarah Ghoshal

Jennifer Guercio

Tavya Jackson

Emily Hoeflinger

Catherine Keohane

Gerrie Logan

Elizabeth Martin

Maria Montaperto

Carrie O'Dell

Shelagh Patterson

Tatum Petrich

Donna Phillips

Rick Reid

Jennifer Russo

Shil Sen

Sasha Troyan

Christa Verem


Part-Time First-Year Writing Faculty

Kainat Abidi

Melissa Adamo

Cynthia Allen

Dayna Arcurio

David Arentsen

Danielle Bennett

Joy Blom

Christina Bristol

Michael Bross

Bridget Brown

Carole Bruzzano

Maria Calhoun

Paul Caruso

Marya Cohn

Alex Csedrik

Kathryn Curto

Julie Dalley

Nazareth Darakjian

Jennifer DeGregorio

Catherine DeLaurentis

Benjamin Delloiacono

William Ehrlich

Marc Evans

Tara George

Michelle Germinario

Mary Ann Gilligan

Richard Goffman

Patricia Haefeli

Sally Handley

Linnea Hasegawa

Michelle Herczegh

John Hodges

Joanne Kalter

Kyle Kovacs

Emily Lagg

Mike Laser

Henry Margenau

Joanne Marren

Regina McNamara

Nancy Mendez-Booth

Alexander Moudrov

Trina Chance O'Gorman

Michelle Ovalle

Liesl Owens

Gary Pankiewicz

Ron Reddick

Jackie Regan

Jill Rosenberg

Nicholas Samaras

Mary Sullivan

Ariel Sykes

Boris Tsessarsky

Patricia Thomas

Sametta Thompson

Nancy Toomey

Sarai Walker

Katie Whitley

Tony Williams

Nicole Wittenburg

Susan Wright


Contacts and Bios of all First-Year Writing Faculty