First-Year Writing Faculty
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.
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
Part-Time First-Year Writing Faculty
Mary Ann Gilligan
Trina Chance O'Gorman
Contacts and Bios of all First-Year Writing Faculty