Professor, English
Prince George's Community College
Largo, Maryland 20774
Phone: 301-322-0594

Ph. D., University of Maryland; M.A., The American University; Diploma, University of Madrid; Diploma, Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne, Paris; B.A., Skidmore College.

Selected Professional Activities

·         Elected to Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly for three year term to represent community colleges (1991-1993)

·         National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1976-1977, at Columbia University: "American Literature and Revolution

·         Northeast Regional Conference on English at Two-Year Colleges, Executive Board 1976-80, editor of Northeast Newsletter.

·         Program Chair, Teaching English in the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) Conference, "Global English" 2001 Conference, Washington DC, October 4-6. 2001.

·         Editor, Communitas, newsletter of the Maryland Association of Faculty for Community College Teaching, 1990-93

·         Campus Coordinator, Integrating the Scholarship on Women into the Curriculum, a FIPSE-funded project with four other Maryland community colleges 1988-1990).

·         Subsequently developed and promoted the Women’s Studies option in General Studies at PGCC; taught WMST courses on campus and online.

·         Coordinator, Writing across the Curriculum Program at PGCC to 2001;  arranged regional conference at PGCC in Fall 1993; workshops in October 1994.

·         Organized Faculty Writers' Groups on campus; self-perpetuating since 1991.

·         Many articles on women writers, on writing, and three college-level textbooks: The Engaging Reader. NY: Macmillan, 1990, 2nd ed. 1993; 3rd ed. 1996 (Allyn & Bacon);
Being and Becoming. With Sandra Kurtinitis NY: McGraw-Hill, 1987; Values and Voices. NY: Holt, Rinehart, 1981, 1986.
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments: A Lesson in Diversity. PGCC 1999

Papers and Presentations

·         Participant in National Endowment for the Humanities-funded faculty seminar on Mythology, Prince George's Community College, June 1989.

·         Member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication; Northeast Conference on English in the Two-Year College; presented many papers, panels, and literary tours at conferences.

·         Member of Modern Language Association; I presented  at conferences; most recently on "What Community Colleges Can Teach MLA" in December 1993 in Toronto.

·         Member of Popular Culture/American Culture Association; presented at conferences; recently in  April 2003 on “The Women in Beowulf.”

Teaching and College Service

·         Faculty Senate Excellence Award, 2004

·         Strategic Planning Council, PGCC, 2002- representing the faculty; member of subcommittee organizing and facilitating four Strategic Planning Advisory Sessions, Fall 2004.

·         Teach Composition, Introduction to Literature, British Literature, American Literature, World Literature, Women in Literature, Introduction to Women's Studies

·         Chair of Literature Department 1980-85; wrote and edited departmental newsletter.

·         President, Prince George's Community College Faculty Senate, three terms (1985-1988); edited and published the Faculty Senate Memo.

·         Represented the English Department on the Faculty Senate 1995-1998; 2000-2004; elected At-Large Delegate 2004-

·         Elected member of the Faculty Grievance Committee 1990- re-elected 2004-

·         Organized the PGCC Women's Studies Committee, 1998, to further a program in Women's Studies at the college

·         Member of Professional Development Committee
Community and outreach

·         Member of Executive Council of Prince George's County Chapter of ACLU 1996- 2003

·         I've given many talks to community groups, library book talks, through the college speaker's bureau, NEH-funded library grants, and local women's groups.

·         I like to travel for pleasure and learning; I took a walking tour of the English Lake Country, home of the Romantic poets in 1992, and another walking tour of Devon and Dorset in 2002.
I spent part of a semester in
Paris in 1998.

·         I attended a seminar at Oxford University (England), sponsored by the Oxford/Berkeley Extension courses, on Anglo-Saxon Archaeology for three weeks in the summer of 1994 to enjoy being a scholar in a new field.

·         I traveled this past summer (2004) to England and France to gather additional material for an ongoing project on women writers’ homes and their influence on their work.

·         Presented at Cambridge University, England, August 2001, on "Fantasy, Fairy Tale, and Feminism in CHOCOLAT."

·         I lead another life in the Blue Ridge Mountains where I conserve a lot of wildlife.