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Writing Arts Faculty


Sanford Tweedie, Chair
E-mail: tweedie [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Tweedie teaches in the first-year writing and undergraduate programs and in the M.A. in Writing. He has taught at the University of Erfurt in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and received Rowan's Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. His research interests include students in transition, classroom-based research, genre-stretching writing, and pedagogy that matters.

He is the author of In the Shadows of a Fallen Wall from University of Nebraska Press. His writing has also appeared in College Composition and Communication, English Journal, Exquisite Corpse, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, among others.

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Ronald Block
E-mail: blockr [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. Syracuse University
M.S. Syracuse University


Ron Block teaches undergraduate and graduate-level creative writing, focusing on poetry and the short story. His books include The Dirty Shame Hotel and Other Stories and a collection of poetry Dismal River. His work has been published in numerous journals, including Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Midwest Review, Southern Review, and Ploughshares, as well as the anthologies A Different Plain, The Big Empty, Nebraska Presence, and many others. His radio interview program Writers’ Roundtable is broad- and podcasted from WGLS-FM.

In addition to being a two-time winner in the Minnesota Voices Project, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship. He has an MA in Creative Writing and an MS in Television-Radio-Film, both from Syracuse University.


Nicole Cesare
Email: cesare [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Eastern University
M.A. Villanova University
Ph.D. Candidate Temple University

Nicole Cesare teaches Intensive College Composition I and College Composition I. Before coming to Rowan in Fall 2013, she taught in the First Year Writing Program and the Center for Humanities at Temple University. Her research addresses cartography and the contemporary African novel, and she recently published an article in the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.


Julia MacDonnell Chang
E-mail: chang [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Stonehill College
M.S. Columbia University
M.A. Temple


Julia MacDonnell Chang teaches creative writing courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Rowan, including CWI and II, Writing Fiction, Writing the Novel and Writing the Memoir. For the past 15 years, she has coordinated the Denise Gess Literary Awards at Rowan University (formerly the Rowan University Literary Awards). Her second novel, Mimi Malloy At Last will be published by Picador in April 2014. Her short story Dancing with NED will be published in the spring 2014 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. Her first novel, A Year of Favor was published by William Morrow & Co. She is the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories, a quarterly journal of literature and art in both print and online formats.

Professor Chang publishes under her maiden name, MacDonnell. Her short fiction and nonfiction have also appeared in American Literary Review, Happy, Mangrove, Briar Cliff Review, Paper Street, North Dakota Quarterly, The Larcom Review, Heart Quarterly and Many Mountains Moving. Her story Soy Paco was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her story collection, Plight of the Piping Plover, was named a finalist in the 2012 Spokane Prize for Fiction, and was short-listed for the 2012 Snake Nation Press fiction prize. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia and the New York Daily News, and the Philadelphia City paper.

MacDonnell Chang holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and one in English and Creative Writing from Temple. Before coming to Rowan, then Glassboro State College, she taught at both Columbia and Temple. She is the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the N.J. State Council on the Arts, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship, an excellence in journalism fellowship from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation and numerous other awards for her journalism and fiction. Her office is 215 Hawthorn. Samples of her writing are available on her website,


Jennifer Courtney
E-mail: courtneyj [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Duquesne University
M.A. Western Michigan University
Ph.D. Purdue University


Jennifer Courtney is the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Writing program. In addition to teaching Seminar I and II at the graduate level, she regularly teaches Introduction to Writing Arts, Evaluating Writing, and Sophomore Engineering Clinic I.

Her research interests are curriculum development in stand-alone writing majors, writing program administration, and cultural studies; her work has been published in several books and journals including Rhetoric Review, Design Principles and Practices, and Composition Forum.


Katherine Delhagen
E-mail: delhagen [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Hope College
M.F.A. Roosevelt University

Katie Delhagen holds an M.F.A. in poetry writing from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and her work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines. She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection. Her interests include poetry, literary theory, and the transferability of writing across disciplines. At Rowan, Katie teaches first-year writing courses, creative writing, and currently serves as the Senior Editor for Glassworks—the Master of Arts in Writing graduate literary magazine.


Loriann Fell
E-mail: fell [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
M.A. Rutgers University, Camden

Loriann Fell teaches College Composition I and II. She works as a writer and editor; The Newark Star Ledger and The New York Times are among the publications in which her work has appeared. She writes plays, essays, and fiction and is currently at work on a screenplay.


Marie Haughton Flocco
E-mail: flocco [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Saint Joseph’s University
M.A. Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Flocco earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching first-year writing and public speaking since 2001. She joined the Rowan’s Writing Arts faculty in 2010. She teaches Intensive College Composition I and College Composition II. Her recent conference presentations focus on the Studio component of ICC1 and its pedagogical influence on the classroom/writing center relationship.


Jason Freeman
Email: freemanj [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.S. West Virginia University
M.A. Hollins University
M.F.A. West Virginia University

Jason Freeman received an M.F.A. in fiction-writing from West Virginia University, has published work in several lit journals, and has worked as a freelance script editor and professional blogger. He also works in the Author Events Office at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

He has been teaching composition courses since 2007, and his research and writing interests include contemporary Appalachian culture and the intersection of politics and pop culture.


Joseph Giampalmi
E-mail: giampalmi [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Widener University
M.Ed. Widener University
Ed.D. Temple University

Dr. Joseph Giampalmi has been teaching at Rowan since 1998. He teaches CCI Honors Sports Concentration, CCII Honors Technology and Publication, Honors Business Writing, and Writing As Managers. His research interests include brain-friendly learning, writing-to-learn, and Common Core Standards.

Dr. Giampalmi has published three sports books and dozens of articles for national publications. Since 1985, he has been writing a semi-monthly education column ("Conversations in Education") for Town Talk Newspapers (Media, Pa.) and has published more than 700 columns. In addition to consulting with schools and businesses, he has presented to local, regional, and national audiences.


Ai Guo Han
E-mail: han [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Xi’an International Studies University
M.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Ai Guo Han has been a member of the department since 1993. He teaches College Comp I, College Comp. II and Chinese language courses. His research interests are social cognitive learning and rhetorical traditions of philosophical Daoism.


Erin Herberg
E-mail: herberg [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.S. Western Carolina University
M.A. Western Carolina University
Ph.D. Georgia State University


Dr. Herberg teaches College Composition I and II, Writing for the Workplace, Writing, Research and Technology, and Contemporary Rhetoric.

Her research interests are the history of rhetoric, women and rhetoric, and assessment.


Martin Itzkowitz
E-mail: itzkowitzm [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Brooklyn College
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University


Dr. Itzkowitz teaches College Composition, Writing with Style, Assessment of Writing, Creative Writing, and Special Topics Honors. He is also an Associate Editor of New Jersey Journal of Communication.

His research interests are general composition, stylistics, and creative writing.


Lisa Jahn-Clough
E-mail: jahn-clough [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Hampshire College
M.F.A. Emerson College


Lisa Jahn-Clough received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in 1994, the same year her first book, Alicia Has a Bad Day was published. Alicia is still in print and was recently developed into an ITunes app. To date Lisa has written and illustrated twelve picture books, including My Friend and I, Little Dog, and A Tale of Two Bunnies, and has written three young adult novels, Country Girl/City Girl, Me, Penelope and most recently, Nothing But Blue (all published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Her books have received awards and exemplary reviews from Bank Street College, Child Magazine, Parent’s Choice, Raising Readers, and Her current book project is a series of Early Readers, illustrated by her husband, author/illustrator/professor, Ed Briant.

Lisa came to Rowan in 2010 and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in creative writing, writing children’s stories, and writing the graphic novel. Prior to Rowan, she taught at Emerson College, Maine College of Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts and Hamline University. She has helped to develop numerous students’ careers as published authors, editors and agents in the children’s literature field. In addition, Lisa is a frequent speaker in elementary, middle, and high schools and libraries, promoting literacy and writing to children. She is on the board of the PEN Children’s Book Caucus. You can find more about Lisa and her books on her website:


Andrew Kopp
E-mail: kopp [at] rowan [dot] edu
Ph.D. University of Arizona


Drew Kopp received his Ph.D in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2009. Both his scholarship and teaching focus on the practice and theory of rhetorical inquiry in a variety of contexts: he currently teaches Evaluating Writing, The Writer's Mind, and Writing, Research, and Technology.

Dr. Kopp has published articles in Rhetoric Review (2013), JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics (2012), and in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (2010).


Cynthia Kopp
E-mail: koppc [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.S. University of Florida
M.A. University of Arizona


Cindy Kopp primarily teaches First Year Composition, including Foundations for College Writing, and Composition for TESOL students. She has also taught the Technologies & the Future of Writing module for Introduction to Writing Arts, and brings her interest in New Media to all of her classes. Cindy is ABD (all but dissertation) in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching from the University of Arizona. Her research interests cross the divide between linguistic anthropology and rhetoric and composition, focusing on study abroad narratives.


Sharada Krishnamurthy
E-mail: krishnamurthy [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. University of Madras, India
M.A. Ohio State University
M.A. Rowan University


Sharada Krishnamurthy directs the Rowan University Writing Center. She also teaches Integrated College Composition I, College Composition I and Tutoring Writing. Her research interests are writing center theory and practice, and tutoring and pedagogy relating to English Language Learners and other diverse student populations.


Joe McGee
Email: mcgeej [at] rowan [at] edu
B.S. Rowan University
M.A. Rowan University
M.F.A (July 2014) Vermont College of Fine Arts

Joe McGee is completing his M.F.A in writing for children and young adults through the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency program. He is represented by the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. His first picture book, Peanut Butter and Jelly Brainssss; A Culinary Tale was recently sold to Abrams Publishing and is expected to be on shelves Fall 2014. He has several picture books on submission and is revising a middle-grade novel while working on a new young adult novel.

Joe is a product of the Rowan graduate writing program, the 2012 Medallion Award winner, and 1st place recipient of the 2012 Rowan University Prize for Poetry. He has taught composition I and II at Salem Community College and Atlantic Cape Community College, as well as composition and creative writing at Rowan University.

He is extremely invested in helping writers better themselves through growth and development, as well as celebrating their successes and achievements. You can follow his blog at or on Twitter @mcgeejp.


Laura Mangini
E-mail: reynoldsl [at] rowan [at] edu
B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. West Virginia University
Ph.D Candidate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Laura Mangini has been teaching first-year writing courses since 2005, and has taught a variety of composition and rhetoric courses at West Virginia University, Kent State University, Rosemont College, and Westmoreland County Community College. Her dissertation examines the dynamics of collaboration at the dissertation level, while studying resistance to collaborative dissertations within the field of composition through a feminist lens. Laura’s research interests include rhetoric, collaboration, feminist/critical theory, multimodal composition, and writing in the disciplines. Currently, she is writing a piece for publication for the Sustainable Literacy Project entitled "Writing in Eco-trauma" that explored the ways in which the field of composition will adjust to teaching in an age of global warming and ecological trauma. Here at Rowan, Laura teaches Writing, Research & Technology, Professions in Writing Arts, Foundations for College Writing, College Composition II and Sophomore Engineering Clinic I.


Deb Martin
E-mail: martind [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.S. Western Michigan University
M.A. Texas Woman's University
Ph.D. Texas Woman's University


Deb Martin is an associate professor. She joined the department in 2003. She teaches Tutoring Writing and Perspectives in Assessment. Her research areas include writing assessment and writing pedagogy. Her work has been published in various books and journals including Middle School Journal, Writing Program Administration, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Assessing Writing. Dr. Martin directed the Rowan Writing Center from 2009 to 2011 and is now director of the University’s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Jeffrey Maxson
E-mail: maxson [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Yale University
M.A. University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley


Jeff Maxson teaches Writer’s Mind, Issues in Composition Studies and Core I. He is currently looking at how “alternative discourse” forms—multi genre writing, translation, parody—open up new spaces for writers. This may be especially the case for writers who are non-native or non-standard-dialect speakers of English. Ultimately such efforts can challenge the notions of “good,” “acceptable” or “beautiful” writing in academic settings, and help us more eagerly embrace the differences among us.


Jude Miller
B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Rutgers University

Jude Miller has been teaching writing at Rowan University since 2009. He teaches a number of courses including Intensive College Comp, College Comp II, and Sophomore Clinic. His professional interests include the importance of focused and clear prose across disciplines, as well as the implications of course readings and materials beyond the classroom’s walls. More information is available at


Amanda O’Sullivan
E-mail: osullivan [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.Phil. Trinity College Dublin

Amanda O’Sullivan studied English, Writing, and Film at the University of Northern Colorado and Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation titled “‘I can do anything life calls on me to do’: Women, Depression, and War in 1930s and 1940s Bestsellers” explorers how publishers and writers target their work toward a specific readership in order to become bestsellers, and, in particular, how novels written during World War II were directed toward female reading audiences while men were away at war. She used bestsellers as case examples to delineate that popular fiction is a reflection of the times, and that bestsellers can function as catalysts to societal change.

O’Sullivan has taught college composition at several academic institutions since 2006. She started teaching for Rowan’s First Year Writing Program in 2012. Here she teaches Intensive College Composition I, College Composition I, College Composition II, and Sophomore Engineering Clinic.

Currently her areas of interest include Online Learning and Popular Culture.


Kimberlee Peters
E-mail: peters [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Bryn Mawr College
M.A. Bryn Mawr College.


Kim Peters holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in history of art. She teaches Foundations for College Writing, Intensive College Composition I, and College Composition II, and is the department liaison to Rowan's Camden campus. Kim especially enjoys working with freshmen and helping all of her students succeed in meeting their educational and career goals.


Roberta Reavey
E-mail: reavey [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Westfield State College
M.A.T. Westfield State College

Professor Reavey teaches Improving Personal Writing Skills, Integrated College Composition I, College Composition I and II.

Her research interests include left brain/right brain theory and learning theory.


Amy Reed
E-mail: reeda [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. & B.S. The Ohio State University
M.A. University of Dayton
Ph.D. Virginia Tech


Amy Reed joined the department in 2012. She currently teaches Writing for the Workplace and Evaluating Writing. Her teaching approaches aim to help students cultivate greater rhetorical awareness and confidence when approaching new writing situations.

Dr. Reed's research interests are in medical rhetoric, technical and professional communication, disability studies, and theories of written communication. She is currently researching the rhetorical elements of prenatal testing for Down syndrome—including how medical professionals represent testing options and disability and how pregnant women represent prenatal decision-making. In addition, she is working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary research group to study the experience and needs of individuals receiving a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. More information about the study can be found here:


Myrna Rodriguez
B.A. Thomas Edison State College
M.F.A. Goddard College

Myrna has taught College Composition I an II at Rowan since 2009. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College and has published a couple short stories. She has experience teaching face-to-face classes as well as hybrid and full online writing courses. Myrna loves working with all students and helping them realize their abilities.


Katherine Selfridge
E-mail: selfridge [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. La Salle University
M.A. Temple University

Kate teaches in the First-Year Writing Program, primarily Intensive College Composition I. She also serves as Assistant Director of the Rowan University Writing Center.

She is most interested in working with freshmen and helping them with their transition from high school to college. She also enjoys serving as an advisor to undergraduate Writing Arts majors and seniors in Portfolio Seminar.


Gerald Williams
E-mail: williamsge [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Catawba College
M.A. Rutgers University

Gerry Williams has taught several courses in business and technical writing, college composition, and communication at several institutions including Rowan University, Rutgers University, and community colleges. He published regularly in computer technology media, and he participated in The National Endowment of the Humanities Bridging Cultures Project: Thinking through Cultural Diversity program in 2013. Research interests include computer-mediated communication and intercultural communication. Gerry enjoys working with first-year writing students and motivating them to think critically and to develop their writing styles.


William Wolff
E-mail: wolffw [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. Union College
M.A. University of Cincinnati
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Bill Wolff is an associate professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate classes that consider the intersections of new media communication technologies and writing. These classes include Writing, Research, and Technology; Writing for Electronic Communities; Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition; Internet and Writing Studies; Information Architecture; and Research Methods for Writers.

His current research investigates how music fans’ use of social media spaces is expanding our understanding of how texts contribute to the creation of communities. His work has appeared in Computers & Composition, Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers & Education, and Currents in Electronic Literacy (co-authored with two Writing Arts undergraduates), and he has articles forthcoming in 2015 in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and Transformative Works and Cultures. His edited collection, Bruce Springsteen: Essays on Rhetoric, Memorial, and Contemporary Culture, will be published by Routledge.

Find Dr. Wolff online at and @billwolff.


Amy Woodworth
Email: woodworth [at] rowan [dot] edu
B.A. New York University
M.A. Rutgers University at Newark
Ph.D. Candidate Temple University


Professor Woodworth teaches Composition II and Fiction to Film. She has published articles on the films of Sofia Coppola and on the film genre “the male weepie.” Her research interests include gender studies, film studies, film adaptation, media literacy, and genre theory.


Roberta Zehner
E-mail: zehner [at] rowan [dot] edu
A.B. Rosemont College
M.A Glassboro State College


An instructor in the department since 1990, Prof. Zehner teaches in the First Year Writing Program. Teaching College Composition I and II is the perfect place for her to help ease the transition from high school learning to college learning, one of her areas of interest. Her main goal is for students to learn to be critical thinkers, and her assignments and class discussions are geared to allow students numerous opportunities to develop this ability. Learning to read critically, producing a writing portfolio, and speaking in class are the methods by which this goal is accomplished. In her classes, students are urged to participate and soon realize that there is no such thing as a stupid question or a bad idea, just ideas that need to be explored. The emphasis is on learning: it is a rare student entering the composition classroom who has been trained to think critically. Critical thinking has to begin somewhere and Prof. Zehner's CCI and CCII classrooms are a good place to start.