Panel: Career Prospects in English

Career Prospects in English at 2-Year Colleges

Tuesday, February 19, 3:30-4:30, Stern Room

Please join us for a panel that explores rewarding, research-active careers in two-year colleges. Two local community college English professors (see bios below) will share their insights and field questions.

In 2016-17, 8.7 million students enrolled in public, two-year colleges, which represents more than a third of all undergraduates.

Newly arrived, mid-program, and dissertating graduate students are all encouraged to attend. This panel is not just for those on the job market but also for anyone who wants to learn more about the full range of possibilities for careers in English.  Faculty are also invited. The panelists can help us reflect on how our graduate program could better prepare students for faculty positions at community colleges

Jonathan Anderson, Professor of English, Quinebaug Valley Community College.  Jon, a UConn alum, is the author of Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), which was awarded the 2017 David Martinson/Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005) and The Burden Note (Meridian Prize, 2014). He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). His poems have appeared in many print and online venues, and he has been a featured reader at events in the US and UK.

James Gentile, Professor of English, Manchester Community College.  James is Director of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit and co-chair of the English Department at MCC, where he has also served as Co-Director of the Liberal Arts Division and Chair of the Center for Teaching for the community college system. Currently, he is co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers, the professional organization for all English faculty in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, and State Representative to the Two-Year College English Association-Northeast. He has worked with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium on its online tutoring program in writing and with the Neag School of Education at UConn on a DHE grant-funded project focusing on universal design in instruction. Gentile holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, with an emphasis on American literature.