English and Communication Department

Faculty and Staff

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Liliana Pirillo Palumbo

Liliana Pirillo Palumbo

Senior Department Assistant in English and Communication
585-389-2635
lpirill8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 493

Faculty

Gregory Foran

Gregory Foran

Assistant Professor / Director, College Writing Program in English and Communication
585-389-2565
gforan4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 497
Bio

Education: B.A., Connecticut College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching and Research Interests: The English Renaissance, especially Shakespeare and Milton; literature of the British Civil Wars; early modern political philosophy; political theology; the intersection of rhetoric, religion and economics

Suhail Islam

Suhail Islam

Associate Professor in English and Communication
585-389-2639
sislam1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 485
Bio

Education: B.A., Dhaka University; M.A., Dhaka; M.A., Windsor; M.A., Northern Arizona; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Teaching and Research Interests: Rhetoric and technical communication, linguistics, comparative world literature, post-colonial cultural studies, critical discourse analysis, subaltern studies.

Mark J. Madigan

Mark J. Madigan

Professor / Fulbright Program Advisor in English and Communication
585-389-2643
mmadiga2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 479
Bio

Education: B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Teaching and Research Interests: African American literature, modern American literature, popular culture, international education

Read more about Dr. Madigan's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar program at Naz. 

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Professor in English and Communication
585-389-2640
amitche2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 475
Bio

Education: B.A., Hunter College, City University of NY; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Teaching and Research Interests: Word and image studies, graphic narrative, comics studies, gender theory, creative non-fiction, literary and cultural theory, memory studies, transnational memoir, childhood studies.

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg

Professor in English and Communication
585-389-2648
vskinne5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 498
Bio

Education: B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Louisville; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Teaching and Research Interests: Technical writing, rhetoric, drama literature, playwriting, composition.

Edward Wiltse

Edward Wiltse

Professor in English and Communication
585-389-2646
ewiltse6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496B
Bio

Education: A.B., Vassar College; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Tufts University

Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, post-colonial literature, crime and detective fiction, film, cultural studies, rhetoric and composition.

Read about his Jail Project.

Joseph Viera

Joseph Viera

Professor & Chair in English and Communication
585-389-2642
jviera1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496A
Bio

Education: Ph.D. and M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. Latino/a literary and cultural studies, particularly Cuban-American literary culture; identity construction and performance; diaspora and displacement; race and gender politics; 20th-century American literature; ethnic-American literatures; the short story; the novel; rhetoric and composition.

Heather G. Beck

Heather G. Beck

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
hbeck3@naz.edu
Bio

Education: M.A., English Colorado State University; M.S., SUNY Brockport; B.A. English, SUNY Geneseo

Teaching and Research Interests: composition, modern British literature, poetry, feminist studies, the Gothic

William R. Capossere

William R. Capossere

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2650
wcaposs3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 408
Bio

Education: B.S. Buffalo State College, M.A. SUNY Brockport, M.F.A. Pacific Lutheran University (Mount Rainier Writing)

Teaching and Research Interests: Creative writing, the novel, children's writing, fantasy/science fiction

Katherine Patricia Clark

Katherine Patricia Clark

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
kclark41@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 487
Bio

Education: B.A. English, St. Bonaventure University; M.A. English (18th c. British Literature), St. Bonaventure University

Teaching and Research Interests: British and American romanticism, feminist theory and criticism, rhetoric and composition, film noir, and print culture

Deborah Dooley

Deborah Dooley

Faculty Emerita in English and Communication
585-389-2635
ddooley5@naz.edu
Patricia Gately

Patricia Gately

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
pgately9@naz.edu
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., Merrimack College

Teaching and Research Interests: rhetoric and composition; interdisciplinary studies; English and Irish literature 19-21st centuries; post-colonial studies

John Joyce

John Joyce

Faculty Emeritus in English and Communication
585-389-2635
jjjoyce@naz.edu
Carolyn Lagoe

Carolyn Lagoe

Assistant Professor & Director of Communication and Media Program in English and Communication
585-389-2440
clagoe9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 491
Bio

Education: B.A., University at Buffalo; M. A., University at Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Teaching/Research/Scholarly Interests: Research and professional experience focuses on the use of health communication campaigns for behavior change. Work also examines the impact of online information seeking on health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Takes an experiential approach to education by working with students on projects emphasizing service learning and civic engagement.

Rita M. Mignacca

Rita M. Mignacca

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2605
rmignac0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 406
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University at Albany

Teaching and Research Interests: American literature, immigrant literature, children's literature

Caroline M. Mulrooney

Caroline M. Mulrooney

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
cmulroo7@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.A., University of Toronto; M.A., SUNY Brockport

Teaching and Research Interests: composition, grammar, etymology

Martin J. Naparsteck

Martin J. Naparsteck

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
mnapars2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 406
Bio

Education: M.A. Creative Writing, DePauw University

Teaching and Research Interests: Contemporary American literature and the moral basis for great writing.

Trista Nilsson

Trista Nilsson

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
tnilsso8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 492
Bio

Education: B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Brigham Young University

Teaching and Research Interests: 20th century Canadian cultural studies (with an emphasis in post- and neo-colonialism) and cultural translation, literary theory, rhetoric and composition.

Nancy O'Donnell

Nancy O'Donnell

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
nodonne0@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College; M.A., University of Maryland

Teaching and Research Interests: composition, literature, creative and nonfiction writing

Marjory J. Payne

Marjory J. Payne

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
mpayne5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 487
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: Religion and poetry, American literature, African American literature, Native American literature, 17th-century poetry, modern poetry, short story and novel, rhetoric.

Joseph Pestino

Joseph Pestino

Faculty Emeritus in English and Communication
585-389-2635
jpestin5@naz.edu
Chojaste Schroeder

Chojaste Schroeder

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
cschroe9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 489
Leah Stacy

Leah Stacy

Assistant Professor in Professional Practice in English and Communication
585-389-5177
lstacy6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 495
Bio

Education: B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College; M.A., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

Teaching/Research/Scholarly Interests: Practical application of media and communication skills in relation to print/digital content creation, social media, arts criticism, theatre performance, and the influence of regional food cultures.

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Steven M. Tolson

Steven M. Tolson

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2647
stolson9@naz.edu
Library 129A
Additional Positions:
Director in Writing Center, The Charles Mills
Monica Weis, SSJ

Monica Weis, SSJ

Faculty Emerita in English and Communication
585-389-2637
mweis9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 473
Bridgette M. Yaxley

Bridgette M. Yaxley

Lecturer in English and Communication
585-389-2635
byaxley0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 492
Bio

Education: B.S. - SUNY Brockport; M.S. - SUNY Brockport; Ed.D. Candidate - University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: American literature, rhetoric and composition, film studies, children's literature, and trends in online teaching and learning.