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Alana Andrews, M.A.
Instructor, English
Mullen 318

Alana G. Andrews has been an adjunct professor at Ursuline College since 2000. She teaches for the Ursuline Studies program and for Ursuline Resources for Successful Academics. She is the recipient of the 2009 Spirit Award, the 2010 Diversity Award, and the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award at Ursuline College.

Andrews earned her bachelor of arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was awarded the Communications Guild Writing Award, and her master’s degree in English literature from John Carroll University. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Religious Imagery and Rejection in Two Works by William Faulkner.” She most recently attended the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, where she began work on her Ph.D. in English literature. The working title of her dissertation is “Religious Allusions in the Works of Kate Chopin”; she presented a paper on this topic in 2009 at a symposium at the University of Newcastle and at the Faculty Lecture Series at Ursuline College in 2010. She is currently seeking to transfer from Australia to a university in the United States in order to continue work on her doctorate degree.

Prior to teaching at Ursuline College, Andrews was a public relations professional and a technical writer. She has attended several workshops in technical writing, including those at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Andrews is active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a chalice minister and lector and is a member of the choir and Altar Guild. She is an avid reader who lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband.  She also sings in The Forest City String Band, a bluegrass group.

Jennifer Dunegan, M.F.A.
Instructor, English

Jennifer Dunegan earned her bachelor of science from Miami University, her master of fine arts in acting from Case Western Reserve University, and her master of fine arts in directing from the University of Cincinnati/CCM, where she taught acting and dialects and directed in Cincinnati area theaters.  She has performed regionally at the Indiana Repertory Theater, Actors Company, and CATco and toured nationally with McGraw-Hill's Literary Theater.  As cofounder of Great Works Productions, an educational theater company, she has written, directed, and performed in schools throughout Ohio.  Dunegan is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/SAG.  She regularly directs the Drama Workshop and teaches theater classes for the English department.

This spring, Dunegan is teaching Introduction to the Theater and Theatrical Production.

Cynthia Glavac O.S.U., Ph.D.
Professor, English
Mullen 338

Sister Cynthia Glavac, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, earned her doctorate in English literature (areas of concentration: women’s literature and Modern British and American literature) from Bowling Green State University in 1992.  Since that time, she has taught the following courses at Ursuline College:  EN 217 The American Short Story, EN 219 United States Women's Literature, EN 303 Creative Writing, EN 329 American Literature I, EN 331 British Literature I, EN 332 British Literature II, EN 333 Twentieth-Century British Literature, EN 335 Medieval British Literature, EN 337 Late Eighteenth Century and British Romantic Literature, EN 338 Victorian and Modern British Literature, EN 340 Creative Nonfiction Writing, EN 347/247 Major Authors of Africa, EN 348/248 Latin American Women's Literature, EN 437 Shakespeare, and EN 463 Senior Research Seminar. She also teaches on all three levels of the Ursuline Studies Program, Ursuline’s core curriculum.  She is the recipient of the 2005 Marie LoPresti Faculty Award for Community Service and the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award, both from Ursuline College. 

For her doctoral dissertation, Sister Cynthia wrote a biography of Sister Dorothy Kazel, a member of her religious congregation who was murdered with laywoman Jean Donovan and Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, in El Salvador on December 2, 1980.  After doing additional research on Sr. Dorothy’s life, Sister Cynthia published a full-length biography of Sr. Dorothy entitled In the Fullness of Life in 1996, followed by a collection of biographical sketches on all four of the women, Companions on the Way, co-authored with Maryknoll Sister Judith Noone and translated into Spanish; a biographical entry on Sr. Dorothy for The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History; and magazine and other articles.  Her most recent writing project was a biographical essay on Sr. Dorothy entitled “An Alleluia from Head to Foot” that was included in Cinco Testigas Solidarias: Dorothy, Jean, Carla, Ita and Maura (rough translation: Five Witnesses in Solidarity: Dorothy, Jean, Carla, Ita and Maura), published in honor of the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of the four churchwomen. In addition, sections from her biography of Sr. Dorothy, In the Fullness of Life, are also included.  Edited by the late Dean Brackley, S.J., and published in Spanish at the University of Central America, El Salvador, the book is being distributed in El Salvador.
When she is not teaching at Ursuline College, Sister Cynthia continues to contribute to publications about Sr. Dorothy Kazel and the other churchwomen and gives presentations on Sr. Dorothy’s life at conferences, parishes, and schools.  In her spare time, Sister Cynthia also enjoys reading contemporary literature, particularly by female authors, and spending time with family and friends.

This spring, Sister Cynthia is teaching British Literature II and Magazine Production.

Eileen D. Kohut, M.A., M.Ed.
Director of Ursuline Resources for Success in Academics (URSA)
Mullen 312

Eileen D. Kohut studied both undergraduate English and graduate Education at Ursuline College. As Director of URSA, Eileen combines her love of literature and teaching; she enjoys tutoring English language learners in the English language and graduate students in writing. For a master’s degree in English from Cleveland State University, she wrote her thesis on the psychological portrayal of egoism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s major characters in the novels The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night (unforeseen preparation for reading the psychology based papers of Art Therapy students).
Before coming to Ursuline College in 2001, Eileen served as an English and Writing adjunct at Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College. She taught high school literature in several private area schools and served in administration at Beaumont School following a second master’s degree in Educational Administration. As an adjunct in the Ursuline College English Department, Eileen has supervised independent studies (Creative Writing and The Adolescent in American Literature) and taught the following classes: World Mythology, The Adolescent in American Literature, Modern European Drama, and American Literature I and II.  She also has taught Introduction to Culture for the Ursuline Studies Program.  A guest lecturer each fall, Eileen delivers presentations on Time Management and Study Skills for Ursuline Studies and lectures to Graduate Art Therapy students concerning the writing process and APA format. She has been called upon to assist students studying for Praxis education and English exams and evaluates Advanced Placement English exams for Educational Testing Service. Eileen’s poetry has been published in Inscape; she is a current a member of the Ohio Association of Developmental Education and a past member and contributor to the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Ph.D.
Director of the Ursuline Studies Program
Mullen 318

Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Associate Professor of English, earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1996, specializing in ethnic American women’s literature, feminist theory and literary criticism, and the Victorian novel.  Her dissertation, “I Have Found My Voice”: The Italian-American Woman Writer, was published in 2000 by Peter Lang as part of its Currents in Comparative Romance Literatures and Languages.

Dr. Pipino joined Ursuline’s faculty in August 2012 when she became Director of the Ursuline Studies Program.  She was previously Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Lake Erie College in Painesville, where she taught a wide spectrum of courses in first-year composition, humanities, critical thinking,  classical literature and mythology, Shakespeare, British Romanticism, the Victorian novel, American realism and naturalism, British modernism, 20th- and 21st-century American novel, African American literature, and literary theory and criticism.

Dr. Pipino’s research and teaching interests continue in ethnic and world literature and popular culture; she has published articles in Voices in Italian Americana, MELUS:  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic Literature, and, most recently, in the Modern Language Association’s collection Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature.  Her most recent conference presentations have focused on Native American writer Louise Erdrich and a comparative study of representation of Africa in the work of African and non-African novelists.

This spring, Dr. Pipino is teaching United States Women's Literature.

JoAnne Podis, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Office: Mullen 322

Dr. JoAnne M. Podis, Professor Emerita of English, was also Vice President for Academic Affairs, a post she held from 1997-2015. Her doctorate in British literature is from Case Western Reserve University, and, in over three decades in higher education, Dr. Podis has presented and published widely on writing pedagogy and is the co-author of three textbooks. Other research interests include women and leadership, including women in popular culture; Jane Austen’s novels and the film versions thereof; and the impact of their working-class backgrounds on faculty and students. She teaches Introduction to the History of the English Language and Introduction to World Cinema in addition to teaching the Senior Seminar in the Ursuline Studies Program.  Dr. Podis also currently serves on the advisory board for OhioLINK.

Samantha Syracuse, M.A.
Instructor, English

Samantha Syracuse studied English and Sociology at Ursuline College as an undergraduate and graduated summa cum laude in 2010, after which she worked as a textbook editor at LACHINA. She then spent two years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at John Carroll University and earned her Master’s in 2013. Samantha works primarily with first-year college students and serves as a writing consultant and professional tutor for students registered in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at John Carroll University. Samantha's academic focus concerns composition and rhetoric, specifically the evolving relationship between composition and digital/electronic technologies and media. She also teaches Ursuline Studies courses.

Frederick Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, English
Office: Besse 104

Frederick A. Wright earned his doctorate in English (areas of concentration:  composition and rhetoric studies, linguistics, and twentieth century American literature) from Kent State University in 2001, writing his dissertation about people who published their own magazines ("From Zines to Ezines: Electronic Publishing and the Literary Underground").  In addition to working in journalism and marketing, he has previously taught at Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, and Muskingum College.  Since joining the Ursuline faculty in 2004, he has taught the following courses:  American Literature II; Asian Literature; Continental Literature; Creative Writing; European Novel; Independent Study; Introduction to Culture; Introduction to Film; Introduction to the History of the English Language; Introduction to the Liberal Arts; Life, Language, Literature; Scientific Writing for Nursing Professionals; Senior Research Seminar; The Adolescent in American Literature; The American Short Story; The European Short Story; Transitions for Transfers; and World Mythology.

In addition to teaching, Wright engages in scholarship.  He has presented at such conferences as the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association National Conference ("The Zine Novel:  The Emerging Canon of Underground Literature," "How Can 575 Comic Books Weigh under an Ounce?:  Comic Book Collecting in the Digital Age," "Watching Watchmen:  The Reading of Motion Comics," and "Mowing the Leaves of Grass: The Lawn as Symbol in American Culture"), the American Poetry in the 1950s Conference (“‘My Life by Water’: The Connection between Water and Consciousness in Lorine Niedecker's Poetry”), Conference on College Composition and Communication ("Literate Practice in a Philanthropic Organization: Literacy and Activity as 'Constructing' and 'Constructed'"), the International Conference on Narrative ("The Short Story Just Got Shorter:  Hemingway, Narrative, and the Six-Word Urban Legend"), and the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention ("Reality Checks and Balances:  Thriving through Collaboration" in conjunction with Christine De Vinne, Amy Kesegich, Eileen Quinlan, Celeste Wiggins, and Tony Zupancic).  His scholarship has been published in Books and Beyond:  The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading ("Zines"), Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962:  Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social Concerns ("'I Can Pass Right through Solid Matter':  How The Flash Upheld American Values While Breaking the Speed Limit"), Critical Survey of Graphic Novels:  Independents & Underground Classics ("Alec:  The Years Have Pants," "Our Cancer Year," and "Wilson"), International Journal of Comic Art ("Watching Watchmen:  The Reading of Motion Comics"), The Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society ("Identity Consolidation in Zines"), The Journal of Electronic Publishing ("How Can 575 Comic Books Weigh under an Ounce?:  Comic Book Collecting in the Digital Age"), and The Journal of Popular Culture ("The Short Story Just Got Shorter:  Hemingway, Narrative, and the Six Word Urban Legend"). 

Wright also writes creative writing under the penname of "Wred Fright" and has given many readings of his work everywhere from Michigan to Montreal.  Over the years, his work has been published in many blogs, books, comics, magazines, websites, and zines.

This spring, Wright is teaching World Mythology.