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School of Arts and Sciences | English Faculty

Sister Cynthia Glavac

Cynthia Glavac O.S.U., Ph.D.

Professor, English Chair
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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.

Mimi Pipino

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

Katharine (Katie) G. Trostel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Katie earned a PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2017. Her dissertation project, “Memoryscapes: Women Chart the Post-Trauma City in 20th- and 21st- Century Latin America” examines the treatment of urban space and memories of state-sponsored violence in the works of Latin American women writers of the post-trauma or post-dictatorship generation.

Before teaching at Ursuline, she taught Spanish at the University of CA, Santa Cruz. At Ursuline, she has instructed courses in first-year composition, mythology, and European and Asian literatures.

Her research interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American literature, women’s writing, Jewish studies, memory and trauma studies, memorials and monuments, city spaces, haunting, and ruins. Her work has been published in the journals The Yearbook of Comparative Literature and Partial Answers with a forthcoming contribution to the Modern Language Association’s collection Teaching Jewish American Literature on the subject of “post-vernacular” Ladino literature. She also serves as the co-director of the Venice Ghetto Collaboration – an interdisciplinary and mutually supportive working group of humanities scholars who examine both the specificity of the Venice Ghetto, as well as broader questions about the legacy of the ghetto, how and why the ghetto became a paradigm, and how comparisons have been drawn between compulsory, segregated, and enclosed spaces in discourse, literature, and academic research (www.veniceghettocollaboration.com).