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School of Arts and Sciences | English Faculty

Cynthia Glavac O.S.U., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, English
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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.

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

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

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 was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at John Carroll University and earned her Master’s in Composition & Rhetoric in 2013. Samantha began adjuncting at Ursuline in 2013 and currently works full-time in the English and Ursuline Studies Departments. Her academic attention focuses on the first-year student experience within the Ursuline Studies Program, though she also instructs/has instructed various courses in the English Department, ranging from American Theatre, to European Literature and Creative Nonfiction Writing. Samantha is also involved with INSCAPE, Ursuline’s annual Fine Arts Magazine.

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.