Sister Alice Byrnes, O.P., D.A.

  • Professor
  • Division: Humanities
  • Department: English

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

I love teaching at Molloy College because of the spirit of the people who are the college.  I graduated from Molloy as an English major and moved to the other side of the desk as a faculty member.  As a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, I am delighted to be part of Molloy College that has continued to move forward in the Dominican Tradition.

What I am working on

After a 6-year hiatus on the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters, I am re-acclimating to the academic life. 

I'm enjoying collaborating with students and other faculty members in planning a "mocktail" party in celebration of The Great Gatsby.

Educational Philosophy

I believe that education cultivates the whole person.  We strive to prepare students not only to make a living, but for life.  Education is not simply a matter of what one knows, but what one is able to do with what one knows.  It's an ability to make connections and to apply knowledge and skill to create a better life for oneself and for others.

Educational Background

  • B.A. (cum laude) in English from Molloy College
  • M.A. in English from Georgetown University
  • D.A. in English from St. John's University

Additional Information

I belong to a women's book club which is socially and intellectually stimulating.

Being a fan of Beatrix Potter, I've decorated my office with Peter Rabbit artifacts and all sorts of "Potterphernalia."

Favorite books

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


The Child: An Archetypal Symbol in Literature for Children and Adults. New York: Lang, 1995.

"A Jungian Perspective on the Enduring Appeal of Peter Rabbit" Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit: A Children's Classic at 100. Ed. Margaret Mackey.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2002.