Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College
Molloy College provides an atmosphere that encourages students and faculty to work together toward the students' development as scholars and as good citizens of their communities and of the world. Small classes and an emphasis on teaching help faculty get to know students and encourage them to pursue interests and work toward long term goals.
- The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
- The American Novel
- The Short Story
- Fiction by Women Writers
What I am working on
I am working on a book about heroines created by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontё, and George Eliot. Of particular interest to me is each heroine's reflective process, her consideration of things that she experiences and her efforts to grow as a moral human being as a result of that consideration. I believe that the current popular interest in Jane Austen's and Charlotte Brontё's books, as evidenced in recent movie versions, is partially due to our interest in this moral growth.
I think of my best teaching as coaching, working to bring out the best in my students. Similar to any good coach, I am there to guide, to suggest, to encourage and to supply information that will help each student discover an interest in material we are studying, understand a particular piece of literature, or solve a problem he or she is encountering in a writing task. Always I hope that students in my classes will come away with a sense of the importance of good writing as a way to communicate their own ideas and of close reading as a way to access the important ideas of their own generation and of past generations.
- College of New Rochelle, B.A., English, 1971
- New York University, M.A., English, 1974
- St. John's University, D.A., English, 2007
- Dissertation: Educating the Self: Critical Reflection in the Novels of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontё, and George Eliot
I am always looking for ways to improve the experience of our students and better equip them for graduate school, work, and community life. Besides teaching courses in the English Department, I serve as both Director of the First Year Experience (which runs learning communities for freshmen) and Coordinator of the Communicating across the Curriculum Program (which offers programs where faculty share ideas on helping students develop skill in writing, speaking, and critical thinking). I am collecting ideas for an article or presentation on ways to help students improve as writers and learn to use writing as a means to learning. I believe that freshman writers who quickly adapt to the expectations of the academic world are most likely to succeed.
As a major in English, you'll encounter important ideas about the human experience presented in well-chosen language and in literary forms that engage your interest. As you read novels, epics, short stories, plays or poems, the writer's vision of the world takes shape and comes alive for you. And as you study these great works of literature closely, you'll discover the artistry that gives them appeal and develop an admiration for the authors who created them. In reading and discussing and writing about literary works, you'll learn about your own vision of the world and develop skill at putting that vision into words.
On a practical level, studying English will give you the opportunity to develop skills that are important in many professions. As just one example, analytical skills developed in reading a character from a novel can serve the marketing professional as he develops a profile of his customer. And communication skills, specifically clear writing and speech, are highly prized in law, business, and education, a few of the fields English majors gravitate to when choosing a graduate program.
Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontё, Middlemarch, by George Eliot, The Needle's Eye, by Margaret Drabble, July's People, by Nadine Gordimer, My Antonia, by Willa Cather, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad.
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- Conway, K.. "The Disclosure of Secrets: Reflection and Growth in Jane Eyre and Middlemarch." The Victorian Newsletter 113 (2008): 22-37.
- Conway, K. "Negotiating the Sexual Contract: The Heroine's Labor in a Jane Austen Novel." Literary and Poetic Representations of Work and Labor in Europe and Asia during the Romantic Era. Eds. Christopher R. Clason and Robert F. Anderson. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. 37-52.
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