Mary Jo McCloskey

Mary Jo McCloskey

Instructor, Academic Writing Program

Library Room 129
Monday and Thursday 3:00-5:00pm
maryjo.mccloskey@mville.edu
1 (914) 323-5483

About Me

Mary Jo McCloskey received her doctorate in English in 2013 from St. John’s University, having defended her dissertation entitled, “Teaching First-Year Writing to Racially and Ethnically Diverse Student Populations.”  A member of the Institutional Review Board committee at Manhattanville, her research interests include engagement in the first year writing/writing center experience and diasporic literature and theory in the United States.  Before Manhattanville College, Dr. McCloskey was Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of the Virgin Islands for two years, and Instructor of English at SUNY- Suffolk County Community College for one year.  Her article, “College Students Counter the Post-Racial Narrative” is forthcoming through Bucknell University Press.  She has additional work published in Practical Composition for the English Classroom from Working Instructors, Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Culture, Changing English - An International Journal of English Teaching, and the IWCA Antiracism SIG Annotation Project.  Most recently, she has given conference presentations at the North Carolina Symposium for Teaching Writing, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell University, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Trinidad: Safe and Unsafe Harbor in the Work of Elizabeth Nunez” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. Conference, April, 2017.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pedagogy that PUSHes” Northeast Popular Culture Association, October 2015.
    Colby-Sawyer College.

Weep Not, Child - Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o” Faculty Symposium, October 2014.
    Manhattanville College.

Assessment as an Anti-Plagiarism Practice?” North Carolina Symposium for
    Teaching Writing, February 2013. North Carolina State University.

College Students Counter the Post-Racial Narrative.” Post-Racial America?
    Conference, November 2012. The Griot Institute for Africana Studies at
    Bucknell University.

You Are Who You Write? The Connection Between Literacy and Identity.
    Student Success in Writing Conference, February 2012. Georgia Southern
    University.

The Writing Desk, a No-Frills Way of Addressing Students’ Writing Needs.
    Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference, April 2011. West Chester University.

Spinning the Wheel of Fortune for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Student
    Writers.
” College English Association Conference, March 2011.

Activating a Writing Center’s Potential to Shape Ethnically and Racially
    Diverse Identities.
” Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference,
    April 2010. University of Delaware.

Diffusing the Language of Oppression and Exposing Colorblindness in
    the Composition Classroom.
” Conference on College Composition and
    Communication, March 2010.

Fusing the Sacred and the Secular: Tagore Shapes Identity for India and
    Its Diaspora.
” South Asian Literary Association Conference at the MLA
    Conference, December 2009.

Alterity and Minoritization in the Caribbean: Revealing Other Practices
    through Literature in the Francophone, Hispanophone, and Anglophone
    Caribbean.
” Caribbean Studies Association, June 2009.

The Politics in Words: Edwidge Danticat Shapes Haitian Identity.
    American Comparative Literature Association, March 2009.
    Harvard University.

The Work of Julia Alvarez, Caribbean Diaspora.” Humanities
    Division Colloquium 2006. The University of the Virgin Islands.

Feature Publications

Chapter

Author
“College Students Counter the Post-Racial Narrative.” Postracial America?

Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2016.

Article

Author
“Pedagogy that PUSHes.”

CEA Critic Volume 78: Issue 1. March 2016.

Research Paper

Author
“On Valerie Kinloch’s Revisiting the Promise of Students’ Rights to Their Own Language: Pedagogical Strategies.”

CCC 57:1. IWCA Antiracism SIG Annotation Project. 2015

Chapter

Author
“Composition Peer Review Workshop.” Practical Composition for the English Classroom from Working Instructors.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014

Chapter

Author
“The Diaspora Writes Back.” Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature

Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010

Article

Author
Review of Race, Ethnicity, and Education

Changing English, An International Journal of English Teaching. New York: Praeger, 2006