MEGHAN PUNSCHKE NOLAN
Doctor of Philosophy in English, St. John’s University Jan. 2016
Masters in English, St. John’s University May 2014
Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, The New School May 2007
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Communications, Lehigh University May 2003
POSITIONS AT STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, ROCKLAND
Associate Professor of English, SUNY Rockland Sept. 2016 – Present
Chair of Sam Draper Honors Program, SUNY Rockland Aug. 2022 – Present
Director of Reading and Writing Center, SUNY Rockland Sept. 2017 – July 2023
Member of the Board of Directors, Campus Fun and Learn
Childhood Development Center Feb. 2021 – Present
Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2022)
Academic Articles, Chapters, and Books
"The Involuntary Masks of the Poet: Examining the Evolution of the Poet Persona through P.D. James's Adam Dalgliesh" - essay in Special Issue of Persona Studies Journal, vol. 7 no. 1, December 2021.
“Institutional Paradox in the City: Duality, Domiciles, and Death in Dickens's London” essay in Mean Streets: A Journal of American Crime and Detective Fiction, May 2021.
“The Socially Mobile Female in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Mysteries,” Chapter Seven in Detection across Borders, Palgrave, Fall 2020.
“Multiplicity and the Student Writer: Embracing Creative Multigenre Identity Work in the Writing Classroom” chapter in Exquisite Corpse: Art-Based Writing Practices in the Academy, Chapter Eleven, Parlor Press, 222 – 243, March 2019.
“Learning to Circumvent the Limitations of the Written Self: The Rhetorical Benefits Poetic Fragmentation of and Internet ‘Catfishing’”, Persona Studies Journal 1.1 (peer reviewed): 53 – 64, May 2015.
“Perceptions of Self in Society as Viewed through Literature and the Arts: A Deliberation on the Fundamental Unearthing of the Individual” St. John’s Humanities Review 11.1, 7 – 9. (2013)
Stratification (Poetry Collection), BlazeVOX [books], 2008.
The Crossroads of Crime Writing: Unseen Structures and Uncertain Spaces, Anthem Press (2023 – 2024)
“Reframing Writerly Identity with the Works of Fernando Pessoa and Other Modernist Poets” chapter in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Fernando Pessoa, Modern Language Association (Fall 2023).
“Jeanne Reynal” as a part of Tutti Bravi’s production, A SINGLE THREAD – Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Westchester History, October 29, 2023.
Creative Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction
“Mark Twain’s Prowlers” – Poem in the New Croton Review Fall (Nov. 2022) Issue.
“Great White Hide” and “The New Normal” selected to be a part of the Writing Off the Walls exhibit at the Hudson Valley Museum of Modern Art (Spring 2022).
Wrote "Washington Irving, Esq. and Sunnyside" and wrote and performed "Madam C.J. Walker and Villa Lewaro" as a part of Tutti Bravi's production THE MOTHER LODE: Celebrating Gems in Westchester History, November 21, 2021.
Award for A Tour of Tarrytown (1860) - Collection of poems chosen to open "THE WRITE STUFF - Honoring Westchester's Legends & Legacies," a production produced by Tutti Bravi Productions, Inc. in collaboration with the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. Performance date: October 26th, 2019 at the Ossie Davis Theatre in the New Rochelle Public Library.
“Through the Wall” (creative non-fiction essay), Thread (A Journal of Nonfiction), Volume 3, Issue 1, March 29, 2017.
Poems (appeared in): Blue Door Quarterly, The Nepotist, MiPOesias, Quest, Coconut, No Tell Motel, Sawbuck, Free Focus
Journals Edited: Oranges & Sardines, MiPoesias, Ocho, Shalom Neuman: 40 Years of Fusion Art, St. John’s Humanities Review
Review of McMahan’s Literature and the Writing Process, 11e textbook.
CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Paper and Panel Presentations 2022 - 2023
Welcome Address – Beacon Conference, SUNY Rockland Community College, June 2, 2023.
"Enhancing Cross-Cultural and Cross-Lingual Learning: Immersive Pedagogy and Embedded Tutors in the Remote Classroom" - Presentation at SUNY CIT at SUNY Oswego, May 24, 2023.
Admissions Panel at Pearl River High School - Recruitment presentation covering RCC admissions process and Honors program and application process for local high school seniors and their parents, February 2, 2023.
Guidance Counselor Appreciation Breakfast - Presentation on Honors program requirements and Q&A for local guidance counselors, RCC, January 18 2023.
"American Icons" - Presentation with Dr. David Lucander commemorating the lives and works of two American icons, as 2022 was the 75th anniversary of when Jackie Robinson changed history by stepping on Ebbetts Field and the 30 year anniversary the eminent intellect and NY Poet Laureate Audre Lorde's passing, November 7, 2022.
Presentation on Reading and Writing Center - Fall 2022 New Faculty Orientation, October 25, 2022.
RCC Open House - Presentation on the Honors program and requirements for potential students and their parents, October 20, 2022.
Honors Transfer Seminar - Presentation for second year Honors students and their parents on the transfer process and potential pitfalls, October 3, 2023.
New Honors Student Orientation - Presentation for incoming RCC students and their parents, highlighting the requirements of the Honors program, the mentorship process, and RCC structure, RCC, August 18, 2023.
"RCC Hosts Beacon Conference 2023" - Presentation at English Department Retreat, June 6, 2022.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2021 – 2022
"The Creative Process: Meet the Writers/Artists" - From playwrighting and songwriting to writing poetry, articles, and critical essays, join us for a rich discussion with faculty and student writers, as they share their creative process. Panelists: Bobby Deitch, Musician, Songwriter, and Adjunct Professor of Music Dr. Meghan P. Nolan, Professor of English, Poet, Director – Reading and Writing Center, Coordinator – Beacon Conference Professor Angelo Parra, Author, Playwright, and Adjunct Professor of Theatre Dr. Rachel Golland, Professor of English, Musician, Coordinator – Maxwell Anderson Literary Essay Competition Kristian Dougherty, Professor of English and Advisor to Outlook Student Press (May 3, 2022 at 12:30pm)
"Guided pathways Refresher", RCC Professional Development Day, January 20, 2022.
Publishing Mentorship Roundtable, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) annual conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD., March 10 - 13, 2021. - I will discuss the process of working with my publishing mentee throughout the year and share our progress.
PRESEDENTIAL THEME SESSION - "Feeling in a New Language: Lingual Multiplicity and (Re)Mixed Identities in Poetics" - Workshop with colleagues from University of Southern California and Bronx Community College. Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, Washington D.C., January 6 - 9, 2022.
"Episode 63: Expanding the Victorian Conversation w/ Dr. Melissa Rampelli". Writing Remix Podcast. University of Southern California (USC), June 18, 2021. - Guest Hosted discussion on how Victorian Literature connects to important themes in today's society.
"The Involuntary Mask of the Poet: The Poet Persona in Contemporary Literature" - Presentation at the Diversifying Persona Studies: Online International Conference, July 16 - 30, 2021.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2020 – 2021
"Episode 19: Embracing a Messy Identity with Meghan P. Nolan". Writing Remix Podcast. University of Southern California (USC), July 7, 2020. - Hosts, Dan Dissinger and Katie Robison, faculty members of the Writing Program at USC talk to Dr. Meghan P. Nolan about identity fragmentation and embracing our fullest, messiest selves–and empowering our students to do the same. We also talk about multi-genre writing projects, the (in)accessibility of academic writing, institutional barriers to equity and progress, gender roles in Victorian crime fiction, and finding joy in our scholarship.
"Best Practices for Virtual Writing Workshops" - RCC English Department Adjunct Training presented via Google Meet. August 24, 2020.
"Modern Marriage and Female Detection" - Panel Presentation Modernism, Marriage, and the Law in Britain 1890-1945. This interdisciplinary panel focuses on the literary response to the changing legal landscape in Britain between the years of 1890-1945. Recasting important literary texts of the period against the legal context has the potential to provide a greater understanding of the co-constitutive effect of law, literature, and culture in a tumultuous historical period that saw two world wars, a global financial crisis and the vote for women. March 11-14, 2021, Philadelphia, PA.
"Reflection, Fragmentation, and Improvisation: Meaning Making in Virtual and Traditional Classrooms through Inclusive Pedagogies" - Presentation with colleagues from Concordia College - NY and SUNY Purchase. 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Annual Convention (CCCC). Spokane, Washington, April 7–10, 2021.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2019 - 2020
“Embracing Multigenre Identity Work in the Writing Classroom: The Creative Self in Society Project” - Paper Presentation. SUNY Council on Writing (CoW) Conference. Purchase College, November 8-9, 2019.
“Writing Identity from Coast to Coast: Developing Self and Social Awareness through Creative Writing Pedagogy in Composition and/ or Literature” - Workshop. Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference. Seattle, January 9 – 12, 2020.
“Meaning Making and Inclusive Pedagogies through Reflection, Fragmentation, and Improvisation” - Presentation with colleagues from Concordia College - NY and SUNY Purchase. 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Annual Convention (CCCC). Milwaukee, March 26–28, 2020.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2018 - 2019
“The Charitable and the Chastened: The Socially Mobile Female in Victorian Mysteries” - Paper Presentation. (Neo-)Victorian Orientations in the Twenty-First Century (International Conference). University of Malaga, Malaga Spain, May 15, 2019.
Presented Walking the Victorian Streets: Women, Representation, and the City for the Last Good Book I Read Colloquium CETL, April 17, 2019.
“Elevating the Individual in Writing: Meaning Making through Reflection, Fragmentation, and Improvisation” - Workshop Presentation. Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA) 2019 Conference. Western Connecticut State University, Danbury CT, March 2019.
“Making Meaningful Connections through Experiential Learning: Applying the Learning Community Model in First-Year Courses” - Roundtable Discussion with RCC Students. Tri-State Best Practices Conference 2019. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands, Paramus NJ, March 2019.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2017 - 2018
Presented The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter for the Last Good Book I Read Colloquium CETL Sept. 20th Session, Fall 2017.
“Confronting Common Conflicts of Identity, Language and Disciplinarity: A Multigenre Approach to First Year Writing” - Presentation within “Interdisciplinarity and Improvisation: The Future of Composing in Multimedia and Multigenre Environments”. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City MO, March 2018.
“The Writing Center as Studio: Focusing on Space, Art-Based Practices and Improvisation in Relation to the Writing Process” - Workshop Presentation. Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA) 2018 Conference. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA, March 2018.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2016 - 2017
“The Multigenre Persona Project: Student Writing Identity as a Means of Creative Connectivity”. Creative Connectivity: Thinking, Writing and the Translation of Information Understanding. Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT, November 2016.
“What's Keats Got to Do with It?: Exploring the Depth of the Romantic Aesthetic in Woolf's ‘The Lady in the Looking Glass’”. Paper presentation within “Legacy and the Androgynous Mind: Reading Woolf and the Romantics,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, March 2017.
Paper and Panel Presentations 2013 - 2016
“Transcending the Ordinary: Yeats’s Dueling Personae and the Making of Modernist Fragmentation”. Paper presentation within “Beyond the Monster: The Ethics of Fragmentation in the Long Nineteenth Century” – A Roundtable (Chair). Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Hartford CT, March 2016.
“Reimagining the Role of the Poet: The Timeless Lesson of Modernist Writerly Identification”. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference: Memory in Action. Lincoln University, Lincoln University PA, March 2015.
“The Job Market and Higher Education: Negotiations and Navigations of the New Doctoral Student” – A Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa FL, March 2015.
“Transcending the Borders of Classification: Fernando Pessoa’s Resistance of Language Limitations through the Liminal.” College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference: Borders. Lincoln University, Lincoln University PA, March 2014.
“Embracing the Interdisciplinary: A Socio-Cognitive Approach to Enhancing Student Learning in Composition.” The 28th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Professions. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, October 2013.
“Connecting the Discipline Dots: Critical Thinking as Rhetorical Awareness in the Writing Classroom.” The Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking Annual Conference. Berkeley College and St. John’s University, Manhattan, NY, October 2013.
COURSES TAUGHT (SUNY ROCKLAND)
Creative Writing Workshop - ENG 238 (6 sections, 15 students)
Independent Study – ENG 273 (2 sections, 1 student)
English Internship – ENG 274 (5 sections, 3 student)
Themes in British Literature II – ENG 206 (1 section, 18 students)
(Hyflex) Studies in the Short Story – ENG 207 (3 sections, 15 students)
(Online) Themes in British Literature II – ENG 206 (3 sections, 18 students)
Detective/ Mystery Fiction - ENG 288 (4 sections, 24 students)
Poetry Writing Workshop - ENG 261 (1 section, 15 students)
Honors Writing in the Disciplines – ENG 200 (1 section, 15 students)
Introduction to the School of Arts and Humanities – SAH 101 (7 section 24 students)
Introduction to the Sam Draper Honors Program – HON 101(5 section 24 students)
OTHER COURSES TAUGHT
Study of British Literature (2 sections, enrollment 25)
Honors Literature in a Global Context (1 section, enrollment 17)
Literature in a Global Context (4 sections, enrollment 25)
Communications: Using Language to Inform (2 section, 29 students)
Writing Lab (2 section, 29 students)
English Composition (4 sections, enrollment 25)
English Composition (2 sections, enrollment 25)
Writing and Research (a.k.a. Composition and Literature I) (6 sections, enrollment 31)
Writing and Literature (a.k.a. Composition and Literature II) (4 sections, enrollment 31)
Writing for College II (a.k.a. Basic Writing II) (5 sections, enrollment 29)
Introduction to Oral Communication (4 sections, enrollment 12)
Essentials of College Writing (5 sections, enrollment 20)
Business Writing Essentials (3 sections, enrollment 13)
Writer’s Workshop (4 sections, enrollment 29)
“Confronting Common Conflicts of Identity, Language and Disciplinarity: A Multigenre Approach to First Year Writing”
This two-year IRB approved study examined the ways in which students relate to academic writing and proposes that Multigenre writing instruction (including crime writing in the writing classroom) can be an effective means of building student transfer across disciplines.
“Enhancing Cross-Cultural and Cross-Lingual Learning through Immersive Pedagogy:
A Manifold Approach to the Immersive Classroom”
This IRB approved study examines new methods for accelerating learning for ESL/ EFL students by incorporating additional writing modules, peer tutors, and several untraditional tutoring modalities.
“Extending the Reading and Writing Center (RWC) Beyond the Center:
Creating Cross-Cultural Communities that Foster Student Success across the Disciplines”
This study examines the effects of extending tutoring services beyond the Writing Center by integrating workshops into five distinct schools within the Guided Pathways model and embedding tutors directly in classrooms.