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Abdullah, Daiyyah

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 235
Office Hours Monday 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30-8:55 a.m.; 1:30-2:30 p. m. ; Friday 1:30-2 p.m. 

Professor Abdullah offers interactive courses filled with interesting discussion and topics. Her EN101 and 102 assignments seem simple, yet challenge each student’s thinking.

Outside the classroom, Professor Abdullah’s research interests include the travel narratives of Black Atlantic writers and modern British writers. In addition, Daiyyah Abdullah is the advisor of an online student travel journal, Journeys. She is compiling an anthology that addresses the body politics of covering for traveling American Muslim women. Earning a doctorate and lecturing at Howard University, Abdullah’s dissertation examines critical issues in the travel writings of Colleen McElroy and Caryl Phillips.

Adams, Deanne

Office Macklin Tower (MT) 525
Office Hours Monday 5-7 pm; Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm; Monday Wednesday 5-7 pm; Thursday 2:30-3:30 pm

Ayafor, Isaiah

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 240
Office Hours Monday 1:30-2 pm and 3:30-4 pm; Wednesday 1:30-2 pm and 3:30-4 pm; Friday 1:30-2 pm and 3:30-4 pm

Benavidez, Zachary


Associate Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 529
Office Hours Monday 2-3:30 pm; Wednesday 2-3:30 pm 

Zachary Benavidez holds a masters degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a masters in English Literature from Georgetown University. He teaches English Composition, Creative Writing, Literature, and Women’s Studies at Montgomery College at the Rockville campus in Maryland. From 2011-2012, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Potomac Review, where he is now the non-fiction editor; he is the former fiction editor of 42 Opus, an online journal. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his dog Molly.

Benton, Elizabeth 


Associate Professor/Chair
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 526
Office Hours Wednesday 10-11:30 am; Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm; (Friday between 12-1:30 pm by appointment) 

Elizabeth M. Benton earned a M.A. in English Education from Columbia Teachers College; she is a current doctoral student at George Washington studying Curriculum and Instruction. She taught college-level and high school level English for approximately 18 years. Her teaching interests include composition, grammar, literature and distance learning. In addition, Professor Benton writes a guest column for The Standard Times newspaper in San Angelo, Texas.

Carminati, Genevieve 


Office Macklin Tower (MT)212e
Office Hours Tuesday 5-6 pm; Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm; Thursday 1-2 pm
Carminati, Genevieve

Chism, Carolyn


Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 106c
Office Hours Wednesday 8-8:50 am; Thursday 10:30-12 pm; Friday 8-8:50 am

Professor Chism’s 29 years of service to the College are exemplary. An apt description would be that she is a teacher’s teacher. Ever patient and good humored, her inspirational teaching style creates the perfect environment for student-centric learning. Professor Chism most often works with developmental learners providing a solid foundation for students to continue their college careers with confidence.

As Chair of the Rockville English Department, she made contributions through a variety of innovative projects such as: The Red Jacket (the campus literary/arts journal); the Shakespeare Festival; and the annual Poetry Slam. As the collegewide coordinator of the Basic Writing Program (1988-1998), she led efforts to revamp the program to meet statewide standards and conducted a curriculum revision. From 1995 to 2002, she was the Montgomery College English Discipline representative to the statewide K-16 Initiatives, and also served as the coordinator of the Rockville Assessment center, and Rockville English Department representative on the MC-MCPS Committee.

Additionally, she served on the Appropriate Course Placement Committee and on the Rockville Faculty Council for three terms. Professor Chism was an active fellow of the International Education Seminar; and in 2005, she was a member of the program committee for the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association conference. She has also served as judge for the NAACP ACT-SO competition. Professor Chism is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and in this role she participated in a Community Outreach Program to provide services and tutoring to area students. She is also a member of the Arts committee.

Collins, Clif L.

Associate Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 501
Office Hours Wednesday 8-8:50 am; Thursday 10:30-12 pm; Wednesday 8-8:50 am

Deadrick, Anna 

Associate Professor / DL EN101 Coordinator
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 221
Office Hours Thursday 9:30-12:30pm

Anna Deadrick earned her general education in Kurgan State University in Kurgan, Russia, and then moved to the US to continue her graduate studies in the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, Wilmington, NC. She graduated with MA in English Literature and a high school teaching certification in 2003. Having considered teaching English in high school, she landed her first job at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota where she fell in love with the diversity, mobility, and academic freedom of a community college setting. After a semester, she applied to many community colleges nationwide and moved to the Metro Area to follow a part time job offer at NOVA. Two years of commuting between NOVA and later MC campuses, she started her full time employment at MC.

Professional Interests
Mostly, Professor Deadrick teaches composition courses on campus and online. She also teaches Introduction to Literature courses. Her professional interest is online learning, and among her personal interests are storytelling and Native American literature. Her dream is to professionally translate Russian folk tales and have them published.

Dickison, Swift 

Office South Campus Campus Instructional Building (SB) 104a
Office Hours Monday 12-2pm; Wednesday 5-6pm 

A professor at Montgomery College since 2001, Swift Stiles Dickison has taught Creative Writing, World Literature, Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature, American Literature, Modern Poetry, Mythology, and Composition. He has also served as the Potomac Review's associate editor for several years. While growing up, he enjoyed diverse cultures. He lived in Damascus, Syria; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Northern California. Dr. Dickison has traveled and worked in the Caribbean, Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Before Montgomery College, he earned a B.A. in English at the University of California-Berkeley, an M.A. in English with a Concentration on Creative Writing at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He has taught a variety of courses at a broad range of levels and areas: high school English in the U.S. Virgin Islands; college writing in California, Washington, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. He has also taught creative writing and honors English at Urbana High School, World Literature at Frederick Community College, first year writing at Gettysburg College, and Literature at Shepherd University.

He has three times been a Smithsonian Institute Fellow at Montgomery College, and has also earned Fellowships in Global Migrations, Writing in the Disciplines, and General Education Competencies, all at M.C. Besides teaching, Dr. Dickison writes fiction and poetry and plays percussion and guitar for the Montgomery College World Ensemble. Dr. Dickison also chaired a panel on Caribbean Literature at the Modern Language Association Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Dickison has published scholarly and creative work in a variety of journals: "The Stigma of Arrival: Exile’s Return" in Caryl Philips’ A State of Independence and John Okada’s "No-No Boy" in Cultural Conflicts in Contemporary Literature; “Making Garden in ‘Woman’s Lot’: A Trace of Creolization in Merle Hodge’s For the Life of Laetitia,” in Reading Between the Black and White Keys: Deep Crossings in Diaspora Studies; “Sam Selvon’s ‘Harlequin Costume’: Moses Ascending, Masquerade, and the Bacchanal of Self-Creolization” in MELUS; Review of Clement Wyke’s Sam Selvon’s Dialectical Style and Fictional Strategy, in The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature; The Instructor’s Manual for A Web of Stories: An Anthology of Short Fiction; Review of Beverly Bell’s Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance, and poetry in Sans Merci and The Red Jacket.

He has presented his scholarly work at the International Conference on Caribbean Literature (ICCL) since 2000, reading papers in Puerto Rico, Grand Bahama, Martinique, St. Croix, St. Lucia, Trinidad, and Cuba. Dr. Dickison has also presented work at the College English Association--Middle Atlantic Group conference at the Rockville Campus, and now serves on the board of CEA-MAG.

Downey, Dawn 

Assistant Professor/Developmental Coordinator
Office Campus Center (CC) 217d
Office Hours Monday 12-1pm; Wednesday 1:15-2:50pm; Friday 9:30-9:55am 

Edwards, Kamala  

Associate Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 524
Office Hours Monday 11-12pm; Wednesday 11-12pm; Friday 11-12pm 

Eggenschwiler, Rebecca  

Associate Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 219
Office Hours Monday 1:30-2:30; Tuesday 11-12pm; Wednesday 1:30-2:30; Thursday 11-12pm 

Folwell, Denise  

Assistant Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 225
Office Hours Monday 4:30-5:45pm; Tuesday 5:45-6:15pm; Wednesday 4:30-5:45pm 

Hill, Candice  

Assistant Professor  
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 529
Office Hours Tuesday 9:30-10am & 1:15-2:15pm; Thursday 9:30-10am & 1:15-2:15pm 

Howard, Joanna 

Office Macklin Tower (MT) 222
Office Hours Monday 1-2pm; Tuesday 11-12pm; Thursday 2-3pm 

Joanna Howard has taught at Montgomery College for thirteen years, during which time she has taught Basic English and other composition courses as well as Women’s Literature, Mythology, Introduction to Literature and Vocabulary. Prior to teaching at MC, Professor Howard worked as a composition assistant in the Montgomery County High Schools. She earned her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Maryland and her M.A. in English Literature and Writing at Georgetown University. Additionally, she has studied at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and the University of Ohio.

Teaching Interests
Academically, Professor Howard’s interests include learning theories, developmental writing, the creative writing of poetry, and the use of technology in the classroom. Over the years, she has studied with such poets as Joan Houlihan, Reginald Shepard, Molly Fisk, Joseph Harrison, Halvard Johnson and Ron Silliman. Currently, she is developing a multimodal project based on her grandmother’s experiences as a woman in the navy during World War I. Within the classroom, she believes that students are often more capable than they realize, and the work of the instructor is to maintain high expectations and teach them to be independent learners.

Howard, Megan  

Assistant Professor
Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 103
Office Hours Tuesday 11-12pm; Thursday 11-12pm; Friday 10-11am 

Huergo, Elizabeth

Office Campus Center (CC) 236
Office Hours Tuesday 7-7:50am & 10:25-10:50am; W 8-8:30am; Thursday 7-7:50am & 10:25-10:50am

Elizabeth Huergo as well as teaches English and American literature, composition, creative writing, and Women’s Studies. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to this country as a political refugee. In 1985 and 1989, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in 19th-century American Literature and British Romanticism at Brown University. She was awarded two NEH Summer Fellowships, one at Yale University and another at American University. Since 1983, she has taught at a number of institutions, including Brown University, Rhode Island College, American University, George Mason University, and Montgomery College.

The Death of Fidel Pérez, her first novel, is forthcoming from Unbridled Books (April 2013). Other recent publications include: “Common Rendition,” a poem published in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (2009, Lost Horse Press); “The Moncada Army Barracks Raid,” (excerpt from The Death of Fidel Pérez) in Gravity Dancers: Fiction by Washington Area Women (2009, Paycock Press); “My Sister, Lebanon,” a poem published in The Poet’s Domain (Volume 23, 2007, Live Wire Press); and “The Cigar Box,” a short story published in Natural Bridge (University of Missouri, St Louis, 2005) that was also nominated by the editors for the 2006 Pushcart Prize.

Recent conference papers include: “The Power of Marginal Spaces in the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite” (NeMLA Conference, April 2011); “Capital and Improvements: Why Supporting the Liberal Arts Matters More Than Ever” (November 2010); and “Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘Feminist Architecture’ and Political Change” (Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 2010).

Lemmond, David (G/TP)  

Professor / English Gateway
Office HS 248/ P1-203
Office Hours Monday 1-3pm; Tuesday 1-2pm; Wednesday 5-6pm 
240-567-1983 / 240-567-1341

Lott, David 

Offic South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 104b
Office Hours Monday 11:30-1:30pm; Tuesday 2-2:30pm; Thursday 2-2:30pm 

Professor David Lott received his B.A. in English from Williams College, his M.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, and his M.A. in Teaching Languages from the University of South Campusern Mississippi. He has taught for the Rockville campus English department since 1992.

Malmi, Carol 

Professor / EN109 Coordinator
Office Campus Center (CC) 233
Hours Monday 11-12pm; Tuesday 11-12pm; Wednesday 11-12pm 

Carol Malmi received a B.A. degree at Dickinson College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. degree at Northwestern University, where she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship.  She taught at Gettysburg College, Dickinson College, and UMUC (online) before joining the Montgomery College faculty in 2001 to teach composition and literature courses.  Non-academic experience includes cultural programming at NPR and the Smithsonian Institution as well as business analysis and program management.

Malveaux, Greg PhD 

Associate Professor / Travel and Study Abroad Coordinator
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 212f
Hours Monday 10:50-11:50am; Wednesday 10:50-11:50am; Friday 2:30-3:30pm 

Dr. Malveaux received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Composition and Literature at Rutgers College, a Master’s Degree in English Composition and American Literature at Howard University, and a PhD in Education and Administration at Morgan State University. He also has certification in instructing English as a Second Language (ESL). Presently, Dr. Greg Malveaux serves as the Montgomery College Study Travel/Study Abroad Coordinator, and is an Associate Professor with the College’s English Department. Dr. Malveaux has been to every continent on the globe, excluding Antarctica. He has organized and led academic programs to China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, England, Senegal, The Gambia, and Peru, among others. In addition, he has done extensive exploration in El Salvador. Prior to coming to Montgomery College, he lived and worked overseas as Chairperson of the English and Business Department at Yonok College in Thailand, and instructed English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in South Campuseast Asia. Prior to teaching overseas, he studied abroad as a student; his first overseas study was in Egypt and Zimbabwe, Africa, where he met Nelson Mandela. The impact of the meeting altered his life, solidifying his life-focus on International Education and study abroad.

Outside the Classroom
Dr. Malveaux takes on various leadership roles in field. For instance, he serves as the Chairperson of the Maryland Community College International Education Consortium (MCCIEC) and is the State Representative of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). He has solidified a vast amount of partnerships with college Administrators and travel agencies, both domestic and abroad. At the same time, he understands the main focus in educating students at Montgomery College; he serves to instruct as the Supervisor of the Montgomery College Study Abroad Club (SAC), and continues to advise and place students and faculty into study abroad programs, internships, and other opportunities in Asia, Africa, South Campus America, Central America, Europe and Australia.

Mann, Mimi 

Office Campus Center (CC) 237
Hours Monday 7:15-7:45am & 11-11:30am; Tuesday 8:45-9:15am; Wednesday 7:15-7:45am & 11-11:30am; Thursday 8:45-9:15am 

Mimi Mann earned an ABJ and an MA in journalism and English from the University of Georgia. She spent almost 25 years abroad with her husband, an Associated Press (AP) reporter, in Philippines, India, Denmark, and finally Egypt, where she was the AP’s archaeology correspondent for nine years. Her love of cultural diversity brought her to Montgomery College, where she teaches Basic English, Techniques of Reading and Writing, and Introduction to Journalism.

Marshall, Tuere PhD 

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 239
Hours Monday 2:30-3:30pm; Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm; Friday 2:30-3:30pm 

Dr. Marshall earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of the District of Columbia then a M.A. in English Literature at University of New Hampshire. While teaching composition and English Literature, she completed her PhD, specializing in American Literature at Howard University. Now Professor Marshall enjoys the fiction and non-fiction of Percival Everett, Ralph Ellison, Sherman Alexie. She enjoys incorporating the formal debate, social issue solutions, and critical thinking activities in classroom activities. When she isn't teaching rhetoric and composition, she also mentors and tutors students. Prior to teaching, Dr. Marshall explored diverse administrative experience includes: DC Board of Elections and Ethics, Congressional Black Caucus, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WPFW Radio Station, and Resorts International.

“A Challenge to the Contemporary Black Female Playwright: Whom Will You Serve?” Mid-Atlantic Writers Association, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2004; “Factoring the ‘Debate Team’ Concept into Classroom Instruction,” Association of Faculties for Advancement of Community College Teaching, Community College, Baltimore County, Essex Campus, January 2011; D.C.’s Presence in the Harlem Renaissance, 1997 Sigma Tau Delta Convention, Savannah, GA; Journey Motif in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God 1998 Fifth Annual Conference in the Humanities, Shaw University, Raleigh, NC; The Promised Land Image in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, 1999 Sigma Tau Delta Convention, St. Louis, Missouri; Joy of Learning Motivational Workshop, 1999. Dept of Recreation.

Miker, Jamie 

Assistant Professor
Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 103
Hours Monday 11-12pm; Tuesday 1-1:45pm; Wednesday 3:15-3:45pm; Thursday 1-1:45pm 

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Professor Miker earned a B.S. in English Education from University of Central Florida and a M.A. in English Literature from College of Charleston & The Citadel. Prior to Montgomery College, she taught at University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and Trident Technical College. She also tutored for Sylvan Learning Center. Miker takes pleasure in teaching and studying short story, poetry, film as well as contemporary, post modern, modern and various other forms of literature, During class, she particularly enjoys research writing, developmental writing, one-on-one and small group tutoring, and generally working with students.

Mische, Monica  

Assistant Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 226a
Hours Tuesday 8-9am; Wednesday 9-10:45am 

Murphy, Kimberly  

Assistant Professor
Office South Instructional Building (SB) 102
Hours Monday 9:30-11:30am; Tuesday 3-4pm Wednesday 9:30-11:30am; Thursday 3-4pm; Friday 9:30-11:30am 

Niamatali, Stanley 

Office Macklin Tower (MT) 527
Hours Tuesday 12:55-1:55pm; Wednesday 5:55-6:25pm; Thursday 12:25-1:55pm 

Professor Niamatali offers a challenging class that compels students to learn and think. The subjects for the essays will make you think about reality. First, his lectures encompass his political views and life experiences. He asks you to read the textbook, and then with the textbook example in mind, prepare your own writing.

Olmstead, Ellen  

Office Campus Center (CC) 217b
Hours Tuesday 10-11am; W 1:30-2:30pm; Thursday 10-11am 

Portis, Rebecca 

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 217f
Hours Monday 8:20-8:50am & 10:40-11:20am; Wednesday 8:20-8:50am & 10:40-11:20am; Friday 8:20-8:50am & 10:40-11:20am 

Rebecca Portis has been teaching Reading, English and Literature for 21 years. She began at Montgomery College as an adjunct in 2001, and has been fulltime since 2007. She currently teaches Developmental English, English 101/A and several literature classes. She believes in challenging the students to be the best they can be.

Rindler, Mercia  

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 234
Hours Monday 10-11:30am; Tuesday 7-7:50am; Wednesday 10-11:30am; Thursday 7-7:50am 

Rosado, Emily 

Associate Professor / DL EN102 Coordinator
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 403
Hours Tuesday 11-12:15am; Friday 1-2pm; Thursday 11-12:15am 

Emily Rosado started teaching for Montgomery College at the Germantown campus in 2004. She has a passion for helping her students succeed and for finding new, creative ways to teach. Professor Rosado received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Florida and her Master of Arts degree in International Journalism from the University of Westminster in England. She teaches a combination of face-to-face and distance education classes, and her areas of focus range from introducing developmental writing students to global issues and challenging them to think critically, to teaching literature students about the powerful yet subtle nuances of the written word in poetry. As a former broadcast journalist, she also enjoys teaching journalism students about the evolving media landscape. She is one of two Rockville Campus Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Associates and serves as the Distance Education Course Coordinator for EN 102. Originally from Miami, Professor Rosado now resides in Montgomery County with her husband, son, and dog.

Sen, Shweta 

Professor / Literature Coordinator
Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 106a
Hours Tuesday 11-12:15pm; Wednesday 1:15-2pm; Thursday 11-12:15pm 

Shweta Sen grew up in Calcutta, India and earned an M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta. She has been teaching English at Montgomery College as a full-time faculty since 2002. Professor Sen teaches a variety of courses, including English 101/A and 102, Introduction to Literature, World Literature I and II, British Literature II, Mythology and an Honors Capstone Seminar. She has also taught courses in Women’s Studies and Asian American Literature. Her research interests include British Romantic literature, Indian literature in English, studies in culture and identity, and globalization and interdisciplinary studies. She currently serves as the Literature Coordinator at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College. She served as the advisor of the Bollywood Club on Rockville campus for five years and continues to work with students on various projects and events. She was a Smithsonian Fellow and won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest Award in 2010.

Siegel, Effie 

Associate Professor
Campus Center (CC) 217b
Hours Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm; Wednesday 1-2pm; Thursday 12:45-1:45pm 

Efstathia (Effie) Siegel is a Washington, DC native. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. She worked on her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Penn State where she was an Edwin Earle Sparks fellow. She has taught at Montgomery College as an adjunct professor and has been a full-time professor in the English department since 2003. She regularly teaches second semester English composition and has served as the EN102 coordinator for four years. She has taught Intro Literature, Mythology, Writing for Business and Technology, Women in Literature, and Women’s and Gender Studies. As well as being a Smithsonian Faculty Fellow, she served as the Fellowship coordinator for two years. Currently, she is the Rockville Honors coordinator. She has presented at various local and national conferences including the National Women’s Studies Conference and the College English Association/Mid Atlantic Group. She developed the WS Honors internship at the Sewall Belmont House and Museum and currently serves as mentor for the internship. She also is a founding member of the Peace and Justice Studies community at MC.

Slacks, Jarvis 

Assistant Professor 
Office Campus Center (CC) 238
Hours Tuesday 10am-12pm; Thursday 10am-12pm 

Jarvis Slacks received his Associates in Arts at Cape Fear Community College, his Bachelors in Arts and his Masters in Arts at UNC-Wilmington. He writes fiction and non-fiction pieces. Jarvis wrote for years for the Star News, the city-wide newspaper of Wilmington, North Carolina. He’s had an essay published in SNReview, a short story published in Riffling on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, an essay for Busted Halo and a short story for the anthology Oil and Water and Other Things that Don’t Mix plus he writes his blog, He’s taught English at Montgomery College since 2008.

Stefanon, Dyon  

Associate Professor
Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 105
Hours Monday 11:15-12:15pm; Wednesday 2:15-2:45pm; Thursday 1:30-3pm 

Szlyk, Marianne PhD 

Office Campus Center (CC) 241
Hours Monday 1-2:30pm; Tuesday 10-11:30am; Friday 1-2 pm 

Marianne Szlyk’s teaching interests embrace composition, literature (especially world literature and drama), and creative writing (poetry) online and off. She sees teaching as a way to explore a variety of topics with students and continue learning alongside her class. Professor Szlyk’s degrees are from Purdue (Ph.D., Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature with a secondary emphasis in Narrative), the University of Oregon (M.A., English), and Tufts University (B.A., English, cum laude). She has published both book reviews and poetry in a variety of venues as well as review essays on eighteenth-century authors Elizabeth Inchbald and Charlotte Smith for Gale/Cengage Learning's British Writers Supplement Series. Recently, Szlyk gave a presentation on Silent Shakespeare for MC's WillPower festival.

Thurston, Steve 

Associate Professor
Office Campus Center (CC) 217a
Hours Monday 12-1pm; Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm; Friday 12-1pm 

Steve Thurston is a journalist and journalism professor who teaches in the MC-R English Department. He is the faculty advisor to the student-run Montgomery Advocate. His focus has been in community journalism and online journalism, and has written and edited in both fields. Thurston has won two Virginia Press Association awards and was most recently the editor of the Arlington Mercury, a nonprofit news website. He has a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Wichita State University.

Veneruso, Samantha 

Associate Professor
Office Macklin Tower (MT) 223
Hours Monday 10-11am; Tuesday 1-2pm; Wednesday 12-1pm 

Samantha Streamer-Veneruso earned a degree in instructional Design, a K-12 teaching certification, over 15 years of experience teaching English at community colleges, and over 10 years of online teaching experience. She is a certified Quality Matters online course reviewer, and her En 101, Techniques of Reading and Writing I, was awarded Quality Matters certification. She was the lead designer for two of Montgomery College's online common course templates, which are fully designed, ready to teach online courses. Professor Streamer-Veneruso has developed and presented workshops on topics relating to Outcomes Assessment, syllabus design, integrating General Education Competencies into content courses, working with non-native English speakers in composition classrooms, active learning techniques, online learning and course design. She has presented regularly at conferences such as The Chair Academy, NISOD, MDLA, TYCA, various local and national Assessment conferences. She is currently leading the College's effort to develop Collegewide rubrics for Critical Thinking, Written Communication and Oral Communication. She received Montgomery College's Outstanding Faculty award in 2008 and was recognized by NISOD in 2009-2010. She, along with the Collegewide Outcomes Assessment Team, was recognized for Outstanding Leadership by The Chair Academy in 2010. Plus she has regularly taught all levels of composition, English as a second language, developmental reading, and literature courses.

Wakeman-Linn, Julie 

Associate Professor / Potomac Review Editor
Office Campus Center (CC) 212d
Hours Monday 11-11:50am; Wednesday 12-12:50pm; Thursday 12-1pm; Friday 12-12:50pm 

Professor Wakeman-Linn returned to the Potomac Review and to classes at Montgomery College and informative sabbatical break. While away, she missed teaching, creating of beautiful Potomac issues, and making new writer friends. Even though teaching at the Bethsaida Secondary School for Orphan girls was an incredible experience, Montgomery College, a two year very urban, very international campus, is Wakeman-Linn’s teaching home. Recently, the professor also published her novel, Chasing the Leopard, Finding the Lion, plus 5 short stories, which was professionally gratifying and personally very satisfying.

Weston, Charmaine 

Associate Professor
Office South Campus Instructional Building (SB) 107d
Hours Tuesday 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Wednesday 10-10:45 a.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Charmaine Weston earned an A.A. Liberal Arts and A.S.B.A. Business Administration from Thomas Nelson Community College, then a B.A. for English writing from Christopher Newport University. She later received a M.A. in English and Book Publishing at Rosemont College. Professor Weston currently teaches freshman and sophomore writing, particularly in real-world and career-relevant writing. Her interest in web design, technical writing, and educational technology aids her English department website responsibilities. She is also active on various college-wide committees.

Wilson, P. Rachael 

Office Macklin Tower (MT) 418
Hours Tuesday & Thursday 12:20-12:50pm; Wednesday 11-12pm & 3:45-4:45pm 

Professor P. Rachael Wilson is a Ph.D candidate at Yale University, in Comparative Literature and Russian. She also has an M. Phil degree from Yale, and a Masters in Linguistics from Cornell.

She is based in the English department, where she teaches many courses.  Professor Wilson also teaches in other departments, including Honors, AELP, Philosophy, and Women's Studies.

Part-Time Faculty 

Office Humanities Building (HU) 016 - 240-567-5242



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