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English AOC

"A word after a word after a word is power." Margaret Atwood
Our English track is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university with a major in English concentrations such as literature, journalism, creative writing or professional writing. A start in English takes a student anywhere: education, law, public relations, business—anywhere writing and critical thinking are key.
Professor and Division Chair
Location: Humanities (H) 39

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What will you learn?

Every employer in every career field needs quality communicators and critical thinkers.

  • You will learn to write well.

  • You will learn to write academic research and creative writing.

  • You will learn to analyze published writing, both literary and nonfiction.

  • You will gain field insight from teaching professors.

  • You will obtain competency in Spanish at the second-year level.

What will you do?
  • You will develop skills in writing and literary analysis with the opportunity to explore creative and professional writing.

  • You will develop your own voice within an academic environment.
  • You will locate, evaluate, and incorporate information by employing basic research skills.

  • You will respond to the works of published writers through journaling or other forms of responsive writing.

  • You write effectively for academic, creative, career contexts.

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Program Details

Our English program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university with a major in English or similar study.

The courses included in this program closely parallel the first two years of an English major at many four-year institutions. Check with your advisor as soon as possible to ensure specific course transferability.

 Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for an Associate of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences – Area of Concentration in English.

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge about and skills related to human expression for the purpose of transfer or to promote greater opportunity in the workforce.

  • Students will demonstrate competency in interpersonal skills and cultural literacy.

  • Students will think critically to analyze, synthesize and evaluate demonstrations of human expression of written/oral/artistic means.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will create coherent, unified and effectively developed bodies of oral and written forms of communication reflective of purpose and audience, whether creative, academic or career.

  • Students will evaluate and analyze forms of expression, written/oral/artistic, to make judgments, draw inferences, recognize bias.

  • Identify and describe personal connections to particular themes in fine arts and humanities using discipline specific terminology and concepts.

  • Students will demonstrate competency in the foundation of discipline-specific skills in Humanities.

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of English.

Jenna Gallion
Professor and Division Chair

Humanities 39

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A., Oklahoma State University

Tonya A. Shepherd
Professor and Assistant Chair

Humanities 28

B.A., Slippery Rock University
M.A., Carnegie Mellon
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Laura Fiscus
Associate Professor and Chair, Academic Development

Humanities 52

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Brenda Mathews
Administrative Associate

Humanities 67

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Jason Brady
Adjunct Faculty

Humanities 28

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A., Hood College

Gilbert Cochrum
Assistant Professor

Humanities 25

B.A., Frostburg State University
M.F.A., Spalding University

Rachel Katherine Cofield
Associate Professor

Humanities 56

B.A., M.A., West Virginia University

Ashley Dively
Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair, Academic Development

Humanities 51

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A., Millersville University

Heather Greise
Associate Professor

Humanities 54

B.S., Westminster College
M.A., West Virginia University

Matthew Marafino

Bedford Campus, Room 4

B.A., M.A., Georgetown University

Mollie McGee
Early College Faculty


B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A., Northeastern University

Nicole Robinette
Early College Faculty


B.S., Wagner College
M Ed., St. Francis University
Ed. D., Walden University

Tino Wilfong
Associate Professor

Humanities 62

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
M.A. (Sociology), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. (English), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Division Adjuncts


Lynn Bowman
B.A., St. Mary’s College of Maryland; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park

Donna Hogarty
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh

Tracy Reese
B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Simmons College


Molly Stoltz
Ph.D., Duquesne University

Tina Verba
B.A., Slippery Rock University; M.S., Capella University

Barbara Zuchelli
B.A., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; M.Ed., Frostburg State University; Ed.D, Indiana University of Pennsylvania



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