Wagner English Faculty Earn National Recognition

Wagner English Faculty Earn National Recognition

Both full-time and part-time faculty in the English Department at Wagner have recently received recognition for their accomplishments.

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Dr. Florescu (left) receiving certificate from MLA president Marianne Hirsch

Dr. Catalina Florescu received a Certificate of Achievement from the Modern Language Association at its annual convention in Chicago this January 2014. This certificate recognizes the efforts of scholars who index materials on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography, an important research tool that all scholars and college students rely on. At Wagner, Dr. Florescu teaches the introduction to literature and world literature classes. She earned her B.A. from the University of Bucharest and her Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Professor Jake Shore won the Excellence in Playwriting Award at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013 for his play "Down the Mountain and Across the Stream." The play was also a top-ten choice for the Stanley Drama Award. It has been published by Indie Theater Now as part of their "Best of FringeNYC 2013" and can purchased from their website. Jake is a graduate of Wagner College and completed his M.F.A. in creative writing at Goddard College. He teaches classes in both introduction to literature and creative writing at Wagner.

Dr. Steven Thomas won the Innovative Course Design Competition from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at its annual convention held in Williamsburg, Virginia this March 2014 for his course titled "Pirates, Puritans, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World." Dr. Thomas, who joined Wagner's faculty in 2012, will be teaching that course at Wagner this coming fall semester.