Facilitators & Collaborators

The MLA Teaching Institute curriculum was originally designed in 2018 by a steering committee with the support of a planning grant from the Teagle Foundation. The members are as follows:

  • Greg Campbell, Deputy Executive Director, Community College Humanities Association, and Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Stacey Donohue, Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College, former member of the MLA Committee on K–16 Alliance, and former President of the Association of Departments of English
  • Jessica Edwards, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Scholar, Center for the Study of Diversity, University of Delaware
  • Michael Jacobs, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monroe Community College (NY) 
  • Paula M. Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association
  • Jody Millward, Professor of English, Santa Barbara City College
  • Steve Olsen, Head of Special Projects, Modern Language Association
  • Andy Rusnak, Director, Community College Humanities Association, and Associate Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County
  • James Seitz, Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia
  • Amardeep Singh, Professor of English at Lehigh University
  • Howard Tinberg, Professor Emeritus and Professor of English at Bristol Community College, Massachusetts, and former Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Nicole B. Wallack, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University and Senior Associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College

The curriculum was then piloted by the following faculty facilitators with the support of an implementation grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2019: 

  • Stacey Donohue, Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College, former member of the MLA Committee on K–16 Alliance, and former President of the Association of Departments of English
  • Howard Tinberg, Professor Emeritus and Professor of English at Bristol Community College, Massachusetts, and former Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Nicole Wallack, Senior Lecturer-in-Discipline in English and Comparative Literature and director of the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University, and Senior Associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College

The curriculum was further developed and adapted by the expertise of the following additional faculty facilitators in 2021 and 2022:

  • Jessica Edwards, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Scholar at the Center for the Study of Diversity at University of Delaware
  • David Green, Associate Professor of English and the Director of First-Year Writing at Howard University, and Secretary of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
  • Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa, Writing Studies Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Lisa King, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Together, they also acknowledge the contributions of those whose research and action have shaped this initiative, including collaborators at Teaching Institute sites:

  • Rachel Arteaga, Associate Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington
  • Danelle Dyckhoff, Director of First-Year Writing at California State University at Los Angeles
  • James Van Wyck, Assistant Dean for Professional Development at Princeton University
  • Katherine Weiss, Associate Dean at California State University at Los Angeles
  • Kathleen Woodward, Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington

As the program has evolved, the Teaching Institutes have also emphasized key issues facing students and instructors at AOIs in different regions. These foci include attention to anti-racist pedagogy at University of Missouri, St. Louis, the needs of students at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) at California State University at Sonoma, the needs of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at East State Tennessee State University, first-generation scholars at California State University at Los Angeles, and Indigenous rhetorics and the practice of creating Living Land Acknowledgements at Princeton University. Guest speakers included:

  • Ellen Carillo, Professor of English at University of Connecticut and Writing Center Coordinator at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury 
  • Jenae Cohn, Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at University of California, Berkeley
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of Medieval Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ
  • Alexandria Lockett, Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College
  • Khirsten L. Scott, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa, Writing Studies Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

In 2023, the Teaching institutes were held at four new regional sites. The 2023 faculty facilitators were:

  • Connie Caskey, Chair of Communications at Jefferson State Community College (AL)
  • Paige Eggebrecht, Faculty Advisor to the Writing Center and Lecturer in the Writing Program at Brandeis University
  • Leslie Goetsch, professor of English at George Mason University and Director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project
  • Darin Jensen, professor of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies at Salt Lake Community College
  • Chris Kervina, Interim Associate Dean at Northern Virginia Community College and PhD candidate in Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University
  • Christopher Minnix, professor of English at University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Nicholas Papas, professor and program coordinator of ALP and Reading at Middlesex Community College (MA)
  • Christie Toth, professor of Writing and Rhetoric Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah