IONA

Adjunct Faculty

Mary Jane Bishop, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
mbishop@iona.edu

Mary Jane Bishop received her BA and MA degrees from Iona College.  She is a certified ESL teacher, and currently teaches Communication Skills and Writing as well as Foundations and Traditions of Literature.  Ms. Bishop has taught at Iona since 2010.

Dorothy Brophy, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
DBrophy@iona.edu

Professor Dorothy Brophy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Arts degree in English from Iona College.  Her thesis considered the plays of Eugene O’Neill in relation to his exploration of the concept of God.  She has taught at Iona for the English Department since the Fall of 1999, both in regular semesters and Special Sessions.  While focusing on the writing and literature courses in the core, Professor Brophy has also taught major courses in drama, a Learning Community course, and the introductory course for the Columba Academy.  She has authored lessons for Toolbook, the department’s software program on grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.  Professor Brophy has served on the Faculty Senate as the Adjunct Representative for a total of nine years, and in 2012 was elected Secretary of the Senate.  As Secretary of the Senate, Professor Brophy is a member of the Executive Committee, one of the constituent assemblies on the College Council.  In 2011, she served on the Middle States Self-Study Task Force. Professor Brophy received the Faculty Award for Adjunct Instructors in 2010.

Peter Chapin, PhD

Adjunct Professor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2157
pchapin@iona.edu

Peter Chapin received his BA in English and History from Franklin & Marshall College and his MA and PhD in English and American Literature from New York University.  His research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British and American literature, literary theory, and the novel.  Among the courses he has taught at Iona are Literature of the Modern World, Introduction to Literary Studies, and seminars on Gothic fiction and late-nineteenth-century fiction.  His current project is an interdisciplinary study of the fictions of possession of the 1880s and 1890s.

Catherine Crocker, MA, MFA

Adjunct Professor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
Email: ccrocker@iona.edu

Catherine Crocker has taught composition and fiction writing at Iona College since 2009. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. in international relations from Yale University. She received her M.F.A. in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009. She was a reporter in the New York City bureau of The Associated Press from 1986 to 1997.

Marilyn Goler DeRight, MEd

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
mderight@iona.edu
Syracuse University, BA
Syracuse University, MEd
Stanford University, all coursework for PhD in Drama Literature; dissertation topic - early Brecht plays
Taught at Iona for 12 years, after several years at WCC
Taught high school English, Public Speaking and Drama for 14 years. Directed student drama for 10+ years.
Formerly active in all levels of PTA and League of Women Voters

Jane Lewis, PhD

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
JLewis@iona.edu

Jane Amler Lewis holds a PhD from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH in English Literature/Creative Writing.  She is the author of Christopher Columbus’s Jewish Roots, (Aronson, 1991) a main selection of the Jewish Book Club, reviewed in Jerusalem, Budapest, London, Toronto, and major American Cities.   Her children’s book, Haym Salomon: Patriot Banker of the American Revolution (Rosen, 2004), is one in the series of PowerPlus Books, The Library of American Lives and Times..  She has written three novels: The Color of His Blood (iUniverse, 2009), The Fifth Kingdom (iUniverse 2011), and Children of the Covenant (iUniverse, 2012).  Dr. Lewis was honored for The Color of His Blood  by the Sons of the American Revolution, Northern Westchester Chapter; by the League of Women Voters, Northern Westchester Chapter; and a recommended read to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Jane McCrea Chapter. Dr. Lewis also has written nine entries for The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives .  She has been teaching college writing and literature courses for the past eighteen years at Westchester Community College, Manhattan College,  Manhattanville College, and Iona College.

Martin McCormack, JD

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
MMccormack@iona.edu

Martin McCormack received an AB in English, and a JD in NY Law from Fordham University.  He is admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Supreme Court. He taught and practiced International Law in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia, and the Middle East.

He taught Business Law at Iona, and has taught English 120 at Iona since 2006. He has published a series of short stories entitled "Glenwood Road".

Robert McPhilllips, PhD

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
rmcphillips@iona.edu

Robert McPhillips has his BA from Colgate University and his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota.  He wrote his dissertation on Joyce Carol Oates.  In addition to Oates, he has published critical articles on Robert Frost and John Ashbery and the book The New Formalism in American Poetry: A Critical Introduction.  He has also published numerous essays and reviews on contemporary American fiction and poetry.  Since beginning teaching at Iona in 1988, he has taught a wide number of courses including 17th-century British poetry, 20th century British Poetry, Creative Writing, and Humanities in the Honors program.  Most recently, he has taught composition and the introduction to literature surveys.

Michael Sacks

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
msacks@iona.edu

Michael Sacks has served as an Adjunct Instructor of English at Iona College since 2011.  He teaches ENG 120 (Communication Skills: Writing).  He earned his BA and MA degrees in English at Iona College.  Professor Sacks was the Valedictorian of the Iona College Class of 2008, graduating summa cum laude.  During graduate school, he worked as an editorial assistant at The Shakespeare Newsletter, a scholarly journal published by the Iona College Department of English.  Professor Sacks wrote his MA thesis on F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Professor Sacks is a lifelong resident of Westchester County, NY.  He enjoys spending time with family, reading, sports, and movies.

Lawrence Scanlon, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
lscanlon@iona.edu

After retiring from over thirty years at Brewster High School in New York, Lawrence Scanlon began teaching at Iona exactly forty years after he entered as a freshman in 1968. At Brewster, where he chaired the English Department and taught at all grade levels, including both Advanced Placement English courses, he advised the literary magazine, and coached Varsity cross country and track. He also helped to develop a Core Program for ninth graders and an evening alternative high school, both designed for students at risk. He has a BA in English from Iona College and an MA in English from Western Connecticut State University, where he was the recipient of the Graduate Writing Prize. He was also awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education from SUNY. He is co-author of Teaching Non Fiction in AP English, of The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric, of Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking, and the forthcoming Conversations in American Literature, all published by Bedford/ St. Martin's. For ETS he served on the PSAT review committee and on the Test Development Committee for AP English, and since 1995 he has been a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader for the AP English Language Exam. For the College Board and as a private consultant he conducts workshops and institutes for teachers in both AP English Language and Literature throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America—most recently in the United Arab Emirates. He tries to provide for his students the same experience that he remembers having as a student here at Iona.

John Small

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
jsmall@iona.edu

John Small is also an English teacher at Salesian High School.

Paul Spampanato, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
pspampanato@iona.edu

Paul Spampanato received his BA and MA from Iona College and is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature.  He has been published twice in The Shakespeare Newsletter for theatrical reviews on Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Outside of Iona, Paul competes in triathlons, has a promising career in short fiction and has worked as an editor for MTVNetworks.

Jyoti Thomas, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633 - 2401
Email: jthomas@iona.edu
MA, Gujarat University, Ahmadabad in 1994
BA, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmadabad, India in 1992

Jyoti Thomas received her B.A. degree in English literature from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmadabad, India in 1992. She then acquired her M.A. degree in English literature, specializing in American Literature, Modern British Texts, and Classics in Translation from School of Languages, Gujarat University, Ahmadabad in 1994. Jyoti served in R.G. Shah Science College, Ahmedabad as a full-time English lecturer from 1994 to 1998. She joined Monroe College, New York, in 2000, and taught there until December 2011, teaching  Expository Writing, Composition and Literature, Speech Communication, Introduction to Psychology, and English. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in English from St. John’s University, New York.

Kathleen Tully, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
ktully@iona.edu

Kathleen Tully holds a B.A. in English from The College of New Rochelle as well as an MA in English from The University of Pittsburgh, and has completed all courses and examinations required for the PhD in English at New York University, where she focused on twentieth-century literature, including the Irish Literary Movement.   She also received an Advanced Certificate in Education from Pace University.  She has taught at Iona since 2008.  Her community involvement has included six years on the Yorktown Board of Education,  the last as President. Residents of Yorktown Heights, New York, Kathleen and her husband Andrew have four adult children and three grandchildren; they expect to be joined by another grandchild in January of 2014.

Kathy Vail-Maffucci, MA

Adjunct Instructor of English
Phone: (914) 633-2401
kvailmaffucci@iona.edu

Kathy Vail-Maffucci is an adjunct instructor of English and teaches  Communication Skills: Writing I, Foundations & Traditions in Literature and Special Topics in American Literature. Prof. Vail-Maffucci  earned her BA from Iona College and her MA from the Cuny Graduate Center.

Her research and teaching interests include the Modern and Postmodern Novel and Postcolonial Literature and Theory.