Instructor, English Department
Phone: 814-871-7507
Office: PC 3239
hayes013@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research

Biography

Welcome to Gannon University’s website, and welcome to this page. I’ve taught at Gannon for 10 years, and each year has been more remarkable than the last. It’s true. I’ve had opportunities to explore many areas of composition and literature with students, and each semester new ideas have bubbled up from discussions and projects. Often, in College Composition, in Critical Analysis and Writing, and in First Year Seminars, we put together booklets of student writing. In the English Department’s Drama course, I have investigated with students the evolution of dramatic writing and criticism. During various semesters, I’ve also led classes in Creative Writing, Modern Drama, and Pennsylvania Writers.


Prior to my Gannon years, I was a newspaper reporter for Gannett Newspapers in Westchester County, New York.  Also, I was a freelance writer concentrating on local issues in several areas of the country, including San Rafael, California and Madison, Wisconsin. Drawing on my experiences, I have thoroughly enjoyed guiding students toward recognition of solid, truthful, noteworthy writing, and how to achieve it.

Courses Taught

Instructor of English, Gannon University, 2004 – Present.

Courses taught:
      Drama (literary)
     Modern Drama
     Creative Writing
     Pennsylvania Writers
     Introduction to Literature
     Prose Literature (regular and honors)
     Critical Analysis and Composition (regular and honors)
     College Composition
     First Year Seminar

Instructor (adjunct) of English, Gannon University, 2003 – 2004.

Courses taught:
       College Composition and Critical Analysis and Composition.

Instructor (adjunct) of English, Mercyhurst College, 2003 - 2004.

Courses taught:
    First and second semester Composition.
Instructor of English, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, 1999-2003.

Courses taught:
        College Writing Skills (101)
      Research Writing (102)
      Basic Writing Skills

2.
Instructor of English, Embry-Riddle University, Prescott, AZ, 1999.

Course taught:
       Summer Concentration in English Skills

Instructor in Distance Learning and Outreach, University of Wisconsin, Madison,1993 - 1996.

Courses taught:
      Feature Writing
      Introduction to Journalism

Instructor of English (adjunct), Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI, 1992 – 1995.

Courses taught:
      College English
      Communications
      World Literature
      Vocabulary and Writing
      Creative Writing

Educational History

  • M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT, 1992.
  • Thesis: “Characters and the Cartoon Line: examination of 20th century fiction.”
  • Graduate study: English, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX, 1981 - 1982.

  • B.A. English, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1974.

Publications

  • “Cuts.” The Totem. Erie, PA, 2013.
  • “Commencement.” The Totem, Erie, PA, 2012.
  • “Autumn Sun.“ The Totem, Erie, PA, 2011.
  • “Into the Who, What, Where, When, Why,” Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie,
  •        County, 2010.
  • “A Gentleman, A Grandfather, an Obsolete Man.” The Penny Post, Edinboro, PA 2001.
  • “Possessions.” Northwestern PA Writing Project Newsletter. Erie, 2000.
  • “Books and Writing Board.” Daily in Prodigy System Online, White Plains, NY 1991–1997.            
  • “A Student Verdict on Legal Issues,” among several articles published in The New York
  •       Times,1988-1990.
  • “Ground Water Matters,” among several articles published in The Soundview News. Yonkers,
  •       NY, 1988-1990.
  • “Indians May Help Identify Bones of Indian Chief,” among many features as well as daily reports
  •       In Gannett Westchester Newspapers, Harrison/New Rochelle, NY, 1982-1987.
  • “Press Power: Who Has It In the North Bay?” “Solar Village for Hamilton Air Force Base?” two of
  •      of  thirty-five monthly articles published in Bay Views Magazine. San Rafael, CA, 1978-1981.

Scholarship/Research

  • “What Would Shakespeare Think?” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2012.
  • “Two-Day Poetry Workshop.” St. David’s Christian Writing Conference, Grove City, PA, 2008.

  • “Meeting Chekhov’s Madam Ranevsky.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007.
  • “Make Your Features Sing.” East Texas Writers Conference, Beaumont, TX, 1998.
  • Jefferson Educational Society, Erie, PA, 2010. Presentation: “Pennsylvania Writers.”
  • Women’s History Month, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2005. Presentation: “The Lysistrata Project – And Other News of Our Times.”

  •    Summer Institute, NWPA Writing Project at Gannon University, 2004.
  • .   Leadership: Planned and led writing & teaching seminar founded by Dr. Sally LeVan
  • Women’s History Month, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2003.

        Presentation: “Women in Journalism.”

  •    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Campus-Wide Writing Event, Edinboro, PA,  2001. Host: “Two Writers’ Approaches.” Discussed aspects of the writing process with well-published authors Jim Fisher, writer of nonfiction, and Tom Lipinski, fiction writer.
  • Joint Session of Buffalo & Erie Writing Projects, Chautauqua, NY, 2001. Presentation: Teaming with author Jim Fisher, offered workshop for teaching his book, “Crimson Stain.”

  • University of Wisconsin, Summer and Fall Outreach Programs, 1993 – 1995.  Leadership: Led intensive full-day magazine-writing workshops.

  • New York/Westchester Writers Guild, White Plains, NY, 1990.