Rob McAlear

Rob McAlear

Assistant Professor

English Department-H-429



PhD, MA, English, University of Wisconsin­­­­—Madison

BA, Tufts University, Economics


Teaching Philosophy

Students bring to the classroom a lifetime of experience with communication and stories, but they often cannot see how this experience connects to writing and literature. I see my role in the classroom as activating and extending this knowledge in the context of what we are studying. As we write and study literature, my courses seek to develop students’ rhetorical judgment, use of evidence to make arguments, and capacity for critical reflection.

While most of us attend college to prepare for a future career, I hope students also leave my courses with an appreciation of the many wondrous things there are to study, contemplate, and learn about in a human life.

Interests & Activities

I live in New Jersey with my wife and daughters. When I am not teaching or writing, I spend my time enjoying my family and the outdoors.


McAlear, Rob. “Orientation and Perspective by Incongruity: Seeing and Not seeing in Native Son.” The Journal of American Culture, vol. 43, no. 2, 2020, pp. 111-122.

McAlear, Rob. “Teaching with an Online MLA Module at a Hispanic and Minority-Serving Community College: Design, Implementation, and Results.” Hispanic Educational Technology Services Online Journal. vol. X, Spring 2020, pp. 182-208.

McAlear, Rob and Mark Pedretti. “Writing Toward the End: Student Perceptions of ‘Doneness’ in Academic Writing.” Composition Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, 2016, pp 72-93.

Campus Cultural Centers

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The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.