Faculty Biography - Holly A. O'Donnell

Title: Instructor

Educational Background:

B.A. English, Florida State University
M.A. English, Queens College, CUNY

Biographical Information:

I have been a part of the Queensborough community since 1999, when I began my career here working as a teacher in the college’s Port of Entry ESL Program while completing my Master’s degree in English at Queens College, CUNY. Following graduation, I taught freshman composition at Queens College and continued serving at Queensborough in several different capacities: I have provided academic counseling and developed outreach programs for incoming freshman as the Co-Coordinator of SAFE (Save All Freshman Early), I have facilitated ACT Writing Exam Workshops for the college’s Instructional Support Services Program, and I have worked as a writing and research assistant in the Office of Admissions. Since the fall of 2003, I have taught remedial writing and reading courses as a full-time instructor in the Department of Basic Educational Skills.

In addition to developing innovative curriculum and pedagogical strategies to prepare remedial students to enroll in credit-bearing college courses, my interests include African-American Literature, particularly the African-American female poetic tradition, feminist theory and gender studies, and writing both fiction and poetry.

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

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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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.