Margot Diekmann Edlin

Margot Edlin

Associate Professor

English Department, Humanities Building, H 324


Telephone:  (718) 281-5518

Teacher’s College, Columbia University: Ed.D in Curriculum and Teaching; 2007

Adelphi University: M.A. in Secondary Education – English; 1994

Adelphi University: M.A. in English Literature – 1990

Hofstra University: B.A. in English Literature; minor Communication Arts; 1985


My philosophy is that all students can learn and achieve their desired goals. I believe in fostering an environment where students can learn at their own pace and set their own goals, while still adhering to the learning outcomes for the course and without sacrificing academic rigor. I believe in meeting students where they are when they enter my classroom. I do not believe in having preconceived expectations of what they should know. I feel it is my job to guide them to reach the expected course outcomes by the end of the semester. My door is open to them during the semester, throughout their career at CUNY, and should they choose, after they leave and pursue their career goals.

Dr. Edlin has been a full-time member of the faculty at QCC since 2003; first as an instructor and then Assistant and Associate Professor in the Academic Literacy Department, and as Associate Professor in the Department of English since 2016. She also served as an adjunct to both departments in 1996. She teaches in the ALP program, English 101 and has taught English 102 as an independent study. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she serves as on the Academic Senate, The Faculty Executive Committee, and on various departmental committees and initiatives. She volunteers as a Peer Evaluator and Reviewer on the Substantive Change Review Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.



Liao, Hsiang-Ann; Edlin, Margot A.; & Ferdenzi, Anita. (2014). Persistence at an urban community college: The implications of self-efficacy and motivation.  Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 0: 1-17. Online DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2012.676499

Liao, Hsiang-Ann; Ferdenzi, Anita, & Edlin, Margot A. (2012). International students at an urban community college: Motivation, self-regulated learning efficacy, and academic achievement. The Community College Enterprise; 18, 2. 9-38.

Edlin, Margot; Lannes, Patricia; & Bateman, Kitty. (2013). Strengthening Immigrant Voices through Museum-Community College Partnerships. Diversity & Democracy, 16, 1. 26-27.

Edlin, Margot. (2012). The Image as Text: Using art images and VTS to teach developmental reading skills in college. VTS Newsletter. June 12, 2012.

Edlin, Margot A. In Rochford, Regina A. & Pantaleo, Josephine. Test Taking Tips for the ACT Reading Compass Exam and Practice Reading Passages. Pearson Custom Publishing; Spring 2012.  Adapted 2 additional reading passages and prepared questions.

Edlin, Margot A. In Rochford, Regina A. & Pantaleo, Josephine. Test Taking Tips for the ACT Reading Compass Exam and Practice Reading Passages. Pearson Custom Publishing; 2009.  Adapted 5 reading passages and prepared questions.

Edlin, Margot A. Enacting a Multi-Year Professional Development Initiative: Making It Work; Monograph; VDM Verlag – Dr. Muller; 2008.

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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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.