I've devoted 30 years teaching developmental reading, writing, vocabulary development, and critical thinking to under prepared college freshmen. Before that, I taught Grades 7-8 for four years.
Interactive, creative, and supportive
1987: Received the Carl Naish Award for "unselfish dedication to students" from the Millard Fillmore College Student Association at the University at Buffalo. 1994: Selected by freshmen as the faculty/administrator that "made the biggest difference" during their first semester at D'Youville College. 1996: Received the “Women Helping Women” award from the Buffalo/Niagara chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW). 1996: Received recognition for 10 years of service to D’Youville College. 2002: Selected Employee of the Month at Niagara University. 2003: Honored by Niagara University’s Multicultural and International Student Affairs Office for “outstanding dedication and commitment to furthering the success of students.” 2003: Received the Outstanding Professional Service award from the New York College Learning Skills Association (NYCLSA). 2004: Listed in the 24th edition of Who’s Who of American Women (2004-2005). 2006: Acknowledged by Michael J. Strada in The Benefits of Model Syllabi (University Press of America, 2006, p. 6, 53, 172) for my work on writing comprehensive course syllabi. 2010: Received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, NY. 2017: Received the Gladys R. Shaw Award for Outstanding Service to Developmental Students from National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)
B.A. SUNY at Fredonia in Elementary Education and English. Ed.M. University at Buffalo in English Instruction, with a focus on composition theory, a minor in teaching English as a Second Language, and a specialty in writing instruction. Some of my graduate work was done at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
Book: Sharon’s Simple Study Strategies for College Success (Whittier Publications). Booklet: A D’Youville Student’s Guide to the Treasures of Buffalo & Western New York (self-published, 1996). Journal articles: "Sexism in Developmental Education: Tackling the Demon" in Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, Spring, 1993 (Volume 9, Issue 2). "Increasing Students’ College-Level Vocabulary by Collaborating with Faculty" in Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, Fall 2013 (Volume 30, Issue 1). Professional articles: “Rotating Chair: Encouraging Student Participation and Breaking Down Classroom Hierarchy” in Teaching, published by the Office of Teaching Effectiveness, University at Buffalo), September 1992 (Volume VII, Issue 1). “Bagels and the New York Times” in Using National Newspapers in the College Classroom: Resources to Improve Teaching and Learning, edited by Steven Knowlton and Betsy O. Barefoot, 1999 (published by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and The New York Times). “Reading Well: The Cornerstone to College Success” in Off to Campus, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions. “Insights from the Other Side of the Desk” in At the Center, newsletter of the Office of Academic Support at Niagara University, March 2001. “Developing a ‘Mini’ Course in Vocabulary” in newsletter of the Michigan Developmental Educational Consortium (MDEC), Winter 2002. “Bethlehem Steel: Then and Now,” distributed to all Fall 2003 freshmen for Niagara Reads, Niagara University’s freshman summer reading program; also distributed at the Steel Plant Museum, Lackawanna, New York. “Readability Study of Textbooks Used in Introductory Courses at Niagara University,” May 2000 (unpublished). “Language Acquisition at Niagara University,” written for all Niagara University faculty in 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015 (http://www.niagara.edu/assets/oas/Language- Acquisition-in-College.pdf). Conference proceedings: “Increasing Students’ College-Level Vocabulary by Collaborating with Faculty” in Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators (PADE) 2014 Annual Conference Proceedings, edited by Drs. Albert Siha and Sandy Harrill, at http://www.pade-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PADE-2014- Proceedings.pdf.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, World Language, Latin, Other (World Language), Other (Specialty), African Studies, English, Other, Critical Thinking, Literature, Basic Reading, ESL / ELL / EFL, Writing, Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading, African History