Jonathan M. Alexander

EDUCATION

Ph.D. English, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

            Dissertation: “Composing the Self, Communing in Silence: Voice and Identity in Poetry of the Holocaust.” May 2001.

 

M.A. English, West Chester University (PA).  Thesis: Fiction manuscript entitled, “What Goes Around.” August 1994.

 

B.A. English, Widener University (PA). May 1992.

 

HONORS, AWARDS, and DISTINCTIONS

Promoted to Associate Professor, May 2013

Promoted to Assistant Professor, May 2009

Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching Excellence, 2008.

Awarded Tenure, Burlington County College, January 2007.

Burlington County College Professor of the Year, 2006.

Student Government Advisor of the Year, 2006.

Widener University Alumni Keynote Address to Freshmen, September 2005.

Burlington County College Professor of the Year, 2001.

 

PUBLICATIONS

First Response: Reflections of September 11th, August 2002.

A collection of 100+ essays, poems and personal narratives.

 

Bookends I and II, (DVD) March, November 2004.

A series of informal faculty chats to assist students with the task of literary analysis.

 

John Updike: In His Own Words, (VHS), Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, Radnor, PA, April 1996.  (Adopted by Films for the Humanities American Authors Series.)

 

“The Holocaust: Literature and Representation,” Conference proceedings from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, November 2006.

 

“The Search for a Friendly Face: An Analysis of Two Testimonial Narratives,” Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, PSU Dubois, PA, March 1998.

 

REVIEWS

To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century by John M. Cox, for Pearson Prentice Hall, December 2012.

 

Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism and the Problem of English by Alan Rosen, for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, October 2006.

 

“Evaluating a Performance: A Brief Drama Supplement” by Michael L. Greenwald, for Longman Publishers, July 2001.

 

The Terror of Our Days: Four American Poets Respond to the Holocaust by Harriet L. Parmet, for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, November 2001.

 

Persecution, Extermination, Literature, by Sem Dresden, for Studies in the Humanities, August 1996.

 

The Ironist’s Cage: Memory, Trauma, and the Construction of History, by Michael S. Roth, for Studies in the Humanities, September 1996.

 

The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing, 4th Edition, by Kim and Michael Flachmann for Prentice Hall Publishers, October 1996.

 

Writing Paragraphs and Essays, 4th Edition, by Joy Wingerski, for Thompson/Heinle Publishers, March 2003.

 

“New Jersey English Benchmarks,” Burlington County College, 2005.

 

“Creative Writing Curriculum,” Bordentown Regional School District, May 1999.

 

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Holocaust Remembrance Service Interfaith Keynote Address,” Temple Har Zion, Mt. Holly, NJ, April 24, 2009.

 

“Scholars’ Academy: Accessing Genocide through History, Cinema, and Poetry,” Burlington County College, November 2007.

 

“Uncovering the Curriculum,” Community College Showcase Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 1998.

 

“Unraveling Theory in Freshman English,” South Central MLA Conference, New Orleans, LA, 1998.

 

“A Voice in Conflict: Primo Levi and Poetic Silence,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Symposium on “The Holocaust: Postwar Literature and Representation,” Washington, DC, May 21-24, 2001.

 

“The Function of Dysfunction: Custom, Ritual and Psychology in Modern Literature,” Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Honors Institute, Frostburg State University, MD, June 2001. Invited to deliver again at the Community College of Baltimore County’s International Education Week, November 2001.

 

“Divided We Fall,” Bux-Mont Jewish Community Center Film Series, Blue Bell, PA, February 2002.

 

“Fostering Commitment and Collaboration Through a Community of Learners: A Cross-Curricular Approach,” video-documentary, League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, Boston, MA, March 2002.

 

“Developing Our Craft,” Faculty in-service, Burlington County College, March 2001.

 

“Applications of the Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Across Disciplines,” Faculty in-service, Burlington County College, April 2001.

 

“The Culture of Cheating,” Faculty Panel, Burlington County College, April 2003.

 

“Academic Expectations,” Faculty Panel, Burlington County College, January 2000, August 2001, September 2006.

 

CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

“How and Why to Memorialize Horrific Events,” Mercer County Community College, May 1, 2013

 

“Combating Hatred: International Conference on Human Rights,” Kean University, NJ, January 29, 2010.

 

Association of New Jersey Holocaust Organizations, Princeton / Monroe / Lawrenceville, NJ, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.

 

South Jersey Alliance Spring Conference: “Who’s Sitting in My Classroom? and What Does It Mean To Me?” The New Jersey Project, Gloucester County College, 1999.

“The Holocaust and Contemporary Ethics,” Richard Stockton College, NJ, November 3, 1999.

 

“Confronting the Holocaust Through Literature and Testimony: An Evening with Dr. Lawrence Langer,” Kean University, NJ, November 29, 1999.

 

Middle States Conference on Outcomes Assessment, Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 2000.

 

30th Annual International Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, St. Joseph’s University, PA, March 4-7, 2000.

 

“Speech and Silence: Poetry of the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, April 9, 2000.

 

Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Honors Institute, Cedar Crest College, PA, June 9-10, 2000.

 

Effective Instructional Strategies, Burlington County College, NJ, October 2001.

 

Holocaust Teachers’ Institute, Kean University, Union, NJ, March 2002.

 

Council of Holocaust Educators, Jewish Federation MetroWest, Whippany, NJ, October 2003.

 

“Teaching Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Community Colleges,” Queensborough Community College, NY, August 10-11, 2003.

 

New Jersey Community College General Education Work Group, Mercer County College, January 2004; Bergen Community College, September 2004.

 

Outcomes Assessment Workshops, Educational Alliance, BCC, March 2004.

 

SCHOLARSHIP and ACTIVITIES at Burlington County College

Center for Social Justice, Founding Director

Civility Fund / Civility Award, Founding Director

Student Code of Conduct Committee, Chair

Creative Writers Guild, Founding Advisor

Student Literary Magazine Regio, Editor

Middle States Self-Study, Subcommittee Chair

Kristallnacht Memorial Service

Movie and a Message, Discussion Facilitator

Leon Alexander Prize for Creative Writing, Founding Administrator

Phi Theta Kappa, Hallmark Advisor

Academic Standards Committee

General Education Program Review Committee

Instructional Affairs Committee

Grade Appeals Committee

Faculty Senate, Secretary

Faculty Association Executive Committee

Faculty Association Scholarship Committee

Faculty Association, Social Committee Chair

Faculty Association, Lead Negotiator

Lewis M. Parker Student Leader of the Year Award Selection Committee

Valedictorian Selection Committee

Adjunct Interviewer / Hiring Committees

Adjunct “Coffee House” Mentoring Program

Visiting Holocaust Lecturer Series, Coordinator

“September 11th Solidarity Vigil,” Co-organizer

Director, The Diary of Anne Frank, BCC Student Theatrical Production

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Semi Annual Trip Coordinator

“Shakespeare in London,” Educational Travel Leader

September 11th First Anniversary Memorial Program, Co-organizer

President’s Educational Alliance Team Member

 

Curriculum Development

“The History of Genocide,” HIS 213

“Poetry of the Holocaust,” LIT 216

“The Holocaust in World Literature,” LIT 217

“Shakespeare and Renaissance Master Playwrights,” LIT 265

“Learning Communities,” ENG 101 / PSY 101 and ENG 102 / PHI 101

“Junior / Senior Seminar—Search for Identity” BCC/FDU Partnership

 

MEMBERSHIPS and AFFILIATIONS

            Association of New Jersey Holocaust Organizations

            Community College Humanities Association

            Council of Holocaust Educators (Inaugural Member)

Modern Language Association

National Council of Teachers of English

New Jersey Education Association

Editorial Advisory Board, Collegiate Press Handbook

 

                                                                                                (Rev. June 2013)