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Michael Chojnowski

Adjunct Instructor
(585) 395-5986
mchojnow@brockport.edu
Office: 245 LAB
   

 

Employment History

  • Monroe Community College (2005-)
    1000 E Henrietta Rd
    Rochester, NY, 14623
    Positions Held:
    • Assistant Professor English Department
    • Writing Center Tutor
    Courses Taught:
    • English 101: Composition
    • English 105: Introduction to Literature

    Details: Entry level college writing course. Strong emphasis in the following discourses: descriptive writing, compare & contrast, persuasion, and research based essays. Diverse student body population allowed for familiarity with wide range of students and learning styles. Extensive tutoring hours during each semester allowed for further development of one on one mentoring skills and the solidification of mechanical issues involved with writing process itself. Literature class introduced students to three primary genres; short fiction, poetry and drama. Class had a strong emphasis on teaching literary devices as well as literary criticism in tandem with analyzing primary texts.

  • Genesee Community College (2006-)
    One College Road
    Batavia, NY, 14020
    Positions Held:
    • Adjunct Instructor English Department
    • Writing Center Tutor
    Courses Taught:
    • ENG 101: English Communications I
    • ENG 102: English Communications II
    • ENG 105: Writing in the Humanities

    Details: Three courses varied heavily with content and subject matter. ENG 101 focused intensely with the development of research methods and applications in the writing discourses, notably informative and persuasive. Students were also introduced to such discourses as compare & contrast, descriptive, and narration. ENG 102 built on principles established in introductory course. This class had a strong emphasis on technical writing and non-fiction/journalism style writing. The core methods taught were observational writing, expressive and argumentative. The final project had the students writing empirical based research papers devoted to a particular scientific field of study. Unlike other courses taught, this one emphasized APA format structure as opposed to the traditional MLA style. ENG 105 worked as an introductory course to the humanities. Broader than an introduction to literature course, this one focused on all forms of art falling in the humanities field. Students are taught how to write upon and analyze poetry, short stories, novels, plays, movies, works of art, and musical compositions. The final research paper for this course allows the students to work with literary criticism for the first time. Writing center duties at this school primarily dealt with foreign exchange students. Allowed for the development of further fundamental principles incorporated in the writing process.

  • SUNY College at Brockport (2008-)
    350 New Campus Drive
    Brockport, NY, 14420
    Positions Held:
    • Adjunct Instructor English/Composition Department
    Courses Taught:
    • ENL 102: Fundamentals of College Composition
    • ENL 112: College Composition

    Details: Worked with a Teaching Assistant in the ENL 102 courses as a coordinated effort to expand student learning objectives beyond the classroom. This lead to extended lecture time, more depth with in class writing assignments, and an overall emphasis on revision. I also worked with the coordinator of the Composition program with the yearly assessment procedures for Composition students, as far as evaluating student progress and criteria of assignments. Also conducted a brief presentation to full time English faculty in an effort to introduce new and successful applications of modern media and technology to the classroom and the modern student.

  • e-path Communications Inc. (2007-)
    5110 Eisenhower Blvd
    Tampa FL, 33634
    Positions Held:
    • Corporate Editor

    Details: Worked on editing the proposal for the creation of the telecommunications company in conjunction with CEO and President Joe Tortoretti. Continue to lend services as editor for company updates and business publications.

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts, SUNY Fredonia State College
    Major: English
    GPA: 3.7

    Concentration: Critical thinking skills, notably working with the theories and discourses of Foucault and William Spanos. Also studied Greek Tragedy extensively under two different Professors, specifically the Richmond Lattimore translations of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripidies.

  • Bachelor of Arts, SUNY Fredonia State College (2000-2003)
    Major: English
    GPA: 3.2
    Minor: Native American Studies
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    Concentration: British Romantic Poetry, English Novel, American Literature.

  • NYS Regents High School Diploma, Hilton Central High School (1996-2000)
    GPA: 3.4
    Graduated with honors
    Awarded AP Scholar Award by The College Board

    Concentration: Business, English, Mathematics

Awards

  • Fall 2010 - Promotion; Rank increased to Assistant Professor from Adjunct Instructor at Monroe Community College after five years teaching within the department. Promotion was granted after classroom observation, evaluation, and letter of intent.
  • Fall 2007 - “The Golden Apple Award” Received at Genesee Community College, certificate recognizing transformational teachers. (Nominated and voted on by student body)

Professional Qualifications

Proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint

Extensive experience with one-on-one tutoring sessions with students

Four outstanding evaluations on file with English Department at MCC

Strong track record of positive evaluations from students at both colleges

Comfort and ease with developing new course syllabuses based on established criteria

Interests

December 2007 - Donated over 500 comic books and graphic novels to the Greece Public Library in order for them to create and establish a new section in their young adult area. Goal is to allow kids to access comics from familiarity with recent comic book film adaptations and hopefully will have them furthering their reading skills and will find other areas of interest through them as well.

Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated 3/16/18

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