Faculty Who Care
Marcie Rovan, Ph.D.
Director of First Year Writing
Marcie Rovan is an assistant professor of English and serves as the director of first year writing. She obtained her doctorate in English from Duquesne University, with a focus on children's literature and literary modernism. Her dissertation research focused on linguistics, educational philosophy, discourses of childhood and identity politics at the turn of the century. She has published an article titled, "The ‘Broken Mirror’: Casualties of Nation-Building in Train to Pakistan," and she has presented scholarly work at numerous conferences on literature and teaching.
I am originally from the Pittsburgh area, and I come from a large Italian family (my Nana has six children, 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren). My husband and I share a love of reading, cooking, baking, gardening and traveling, but we have had less time to pursue these hobbies recently. We have just welcomed our first child into the world, a beautiful baby girl named Matilda.
Students must be engaged in order to learn. I believe it is the instructor's role to promote this engagement by sharing his or her passion with students. When students are passionate about their topics, they write better papers and the process is more enjoyable for both student and instructor. One positive writing experience can reshape how students view their relationship with the written word. Because of this, I encourage creative expression and strive to help students find a way of making each assignment relevant to their own interests and experiences.
- Conference Travel Grant, Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), 2014
- Conference Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), 2012
- Eleanor Holveck Essay Award for Women's and Gender Studies, Duquesne University, 2011
- Conference Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), 2011