Central Penn College - Matthew Vickless

Central Penn College

 

Faculty Who Care

Matthew Vickless, Ph.D

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor of English, Central Penn College (2014-present)
Dean, School of Professional Studies, Central Penn College (2016-2018)
Interim Dean, School of Business, Central Penn College (2017)

PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Apprehending George Dyer in ‘Amicus Redivivus’: Charles Lamb on Miltonic Visionary Poetics,” _Charles Lamb Bulletin_ ns 159 (spring 2014): 20–32.

Contributions to Edited Volumes:
Contributing editor, _The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne_, volume 4 (The Songs and Sonnets), ed. by Albert C. Labriola et. al. (Indiana University Press, forthcoming) 

Web-based Publications:
"On Failure and Fear in the Classroom," CTE@CPC, forthcoming Nov. 2017
"Designing the Efficacious Breakthrough," The Online Lecture Tool Kit, 4 Sept. 2017
"A Quick Technique for Making Your Lectures More Active," CTE@CPC, 31 July 2017

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Dissertation Fellowship, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2012-2013)
Teaching Fellowship, English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2009-2012)
Research Fellowship, English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2006-2009)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / OUTREACH
Trustee, Central Penn College Education Foundation, 2016-present

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Dean, School of Professional Studies, Central Penn College (2016-present)
Interim Dean, School of Business, Central Penn College (2017)
Assistant Professor of English, Central Penn College (2014-present)

Personal Bio
When I'm not helping my partner Melissa raise our son Cillian or manage our two angry chihuahuas, Kiki and Maya, I like to ponder the relative merits and complexities of the Superman versus Batman debate (Superman in my head, Batman in my heart).

Teaching Philosophy

Our word teacher has evolved from a Greek word meaning "to accompany": therefore, my role in the physical or virtual classroom is to guide students towards the objectives of the course, allowing them to reach a milestone on their path to a college degree, helping them realize the skills they already have and gain the confidence to apply those skills in this new and often strange environment of higher education. I draw upon my own experiences as a first-generation college student and as a successful scholar when I design curriculum and facilitate classroom situations that encourage students to actively construct the knowledge they need to perform the outcomes established for them. To facilitate this result, I practice education theorist Mary-Ann Winkelmes's principle of transparency: I try always to clearly communicate the task, purpose, and assessment criteria of each learning activity. I try to earn the trust of my students and thereby reach my ultimate goal--for students to see me as a full partner in their journey towards graduation.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in English - Duquesne University '15
  • Master of Arts in English - Duquesne University '10
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Duquesne University '06
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations - Duquesne University '06

College Composition (I & II), College Composition Enhanced, Selected Topics in Rhetoric, Selected Topics in Literature, Grant Writing and Fundraising, Literature as Work, the Bible as Literature, Oral Communications

  • Todd A Milano Award - 2015
  • Central Penn College President's Award for Faculty Excellence - 2015

Certifications

  • First Course on Servant Leadership, Paytime/Leadership Harrisburg, 16 May 2017