About Us

For more information on BMCC’s Writing Across the Curriculum program, e-mail Holly Messitt (hmessitt@bmcc.cuny.edu) or Rifat Salam (rsalam@bmcc.cuny.edu).

WAC Coordinators

Rifat Salam is an Associate Professor of Sociology and a Deputy Chair in the Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

She joined BMCC in 2005 and was introduced to Writing Across the Curriculum in her first semester at the college. Since then, she has presented conference papers on WAC pedagogy and the teaching of sociology and has developed numerous teaching workshops at the meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association. Prof. Salam is an active member of the CUNY WAC Council and serves on the WAC Fellows Professional Development group. Her primary focus in WAC is leading WAC faculty development, developing and implementing policy and new initiatives.

Prof. Salam’s research interests include family, gender, immigration and she is the author of Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American: Family, Gender and Autonomy for Second Generation South Asians. Her current teaching project is exploring ways to incorporate contemplative practices and pedagogy into her Writing Intensive courses.

Holly Messitt has been a WAC coordinator at BMCC since 2011. She is an Associate Professor in the English department and co-editor of New America: Contemporary Literature for a New Society (Autumn House Press). In addition to her academic work, she is Yoga Alliance-certified vinyasa yoga instructor trained at Prema Yoga in Brooklyn.
(Photo courtesy of Marguerite Rivas.)
Christa Baiada is an associate professor in the English Department. A former Writing Fellow, she has been active in BMCC’s WAC program since her second year at the college and regularly teaches WI courses in addition to composition and intensive writing courses. She has been a co-coordinator of the program, working directly with the Writing Fellows, for three years. With a Pd.D. in Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, her areas of scholarship and teaching focus on 20th and 21st Century American literature, Comparative Ethnic American Literatures, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her current research project examines representations of mothers and mothering, in particular of breastfeeding as a maternal practice, in 21st Century American literature.
Mary Sepp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics and joined WAC in fall 2014 as the Scheduling Coordinator. She has been a full-time faculty member at BMCC since 2007 and worked as an adjunct for five years prior to that. Prof. Sepp earned a PhD in linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches linguistics and ESL.

WAC Fellows

William Camponovo, Nick Brosowsky​, Phoebe Rumsey, Ryan McElhaney​, Sarah Lucie, Jack Crawford

Nick Brosowsky is a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has a BA (honours) and MA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, where he studied auditory attention and music perception. He currently works in the Human Cognition and Performance Lab at Brooklyn College under Dr. Matthew Crump, where he studies attention, cognitive control, skilled human performance, and music cognition.

William Camponovo’s poetry has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, The Seattle Review, The Los Angeles Review, and online at Poetry Northwest. With Lost + Found and the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, he has edited and published work by Gregory Corso and Jack Forbes. William has studied poetry and poetics at Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington, Antioch – Los Angeles, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches at Hunter College.

Jack Crawford is a teaching artist, performer, and fifth-year art history PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on strategies of montage and quotation in queer performance in the postwar period. She holds a BA from Barnard College and has taught Modern Art at CUNY’s City Tech.

Sarah Lucie is a PhD Candidate in Theater and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY with an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Her research interests include object performance and the nonhuman environment, and contemporary and postdramatic performance. Sarah’s reviews can be found in PAJ, e-misférica, Puppetry International, as well as Show Business Magazine and The Huffington Post. Sarah is also General Manager of East Coast Artists.

Ryan McElhaney is a fifth year PhD student at the Graduate Center. He focuses on questions in philosophy of mind, especially questions regarding consciousness, the metaphysics of mind and the nature of mental content. Prior to being a WAC fellow, Ryan taught Introduction to Philosophy at City College.

Phoebe Rumsey is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Performance at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, an MA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her research interests include music theatre, embodiment, dance studies, and the performance of nostalgia in revivals. Recent publications include “The New Choreography of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro” published in Musical Theatre Studies Journal. She currently teaches Body Movement and Theatre History at The City College of New York.