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).

Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinators

Rafit Salam

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

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

Pasqua

Federico Di Pasqua is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center. He received his BA from the University of Rome in 2012 and his MA in Klassiche Philologie from the University of Berlin in 2015. His research focuses on the notion of shame and honor in the Ancient World and Roman ethics. As a New Media Lab fellow, Federico is currently working on a number of digital projects. His work was granted the NML Dewey Digital Teaching Award, in April 2017; the Teaching and Learning Center Grant, in November 2017; and the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, in December 2017.

Papadantonakis

Max Papadantonakis is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department at the City University of New York, the Graduate Center. His research interests are Technology, Sociology of Work, Culture, and Ethnography.

Shoumik Bhattacharya is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.  His work is at the intersection of political economy and cultural studies, with a particular focus on cultural production of and in the Global South. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial theory, gender and queer theory, and the environmental humanities.

Ryan McElhaney is a 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.

William Camponovo’s poetry has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, The Seattle Review, The Los Angeles Review, Best New Poets, 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.

Jack Crawford is a teaching artist, performer, and art history PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on pastiche and abundance in queer performance in the postwar period. She holds a BA from Barnard College and has taught Modern Art at CUNY’s City Tech.

Ryan McElhaney is a 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.

Jules Salomone-Sehr is a philosophy doctoral candidate working primarily in ethics, philosophy of action and social philosophy. His dissertation is about the nature of shared agency.