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 and adapting to student needs. 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. I provide guidance, models and practice activities to help students develop their own voices and gain confidence as writers.
Dr. 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 has two essays scheduled for publication: “What to do with Supergirl?: Fairy Tales Tropes, Female Power and Conflicted Feminist Discourse” and “Dumbledore’s Army A Case for Peer Tutoring." She also is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays exploring educational pedagogy within the Harry Potter series. Rovan has presented scholarly work at numerous regional and national conferences on literature and teaching.
She and her husband, Professor Aaron Rovan, also are the proud parents of two little girls, Matilda and Lucy. He is president of his own communications consulting firm, serves as a consultant to the bilingual newspaper La Voz Latina Central and is the author of The Creative Energy of Positive Thinking.
- Doctor of Philosophy in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Master of Arts in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Bachelor of Arts in English, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, W.Va.
- CTE Certificate of Assessment – Central Penn College
- CTE Certificate of Reflective Teaching – Central Penn College
- CTE Teaching Certificate – Central Penn College
- Experienced Faculty Enrichment Course Certificate – Magna Commons
- Online Teaching Certification – Central Penn College
- Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate – Duquesne University
- CTE Advanced Teaching Certificate – Duquesne University
- CTE Teaching Certificate – Duquesne University