Writing Program Welcomes Three New Full-time Lecturers
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Writing Program is pleased to announce the recent hiring of three full-time lecturers, Devin Day, Shakuntala Ray, and Aaron Tillman.
Devin Day recently graduated from the University of Missouri with both an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature with a focus on Contemporary American novels. His dissertation studied literary novelists who adopted the forms of popular genres in order to represent and critique the conditions of capitalism emerging during and after the Great Recession. Day has taught a variety of courses, including first-year writing, Writing About Literature, and the American Literature Survey. Additionally, Day has worked as both a tutor and administrator at the University of Missouri’s Writing Center. Day currently teaches College Writing, our first-year writing course, and serves as a staff member of UMass’s Writing Center.
Shakuntala Ray received an M.A. in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She recently earned a Ph.D. in English, specializing in post-colonial theory and literature, from UMass Amherst. She works on modern global fiction with a focus on the politics of food and modernity. Having taught a variety of courses across departments such as WGSS (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), CSI (Critical Social Inquiry) and STPEC (Social Thought and Political Economy), she is committed to examining interdisciplinary, transnational, and innovative teaching and writing practices. Some of her published essays can be found in journals such as Feminist Review and Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Ray currently teaches College Writing, our first-year writing course, and serves on the Charles Moran Best Text Committee.
Prior to coming to UMass, Aaron Tillman was an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Newbury College, which closed this past May. While at Newbury, he was one of three faculty members who redesigned their Composition sequence to better serve writers of varying experiences and abilities. For this initiative, Newbury received a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. Along with his pedagogical work, Tillman is a fiction writer with research interests in U.S. ethnic literature, magical realism, humor studies, and film studies. His publications include: the short story collection Every Single Bone in my Brain: Stories (2017 Braddock Avenue Books) and Magical American Jew: the Enigma of Difference in Contemporary Jewish American Short Fiction and Film (2017 Lexington Books). Tillman is currently teaching College Writing, our first-year writing course, and serving on the program’s curriculum committee.