Michael Jacobs

Associate Chair


School of Liberal Arts


B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
D.A., St. John's University

Professional and Teaching Experience

  • Associate Chair, English, School of Liberal Arts, Berkeley College, 2009 – present
  • Faculty, English, School of Liberal Arts, Berkeley College, 2003 – present

Presentations, Publications, and Research

  • “The Language of Crisis: Documenting the Depression,” New York Council for the Humanities’ Speaker Series, 2010 – 2013
  • “From Cotton Pickin’ to Acid Droppin’: James Agee and the New Journalism,”American Literature Association 24th Annual Conference on American Literature, May 2013
  • “Bridging the Ontological Divide: The Documentary Humanism of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” American Literature Association 23rd Annual Conference on American Literature, May 2012
  • “Documentary Humanism: Reinscribing the ‘Other,’” Subversive Discourse from Bottom to Top: Un-Obscuring Plebian Voices in Spenser, Smollett, and Agee, Hunter College Graduate Student Conference, May 2011
  • “My Resolution: A Suburbanite’s Love Letter to the City He’s Neglected,” Resident, January 2010
  • Session Chair, “Landscaping the Political Contexts of Americas’ Narratives,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2009
  • “Fake It Till You Make It: Performativity, Authenticity and the Identity Crisis of the Teaching Student,” 4th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, February 2009
  • “Documenting the Depression,” Southeast Museum, September 2009

Awards and Recognitions

  • Faculty of the Year Award, Excellence in Scholarship and Service, Berkeley College, 2012
  • University Doctor of Arts Fellowship Recipient, St. John’s University, 2006 – 2011
  • Faculty of the Year Award, Excellence in Teaching, Berkeley College, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Director, Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, 2012 – present
  • Member, President’s Strategic Planning Committee, 2012 – present
  • Speaker, New York Council for the Humanities, 2010 – present
  • Member, Modern Language Association, 2009 – present
  • Member, Sigma Tau Delta: The International English Honor Society, 2008 – present
  • Member, Middle States Re-Accreditation Committee, 2007 – present
  • Vice President, Faculty Association, New York, Berkeley College, 2006 – 2009
  • Contributing Editor/Features Writer/Columnist, Blue Dog Press, 2003 – 2004

Other Skills, Interests, and Activities

  • Film and photography, professional musician (drummer)

Press Room
Specialist Topics

20th-Century American Literature, Literary Modernism, New Journalism, Documentary Literature, English Composition

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