Dr. Christine E. Atkins earned a B.A. in English from Villanova University, an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the University at Albany.
Dr. Atkins teaches Composition I and II, Modern Poetry, Creative Writing: Poetry, Major African-American Writers, The Short Story, and Special Topics Courses in Holocaust Literature, and Women’s Literature. She is the chair of the Diversity Council, and helped to create CCC’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on the representation of sexual violence in the work of Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, and the playwright Joan Shenkar as well as book reviews in scholarly journals such as College Literature. She has presented on pedagogy and the teaching of diversity at numerous professional conferences including MLA, CCCC, and NEMLA.
On campus Dr. Atkins has worked closely as an advisor to multiple student groups including The Crier (Student Newspaper) and EQUAL (formerly the Gay Straight Alliance). She is also the co-organizer of the College Roundtables and founder of Lunch Poems. She received the President’s Sustainability Incentive Grant to pilot a One Book, One College program during the 2013-2014 academic year using Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
When I am not teaching, reading, or writing, I enjoy climbing hills, biking, downhill skiing, skateboarding, spending time with family and friends, and dancing.