Adjunct Faculty Members

Lisa Jo Bezner, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Composition and Journalism. Masters in Divinity, Boston University, 2008; B.A. in Creative Writing, College of Santa Fe, 2001. After 14 years working in production and editorial departments of daily newspapers in California, New Mexico and Nebraska, Bezner left to enter the ministry in the United Methodist Church. During seminary she worked in the communications department of the UMC's public policy agency in Washington, D.C.
Special areas of research: literatures of oppression, practical and liberation theologies, and "Shakespeare, Scripture and Social Justice."

Martin Christiansen, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Composition and Business Writing. M.A. in English/Literature, Central Michigan University, 1988. Martin teaches the full range of English and Humanities courses at SUNY Delhi and Morrisville State College at the Norwich campus, as well as Composition and Literature at SUNY Oneonta. He also serves as book production editor for one international theological publishing organization and as webmaster for another.

Eva Davidson, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Intro to Creative Writing, FYS "Scarcity." B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, 1983; M.F.A. Warren Wilson College Program for Writers, 1988. A practicing poet, Eva Davidson has collaborated on several operas and choral works with her sister, composer Tina Davidson. Her poems have been adapted as lyrics and premiered in the operas Billy and Zelda (OperaDelaware 1998) and Summer of the Swans (Capitol Opera, Harrisburg 2009). She has co-written a screenplay, Crossing, and has two working manuscripts of poems, Soon It Will Be Dark, and Dawn Birds. A third opera, Pearl, is in development with author Mary Gordon.   


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Alice Lichtenstein, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Intro. to Creative Writing, Fiction Workshop. B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Boston University.  Alice Lichtenstein was named the Boston University Fellow in Creative Writing. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. She has taught at Boston University, Wheaton College, Lesley College, and the Harvard University Summer School. Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000), a Booksense 76 selection in paperback fiction, was favorably reviewed in The New York Times Review of Books and on National Public Radio; her new novel, Lost, was published by Scribner in March 2010. Lichtenstein has published short stories in several literary journals. Her story "Dead Friends" appears in the current issue of Post Road (Winter 2010); "White Ladies," will appear in Short Story this summer.

Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr., Adjunct Professor.  Course taught: Composition. D.A. in Humanistic Studies (English and Film Studies), SUNY Albany, 2008; M.A. in Media Culture, College of Staten Island, 2001; B.A. in Film Studies, Brooklyn College, 1997.   Prof. MacLeod has been teaching composition courses at Hartwick College for just over two years. His scholarly interests include composition studies, literary studies, film studies, media studies, and communications. He has published multiple book and film reviews in several different journals, including Film and History: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television, Scope, and Southwest Journal of Cultures. Currently, Dr. MacLeod is working on several more book reviews and is expecting his entry on the movie Big to be coming out later this year in a movie and popular culture encyclopedia published by ABC-CLIO.

Brian Madden, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Public Speaking. A fifty-year veteran network broadcast anchor/reporter, news and sports (CNN, FOX TV, ABC, WCBS, NBC radio). On-camera fundraiser, documentaries writer/producer/narrator, public speaker, jazz musician/band leader. Teaching at the college level since 1999.

Irene McManus, Adjunct Professor.  Courses taught at Hartwick College include Composition, Advanced College Writing, American Literature (Civil War to Present), British Literature (Beginnings to 18th Century), and The Campus Novel and Short Story.  Area of specialization: Masonic and occult symbolism in 19th century fiction.

B.A in English and American Literature, Manchester University, 1973. M.A. in American Literature, Manchester University, 1975.  Accepted into Ph.D. program at Manchester, 1976. McManus was Arts Editor of the New Manchester Review in the late1970's before joining the Manchester Guardian as Northern Art and Theatre Critic in 1981. She also wrote full-length features for the Guardian. After meeting her Californian sculptor husband Walter Dusenbery, she lived in Tuscany, Italy, 1986-8, before becoming a permanent upstate New Yorker in 1988.

Publications include a book about the life and work of photorealist painter Carolyn Brady, The Watercolors of Carolyn Brady (1991); Dreamscapes (1994), a book about AIDS-stricken Cuban artist Juan Gonzalez; and an introduction to the parodic work of George Deem in Art School  (Thames & Hudson, 1993, republished by Chronicle Books in 2005).

Mary Miller, Adjunct  Professor. Course taught: Freshman Composition. B.A. Hartwick College, 1973. Graduate Studies, State University College at Oneonta, 1978. Retired from teaching twelfth grade English for 30 years. Email:

Jo Mish, Adjunct Professor.  Courses taught: Creative Writing and Letterpress Printing & the Book Arts.
B.A. in Sociology and Russian Literature, Hartwick College, 1971.  Mish has taught at Hartwick College for over 30 years. His courses include Creative Writing, Letterpress Printing & the Book Arts and International Folkdance. He also works extensively in the local (K-12) Arts In Education Program and edits two (K-12) literary and art magazines covering the works of students from 30 area schools. He was an editor and printer at Swamp Press and now holds that same position at Serpent & Eagle Press. These presses produce fine, handset and hand printed editions of poetry and art. He has five boks of poetry and short stories to his credit.

Danny Pelletier, Adjunct Professor.  Courses taught: Composition and Into. to Creative Writing. M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Goddard College, 2009. A central New York native, Danny Pelletier graduated from Hartwick with an Individual Student Program in creative writing for the page, stage, and screen. As a student he sold one unproduced screenplay and a won third place in the drama category at the Theodore Case Short Film Festival. More recently, his short fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Monkeybicycle, and Night Train. In 2009, he was awarded a Wesleyan Scholarship to the Wesleyan University Writers Conference, and in 2010 his short fiction was nominated for the Million Writers Award. He often contributes arts and entertainment articles to the local culture magazine, Upstate Life. E-mail:

Carol Silverberg, Adjunct Professor. Courses taught: Composition and Advanced Acting. B.A. in Theatre, Pace University, 1989; M.A. in Theatre, Binghamton University, 1995; Ph.D. in English, Binghamton University, 2009.

Karyn Zapach, Adjunct Professor.  Courses taught: American Literature: Beginnings to Civil War, American Literature: Civil War to Present, Frontier and Wilderness in American Literature, and Composition. Education:  M.A. in English, Binghamton University, 2002. B.A. in English and Economics, Hartwick College, 1999. Professor Zapach also teaches College Writing and Literature courses at Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY. She continues to pursue her interest in combining English and Economics, and published an article on Faulkner and the Civil War in the journal Essays in Economics & Business History. Other areas of study that she brings into the classroom include Wilderness Literature and the American West, along with Traditional Andean Culture and Shamanism. Email: