PhD, Fordham University (2012)
MA, SUNY Buffalo (2003)
BA, Georgetown University (2000)
Graduate Studies Committee, 2018-. Appointed by faculty in Criminal Justice Division to direct graduate research in Hilbert College’s Master’s programs in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.
Faculty sponsor for Hilbert College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. 2013-present. Oversaw two members’ conference presentations at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference in Louisville, KY and at a professional conference (the College English Association) in Hilton Head, SC, both in March 2017. Expanded membership beyond the major.
Academic Advisor to 10-20 undergraduates in Criminal Justice Division, 2012-2018.
Interim Writing Coordinator, Academic Services, Spring 2018. Serve as professional writing tutor for students in every discipline, including graduate students. Host workshops in grammar, APA format, and MLA format to meet fundamental needs of students, faculty, and staff at Hilbert.
Provost Advisory Committee on Diversity, member, 2014-2016. Co-created “Stand Up to Bias” campaign to report campus microagressions. Served as panelist explaining political rhetoric on “The Politics of Hate” panel, March 2016.
Faculty Representative on Search Committee to hire new Provost/ Vice President of Academic Affairs, 2016-2017.
Faculty Development Committee member, 2016-2018. Design in-house pedagogy training and judge in-house grant applications and awards.
Mentored as part of the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus of the Northeast Modern Language Association, 2016.
Faculty Senate Vice President, 2014-2016.
Middle States Steering Committee Member, leader of the “Admissions/ Retention” and “Student Services” work group, 2014-16.
Franciscan Intellectual Tradition seminar participant, hosted by St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College, Spring 2016.
Co-Chair for New York College English Association Fall Conference, “Digital Domains,” hosted by Hilbert College, October 9-10, 2015. Hamburg, NY.
The British Novel
Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Domesticity and Architecture
Canisius College, Adjunct Professor
Fordham University, Teaching Fellow
Writing in the Humanities, 2014-2017. This core requirement fosters an informed appreciation of various genres of literature. Created textbook with readings specifically for this course.
College Writing, 2012-2017 and Advanced College Writing, 2013-17. These core courses emphasize the writing of formal expository and argumentative essays. Designed the courses to promote students’ reflection on personal and societal values.
Victorian Literature, Fall 2013, Spring 2016. This upper-level course deepens English majors’ experience with British literature by allowing them to examine the nineteenth century in detail. Created one syllabus based on postcolonial “hauntings” throughout the texts; created second syllabus centered on “the criminal mind” in literature.
Major Literary Figure: The Brontës, Fall 2014. This Capstone course required of graduating English majors emphasized the lives and major writings of the Brontës. Oversaw independent research projects and oral examinations of all students in the course.
City in Literature, Spring 2014. This upper-level course for English majors examines the image of the city in the literature and philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Survey of British Literature I, Spring 2017. This interdisciplinary course covers British literature and culture from the middle ages through the Restoration, Spring 2017.
Survey of British Literature II, Fall 2012, Fall 2017. Romanticism Through Contemporary. A requirement for English majors, this course gives the student foundational literary history to serve for more advanced courses in English. Created syllabus based on theme of identity development.
Literature and the American Experience, Fall 2015. This interdisciplinary course was team-taught with a senior faculty member of the History Department. Students read a broad range of fiction focused on four cities, including Chicago, and considered in-depth historical contexts.
Women and Literature, Spring 2017. This interdisciplinary course considers British and American women’s history through their writing from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries.
Mythology, Spring 2017. This upper-level interdisciplinary course surveys the broad category of World Mythology, covering thematic categories (creation, fertility, hero) in order to examine the ways myths of the world reveal cultural similarities and differences.
Survey of World Literature I, Spring 2014, Spring 2018. This course introduces students from a range of disciplines to some of the fundamental texts of world literature.
Modern Language Association
North American Victorian Studies Association
International Society for the Study of Narrative
British Women Writers Association
College English Association
Hilbert College Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, May 2017.
Hilbert College Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, May 2015.
Scholarship to attend seminar “Chicago and the Creation of the Modern American City” hosted by the Newberry Library, Chicago. Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in 2014.
Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Nominee for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012.
Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2011-2012. University-wide competitive award providing full support.
Distinguished Research Fellowship, Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2010-2011. University-wide competitive award providing full support.
Summer Fellowship, Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2010.
Charles Donahue Prize for Graduate Student Paper, Fordham University Department of English, 2010.
Dissertation Research Support Grant, Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2010.
Rare Book School, Tuition Scholarship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2010. Participated in a seminar “Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1830-1910” led by Sue Allen.
Departmental Summer Award, Fordham University, 2009.
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2008. Participated in a seminar “Recognition, Camouflage, Espionage” led by Elizabeth Povinelli, 2008.
Scholarship to attend School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, awarded by Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2008.
Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University, 2006-2011.
"A Portable Hearth in Great Expectations: Pip's Search for Home in London," English Studies (forthcoming 2018).
Editorial work on 10 texts included in the Broadview Anthology of Expository Writing Volume 4. 2018. Contributed discussion questions, adding footnotes, and copyediting newly-added texts.
Rev. of Reading Constellations: Urban Modernity in Victorian Fiction by Patricia McKee. Modern Philology 113.2. (November 2015): E115-E117. Web.
Oxford Companion to the Book. Thirty-five signed entries on book history and print culture. Ed. Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010.
“Labour Leader,” “The Nonconformist,” and “Red Republican and Friend of the People.” The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Ed. Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor. London: British Library, and Ghent: Academia P, 2008.
Megan Burke Witzleben is an Assistant Professor of English at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. Specializing in material aspects of Victorian literature, she focuses on book history as well as the intersection of architecture and character theory. Her research examines domestic environments as tools depicting interiority in the works of Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and E.M. Forster. Current projects include a book in development on the British home during the age of Empire.
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