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Eileen Ferretti


Eileen Ferretti, Associate Professor, has been a member of the full-time faculty at Kingsborough since 1998.  Before her election as Department Chair in 2011, she served for ten years as Director of the Developmental English Program, a position that tapped into her professional interests in academic literacy and access to higher education. Under Eileen’s guidance, the Developmental English curriculum was restructured and small teacher communities were formed to serve as think tanks and collaborative assessment groups.  The program was honored to receive the Two-Year College Association’s “Outstanding Programs in English Award” in 2009.

In addition to her position as Chairperson of the English Department, Eileen is a member of Kingsborough’s College Council and Curriculum Committee, and she serves on the Student Appeal’s Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Scepter, the student newspaper. University-wide, Eileen is now a co-chair of the English Discipline Council, and she recently participated in the CUNY Task Force that constructed the new Writing Assessment Exam (CATW). On a national level she regularly presents at 4C’s and NCTE. She has published articles on the cultural conflicts of adult working class women in college and on facilitating professional development workshops for high school and college teachers. 

Eileen is the mother of two adult children. She has been married to her husband, John, since 1969.  They live with their six cats in the Brooklyn neighborhood where they grew up.



Ph.D. in English, Graduate Center, City University of New York
M. Phil. Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A. Queens College (enroute)
B.A. in English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

College Teaching

Eileen has taught at all levels of developmental English, Freshman English, and a variety of literature courses, in particular Women and Literature at Kingsborough. Before coming to Kingsborough as an adjunct lecturer in 1992, she taught Freshman English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Baruch College.

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Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

Phi Beta Kappa -- Brooklyn College (1989)
Council on Basic Writing -- Fellowship Award (2005)
Two-Year College Association – Outstanding Program in English Award (2009)
President's Innovation Award: "Serving the Literacy Goals of At-Risk Students through an Integrated Approach to Faculty Development and Curriculum Design" (2013)

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