85. Being Drawn to Teaching w/ Cristina Migliaccio

Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum, Dr. Cristina Migliaccio, from CUNY Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY to discuss culturally & linguistically inclusive digital pedagogy, the professional depth & dedication of the Medgar Evers College Adjunct Faculty, loving the craft of teaching, their graduate school experiences, the coded messaging of the phrase, “Oh, you’re one of those,” Cristina’s work with the Calandra Italian American Institute, and so much more.

Dr. Cristina Migliaccio is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Composition at CUNY Medgar Evers College. She received her M.A. in English from CUNY Queens College and her Ph.D. from St. John’s University in 2017. Her dissertation, “Language, Materiality, and Citizenship in Digital Spaces,” explores critical digital pedagogy as a pathway to cultural inclusivity in the higher ed classroom. She has taught face-to-face and online literature, composition, and professional writing courses since 2008. She has extensive experience as a writing center consultant. Her research interests include postcolonial digital humanities, translingual/transmodal literacy and pedagogy, and Italian-American and Italian Diaspora Studies. Her essays appear in peer-reviewed journals such as Educause Review Online and Open Words: Access and English Studies Online.

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“It’s overwhelming the amount of digital tools out there and the things you can use.” –Cristina Migliaccio

“I think we realized early on, at least on the composition committee at Medgar that too many technological entry points were going to be fatalistic.” –Cristina Migliaccio

“I feel like a very rich culture of sharing methods and materials evolved through [the pandemic].” –Cristina Migliaccio

“There’s not a lot of turnover in our Adjunct Faculty. Some of them have been here for years and they are dedicated in a way I have yet to experience. Usually, a lot of faculty in those roles are passing through at other institutions I’ve been at, [but] at Medgar it is [a] dedicated faculty that are local in many cases […] and they are very dedicated to the mission of the college and the students of our college.”
–Cristina Migliaccio

“I want to bring this professional development, specific to culturally inclusive/linguistically inclusive digital pedagogy, and that concerns writing, writing across the college and hopefully communities too.”
–Cristina Migliaccio

“[Medgar Evers College] is embedded in the fabric of the community, it’s not a siloed campus […] we are the city. We’re Crown Heights.”
–Cristina Migliaccio

“I think the reason why I came to this profession is because of all these experiences where you were told, ‘You’re one of those, [or] whatever you are, you’re not one of us.’” –Cristina Migliaccio

“Comments like, ‘Oh, you’re one of those,’ you know, because I was a CUNY grad or considering CUNY jobs, it’s like, whatever, nothing I hadn’t heard before.” –Cristina Migliaccio

“Am I drawn to teaching over writing the scholarly article? Yes! Yes! I’m drawn towards the material.” –Cristina Migliaccio

This episode was recorded on February 11th, 2022. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. The theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

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