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About Mr. Alig



EDUCATION: B.A., ENGLISH: UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR, cum laude (1994); M.A., ENGLISH (2001); State Teaching License: English (7-12)

CLASSES (2018-2019): English I, Effective Writing

After graduating from St. Xavier in 1990, I attended Xavier University, earning a B.A. in English as well as both a minor in philosophy and certification in secondary education.  I also hold an M.A. in English which I earned at Xavier University in December, 2001.  During my studies, I took courses in such subjects as Renaissance (non-Shakespearean) drama, Shakespearean drama, women's literature, literary theory, narrative fiction, rhetoric, British Romantic poetry, metaphysical poetry, contemporary experimental American poetry, theories of writing and of teaching writing, African-American literature, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, symbolic logic, and ethics.

Since beginning my career at Elder in 1994, I have taught English I, English II, English III, Studies in Poetry, Film Critique, Literary Monsters, and Effective Writing.  I also have served as chairperson of the English Department since 2007. In addition to my duties as department chairperson and classroom teacher, I also serve as an instructional mentor.  As such, I am afforded the opportunity to collaborate with the other departmant chairpersons and my colleagues outside the English department.  Additionally, this role allows me to help plan professional development activites for the faculty.

I stay busy outside the classroom, too:  I am an assistant cross country coach. When cross country season is over, I intermittently run with the Polar Panthers and, in the spring, with the track and field distance runners.  Additionally, I enjoy attending school sporting events (not only cross country and track), dances, and other extra-curricular activities.  Last, I serve as a member of the Education Commission at my grade school alma mater, Our Lady of Lourdes.