About Mr. Alig
FIRST YEAR TEACHING: 1994
FIRST YEAR TEACHING AT ELDER: 1994
EDUCATION: B.A., ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR, cum laude (1994); M.A., ENGLISH (2001); State Teaching License: English (grades 7-12)
CLASSES (2021-2022): 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 licensure 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.
I stay busy outside the classroom, too: I am an assistant cross country coach. Additionally, I enjoy attending school sporting events (not only cross country meets), dances, and other extra-curricular activities. Last, I serve as a weekend Mass usher at my grade school alma mater, Our Lady of Lourdes.