Doctoral Student Spotlights

Regine Rossi

English Education

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The faculty are top-notch. I was fortunate enough to have several different options as I returned to school, and what made the difference in the end was the chance to work with - to work CLOSELY with - really intelligent, really dedicated people who care not only about education but about me as an educator.
My academic passion is:
Teacher education
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be running an English teacher education program at a college or university with a track record of producing inner-city teachers
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Walking around and keeping my eyes and ears open - there is NO place like New York!
A hobby I have is:
Yelling at the television - I love to watch college sports
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Otto for a nice dinner... Campus Eatery for a cup of coffee
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Preparing English teachers who will help the kids who need them the most
I'm interested in this topic because:
I know what a good teacher can do for a student
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Teaching in the inner city - at the school from which I graduated!
Research or scholar I most admire:
Gerald Graff
Professor who has influenced me the most:
John Mayher
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
My dissertation, which is on how teacher educators conceive of writing instruction
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
The 2009 AERA Division K Graduate Seminar
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Doctoral Seminar for Teacher Educators, Spring 2007
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Always having someone interesting, smart, and supportive to talk to

Background Information

Where you grew up:
South Florida, although I'm originally from Long Island and have always spent a lot of time in the city
Career Goals:
College- or university-based English teacher educator, with an interest in academic administration