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​English Composition Faculty




David Finley, Lead Faculty
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Williams ENGL222
david.finley@cgc.edu
(480) 988-8607
David Finley was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina, in the shadow of Cold Mountain, and spent time growing up on the east coast of Florida near Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center.  He attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in literature, philosophy, and psychology and a minor in German, including a summer studying abroad.  He received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University with an emphasis in modernism and American literature, writing his thesis on William Faulkner.  Since graduation, he has taught a wide range of writing courses, including developmental writing, first-year composition, and personal and exploratory writing. He has also taught courses in contemporary American and world literature and film, as well as other humanities courses in the Maricopa Community College District, including at South Mountain Community College and GateWay Community College.  He’s been full-time faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community since 2005, and his current research interests include Southern literature, German literature, war literature, travel writing, and the works of Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, and Denis Johnson.  He also has special interest in film adaptation, especially within the genres of crime fiction, westerns, and road stories, as well as in foreign film, remakes, and sequels.  In his free-time, Professor Finley enjoys reading, cooking, photography, and traveling in support of his intellectual interests, including as part of an NEH Summer Seminar on "German Exile Culture in California" at Stanford Univeristy and as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome studying the works of Michelangelo.  Currently, he teaches ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III, ENG 101/102 First-Year Composition, ENG 217 Personal & Exploratory Writing, ENH 254 Literature & Film, ENH 255 Contemporary U.S. Literature & Film, HUM 108 Contemporary Humanities, HUM 205 Introduction to Cinema, and HUM 245 Introduction to Holocaust Studies. He also serves as the Director of the Prague Study Abroad Program, as well as Co-Coordinator of the Learning Communities Program and CGC's First-Year Composition Program.



Dr. Diane Chardon, Co-Lead
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Williams EGEL211
diane.chardon@cgc.edu
(480) 988-8254
Dr. Diane Chardon attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in French literature and linguistics. Later, she attended Arizona State University and completed a Master of Arts in Linguistics before continuing on for her Ph.D in English with an emphasis in composition, rhetoric, and linguistics. Dr. Chardon has taught writing courses ranging from developmental English to advanced persuasive writing, as well as introductory linguistics and student success classes at the college. In addition to facilitating student learning and personal development and strengthening students' writing and critical thinking skills in the classroom, Dr. Chardon coordinates CGCC’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative, is co-coordinator of CGCC's First-Year Composition Program, and serves as the Faculty Liaison for CGCC’s Writing Center. She has facilitated numerous professional development workshops for middle school, high school, and college faculty from a wide array of disciplines, including such diverse areas as English, aviation, sociology, math, history, fine arts, physics, and biology. She served as lead English faculty for the NSF-funded Communication in Science Inquiry Project for several years and has a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Before coming to CGCC in 2000, Dr. Chardon taught composition, linguistics, and bilingual education courses at Arizona State University for nine years. Currently, she teaches ENG 101 First-Year Composition, including a specialized overcoming writing anxiety section of ENG 101, and ENH 251 Mythology.



John Dean
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature

john.dean.iii@cgc.edu

John Dean came of age in Arizona after a childhood spent in small towns in Illinois and Arkansas.  After graduating from Chandler High School and attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Professor Dean earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arizona State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Texas State University in San Marcos.  He has taught developmental writing and first-year composition at CGCC since 2012.  Before returning to Arizona, Professor Dean taught writing at Texas-State for four years.  In addition to teaching, he serves on the One World Committee and the Service Learning Committee at CGCC.  His academic interests include film theory, creative writing, composition studies, and social justice.  He is a recent graduate of the Maricopa Excellence in Teaching program and participated in the 2017 Maricopa Summer Institute.  Before his teaching career, Professor Dean worked as a journalist and editor for publications in California and Arizona.  He has also served as the creative non-fiction editor at Front Porch Journal and as an assistant editor at American Short Fiction.  Currently, Professor Dean teaches ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III and ENG 101 First-Year Composition, as well as ENH 255 Contemporary U.S. Literature & Film on Saturdays this fall.



Miguel Fernandez
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos EST202
miguel.fernandez@cgc.edu
(480) 726-4052
Miguel Fernandez serves as first-year composition and literature faculty as well as the Faculty Liaison for Veteran Students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  Born and raised in Harlem, he was an MLK Scholar at New York University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.  He then studied Comparative Literature and Technology at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.  He is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute, Executive Producer of 2016’s documentary, From War to Wisdom, and a board member at Ability360, Arizona's largest facility for Independent Living. Professor Fernandez has received several teaching awards, including the 2012 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award’s Community College Educator of the Year, a 2013 League of Innovation’s Roueche Excellence Award, a 2014 Diversity Advisory Council Award, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation 2015 Employee Recognition Award for his work with student veterans.  Currently, he teaches ENG 101 and ENG 102 in face-to-face and online versions, as well as in learning communities with business.  He also teaches ENH 110 Intro. to Literature in a standard version, for business students, and as The Veteran Experience.



Gregg  Fields
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature

gregory.fields@cgc.edu

Gregg Fields began his academic career as a theater performance and production double major, completing nearly seventy productions before deciding to pause on formal education. He then worked construction for the next eight years, the last five of which allowed him to complete his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in literature and writing with an emphasis on writing at California State University at San Marcos, where he also interned briefly in CSU’s Writing Center. Then four years ago, Professor Fields moved to Arizona to pursue his doctorate at Arizona State University in the Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies program.  During his first year in the doctoral program, he began working at CGC as a tutor in the Writing Center and has served as an adjunct faculty for the last three years, having participated in designing and teaching in learning communities with faculty from chemistry, business, and mathematics. 



Patrick Michael Finn
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos IRN245
patrick.finn@cgc.edu
(480) 857-5543

Patrick Michael Finn was born in Joliet, Illinois, and has lived in the desert Southwest since 1989.  He completed his Associate of Arts degree at Riverside Community College in California and then a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Riverside.  He continued on to receive his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.  Professor Finn is the author of two books: the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich and the short story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet, named a Best Book of 2012 in GQ Magazine.  Professor Finn has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona, Western Nebraska Community College, and at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where he received the Teaching Excellence Award.  In 2007, he began teaching at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where he founded the college’s Creative Writing Program and The Gila River Review, CGCC's own online art and literary journal.  He’s currently at work on a novel and a new collection of stories. Professor Finn teaches CRW 150 Intro. to Creative Writing, CRW 170 Intro. to Fiction Writing, CRW 270 the Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop, and occasionally sections of ENG 101 First-Year Composition.




Dr. Heather Horn
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos EST210
heather.horn@cgc.edu
(480) 857-5193
Dr. Heather Horn is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lived in Washington, California, and Texas before moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she finished high school.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Rice University, spending a year in France on fellowship, and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving her Master's degree and Ph.D in Comparative Literature, with a focus on European literature and film.  She began teaching literature courses while at UW-Madison and has taught English composition since 1995.  She also taught in the Writing Program at the University of California in Santa Barbara before joining Chandler-Gilbert Community College in 2003, where she currently teaches developmental and transfer-level composition, as well as literature and film courses.  Dr. Horn’s interest in the emotional and attitudinal factors that influence student success has led her to frequent attendance at Learning and the Brain conferences and to a number of Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Professional Growth independent summer research projects on topics including integrative learning, mindfulness in education, the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, ADHD, self-regulation, and pro-social behaviors such as compassion.  She has attended summer institutes sponsored by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and the Greater Good Science Center.  Dr. Horn is a passionate advocate for learning communities, which she teaches every semester.  This fall, she will teach with Dr. Mary Zimmerer in the COMPASS Learning Community, as well as teaching ENG 091 with ENG 101 following the Accelerated Learning Program model.  During the spring, she will teach ENG 102 and an LC that combines ENG 101 with ENH 255 Contemporary U.S. Literature & Film and focuses on utopias and dystopias in contemporary adolescent literature and film.



Dr. Mickey  Marsee
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
EST 201
mickey.marsee@cgc.edu

Dr. Mickey Marsee has lived all across the United States, including in a number of Southern and Midwestern states, before moving to California where she began her formal education at Cypress Junior College, a two-year college in southern California. After transferring to Chapman University, she earned Bachelor degrees in English and history and then continued her graduate education at the University of New Mexico, where she received her Master of Arts and Ph.D in English and rhetoric with specializations in genre literature and popular science writing.
Before joining CGCC, Dr. Marsee taught at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos for over twenty years, including the occasional upper division/graduate classes for the main campus in Albuquerque and UNM-Taos in science and medical writing, American naturalism and realism, and writing for the arts. Considered a "Jill-of-all-Trades," she has taught a variety of courses (live, hybrid, and online), including film and popular fiction genres, first-year composition, technical/professional writing, women's studies, and environmental justice; however, she was best known on her previous campus for monster fiction and film, Greek mythology, and themed composition courses. To hone her online teaching skills, she also occasionally taught for Southern New Hampshire University’s online composition program. Professor Marsee brings to her teaching a sense of positivism and wonderment, a desire to collaborate with students and colleagues as well as an interdisciplinary vision so that students can be exposed to a variety of ways to see the world.
For the last 25 years, she has lived in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico in Los Alamos where she enjoys hiking, biking, and sometimes just the magnificent view. Despite staying put the last few decades, Dr. Marsee’s main passion is for travel, whether it is a "staycation" or overseas. She also considers herself a “foodie,” a movie nerd, a world-class boogie-boarder, and a lover of all things vintage. She is proud to be a part of CGC and anxious to explore the wonders of Arizona! She will teach ENG 101 First-Year Composition for the CCL Division this fall semester.



Prof. Wendy Matar
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos IRN251
wendy.matar@cgc.edu
(480) 726-4050
Professor Wendy Matar is a sixth generation Arizonan with a western ranching background on both sides of her family.  She began her college career as a pre-law student at Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, before continuing on at ASU for her Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition, and then completing her doctoral course work in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. 
 
As a first-generation college student, Professor Matar  understands the value of education firsthand, and she finds herself drawn to educational institutions and the entire vibe of learning.  Every semester, she invites students to join her in a journey of discovery.  She promises to "show up" and expects them to do the same.  And since communication is vital to life,  it is her goal to encourage the understanding of communication strategies and how to employ them in different situations, hoping to help students to actively participate in and shape their various cultures and communities.  Her personal interests include hiking, travel, the outdoors, fitness and sporting activities, memoirs, reading, music, film, and everything Disney.  Professor Matar and her family enjoy sharing authentic Lebanese food with eclectic groups of friends.  Currently, she teaches ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III in the Accelerated Learning Program and multiple sections of ENG 101/102 First-Year Composition each semester.  
 



Dr. Teri Moser
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos EST103
teri.moser@cgc.edu
(480) 857-5120
Dr. Teri Moser received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in philosophy and then a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University. As part of her program of study at Utah State, she studied at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, taking courses in the Humanities and French. She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in English. Her areas of specialty include American literature, medieval literature, and twentieth-century British literature, as well as composition theory and rhetoric. Her Master's thesis focused on the works of John Fowles, a British author: “The Use of History in the Novels of John Fowles.” Her dissertation focused on environmental literature, specifically the works of Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Barbara Kingsolver, and Starhawk: “Silence of the Dispossessed: Restoring ‘Voice’ to the ‘Other’ in Selected Twentieth Century Novels.”

Dr. Moser has been teaching since 1984, beginning at Utah State University and later at Arizona State University, both as a teaching assistant and as a teaching associate. She started teaching part-time at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the Fall of 1995 and fell in love with the campus, the people, and especially the students. She has been teaching full-time at CGCC since 2001. She has had the opportunity to work in several areas in addition to teaching her courses. In addition to being the Service-Learning program faculty liaison in the past, she has also served as co-director of the Honors Program as well as co-director of the Writing Program for several years. She currently serves as Lead Faculty for Humanities & English Humanities and teaches both face-to-face classes as well as in hybrid and online formats, including ENG 102 First-Year Composition in an online learning community; ENG 200 Reading & Writing About Literature; ENH 241/242 The American Literature Survey, ENH 260 Literature of the Southwest, HUM 108 Contemporary Humanities, and HUM 251 Ideas & Values in the Humanities.



Dr. Yvonne Reineke
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos EST221
yvonne.reineke@cgcmail.maricopa.edu
(480) 732-7237
Dr. Yvonne Reineke grew up in Michigan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English and German at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master's in English at Wayne State University in Detroit.  She then earned her Ph.D in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Critical Theory at the University of California, Irvine.  At Wayne State, she worked part-time as a copy editor at Wayne State University Press; later, she worked full-time as the editor of the Journal of Macroeconomics.  Her first tenured position took her to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the American Studies Department.  Her courses included representations of California in literature and film, contemporary American fiction, and ethnic studies.  While there, she enjoyed the experience of team-teaching with colleagues in cultural anthropology, literary history, and film studies, her first in-depth introduction to the pleasures and challenges of teaching in learning communities.  After a sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she eventually returned to UA to teach graduate courses in theory and contemporary literature for the Comparative Cultural & Literary Studies Program, first-year composition for the English Department, as well as humanities courses for the Humanities Program at UA and at Pima Community College. S he also worked as Acquisitions Editor for archaeology and anthropology full-time at the University of Arizona Press, where she enjoyed helping authors develop their book projects from start to finish.
 
Her love of teaching lies in helping students succeed in achieving their life and career goals.  In her free time, she enjoys learning about new things, gardening, travel, cooking, walking, camping, yoga, reading, and languages (German, French, Spanish).  Dr. Reineke also helps connect faculty and students to sustainability and experiential learning in the Environmental Tech Center, an outdoor garden/learning lab at CGCC.  Currently, as residential faculty at CGCC, she teaches a wide range of courses, including ENG 101 First-Year Composition, HUM 201 Universal Themes in the Humanities, HUM 250/251 Ideas & Values in the Humanities, and ENH 221/222, the survey of British Literature sequence for students interested in teaching high school English.  She is dedicated to learning communities and serves on the LC Committee, teaching an LC that combines PSY 101 with ENG 101 each spring with Dr. Belinda Ramos.



Prof. Renee Rude
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos IRN248
renee.rude@cgc.edu
(480) 732-7029
Professor Renee Rude was born and raised in Arizona and completed her Bachelor's in English at Northern Arizona University, where she is currently completing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on English Education.  She has fifteen years of teaching experience in English composition, Education courses, and ESL.  Professor Rude serves as CGCC's Dual Enrollment Supervisor in addition to being an English faculty member.  She believes in the value of service learning and was named Educator of the Year in 2016 by the Si Se Puede Foundation.  The Arizona English Teachers' Association awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2017 for her service as the Treasurer and Conference Chair for the past nine years.  She is also involved in national writing projects with the National Council of Teachers of English, who awarded her a Leadership award in 2012.  Her passion for incorporating service learning into her curriculum is tied to Aristotle's belief that "Education of the mind without education of the heart is no education at all."  She believes that the learning that students experience is retained far beyond the actual learning experience as it impacts them as leaders and activists in their own civic lives.  Currently, Professor Rude teaches ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III and both parts of First-Year Composition (ENG 101 and ENG 102), usually pairing them with the appropriate Reading course and team-teaching them in a 6-credit learning community.



Prof. Donna Thompson
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos AGA1377
donna.thompson@cgc.edu
(480) 857-5534
Professor Donna Thompson grew up in the Industrial North and attended public schools in Flint, Michigan, where she was a member of the physics club, the math team, and the tuba section of the marching band in high school.  Although she arrived at college in New Haven, Connecticut, intending to major in chemistry, the poetry muse lured her away from the laboratory, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Yale University with an emphasis in British Studies.  She also completed the Yale in London Program during which she studied art history at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.  After leaving Yale, Professor Thompson received a fellowship for graduate study which led her to Duke University, where she earned a Master of Arts in English literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  In graduate school, her areas of specialization included Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Christology, Medieval and Early Modern Women, and Feminist Theory.  As a graduate student, she participated in the Duke Chapel Choir and Duke’s musical theater troupe, Hoof-N-Horn.  She served as a member of the President’s Council on Black Affairs and the Advisory Council for Women’s Studies.  She has also completed additional coursework in education, eLearning, history of science, gender and science, and women’s history.
 
On a national level, she has served on the Governing Council of the National Women’s Studies Association as the Chair of Ethics, Equity, Diversity and Accessibility Committee and as the At-Large Caucus representative.  In 2009, Thompson was selected as one of twenty participants  from across the U.S. for the Ford Foundation Summer Institute for Junior Faculty, entitled “Women of Color: Theory and Activism,” held at the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center in conjunction with the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).  At NWSA, she also served as the co-chair of the Community College Caucus and as chair of the Early Modern Women Interest Group.
 
Within the Maricopa District, Professor Thompson completed a two-year term as the district's Program Coordinator for Faculty of Color Recruitment and currently chairs the Women’s & Gender Studies as well as Ethnic Studies Instructional Councils.  At CGCC, she serves as Program Coordinator for Co-Curricular Activities, and in this capacity she works with staff and students to enrich student learning and development through the implementation of non-classroom activities and experiences which connect to students' in-class learning outcomes.  Her teaching experience ranges from residential public high schools, to community colleges and universities.  She began her career as a composition, literature, and gender studies instructor for the Duke University Writing and Women’s Studies Programs.  She also taught for the Duke Talent Identification Program and served as a scientific writing instructor in Duke’s Preparing Minorities for Academic Careers Program.  She created and taught courses in writing, American literature, American history, film, and African-American Studies at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina.  As a member of the faculty at the Illinois Math & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, she taught sophomore and senior level courses in literature.  She continued her teaching career as a founding faculty member at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington, where she taught composition, gender studies, drama, multicultural communication, and college strategies for six years.  At CGCC, she serves as the lead faculty for Women & Gender Studies. Outside of academe, Professor Thompson worked as a writing evaluator for Measurement Incorporated, an associate test developer for the ACT, and at the Becton Engineering & Applied Sciences Library.
 
Professor Thompson is the author of a variety of publications ranging from scholarly articles in gender studies to creative non-fiction. Recent publications include “Moving Images: LGBTQ Films for A New Millennium,” co-written with Dr. Fabio Correa for the Boston Pride Guide (2017),  and “Petticoats, Pumps, Pantyhose, and Pussy: Creating Student Success Through A Women’s Studies Learning Community,” co-written with Paquita Garatea, which is under review as a chapter in the forthcoming book Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges.  She has published creative writing in three issues of The Wetlands Review and also authored the following personal essays: “We Denied Our Sisterhood” and “Prioritizing Race,” published in Engaging Feminism: Students Speak Up & Speak Out; and “Beloved and the Family Vacation” and “Searching,” published in Celebrating Women: Twenty Years of Coeducation at Yale College. 
 
Professor Thompson is a fervent Detroit Red Wings devotee and a perpetually optimistic Detroit Lions fan.  In her spare time, she enjoys bowling, playing ice hockey, watching Judge Judy, attending plays and the symphony, playing the trombone, and pretending she’s a Broadway musical star.  Currently, Professor Thompson teaches WST 100 Intro. to Women & Gender Studies, WST 200 Essential Feminist Thought, WST/ENH 285 Contemporary Women Writers, WST/HUM 209 Women & Films, and ENG 101/102 First-Year Composition.



Prof. Keziah J. Tinkle-Williams
English Composition Faculty
Composition Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos AGA1376
j.williams@cgc.edu
(480) 726-4125
Professor Keziah J. Tinkle-Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Spokane, Washington, before finally moving to Arizona in 2008 with her husband and four sons.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and a Master's degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communications from Eastern Washington University.  Her life has definitely been an adventure as she has traveled around the United States and the globe while in the United States Navy, living in both Florida and Guam and visiting Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Mexico, and Canada over the years.  She is the guardian of many cats and dogs, a visual artist, a Zumba instructor, a student of the art of ballet, and a self-proclaimed "life-long learner."  Professor Tinkle-Williams is an avid reader of young adult novels, self-improvement texts, and any other books of randomness that pique her ever-curious mind.  Similarly, her taste in movie genres follows this same pattern as she loves a good, old-fashioned, high school movie; sci-fi adventures; psychological thrillers; documentaries; and nearly any movie based on a book.  Last semester, she completed her coursework for the Visual Arts program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College since  learning is her first love, and she thoroughly enjoys being a perpetual student.  After ten years of teaching experience at the university level, the last five years have been as Residential Faculty in the Composition, Creative Writing & Literature Division at CGCC.  What she enjoys most about teaching is working with students and opening their minds to new possibilities, capitalizing on the opportunities to not only educate students about writing genres but to also slowly erode away the mental constructs of cultural ignorance.  Currently, she teaches ENG 101/102 First-Year Composition, ENG 111 Technical & Professional Writing, ENH 251 Mythology, and PED 101 Zumba.  She will also teach AFR 110 Introduction to African-American Studies in a learning community this spring semester with ENH 114 African-American Literature, taught by her husband, Dr. Patrick Williams.



Malik Toms
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature

malik.toms@cgc.edu
(480) 726-4098

Malik Toms was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and is a 20-year veteran of the pen and keyboard.  He did his undergraduate work in Sociology at Iowa State University, before returning there to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree.  He published his first short story at the age 18 after two years of "No thanks."  Since then, his short stories and other writings have appeared in 30 role-playing gamebooks as well as a fantasy/science-fiction anthology, earning him 7 Ennie Awards and multiple Origins Award nominations.

Through his studies and writing, Professor Toms has had the opportunity to work alongside New York Times Best Sellers, such as Michael Stackpole and Stephen Dedman, as well as literature luminaries, like Jane Smiley and Evelina Galang.  Professor Toms brings his writing experience into the classroom where he teaches CRW 272 Planning & Structuring the Novel, CRW 274 Revising the Novel, ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III, ENG 102 First-Year Composition, and ENH 251 Mythology, as well as ENH 254 Literature & Film with a sci-fi focus in the summer.  Presently, he also serves as CGCC's co-adviser for the Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society.




Patrick Williams
English Composition Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature
Pecos AGA1378
patrick.williams@cgc.edu
(480) 857-5007
Dr. Patrick Williams was born in Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Germany, and spent seventeen years living in Augsburg, Munich, and Crailsheim in southern Bavaria.  He then moved to the United States and lived primarily on the east coast in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. before beginning his collegiate life in Washington State.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a focus in Secondary English, and a Master of Arts in English, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, from Eastern Washington University.  His Doctorate in Education is in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education, especially the community college, from Northern Arizona University.  His dissertation, entitled Playing with the Elephant in the Room: Faculty-Student Interaction in Developmental English, examined under-prepared students' perceptions of faculty personality and behavior and how these factors influenced their persistence and retention.  For a decade, he taught English at his alma mater as a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer, before obtaining a Residential Faculty English position at CGCC, where he has taught for the past nine years.  He currently serves as Lead Faculty for Developmental English and has served as an adviser to the MCCCD Minority Male Initiative's Male Empowerment Network, Co-Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction for the Dual Enrollment English Program, and Service Learning Faculty Liaison.  He co-Emcee's the annual Stand & Deliver Poetry Slam for students and members of the East Valley community every April.  As an undergraduate, he began his career in higher education by tutoring in his university's Writing Center.  During that time, he was also an indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I collegiate sprinter, competing in the 400 meters.  He credits his successful professional academic career to being able to teach, present, and work alongside his wife, and colleague, Professor Keziah Tinkle-Williams.  Together they have four sons.  Dr. Williams currently teaches ENG 081 Preparatory Academic Writing II, ENG 091 Preparatory Academic Writing III, and ENG 101/102 First-Year Composition, as well as ENH 110 Intro. to Literature, ENH 114 African-American Literature, and ENH 255 Contemporary U.S. Literature & Film.