Dr. Beth Counihan - English

Dr. Beth Counihan

Name: Beth Counihan, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, Graduate Center-CUNY, 2005
  • M.A. in English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, Lehman College-CUNY, 1997
  • B.A. in English, Fordham University, 1989

Courses I Teach:

EN101 Learning Community paired with BU500 taught by Marilyn Katz of the Business Department.

EN102 Introduction to Literature with a theme of food

EN219:  Reading and Writing About New York

Teaching Philosophy:

I run a relaxed and supportive classroom -- but be prepared to work! Developing the ability to read and write critically and analytically takes time and patience—it’s a lifelong project. In my classes, we do a variety of activities including group work, in class writing, internet research—even going on field trips.  We work on study skills as well: how to take notes, keep organized, and use our time wisely.

Interests and Activities:

Ethnography, History of the English Language, Drama, Portrait Photography

Editor-in-Chief, QueensZine, The College’s Interdisciplinary Online Journal of Arts and Ideas


-“When I Wake Up in the Morning, It All Depends on What I Want to Do:’ An Ethnography of Leisure in the Lives of Elderly Women.” Journal of Aging, the Humanities and the Arts. Volume II, Number 1 (Jan-March 08), 25-35.

-“Storytelling as Scholarship: A Writerly Approach to Research” with Sondra Perl, Tim McCormack and Emily Schnee in English Education NCTE: Vol 39.4 (July 07) 306-325.

-“Using Hatha Yoga Breathing Assignments: An Essai” in Shelton-Colangelo, Sharon and Carolina Mancuso, eds. Teaching with Joy: Educational Practices for the Twenty-First Century. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield, 2006, 25-28.

Recommended Web Sites:

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.