Dr. Meg Tarafdar - Assistant Professor, English

Meg Tarafdar

Dr. Meghmala Tarafdar

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Coordinator, Global & Diversity Learning as a High Impact Practice

Global and Diversity Learning (GDL) is a High Impact Practice that provides a framework for exploring multiple perspectives on viewing the interdependent world. Read More... http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/english/faculty/mtarafdar/global_and_diversity_learning.html


I currently teach English Composition and Contemporary Literature in English. I have also taught Technical Writing and World Literature courses in Oklahoma, Texas, and New York.  As a Fulbright scholar, I have led faculty development workshops in India to expand the practice of a contextually based, transformative writing instruction that addresses the needs of diverse, multi-lingual learners. I have facilitated workshops in Effective Communication Skills, Diverse Communication Styles, and related topics in various campuses nationwide in order to support campus initiatives in building an inclusive climate for faculty, staff, and students.

As a web author, I have created online instructional resources and student tutorials for college textbooks. Her research interests include World Literature in Translation, Immigrant Literature, Intercultural Communication, and Online Pedagogy.

In my classes, I implement web-assisted instruction and utilize interactive course components for online and on-site delivery. My assignments are designed to motivate and encourage students in attaining their full potential as students and writers.


Recent Publications:

Tarafdar, Meghmala, Pantaleo, Josephine, and Ellerton, Sharon. “Fostering the Intercultural Learning Cycle through Academic Service Learning (ASL)” in Intercultural Horizons: Intercultural Strategies in Civic Engagement. Ed. Lavinia Bracci, Nevin C. Brown, and Eliza J. Nash. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013.


This volume features papers from the second annual Intercultural Horizons conference held in October 2012 in New York City. The conference was the second in an annual series of meetings; the present volume is a companion to one issued in 2012 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Intercultural Horizons: Best Practices in Intercultural Competence Development). The papers reflect diverse approaches to intercultural education in the North American setting, with a few also looking at its application in diverse cultural settings in other nations. Our authors provide faculty and student perspectives primarily from the level of postsecondary education, although the volume also includes a look at intercultural education at the primary level. Many papers focus on issues of curriculum, teaching and learning in relation to developing intercultural competence in students in North American colleges and universities, particularly, though not exclusively, through the use of service-learning. The papers also touch on another important development moving from the periphery to the core of many institutions of higher education in North America - the university's engagement with the community. Similar efforts are now emerging among many Asian universities and in Europe. Thus, this volume serves as a preview of themes that the International Center for Intercultural Exchange plans to explore in its future conferences. ISBN-10: 1443851620 | ISBN-13: 978-1443851626

Tarafdar, Meghmala. "Teaching Eastern Perspectives in World Literature Courses: An Interdisciplinary Approach." Teaching literature in community college classrooms : traversing practices. Ed. Margaret Barrow; Manya Steinkoler; Susan Arvay; et al. Boston [Mass.] : McGraw Hill, Learning Solutions, ©2013.


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.