Tanya K. Zhelezcheva, Assistant Professor

In 1997, I arrived in the United States to undertake graduate work at Missouri State University. After a brief period in the publishing world, I began my doctoral studies at Northeastern University where I studied early modern poetry and prose focusing on Thomas Traherne (ca.1638-1674). My interest range from early modern commonplace books and book history to the aesthetic of the unfinished and early modern passions. While at Northeastern, I also taught college writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines courses.
At QCC, I teach ENGL-101, ENGL-102, and ENGL-217.

In my teaching, I aim to allow students to uncover those questions that spark their curiosity and ignite their capacity to search for answers in group discussions and in individual activities. My goal is to maintain a balance between challenging and supporting students in developing life-long interests and fostering skills such as deep thinking and thoughtful writing. I also use global and diversity learning and service-learning high impact practices to help students make connections between their personal lives and the course readings.

To assist students in their success at QCC and in their professional and academic careers, I am also committed to the work of the Student Mentoring Committee, which I co-chair with Prof. Jan Ross. On this website, I maintain a calendar of conferences, scholarshipsgrants, and publication opportunities for community college students in the humanities.

Ph.D. Northeastern University, 2011
M.A. Missouri State University, 2000
B.A., M.A. St. Cyril and St. Methodius University, Veliko Tarnovo, 1997

“Transparent Problem-Based Learning Across the Disciplines in the Community College Context: Issues and Impacts” co-authored with Andrea Salis, Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Simran Kaur, Kostas Stroumbakis, and Amy Traver. NERA Conference Proceedings (forthcoming)
“Advancing Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning at Queensborough Community College, CUNY,” Peer Review. Co-authored with Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Andrea Salis, Kostas Stroumbakis, and Amy Traver. (forthcoming)

Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, City University of New York, 2016
William Stewart Travel Award, 2015
Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Grant, 2015
Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Grant, 2014
William Stewart Travel Award, 2012

Selected Conferences
Modern Language Association, “Style Is Anywhere: Some Literary Applications of Punctuation”. Paper presented: "The Limits of Non-finito: Thomas Traherne and His Uses of Punctuation", 2015
Northeastern Educational Research Association, “Transparent Problem-Based Learning Across the Disciplines in the Community College Context: Issues and Impacts”, co-presented with Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Andrea Salis, Kostas Stroumbakis, and Amy Traver, 2015
Modern Language Association, “The Praise of Things Felicitous: Thomas Traherne’s Commentaries of Heaven and the Reinvention of Early Modern Encyclopedia”, 2015
Transitions and Transactions II: Literature and Creative Writing Pedagogies in Community Colleges, Borough of Manhattan Community College “Taking Literature Personally: Interpreting Cultural Heritage Artifacts with Literary Texts,” 2014
American Comparative Literature Association, ““When Things Are Ours”: Social Awareness and Hoarding in Thomas Traherne’s Poetry and Prose,” 2014 
Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. “The Ascesis of Happiness in the Works of Thomas Traherne,” 2013 
Fifteen Years after a New Traherne: Future Directions for Thomas Traherne Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. “The Poetics of the Incomplete in the Works of Thomas Traherne,” 2012

Student Mentoring Calendar: Grants, Scholarships, Conferences, Contests for Community College Students in the Humanities

Select Journals for Undergraduate Research

Apollon: Undergraduate Journal
Purdue Jounal of Service-Learning and International Engagement
Young Scholars in Writing
Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research
The Oswald Review
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