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In her 42 years of teaching at Fordham, Professor Kristin Lauer fostered the varied aspirations of her legions of devoted students--from dancers to those in law and law enforcement, from social workers to professional writers--by sharing her passionate belief in the great usefulness to life of writing well and studying the examples of great writers.

This scholarship will annually draw attention to a student who has embraced the major with a demonstrated sense of direction and purpose. She might have an internship where her music reviews are already appearing on-line.  He might be volunteering as a tutor of English at a local school and have begun work toward a teaching degree.  She may have written an account of her experience working in a hospital, or a lab, or aan animal preserve on her way to applying for a Fulbright or other prestigious fellowship. In putting a spotlight on examples like these (drawn from actual students), this prize will inspire majors and potential majors to connect their work in the classroom and the library with their ambitions in the world beyond.

Honoring Kris’s inspiring legacy, this scholarship looks to the future by recognizing and supporting students who see the English major as integral to a directed and meaningful life.


In honor of Professor Kristin O. Lauer's legacy, an anonymous donor will double all gifts, up to $100,000! For every $1 given, this generous donor will contribute $2 to the campaign! To donate,  please go to

Alumna Andreas Gives Career Advice to Grad Students

Fordham English alumna Dr. Susan Andreas recently lectured at the University about alt-academic careers. PhD candidate Kevin Stevens reports on the event:

On March 7 in Cunniffe House, Fordham English alumna Dr. Susan Andreas returned to Rose Hill to speak to graduate students about her employment experiences during and after her PhD. As the featured speaker of the Graduate English Association’s “What’s Next?” series, Dr. Andreas discussed completing her PhD while working part-time as a copy editor at the pharmaceutical marketing agency CDMI Connect. She explained how her part-time experiences gradually grew into a full-time position at CDMI, where Dr. Andreas continues to work as a Vice President and Editorial Director.

Dr. Andreas offered practical advice about exploring the alt-ac job market and leveraging the skills one gains within the academy to flourish outside of it. In outlining her career trajectory, Dr. Andreas emphasized the transferability of the skills she gained from her doctoral career to her editorial and managerial positions. Moreover, Dr. Andreas advised current graduate students to explore job opportunities outside of the academy: even a freelance copy-editing position, she explained, helps students network, diversify their resumes, and explore (without committing to) potential new careers.

The Graduate English Association thanks the Graduate Student Association for generously funding this event.

Alumna to Talk about Alt-Academic Careers

The Graduate English Association is pleased to announce that Fordham English alumna Dr. Susan Andreas will speak on campus on Monday March 7th. Andreas will discuss her experiences working as a copy editor while completing her PhD, finding her career in the corporate sector, and becoming a VP and Editorial Director at a healthcare advertising agency. She will also offer advice to students who wish to pursue careers in marketing. The event will begin at 12 p.m. in Cunniffee House 112 (Rose Hill campus). Lunch will be served. All are welcome!

Joy, Fordham Alumnus, Publishes Poetry Collection

Chuck Joy graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1973 with a degree in sociology. Today, he is a child psychiatrist with a passion for poetry living in Erie, Pennsylvania. His newest publication is Said the Growling Dog, a collection of new and selected poems from Nirala Publications (New Delhi, India).

The poems featured in Said the Growling Dog transport the reader from Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the White House, Monument Valley, and of course, the Bronx. Joy's experience at Fordham College has inspired more than setting. "A Piece Of His Heart," which is featured in his recent collection, "recalls an exact moment and life after college."

Said the Growling Dog is Joy's fourth published collection of poetry. Every Tiger Wants To Sing (Poets' Hall Press, Erie PA) and is a chapbook and All Smooth (Destitute Press, Buffalo NY) is a chapbook. In addition to writing poetry, Joy also produces theatrical literary events, has read and published his poetry both in the United States and abroad.

Fordham English Alum Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Emily Khan, a Fordham English alum who teaches at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, recently received the 2013-14 Meritas Excellence in Teaching Award. She was selected from among all the upper grade teachers in the ten Meritas SchoolsThe Léman Bullhorn caught Khan in between classes to find out more about her background, her studies at Fordham, her favorite authors, and how she felt upon discovering she had won the prestigious award.