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Cabrini Professor Marilyn Johnson, PhD, in front of class

Amy Lee Persichetti, EdD

Acting Chair and Associate Professor, English

When Amy Persichetti, Ed.D., came to Cabrini in 2001, she knew she was entering an environment in which she would thrive.

Persichetti enjoys seeing students develop as writers. She currently is working on a writing concentration for the English department, and has created or revisited several courses for the concentration, including Experiential Poetry; Writing, Editing, and Publication; and The Creative Eye.

Persichetti has coordinated on-site poetry readings by Martín Espada and Nikki Giovanni, regular open mic nights for student writers, and is active with the College’s nationally recognized literary magazine, Woodcrest, which was honored with Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award for its 2010 edition.

Persichetti also is active in the social justice mission of the College. She says it is her fundamental job to motivate students to see themselves both as part of a tradition and as agents of change.

She is committed to domestic violence education, and has built a replicable Community-Based Research course to help students understand the issues behind domestic violence, conduct research for community partner Laurel House, and empower women and families to lead lives free of fear and abuse.

Persichetti earned a doctorate degree in education from Widener University, a master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor's from Penn State University. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

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