Dr. Rose DeAngelis is an English professor entering her 22nd year of teaching at Marist. She teaches Literature & Gender, Italian American Literature, Ethnic American Literature, Film & Literature, American Realists and Naturalists, and Writing for College Honors.
What is it that you love about literature?
I loved reading as a child; I got lost in the stories; I still do. I enjoy fiction more than anything else.
Did you always know that you wanted to teach literature?
No, I thought I was going into Accounting or Finance, and then an English professor of mine pushed me into majoring in English, and I am glad I did. It is never boring. Nothing is ever the same even when you teach the same course. Each time you read a text, you notice something that you did not notice before.
What made you decide to work at Marist?
Well, at the time, I could only apply to schools within a 90-mile radius. I had familial obligations that limited where I could work. I interviewed at three different places. However, I loved the Marist campus when I visited; it was small enough that you could really get to know your students. I was happy when they offered me the job, and I have been happy here.
How do you connect your own experiences to the classroom?
It depends on what I teach. In Literature & Gender, I teach and lecture about things that I have experienced as a woman; in the Ethnic Literature courses, I can empathize with some of the characters who are different or who have an immigrant background.
What is it about Marist that you enjoy the most?
At Marist, I enjoy the fact that small classes allow me to get to know my students better; there is a greater closeness between faculty and students; I know each of my students by name, and very often the students stop by to chat. You don’t get that at larger institutions.
What is one thing you hope students take away from your teaching?
I hope they know that I choose readings that can be meaningful to them, that often connect with their own lives; mostly, I hope they know that I care about them as individuals.
What is something that many students don’t know about you?
I don’t think many students know that English is not my first language; I learned to speak English in first grade; my primary language, until age six, was Italian.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
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Academic School: Liberal Arts
Campus: New York