Meet the Outstanding Lecturers for 2012


 Jennifer Albanese Outstanding Lecturer 2012Jennifer Albanese,  is a lecturer in the Writing Program at Stony Brook University.  Ms Albanese received her PhD from SUNY Stony Brook in 2006 in Comparative Studies.  her professional interests include politics and aesthetics, especially the politics of worker-writing and the ways in which working-class writers develop collective identities.  Dr. Albanese also works on developing technology in the writing classroom by expanding the role of digication and eportfolios.  In addition to her work with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Dr. Albanese has also developed courses in Science Writing for the Graduate Chemistry Department and the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. Charles Backfish  Charles G. Backfish is a Lecturer in the Department of History at Stony Brook University and the Director of Field Experience and Student Teaching in the Social Studies Education program. He serves as a Vice President  of the Long Island Council for the Social Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of The Long Island History Journal, an on- line  publication( In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Stony Brook, Professor Backfish hosts an acoustic music program on WUSB-FM and produces a bi-monthly concert series at The University Cafe, an on-                                                                                          

Dennis ClarkeDennis Clarke is the Writing Director of the Writing Center. He received his M.A. from LSU in 1978. His professional interests are Rhetoric, Composition, Fiction Writing, Films. Director of the Writing Center. The highlights of his achievements are he was the first Writing Center Director and served from 1987-97 amd tjem again from 2007 to the present.  Dennis received the Undergraduate Studies Distinguished Service Award in 1992 and was Visiting Lecturer and Writing Center Director at Pitzer College in 1997-1998.


Cynthia Davidson  Cynthia Davidson, has been the Program in Writing and Rhetoric's Emerging Technologies Coordinator since 2001, has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has advanced studies in Composition Theory from StonyBrook.  Her most recent publication,  Cyborg Literacy Acquisition Through Second Life: Contesting 'Old' School Spaces with vPortfolios, is an investigation into the benefits of virtual worlds to the teaching of composition; it appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Computers and Composition Online.  She has also published poems in dozens of small-press journals.  Research interests include digital media, orality and literacy, technology and culture, feminist issues in writing, poetry, and academic literacy identity.  She has presented papers at many academic conferences, including CCCC, SUNY Council on Writing, Computers and Writing, and CIT.  As liaison between the PWR and TLT, she has been active in a move toward program-wide ePortfolios for Writing courses.

Lilia Delfina Ruiz DebbeLilia Delfina Ruiz-Debbe has been Director of the Spanish Language Program at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, since 1997. With a strong foundation in the cognitive epistemology of Piaget at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Lilia Ruiz-Debbe did her first research on the processes of cognitive and
linguistic processes of Spanish language structures. At present, her research
involves Interlanguage Studies and Second Language Acquisition and their implications for methodology in classroom situations.  This research addresses how theoretical frameworks affect the application of research findings to the teaching of Spanich Second Language, particularly in aspectual tenses and their L2 acquisition.  Some of her achievements as faculty member include the reformulation of the Program of Spanish Language at Elementary and Intermediate Levels and the creation of the Writing and Turorial Center "En Espanol".  Currently, she is responsible for the supervision and training of Teaching Assistants of all Spanish languages classes as well as the coordinator of "Taller Cultural Hispano" and co-coordinator of the series of "Workshop with Undergraduate Students" at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature.  She is also teaching courses at graduate and undergraduate level.

  Aaron Godfrey  Aaron W. Godfrey is aLecturer in Latin and Classical Studies andCoordinator of Classics Studies Program. He has a M.A. from Hunter College in Latin; Medieval Studies. He has   at Stony Brook 47+ years-rejecting tenure a long time ago. He was Director of the Upward Bound program for 20 years, first Director of OP/AIM, Director of several school/Univeristy cooperative programs with funding of more than $11 million.  Dr. Godfrey was President of the Senate for two years and chaired several committees.    

    Shoki Goodarz Shoki Goodarz isLecturer. Her courses at SUNY Stony Brook, directly reflect her multi-disciplinary background in the arts and archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern world.  She received her MA degree in ancient arts of Greece and Rome from Indiana University in Bloomington, and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern art and archaeology from UC Berkeley.  In addition to her academic training, she also have extensive experience working on archaeological excavations throughout Europe and Central Asia  where she has worked in different capacities, first as a volunteer, then as a bone tool specialist and eventually as a co-director of a project.  Upon completion of her doctorate she began immediately working as a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position she held until she joined SUNY Stony Brook's Art Department in the spring of 2002.  While ancient arts remains one of her passions, in more recent years she has also become increasingly engaged by the rising contemporary art scene of the Middle East

Sunita MukhiSunita S. Mukhi, is a cultural manager, performance scholar, and theater artist. Her early education was from St. Scholastica's College, Manila, Philippines. She has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and in Literature from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines; an M.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Social Sciences from San Francisco State University; and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She teaches courses on Asian American Performance, Indian Cinema and the South Asian Diaspora at the Asian and Asian American Studies Department at Stony Brook University.  She is also the Director of Asian and Asian American Programming at the Charles B. Wang Center and has produced over 500 cultural programs for the University in the past 10 years.  She continues to perform, and composes her own poetry and stories.
Eriko SatoEriko Sato received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stony Brook University in 1996. Her research interests include Japanese linguistics and pedagogy, translation studies, and second language acquisition. In addition to several journal articles in these research areas, Sato published or co-published seven Japanese textbooks and materials (15 volumes in total) from Tuttle, McGraw-Hill, and Wiley. From 2007 to 2010, Sato served as a co-PI for the project "Initial Certification in the Teaching of Asian Languages" supported by the U. S. Department of Education ($171,000), and played an important role for establishing teacher certification programs for Chinese and Japanese at Stony Brook. Sato currently serves as the Advisor for Japanese Teacher Education Program while assisting prospective teachers of other Asian languages in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.  Sato alos serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Japan Center at Stony Brook and teh Director of tyhe Pre-College Japanese Program.    Bente Videbaek Bente Videbaek was born in Denmark and holds degrees in English and Danish/Scandinavian from the University of Copenhagen. After moving to the United States in 1985, she obtained a doctoral degree from Northwestern University, Illinois, specializing in Early Modern literature with an emphasis on drama and a dissertation on Shakespeare's clowns. She is currently working on a large anthology of non-Shakesperean drama. Bente Videbaek's favorite thing is interacting with her students. While she delights in teaching her specialty, she is now branching out into hard Science Fiction and High Fantasy. She has received an award for excellence in teaching by a part-time faculty member, a students' choice most influential professor award, and a leader.


Marilyn ZuckerMarilyn Zucker received her PhD from Stony Brook in 1990. Her dissertation,"Virginia Woolf's Textual Autobiography:'The Waves'" likely began her formal interest in life story writing. She's published several papers on Woolf as well as essays on African writers. As a Fulbright lecturer in Portugal in 1997, she gained an understanding of the cultural matrix that informs approaches to personal or reflective writing. Envigorated by that experience, she began seeing the teaching of writing as an extension of political consciousness and moved easily from teaching literature to cultivating the development of self-through-writing. Marilyn's goal in teaching is to develop confidence, courage and credibility in the personal voice so students become advocates for themselves and thoughtful engaged citizens. This goal and the earlier experience in Portugal has given rise to her current (2012) project, teaching autobiography and personal narrative, uncommon genres of writing in Portugal, at the University of Lisbon. That project no doubt will give rise to further study on the importance of reflective/personal narrative and will have an effect on her continuing growth as a scholar and teacher.