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Meet the English Literature and Communication Faculty

Meet the English Literature and Communication Faculty

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Barbara Lonnquist, Ph.D.

Chair of the English Department
Professor of English
St. Joseph Hall, 2nd flr., West Wing, SJ203

Dr. Lonnquist is a Professor of English and Chair of the CHC English Department.  She teaches a variety of courses in British and Irish Literature, film adaptations of literature, courses in gender and ethnicity, travel writing, as well as courses that bring ecology and animal studies to bear upon literary experience. She has taught the department’s upper-level Literary theory and Senior Seminar courses.  

Dr. Lonnquist has presented and published on the work of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and John Henry Newman. Presently she is writing about the interconnection between humans and animals in two contemporary Irish Novels.   

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Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D.

Chair, Center for Integrated Humanities
Professor of English
St. Joseph Hall, 4th floor, West Wing, SJ477

Dr. Suzanne del Gizzo is a Professor of English at Chestnut Hill College, Chair of CHC’s Center for Integrated Humanities, and editor of The Hemingway Review.  At Chestnut Hill, she teaches a variety of courses in American literature, gender studies, film, and writing.  She has published more than thirty articles in scholarly journals and has co-edited three books, Ernest Hemingway in Context (Cambridge UP, 2013) with Debra A. Moddelmog, Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden:  25 Years of Criticism (Kent State UP, 2012) with Frederic J. Svoboda, and most recently, The New Hemingway Studies with Kirk Curnutt for Cambridge University Press (2020). 


Marie (Mia) Schilling Grogan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program
St. Joseph Hall, 2nd flr., West Wing, SJ207

Dr. [Mia Schilling] Grogan is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Chestnut Hill College’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program.  She teaches first-year writing courses and the Liberal Arts Discovery Seminar, as well as courses related to her primary field of research, medieval literature.  She writes and presents about medieval hagiography and women’s spiritual writing. She is also a poet, regularly publishing her translations, poetry reviews, and poems.   

Keely McCarthy, Ph.D.

Keely E. McCarthy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Writing Program Administrator
St. Joseph Hall, Morton Wing, SJ13

Keely McCarthy is an Associate Professor of English and coordinator of the Writing Program at Chestnut Hill College. Dr. McCarthy teaches courses in the first-year writing and liberal arts program. Her research, published in Early American Literature, and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era and elsewhere, focus on Native American and English cultural encounters in colonial America.

Rita Michael Scully

Rita Michael Scully, SSJ, M.A.

Associate Professor of English
English and Communication Department
St. Joseph Hall, 2nd flr., West Wing, SJ215

Sister Rita Michael Scully, SSJ, an Associate Professor of English, is the senior member of the CHC English department.  Sister has taught an array of courses from her specialization in medieval (Chaucer) to early modern British literature (Shakespeare) as well as other British and Irish poetry courses.  Sister Rita also taught in Japan and created CHC's course in modern Japanese Literature.  For twenty-five years, Sister Rita Sister led the department's "intersession" Study Abroad course in London.  She has published work on Irish Poets William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney.  She has also written about kinship in Shakespeare's plays.  

Gail Ramsey

Gail Ramsey, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Media and Communication
Saint Joseph Hall, Room 476

Gail Ramsey holds an M.A. in communication from American University and a B.A. in administration of justice from Temple University. She worked most of her professional career in the legal profession as a paralegal specialist managing presentations for high-profile trials. During her career, Gail has served as media relations spokespersons for cases. Gail teaches at the intersection of media and law and is the author of articles on courtroom drama and headline news. She held various teaching and administrative roles at Montgomery County Community College for nine years before joining the faculty at Chestnut Hill College in the Media & Communication Department as an adjunct faculty and later promoted to an assistant professor and supervisor of Griffin PR, the student-run public relations agency. Gail has directed student campaigns for the Philadelphia Police Department, Gift of Life and Philadelphia Phillies.