Janine Utell

Janine Utell is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Chester, PA, USA, where she teaches composition and 19th and 20th century British literature; she also plays an active role in general education and assessment, as well as advocating for greater visibility for the humanities. Her research focuses on the representation of intimate life in narrative; she is currently writing a book examining the relationships among intimacy and narrative in dual biography. Her first book, James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. Higher ed interests include writing pedagogy, general education, assessment, and the role of women in leadership and professional development.

Janine received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York in 2003; while working on her doctorate she also taught at LaGuardia Community College, Hofstra University, and Yeshiva University. She has spent most of her adult life moving up and down the Northeast Corridor and is proud to say she has lived in every US city that has ever been named the nation's capital, however temporarily (NY, DC, and now Philadelphia); she's been lucky enough to work for extended periods in Ireland and Germany as well. She is also a foodie and a crazy cat lady. Get in touch by email or Twitter: janine.utell@gmail.com / @janineutell

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June 3, 2012
My dissertation director died recently, and thanks to my proximity to New York I was able to attend his memorial service. A series of moving tributes from family and colleagues amplified what I already knew to be true about him: he was a committed teacher, an immensely learned and generous scholar, and he was always and constantly those things, whether lecturing at the local public library on the classics or leading graduate students through the labyrinth of Finnegans Wake.
March 23, 2012
These days I'm a little obsessed with Moneyball, the book and the film. Michael Lewis's story of the transformation of the Oakland A's through data-driven decision-making and a commitment to rethinking the game even in the face of resistance from old-school scouts isn't inspiring in the way we think of come-from-behind, underdog sports stories.
January 12, 2012
In response to my last post, I received a thoughtful email from a colleague (an administrator) reflecting on the difference between managing and leading. This has been a theme for a lot of our on-campus professional development directed at faculty moving into administrative roles.
October 18, 2011
I like being here when it’s unnervingly deserted. It’s a great time to make sure I’m up to speed on everything, and plan for the week ahead. I especially needed this time to regroup and catch up because of the way the previous week ended.
August 9, 2011
Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. We’ve all worked with that person. That person is a drag....In improv there are no mistakes, only beautiful accidents. -- Tina Fey, Bossypants  

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