Kerri Mulqueen

Visiting Assistant Professor


A Queens native, Kerri Mulqueen has spent her career working as an urban educator, finding ways to connect the city to the classroom. As a high school teacher and administrator, she focused on bridging opportunity gaps that separated lower income students from meaningful academic experiences. As a college professor, she continues to leverage her experience as a writing center scholar to introduce self driven writing projects to her students as well as inviting her students to explore the larger city through experiential learning.

In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Mulqueen partnered with the Renaissance Youth Center in the South Bronx to incept a mutually beneficial arrangement where Manhattan College Arches students volunteer their time as mentors and tutors for the K-12 students served by RYC. The partnership is ongoing.


Ph.D., St. John's University
M.A., CUNY Queens College
B.A., SUNY University at Albany

Courses Taught

ENG 110 Academic Writing

ENG 210 Argumentation and Exposition

ENG 211 Written Communication

  • Research

    My research interests include the intersection of writing center pedagogy and the composition classroom as well as the potential benefits of using peer to peer tutoring to enrich the experience of traditionally underserved urban students.

    My dissertation, entitled “Building Better Outcomes - One High School Writing Center Bridges the Opportunity Gap” examined the impact of peer to peer tutoring on the educational experiences and outcomes of several cohorts of inner city peer tutors, using qualitative data to draw conclusions about how tutors themselves are changed by their work.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Chapter Three: The Idea of a High School Writing Center from The Successful High School Writing Center, edited by Dawn Fels and Jennifer Wells and published in November 2011 by Teachers College Press, pages 28-38.

    Interchapter 3 from Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One to One Mentoring by Harry Denny, published in 2010 by Utah State University Press, page 84.

    “Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent and Liberation” & “Beyond Resistance: Youth Activism and Community Change New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth.” (Book Review). With Meridith Leo-Rowett. Changing English. Volume 16, Issue 4, 2009.


    “Tutor Self Efficacy: What They Get Out of It.” International Writing Centers Association. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2015

    High School Writing Centers Special Interest Group Presentation. International Writing Centers Association. Orlando, FL. October 2014.

    “Contesting Identities in Writing Centers: Theorizing Subject Positions, Practices, and Political Contexts.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. April 2011.

    “Mapping Privilege and the Politics of Oppression Through/In Writing Centers.” International Writing Centers Association. Baltimore, MD. November, 2010.

    “Sustainability Through Integrating Writing Center Work with High School Curriculum.” Secondary Writing Center Session. National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Philadelphia, PA. November 2009.

    “Everything that Can Go Wrong … Won't Necessarily Go Wrong.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, MA. November 2009.

    “Decentering the Center: Taking Writing Center Pedagogy into the Community.” Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference. Hartford, CT. April 2009.

    “A Tale of Two Compositionists: Doctoral Discourses in Digital Form.” The North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing. North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC. October 2008.

    “Taking the Writing Center Out of the University: Using University Resources to Facilitate the Inception of a Student Staffed Writing Center at an Inner City High School.” International Writing Centers Association. Las Vegas, NV. Oct. 2008.
    “The Rise of Technology in the Classroom: Regulating, (Re)orienting, and Engaging with Intimate Dialogues via Online Communication.” SUNY Council on Writing. SUNY Stony Brook. Stony Brook, NY. April 2008.

    “Renegotiating Technology in the Classroom: Re-Wiring, Re-thinking, and Revising the Writing Process in an Electronic Classroom.” St. John’s University Graduate Student Conference. Queens, NY. April 2008.

    “Incorporating Writing Across the Curriculum: How to utilize writing to improve students' critical thinking skills in all subject areas.” Nazareth Regional High School Faculty Workshop. Brooklyn, NY. October 2007.

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Adjunct Instructor, St. John's University, 2014-2015

    Teacher Development Coach, Department of Education, 2015

    English Department Chairperson, Nazareth Regional High School, 2009-2014

    Doctoral Teaching Fellow, St. John's University, 2007-2009

    Professional Memberships

    National Council of Teachers of English

    International Writing Center Association

  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    St. John's University Institute for Writing Studies Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009               

    Northeast Writing Centers Association Robert J. Connors Scholarship, 2009

    St. John's University UDAF Grant, 2010 and 2011

    IWCA Travel Grant, 2010