Kerri Mulqueen

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. 

In the Fall of 2017, Dr. Mulqueen transitioned to a new role as Assistant Professor of Education in the School of Education and Health. She teaches pedagogy courses to aspiring adolescent educators, leveraging her years of experience in NYC high schools to provide practical, engaging instruction and to guide teacher candidates in focusing on culturally relevant and inclusive teaching. Dr. Mulqueen also serves as the Clinical Practice Coordinator for the undergraduate education programs at Manhattan College, each semester placing students in carefully selected Bronx District 10 elementary, middle, and high schools for fieldwork experiences designed to build their capacity as informed educators. 


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

EDUC 360 Adolescent Language and Literacy

EDUC 375 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in the Middle Grades 7-9

EDUC 376 Methods and Curriculum for Secondary English 7-12

EDUC 377 Methods and Curriculum for Secondary Social Studies 7-12

EDUC 406 Human Relations

EDUC 453 Student Teaching Seminar 7-9

EDUC 454 Student Teaching Seminar 10-12

  • 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.

    My work with MC Education students and with our partner schools in the Bronx community has sparked an interest in the critical role played by field placement in the burgeoning confidence and pedagogical preparation and disposition of preservice teachers. 

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Mulqueen, K. (2020). Taking this Show on the Road: The University Writing Center Model Comes to High School Ed. Transformations: Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (The Pennsylvania State University Press), 30(1), 5–15.;

    Gonzalez, J.M., Mulqueen, K. Zealand, R., BuShell, S. “Emergency Online Learning: College Students’ Perceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. College Student Journal, Volume 55, No. 1, Spring 2021.

    Mulqueen, Kerri. “Urban Teacher Education Through a Lasallian Lens: Community Partners, Dispositions, and Answering the Call.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, forthcoming (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2019).

    Mulqueen, Kerri. Annotation of “An Investigation of Faculty Development Program Assessment Practices.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 8, no. 2 (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2017).

    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.


    “Fast on Your Feet: Navigating the Dance of Clinical Partnership During a Pandemic”. Virtual presentation. 10th International Conference on Social Justice & Education. December 2020. 

    “Mark it Down: Field Notes as Inroads for Emerging Teacher Identities.” Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference. Atlantic City, NJ. February 2020. [A]

    “Adjusting the Focus: Using Interactive Notebooks to Dial Up Engagement in Preservice Teacher Field Placement Hours.” E-Learn Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. New Orleans, LA. November 2019. 

    “The Global Bronx: Crossing Borders to Find a Better Way Forward.” International Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. October 2020.

    “Playing the Field: The Role of Community Discourse in Teacher Preparation Programs.” Education, Design and Practice – Understanding skills in a Complex World. Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoboken, NJ. June 2019. [A]

    “Building Better Teachers Through Community Engaged Learning.” Engage for Change Annual Conference. Siena College. Loudonville, NY. May 2019. 

    "Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Two Way Discourse in Teacher Education Programming.” World Future Forum - Engaging and Employing Our Future Leaders. Chicago, IL. April 2019.

    "Reimagining Learning Spaces: How Does What We Learn Change Based on Where We Are". Imagination, Inquiry and Innovation Institute. Manhattan College. Bronx, NY. March 2019.

    “School Leaders as Literacy Leaders: Championing Intentional Literacy Instruction.” CUNY Everyone Reading Annual Conference. New York, NY. March 2019.

    “Walking the Walk: Active Learning in the Teacher Preparation Seminar.” Faculty Resource Network Annual Symposium. Orlando, FL. November 2018. [A]

    “Constructing Successful Pathways for P-12 Teacher Development, a Pilot Project.” NYSATE/NYACTE Annual Fall Conference. Saratoga Spring, NY. October 2018.

    College Core Identity Seminar. Manhattan College Office of Mission. Bronx, NY. October 2018.

    “Enrichment Programs for Urban Education.” Center for the Study of the Future of Education at Manhattan College Social Justice and Democracy in Education Roundtable. Bronx, NY. April 2017.

    “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