MADISON, NJ—Robert Ready, dean of Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (CSGS), has announced the appointment of new leadership to direct the school’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Poetry and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. These two graduate courses of study are among the university’s newest and most popular.

Pedagogy expert Stephanie Koprowski-McGowan has been named interim director of the MAT program and Sean Nevin, an acclaimed New Jersey-native poet, will serve as director of the MFA.

Ready predicts that Koprowski-McGowan and Nevin will build upon the existing strength of the MAT and MFA programs.

“In both instances, we’re drawing upon a lot of professional experience that has proven to be innovative,” he said. “These two individuals are well networked in their fields, and are professionals who fully understand the condition of teacher preparation and poetry in the world.”

Koprowski-McGowan comes to Drew from William Paterson University, where she served most recently as director of education enrollment and certification. She served on that school’s Educational Leadership Team, overseeing two successful bids for reaccreditation by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. At William Paterson, she developed several new and innovative teacher education programs, and co-authored and directed the implementation of several state and federal teacher quality enhancement grants—which totaled more than $17 million. The development of Koprowski-McGowan’s expertise in teaching and learning began in her own middle school language arts classrooms in both parochial and public schools. She later served as a parochial school principal and as chief administrative officer of a charter school. She holds a B.A. in English, M.Ed. in education, and Ed.S. in administration and supervision. She will receive her Ed.D. in educational leadership, administration and policy from Fordham University this fall.

Nevin, who has been named director and core faculty member of the MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, most recently served as assistant director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University (ASU), which is where he previously served on the faculty. Prior to this, he served as the assistant director of ASU’s Young Writers Program, which is an outreach initiative that focuses on developing literary talent in underserved communities. In addition to being a teacher of poetry, Nevin is also a prolific poet himself. His works have been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and he has also authored two books, “Oblivio Gate” and “A House That Falls”—, all of which has earned him more than a dozen awards and honors. He is also a past recipient of prestigious literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center Artist and Writer Retreat. Nevin holds a B.A. In English from LaSalle University, a M.A. in English from Queens College, CUNY, and a MFA in creative writing and poetry from ASU.

About the MAT:

Drew’s MAT program leads to a master’s degree and provisional teaching certification in biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, math, physics, Spanish, social studies or theater arts. Coursework stresses the development of 21st century skills: sophisticated critical thinking and analytical skills, the transferability of knowledge and skills, a deeper understanding of other cultures, and the knowledge of global trends within students’ own subject areas. When undertaken on a full-time schedule, the MAT can be completed in one year. The program boasts a high job placement rate in some of the most desirable school districts within a 50-mile radius of Drew’s Madison campus.

About the MFA:

Drew’s MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation program is a two-year, low-residency program for poets and poetry translators. Students develop their own literary talent, as well as gain knowledge of the craft and poetics of contemporary American writers, and writers from other eras and cultures. The program offers some of America’s most talented poets as faculty mentors who work one-on-one with our students. Gerald Stern, former poet laureate of New Jersey, and Jean Valentine, former poet laureate of New York, serve as the program’s distinguished poets-in-residence.

For more information about Drew’s MAT and MFA programs, please visit www.drew.edu/graduate.

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