Academic Overview

Suzanne Cope, PhD


May 2012                   PhD Adult Learning, focus on Creative Nonfiction Pedagogy

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Dissertation: “Teaching Creative Nonfiction: Influences, Pedagogy, and Attitudes of Teachers of Adults”

*This is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the study of social, behavioral, and cognitive influences upon learning in adults with Composition, Narrative, Writing Studies, and Educational Leadership.

January 2007              MFA Creative Nonfiction

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

May 1998                   BA English

State University of New York at Geneseo

Minor in Business


Assistant Professor, St. John’s College; Queens, NY

September 2016 – present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College; Riverdale, NY

August 2013 – August 2016

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Monticello MFA Program; Online

January 2014 – Present

Assistant Professor/ Course Developer,Berklee Online; Online

May 2012 – Present

Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music; Boston, MA

September 2007 – May 2008; August 2009 – May 2013

Instructor, Grub Street; Boston, MA

May 2011 – August 2013

Assistant Professor, Lesley University; Cambridge, MA/ Online

January 2006 – May 2008; September 2010 – May 2011

Assistant Professor, Marian Court College; Swampscott, MA/ Online

August 2008 – May 2010

 Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College; Boston, MA

January 2007 – May 2008

Assistant Professor/ Individual Writing Tutor, Boston Architectural College; Boston, MA

September 2006 – August 2007

COURSES TAUGHT (number of sections)

First Year Experience

Art & Artistry            (3)                                                                               Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Design Concepts (2)                                                  Boston Architectural College


Composition & First Year Writing Sequence

College Writing (8)                                                                              Manhattan College

Exposition & Argumentation (1)                                                        Manhattan College

Writing & Communication (6+)                                                          Berklee College of Music

English Composition (6+)                                                                  Lesley University

Essentials of English w/ lab (1)                                                           Lesley University

English Composition I (4)                                                                  Marian Court College

English Composition I w/ lab* (2)                                                      Marian Court College

English Composition II (3)                                                                 Marian Court College

Critical Inquiry (4)                                                                              Emmanuel College

Writing I (2)                                                                                        Boston Architectural College


Creative Writing

Graduate: Special Topics in Literature: Contemporary Memoir (1)  University of Arkansas, Monticello MFA

Graduate: Workshop: Creative Nonfiction (1)                                   University of Arkansas, Monticello MFA

Music to Words* (6)                                                                          Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Creative Writing (1)                                                   Lesley University

Advanced Creative Nonfiction (1)                                                      Lesley University

Reading & Writing True Stories* (2)                                                  Marian Court College

Creative Nonfiction Workshop (4)                                                     Grub Street

Teaching Creative Writing* (2)                                                           Grub Street


Graduate Seminars

Approaches to Undergraduate Teaching (1)                                       Lesley University MFA

Food Writing & Identity (1)                                                               Solstice MFA Program, Mount Ida College


The Short Story (3)                                                                            Manhattan College

Writing and the Literary Arts (3)                                                       Lesley University


Business Writing

Writing and Communication (5)                                                         Manhattan College


Oral Communications (4)                                                                   Marian Court College

Adult Undergraduate Degree Programs

English Composition I (2)                                                                  Marian Court College

English Composition II (1)                                                                 Marian Court College


Hybrid & Online Courses

English Composition (1)                                                                    Lesley University

English Composition II* (1)                                                               Marian Court College

201 Creative Writing & Literature* (3)                                              Berklee College Online

Experiential/ Abroad (in development)

Urban Studies: Literature & Sustainability in Havana, Cuba             Manhattan College

Professional Development Workshop Literature/ Writing

Education Lab for Instructors*                                                           Chicago Humanities Festival

*Courses authored and added to curriculum




Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food. Washington, DC: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Print.


“Creative Writing Pedagogy and Adult Learning,” Modern Language Studies. (in external review). Print.

“Teaching Creative Nonfiction: The Transformative Nature of the Workshop Method.” New Directions in Teaching and Learning. October 2015 (projected). Print.

Artigiano: The Italian American Influence Upon the New Artisanal Food Revolution.” Italian American Review. Spring 2016 (projected). Print.

Bean to Bar Chocolate.” Savoring Gotham. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015 (projected). Print.

“Smorgasburg.” Savoring Gotham. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015 (projected). Print.

“Canada’s Historical Fare Reimagined For The Modern Diner.” The Salt. Aug 2015. Web.

“Smoking with Joe Kennedy.” Lucky Peach. July 2015. Web.

“The New Face of Havana Nightlife.” Punch. June 2015. Web.

“Greetings From Havana, Cuba.” Paste Magazine. June 2015. Web.

“Why I Welcome Reading Your Mediocre Writing Because I Enjoy Teaching Writing.” Women in Higher Education. Spring 2015. Web.

“On Teaching ‘Salvation’ by Langston Hughes,” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Feb 2015. Web.

“Pet Project.” Food, Nutrition, Agriculture: The Challenges For the New Millennium (revised edition). Rome, Italy: L’Erma di Bretschneider. 2015. Print.

“Artisanal Food.” Encyclopedia on Food Issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 2015. Print.

“Locavorism.” Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. New York, NY: Springer, 2015. Print.

“Artisanal Food.” Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. New York, NY: Springer, 2015. Print.

“The High Tech of Small Batch Cheese.” The Atlantic. November 20, 2104. Web.

“On Pickled Strawberries and Lavender Cheese: The New Traditions of Modern Small Batch Food.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly., November 2014. Web.

“I Don’t Think My Small Batch Food Is Elitist.” October 6, 2014.Web.

“Is My Small Batch Food Elitist? I’m Not Convinced.” October 5, 2014. Web.

“Mezirow’s Four Levels of Reflection in Creative Nonfiction Writing.” AWP Pedagogy Papers., Spring 2011.Web.

Music.” American Regional Cultures: New England. Portsmouth, NH: Greenwood Publishing, 2004. Print.


“Certificate.” Cleaver Magazine. March 2015.

“You.” Riveter Review. January 2015.

“Don’t Expect Dinner.” New York Times. October 26, 2014.

“Confessions of an Unsentimental Mother.” Mutha Magazine. October 2014.

“Mousetrap.” Foliate Oak Review. September 2014.

“Handiest of Them All.” Danke. June 2014.

“Blink.” Blotterature. January 2014.

“Gardening Language.” Blue Lyra Review. November 2012.

“Freezer Full of Food is Love.” September 2011.

“Cosu Scozzo.” New Plains Review. Spring 2011.

“Dirty Carrots.” 30POV. June 2010.

“The Story That Isn’t.” Apple Valley Review. Spring 2009.

“Eat! Eat!” Cupcakes on the Counter. Bradenton, FL: Booklocker: 2009.

“Shift.” Storyscape Journal. Summer 2008.

“Gold Shoes.” Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness. New York, NY: Avon. 2007.

“Medal Winning.” Arbutus Literary Magazine. April 2007.

“Cooking Lessons.” Apt Literary Magazine. April 2007.

“In Defense of Pop Culture.” Citizen Culture. September 2004.


July 2015

“The Effect of the Embargo on Post Colonial Cuban Culinary Aesthetics.” American Society for Aesthetics.


March 2015

“Music to Words to Multi-Media: Considering the Digital Humanities in the Composition Classroom.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA).

“Options for Authoring Online Literature and Writing Courses.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA).

June 2014

“On Class and Artisanal Food.” Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS).


March 2014

“Cultural Importance of Fermented Foods.” Food & Tech Connect Conference.


March 2014

“No Writing Program, No Problem: On Supporting Creative Writing at an Institution Without A Major or Minor.” Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing.

June 2013

“We Can Pickle That!: Stories of Artisanal Pickling in America.” Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS).


March 2013

“Creative Nonfiction Pedagogy: New Findings from the Field.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

“The Emerging Discipline of Creative Writing Studies and The Call for More Well-Rounded Instructors of Creative Writing.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA).

“Reconciling the Locavore: Local Food Sourcing and Its Roots in the Mediterranean Diet.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA).

January 2013

“Just the Two of Us: Adventures in Co-Teaching.” Berklee Teachers on Teaching Conference.


First Year Writing Assessment & Revision Committee                     Manhattan College

Integrative Knowledge & Online Learning Workshop                        Manhattan College

NEASC Assessment Committee, Liberal Studies Department          Berklee College of Music

Liberal Studies Event Promotion & Student Support                                    Berklee College of Music

Student Advising (30 students/ semester)                                          Berklee College of Music

Liberal Arts Reading Series founder                                                   Berklee College of Music

FUSION magazine nonfiction editor                                                  Berklee College of Music

Founded Writing Center                                                                     Marian Court College

NEASC Accreditation Co-Chair & Writer                                         Marian Court College

Assessment Committee, Chair                                                           Marian Court College

Curriculum Committee                                                                       Marian Court College

Student Retention Committee                                                                        Marian Court College

Library Committee                                                                             Marian Court College

Student Advising (25 students/ semester)                                          Marian Court College


“Best of the Literary Journals” Escene Literary Journal, Winter 2008

  • Chosen in category for New Media for the audio essay “Shift”

“Hour of the Pearl” Still Green, Uncovered Production December 2006

  • Co-wrote lyrics for song on movie soundtrack

“Cleo Prize” Green River Writer’s Contest, December 2006

  • Won in the category for short nonfiction for “Medal Winning”


This Day in the Life. Random House/ Three Rivers Press. 2005

  • Excerpted Contributor