Professor of English, Queens College and the
Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, Graduate School,
The City University of New York
Acting Dean for General Education
Queens College of The City University of New York


  • Ph.D., New York University, English Education: Dissertation, Sitting ‘Round the Fire: Narrative and the Teaching of Composition
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, English and American Literature (With Distinction)
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, English and History, Magna Cum Laude


  • Professor, Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center, 2006 – Present
  • Professor, Department of English, Queens College, CUNY, 1995 – Present
  • Acting Dean for General Education, Queens College, June 2009 –
  • University Dean for Undergraduate Education, The City University of New York, Central Office, 2003 – June 2009
  • Dean for Undergraduate Education, Queens College, 2000-2003
  • Director, Freshman Year Initiative, Queens College, 1992-1998, 1999
  • Acting Dean of Arts and Humanities, Queens College, 1999
  • Assistant Chair for Composition, English Department, and other administrative posts, Queens College, 1990-1998

(Also Lecturer and Part-time Instructor, Queens College, Bronx Community College, University of Pittsburgh. Graduate Teaching Assistant in English, University of Pittsburgh. High School English and Social Studies Teacher, Pittsburgh)


Summerfield, Judith and Philip M. Anderson.  Symposium: On the Framework for            Success in College Writing. College English, Vol. 74, No. 6, July 2012.

Summerfield, Judith and Cheryl Smith, Eds. Making Teaching and Learning Matter: Transformative Spaces in Higher Education, Springer: 2011.

Summerfield, Judith. “Joe in Conversation with the World,” in To Celebrate Joe L.   Kincheloe, February 2, 2009. The Graduate Center, CUNY, in Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies, October 2010, Vol. 10, No. 5 377-378.

Summerfield, Judith.  “Today’s Scholars Talk Back:  The Shaughnessy Legacy Thirty Years Later.”  The Journal of Basic Writing, Spring 2008.

Summerfield, Judith and Crystal Benedicks, Eds.  Reclaiming the Public University: Conversations on Liberal & General Education. New York:  Peter Lang, 2007.

Philip M. Anderson and Judith P. Summerfield. “What We Don’t Know About Evaluation.”  In S. Steinberg and J. Kincheloe (Eds.), What You Don’t Know About Schools.  New York:  Macmillan. 2007.

Summerfield, Judith.  CUNY Task Force on Retention: Creating the Conditions for Students to Succeed, 2006.

Summerfield, Judith and David Crook:  CUNY Task Force on Reading and Writing, University publication, 2006.

Anderson and Summerfield,  “Why is Urban Education Different from Suburban and Rural Education?”  In S. Steinberg and J. Kincheloe (Eds.) 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City New York:  Peter Lang, 2004.

Summerfield, Judith.  “Webs of Reciprocity:  In Conversation with an Anthropologist.” Anthropology Newsletter, April 1999.

Summerfield, Judith.   Freshman Year Initiative:  From the Margins to the Center: Teaching Undergraduates in the Next Millennium, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.  U.S. Office of Education Yearly Reports, June 1998, June 1997.

—.  “Principles for Propagation: On Narrative and Argument.”  Argument Revisited; Argument Redefined: Negotiating Meaning in the Composition Classroom.  Eds. Barbara Emmel, Paula Resch, and Deborah Tenney.  California: Sage, 1996.

—.  “Is There a Life in This Text?”  Writing Theory and Critical Theory.  Eds. John Clifford and John Schilb.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1994.

—.  “Eleven Memos for the Year 2000: A Post-Modern Pedagogy.”  ADE Bulletin 104, Spring 1993: 40 – 44.

—.  Review-essay of Writing and Response: Theory, Practice, and Research, ed. Chris M. Anson. ADE Bulletin, No. 97, Winter 1990: 53 – 60.

—.  Negotiations: A Reader for Writers.  New York: McGraw Hill, Random House, 1991.

(Before 1990)

__with Geoffrey Summerfield:  Texts and Contexts:  A Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition.  New York:  Random House: 1986.

Summerfield, Judith, and Geoffrey Summerfield.  Reading(s).  New York: Random House, 1989.

—.  Texts and Contexts: A Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition.  New York: Random House 1986.  (Winner of the Modern Language Association Mina P. Shaugnessy Prize, 1987.)

—.  Frames of Mind.  New York: Random House, 1986.

Summerfield, Judith, and Sandra Schor.  The Random House Guide to Writing.  3rd ed. New York: Random House, 1986. (Second Edition, 1981; First Edition, 1978.)

Fishman, Judith [Summerfield].  Responding to Prose: A Reader for Writers. New York:  Random House-McGraw Hill, 1983.

—.  Review: Tate and Corbett, The Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook. Journal of Advanced Composition, 9 (1989): 200 – 203.

—.  “Writing Centers: A Long View,” The Writing Center Journal VIII 2 (Spring/Summer 1988): 3 – 11.

—.  “Golden Notebooks, Blue Notebooks: Rereading.”  The Journal Book. Ed. Toby Fulwiler.  Montclair, New Jersey: Boynton/Cook, 1987.

—.  Review of Writing in the Arts and Sciences, by Elaine Maimon et al.  College Composition and Communication 37 (1986): 498 – 499.

—.  “Framing Narratives.”  Only Connect.  Ed. Thomas Newkirk.  Montclair, New Jersey: Boynton/Cook, 1986.

Summerfield, Judith, and Geoffrey Summerfield.  “States of Mind, Acts of Mind, Forms of Discourse.”  The Territory of Language.  Ed. Donald McQuade.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.  238 – 250.

Fishman, Judith [Summerfield].  “Do You Agree or Disagree: The Epistemology of the     CUNY Writing Assessment Test.”  WPA (Writing Program Administrators) 1 (1984): 17 -24.

—.  “Enclosures: The Narrative Within Autobiography.”  Journal of Advanced Composition 2 (1981): 23 ­ 31.

—.  “On Tutors, The Writing Lab, and Writing.”  Tutoring Writing: A Sourcebook for Teachers.  Ed. Muriel Harris.  Glenview, Illinois: Scott Foresman, 1982.  86 – 94.  (Reprinted fromComposition and Teaching, 1980.)

—.  “The Tutor as Messenger.”  The Writing Center Journal 1(1981): 7 – 13.

—.  “The Writing Center: What Is Its Center?”  Writing Lab Newsletter  (December 1980): 1 – 2.

—.  Contributing author.  “Training and Using Peer Tutors.”  College English (December 1978): 432 – 449.


Summerfield, Judith.  On General Education and Assessment, York College, CUNY, March 20, 2009.

—.    On General Education: Practice and Theory, Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, January 20, 2009.

—.  Presentations to CASTL on the CUNY leadership project, Boulder, Colorado, October 2008.

—.   “Shaughnessy, 30 Years Later, CUNY and Writing,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, March 2007.

—    CUNY’s Writing Across the Curriculum, International WAC Program, Clemson University, March 2006.

—    “On Liberal Education,” Coordinated Undergraduate Education Conference, New York City College of Technology, October 2004.

—. “Keeping Our F-a-c-u-l-t-I-e-s Intact,” General Education Conference, Queensborough Community College, April 2003.

—. “Clearances:  Making Space for Academic Communities,” FIRST Conference, College of Staten Island, April 2002.

—. “So What’s the Matter With Teaching?”  Keynote Address, FIPSE Directors’ Conference, Washington, D.C., October 1999.

—.  “Learning Communities as New Intellectual Spaces.”  FIPSE Learning Communities National Project, Seattle, May 1999.

—.  “Writing Broad and Wide,” (in response to writer Frank McCourt), Brooklyn FYI Conference, April 1999.

—.  “Transforming Undergraduate Education,” Conference of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Washington, October 1998.

—.  Conference Consultant.  University of Washington, Center for Higher Education Conference on Learning Communities, June 1998.

—.  “Hooked on the Life of the Mind,” Queens College, Conference for New York City Assistant Principals in English Education, May 1998.

—.  “Reforming Undergraduate Education,” Brooklyn College Conference on the Freshman Year Initiative, May 1998.

—.  “Re-envisioning the Freshman Year,” Queensborough Community College, April 1998.

—.  “The Freshman Year Initiative: Academic Community at a Commuter College,” Conference of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Washington, D.C., October 1995 and October 1994.

—.  “Engaging Contraries: Building Academic Communities at a Commuter College,” with Elizabeth Boylan, Associate Provost, Queens College; David Johnson, Grants Officer, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education; Marie Sztendera, Administrative Assistant, Queens College, at the American Association for Higher Education, Washington, D.C., March 1995.

—.  “Fantasy and Reason: In Memory of Geoffrey Summerfield,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Diego, April 1993.

—.  “Eleven Memos for the Year 2000: A Post – Modern Pedagogy,” ADE Conference, Waterloo, Ontario, June 1992.

—.  “Composition: Where are We Now?”  Faculty Writing Conference, Long Island University, September 1991.

—.  “The Handbook:  Key to All Mythologies.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, March 1990.


  • CUNY Grant to Support General Education/Pathways Initiative, 2012-2013
  • National Learning Communities Fellow at the Washington Center for

Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education (Supported by PEW Charitable Trusts), 2000-2002.

  • Queens College Presidential Research Award, Spring 1999 (to develop materials for book on Freshman Year Initiative and its implications for transforming undergraduate education)
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Professor of the Year for the State of New York, 1998
  • Principal Investigator: Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), for “From the Margins to the Center: Meeting the Challenges of New CUNY Freshmen,” 1996-2000.  (The project was an outgrowth of the Freshman Year Initiative, which brings together a team of QC faculty to address the challenges of linguistic diversity in our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic students.)
  • Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence Award for Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Learning for the Freshman Year Initiative at Queens College, 1996
  • Principal Investigator: Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), for the Freshman Year Initiative at Queens College, 1993-1996.  (The project is funded, as well, by grants from the City University of New York; it is meant to reconceive the freshman year at the university by building an interdisciplinary community among freshman, upper-class teaching assistants, and faculty.)
  • Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1994
  • NEH Summer Institute, Summer 1992: “Telling Tales,” University of Wisconsin ­ Madison.  (To study narrative, folklore, narrative theory, popular culture.)
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Grant, l992, to facilitate change in curriculum and pedagogy through faculty development, in the English Department, Queens College.
  • Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize to Judith Summerfield and Geoffrey Summerfield for Texts and Contexts:  A Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition.  The Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize of the Modern Language Association is awarded for the year’s outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language and literature, l987.
  • Mellon Fellowship, 1984-85:  Collaboration with professor of film studies to study narrative theory in film, history, and philosophy.
  • Queens English Project, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, Co-Director, 1978-80: A High School – College Articulation Project, bringing together five feeder high schools and the college to reform the teaching of English.

COURSES TAUGHT:  Undergraduate and Graduate

  • Teachers as Scholars Program: The Culture of Fairy Tales (Woodrow Wilson Fellowship sponsored by Princeton University, College Seminars for public school teachers, 2002, 2003)
  • Freshman Seminar for CUNY Honors Students, 2003
  • Composition:

Freshman Composition
Advanced Composition
Senior Essay Writing

  • Creative writing:

Non-Fiction (Essays)

  • Literature:

Introduction to Fiction
Aspects of Fiction
The Culture of Fairy Tales
Narrative Theory
Literary Theory
Introduction to Romanticism
World Literature in English
Introduction to Poetry
Courses in Narrative Theory

  • Pedagogy:

<p style=”padding-left: 30px”Undergraduate Team-Teaching Seminar
Graduate Courses in Composition Theory
Theses advisor in Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Composition

Workshops for teachers throughout the country: Evergreen State College, Long Island University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Utah State University, Provo City Schools, Clarion University, Rutgers University, University of Missouri, New York University, West Point Military Academy, State University of Albany, University of Wisconsin, Brooklyn College, Ohio State University, Fordham University, Lehman College, etc.


  • Modern Language Association
  • Mina P. Shaughnessy Awards Committee, 1989 — 1991.
  • Chair of Shaughnessy Committee, 1991.
  • College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
  • Consulting Reader: College Composition and Communication, Journal of Advanced Composition, Writing Center Journal, Research in the Teaching of English, Reader: Essays in Reader Oriented Theory, Criticism and Pedagogy.

Unpublished Fiction

            The Women of the Town, unpublished novel, 1991
            Dreams of Daffodils, (on Dorothy Wordsworth as a Literary Ghost)

            A Man Comes from Someplace (non-fiction literature, biography, memoir)

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