Professor Zahra Patterson’s Profile

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Professor Zahra Patterson
Title
Adjunct Professor
Department
English
Bio

Zahra Patterson earned a second master’s degree with honors in May 2019 from NYU Steinhardt – Secondary English Education with a concentration in Special Education. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in 2010. Her work has been published in numerous editions of Downtown Brooklyn and she was the recipient of the Robert J. Connors Memorial Scholarship, the Esther Hynenman Award based on her cross-genre graduate thesis and received the Symbolic Graduate Award at LIU’s commencement ceremony in spring 2010. She has taught English courses at City Tech and City Polytechnic High School for the past six years. Zahra has also taught the Writing Lab, Language, Thought and Critical Analysis, and worked as a Writing Tutor, English Competency Post Exam grader and has taught Modes of Analysis, the Autobiography and Creative Writing courses at the College of New Rochelle’s Brooklyn Campus. She continues to edit her memoir entitled “Rich Soul Born on a Poor Block,” which reflects about her childhood experience growing up in the Red Hook Housing Projects. Zahra has been employed at New York University Tandon School of Engineering for nearly 30 years and is currently the program manager in the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering. She resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her family.

My Courses

ENG1101

ENG1101

Each time we write for an audience, we have a new purpose for doing so and a new set of readers with expectations of what, how, and why we should write for them. Learning to write effectively means not only advancing sentence-level skills, such as vocabulary and grammar, but also understanding the fundamental relationship between author and audience well enough to adapt appropriately to each new writing situation. One such situation is academic writing, in which you most often write to inform or persuade and your audience expects you to adhere to certain conventions of voice, structure, evidence, argument, format, and citation. In this class, we’ll cover a lot of ground between skills in reading, writing, and research with the ultimate goal of becoming more effective, comfortable writers overall, and specifically, more fluent academic writers. The assigned text, “The Place Where We Dwell,” will allow us a glimpse into the personal lives, and perhaps understand different languages, communities and educational journeys of many authors who have migrated to the New York City area. Students will discover how newcomers deal with issues of immigration, cultural identity and class inside this microcosm and make a connection to their own personal experiences.

My Projects

Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

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ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

This project is for faculty participating in professional development for the ENG 1101-CO course at City Tech.

First Year Writing @ City Tech

First Year Writing @ City Tech

FYW@City Tech is a program and a digital forum for sharing curricular and pedagogical resources related to teaching and learning about writing at City Tech. The First Year Writing Program @ City Tech (FYW@City Tech) offers professional and curricular support for faculty teaching First Year Writing Courses (ENG1101 and ENG1121) at the college. As a repository of materials related to best practices in teaching writing, the FYW@City Tech Web site is a place where FYW instructors and faculty across the college can learn more about teaching writing and archive their unique disciplinary resources related to teaching writing at a college of technology.

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