Contact Us

The English Department
Southern Connecticut State University
Engleman Hall D 265A
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 392-6710
(203) 392-6731 Fax


Chair of the English Department: Michael Shea   (203) 392-6741. For general questions about the English major at Southern, please email Dr. Shea at

Assistant Chair: Paul Petrie (203) 392-6757. For questions about the Undergraduate Program (entrance requirements, courses, transfer questions, etc.), please email Dr. Petrie at

Coordinator of Graduate Studies: Nicole Fluhr (203) 392-6739. For questions about our Graduate Program, please email Dr. Fluhr at

Secondary Education: Melissa Talhelm (203) 392-6895. For questions about our Secondary English Education Program, please email Dr. Talhelm at

Professional Writing: Bob McEachern (203) 392-5526. For questions about our Professional Writing Program, please email Dr. McEachern at

Creative Writing: For questions about our Creative Writing Program, please contact Jeff Mock at (203) 392-5527 or; Vivian Shipley at (203) 392-6745 or; or Tim Parrish at (203) 392-6745 or

Part-Time Teaching Inquiries: 

Occasionally, the English Department has need of adjunct instructors to teach first-year composition and introductory level creative writing. Interested individuals are invited to send a letter of interest and current CV to the department chair, Dr. Michael Shea ( and the composition coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch ( A graduate degree in English studies is the normal degree requirement for teaching first-year composition at SCSU; an MFA degree or its equivalent is normally required to teach creative writing courses.