Academic Background


Dr. Stacey Lee Donohue
Professor of English
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97703
voice mail: (541) 383-7533



The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, Ph.D., English 1995.
           Dissertation: Mary McCarthy, Mary Gordon and the Irish-American Literary Tradition.
           Director: Dr. Morris Dickstein

State University of New York, Binghamton, BA, cum laude, in English: 1985


  • Louis B. Queary Lifetime Achievement Award in Higher Education, Central Oregon Community College, 2021
  • Diana Hacker/Two Year College Association Outstanding Programs in English Award, 2021 (with Drs. Jane Denison-Furness, Annemarie Hamlin, and Tony Russell)
  • Francis Andrew March Award for Service to the Humanities, Association of Departments of English, 2020
  • Carolyn DesJardin's Leadership Award, American Association of Women in Community Colleges, 2018
  • American Association of Women in Community College's 2018 Community College Excellence Award, 2018
  • Sabbatical Awarded, Central Oregon Community College,  Fall Quarter 2018
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop, Concord, Massachusetts: A
    Center of Transcendentalism and Social Reform in the 19th Century, July 2010
  • Faculty Achievement Award, Central Oregon Community College, May 2008
  • Sabbatical Awarded, Central Oregon Community College Spring Quarter 2008
  • Community College Humanities Association National Distinguished Humanities Educators  Award, 2007
  • Program for Excellence in Assessment grant, Central Oregon Community College, 2003
  • Program for Excellence in Teaching grant, Central Oregon Community College, 1997 and 1999
  • Adrienne A. Munich Dissertation Prize in Women's Studies, City University of New York: 1996
  • Provost Teaching Fellowship, City University of New York: 1993-94 Academic Year


  • Central Oregon Community College, Professor of English, 1995-present
  • Interim Chair, Humanities Department, 2021-2022
  • Interim Instructional Dean, 2015-2016
  • Chair, Humanities Department, 2013-2015
  • Chair, Fine Arts and Communication Department, 2003-2006
  • Excelsior College, Masters in Liberal Studies Program, Adjunct Faculty, 2001-2012
  • Oregon State University Cascades Campus/ Eastern Oregon University, Adjunct Instructor, 1997-2004
  • The New School for Social Research, Graduate School of Management and Public Policy, Graduate Student Writing Coach,1994-1995
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College, Adjunct Instructor, 1988-95
  • Long Island University (Brooklyn,NY), Adjunct Instructor, 1993-1994
  • St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY), Adjunct Instructor, 1992-1993
  • New York University, Adjunct Instructor, 1990-1993


  • Executive Council Member, Modern Language Association, 2023-2027.
  • Co-Facilitator, Modern Language Association's Summer Institute for Reading and Writing Pedagogy, California State University, Los Angeles, 2022.
  • Reviewer for the National Writing Project NEH Grant, 2022.
  • Editorial Board, Teaching English in the Two Year College, 2021-2022
  • Co-Facilitator, Modern Language Association's Summer Institute for Reading and Writing Pedagogy, Sonoma State University, July 2021.
  • Co-Speaker, Community Colleges in the 21st Century Symposium, The Simpson Center at the University of Washington, June 2021.
  • Co-Speaker, Teaching at a Community College: Perspectives and Advice, Idaho State University,  March 2021
  • Speaker, The Simpson Center at the University of Washington, Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics: Catalyzing Collaboration Kick Off,  Sept. 2019.
  • Co-Facilitator, Modern Language Association's Summer Institute for Reading and WritingPedagogy, The Simpson Center at the University of Washington, Jun 2019
  • A Novel Idea Selection and Advisory Committees, Deschutes Public Library, 2004-present
  • Modern Language Association Committee on K-16 Alliances, 2017-19
  • Modern Language Association Mellon Grant Steering Committee, 2018-19
  • Association of Departments of English Executive Committee, 2014-2017 (2016-17 President)
  • Community College Forum Executive Committee, MLA, 2013-2018 (Acting Chair 2014-15;   Secretary 2015-16; Chair 2016-17)
  • Modern Language Association Working Group on K-16 Alliances, 2014-2016
  • Oregon Developmental Education Redesign Work Group, 2014-2016
  • Oregon Placement Workgroup and Steering Committee, 2015-2016
  • Regional Delegate, Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association, 2015-2018
  • Oregon Developmental Education Redesign, Phase II, Central Oregon Community CollegeTeam, 2014-2016
  • National Council of Teachers of English, Policy Analyst, 2013-2015
  • Modern Language Association Program Committee, 2011-2014
  • Community College Representative, Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly, 2008-2011
  • Modern Language Association Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights  and Responsibilities, 2008-2011
  • Editor, newsletter of the Community College Humanities Association, 2002-2007
  • Modern Language Association Committee on Community Colleges, 2002-2005 (Chair, 2004-  2005)


  • Grant Manager, Strengthening Community Colleges, Department of Labor Grant (2022-2025)
  • Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications Representative, Faculty Senate (2021-2024)
  • Publications Board, The Broadside (2020-2022)
  • Title III Writing Lead (2016-2021)
  • Committee Review Workgroup (2020-2021)
  • Institutional Advancement Work Group (2019-2020)
  • Shared Governance Committee (2016-2020, Chair)
  • Labor Management Team (2016-2019)
  • Faculty Forum Executive Committee (2016-2018)
  • Communications Task Force (2016-2018)
  • Scenario Planning Work Group (2015-2016)
  • College Affairs (2015-2016)
  • Professional Improvement Resource Team (2015-2016)
  • Dean Team (2015-2016)
  • Cascades Commitment Task Force (2013-2016)
  • Teaching Innovation Taskforce and Faculty Mentoring (2014-2015)
  • Joint Curriculum Committee (2014-2015)
  • Chair Moot Representative on Academic Affairs (2013-2014)
  • College Planning Committee (2013-2014)
  • Faculty Forum Shared Governance Task Force (2012-2013)
  • Faculty Negotiations Team, Collaborative Bargaining (2012-13)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (2012-13)
  • Periodic Performance Review Task Force (2011-13)
  • Professional Improvement Resource Team (2009-2012, Chair 2010-11)
  • Promotions Committee (2007-2009)
  • Celebration of Academic Excellence Committee (2001-2007)
  • Faculty Assessment Team (2004-2007)
  • Faculty Professional Improvement Resources Committee (2004-2007)
  • Tenure Committee (2002-2004)
  • Accreditation Steering Committee (1997-2007)



  • "Welcome/Not Welcome: From Discouragement to Enpowerment in the Writing Placement Process at Central Oregon Community College." with Dr. Jane Denison-Furness,Annemarie Hamlin and Tony Russell. Writing Placement Innovation in the Two-Year Colleges:The Pursuit of Equity in Postsecondary Education. Eds. Jessica Nastal,Mya Poe and Christie Toth. WAC Publishing, 2022.
  • "Shared Governance at the Community College." ADFL Bulletin 43.1 (2014).
  • "Community College Faculty and the MLA." The Community College Humanist 32.1 (Fall2011):1+.
  • "Looking Backward, Looking Forward: MLA Members Speak." PMLA 115.7 (Dec.2000):1986+.
  • "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: Becoming a Community College Teacher." ADEBulletin, Fall 2000.
  • "Mary Gordon's Irish Catholics and Jews in Protestant America." Working Papers in IrishStudies. Nova Southeastern University, 1997.
  • "Reluctant Radical: The Irish Catholic Element." Twenty-four Ways of Looking at MaryMcCarthy. Eds. Eve Stwertka and Margo Viscusi, Greenwood Press, 1996.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • "Book Clubs." The Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture. Facts on File Encyclopedias.2012.
  • "Mary Gordon." New Catholic Encyclopedia. The Catholic University of America Press. 2011.
  • "Joyce Carol Oates." The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. SagePublications. 2011.
  • Review of Linciati: Lynchings of Italians in America. In Film & History: An InterdisciplinaryJournal of Film and Television Studies vol. 36, no. 2, 2006, pp. 53-54.
  • "Dorothy Parker"; "Native AmericanStereotypes"; "Whiteness." An Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • "Brooklyn." An Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Eds. Hans Ostrum and J. DavidMacey. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • "Irish." American History Through Literature,1870-1920. Eds. Tom Quirk and GaryScharnhorst. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.
  • "Irish." American History Through Literature,1820-1870. Eds. Tom Quirk and GaryScharnhorst. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.
  • "Mary Gordon's Final Payments." A Companion to Catholic Literature. Ed. Mary R.Reichardt. Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • "Italian Americans." The Columbia Companion to American History on Film. Ed. Peter C.Rollins. Columbia UP, 2004.
  • "Brent Staples." African American Autobiographers: ABio-critical Sourcebook. Ed.Emmanuel  Nelson. GreenwoodPress, 2002.
  • "Mary Gordon"; "Mary McCarthy"; "Louise Erdrich"; "Mary Anne Sadlier". Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Mary R. Reichardt Greenwood Press, 2001.
  • "Robin Morgan." Significant Contemporary Feminists: A Bio-critical Sourcebook. Ed. JenniferScanlon. Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • "Robin Morgan." Gay and Lesbian Literature, vol.2. Eds. Tom Pendergast and SaraPendergast. St. James Press, 1997.
  • "Mary Lavin." Feminist Writers. Ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton. St. James Press, 1996.


  • Two Year College Association Convention, Chicago, 2023: "The Next Generation of Placement Redesign"
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, 2023: "Reading and Writing Pedagogy at Access-Oriented Institutions: Centering Access in Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Curriculum Building"
  • Modern Language Association National Convention, San Francisco, 2023. "Learning the Lingo:  Introducing Special Concepts for Teaching and Learning at Access-Oriented Institutions"
  • University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities, "Community Colleges in the 21st Century: A Colloquium,"  June 2021.
  • Graduate Program in English, Idaho State University, March 2021.  Panelist on Community College Teaching Careers
  • A Novel Idea Retrospective, Deschutes County Library, Oct. 2020.
  • Modern Language Association,National Convention, Chicago, 2019:  Pre-Convention Workshop on Job Opportunities for PhD's in English.
  • Deschutes Public Library, March 2019. "Know Jo"  (on Louisa May Alcott's Jo March)
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2018: Introducing Rakesh Satyal’s No One Can Pronounce My Name
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2016: Historical Biography and Lily King's Euphoria
  • Modern Language Association, National Convention, Austin, TX, 2016: "Current Projects of  the Working Group of K-16 Alliances" (Round table)
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2015: The Writer/Reader Relationship in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being
  • Modern Language Association, National Convention, Vancouver, B.C., 2015: Pre- Convention  Workshop for Job Seekers in English
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2014: Post Apocalyptic  Fiction and Peter Heller's The Dog Stars
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2013: Magical Realism  in  Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child
  • Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) Summer Seminar, Eugene, OR  2012: "Whats Driving the Curriculum? Shared Governance"
  • Deschutes Public Library (A Novel Idea Kick Off Event), Bend, OR, 2012: "New York as Metaphor in Amor Towles' The Rules of Civility"
  • Modern Language Association, National Convention, Seattle, 2012: "What is Shared Governance at a Community College?"
  • Modern Language Association, National Convention, Los Angeles, 2011: "Careers in Two-  Year Colleges"
  • Community College Humanities Association, Pacific-Western Division Conference, Seattle,  WA, Nov 2010: "Louisa May Alcott and Me"
  • Deschutes Public Library (Biography Month Lecture Series), Bend, OR, 2010: "Kate Chopin: A Life" Celebration of Academic Excellence, Keynote Speaker, Bend, OR, 2009: "The Water is Fine"
  • Faculty Recognition Breakfast, Bend, OR, 2008: "Oprah's Book Club: Preaching the Gospel  of Reading"
  • Community College Humanities Association, Pacific-Western Division Conference,Portland,  OR, 2008:"Transforming Surveys of American Literature for the 21st Century" (with  Dr. Annemarie Hamlin and Jacob Agatucci).
  • Community College Humanities Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2007:  "Portfolios in the Literature Classroom"; "Writing in theHumanities" (with Dr. Emily Sohmer Tai; Jacob Agatucci and Dr. Ned Wilson).
  • Redmond Public Library, Women's History Month Lecture Series, 2007: "Louisa May Alcott: The Real Life of a 'Little Woman'"
  • Portland State University Student Success and Retention Conference, 2007: "Multipurpose Rubrics"
    Two-Year College English Association, Pacific Northwest Regional Conference. Yakima, WA,  2005: "The Oprah Effect": What Can Literature Instructors Learn from Oprah's Books?"
  • Central Oregon Regional Library Conference. Redmond, OR, 2005:"The Oprah Effect: Book Clubs and Literature High and Low"
  • Modern Language Association National Convention, Philadelphia, 2004: "Unexpected  Questions at the Community College Job Interview" (with Drs. Sean Murphy and  Deborah Gibbs);
  • Modern Language Association National Convention, San Diego, 2003: "The Job Option at  Community Colleges: A Roundtable" (with Drs. David Berry and George Scheper)
  • Community College Humanities Association National Convention,Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003. "Writing for Publication: A Roundtable" (with Drs. Emily Sohmer-Tai and Ned Wilson)
  • Community College Humanities Association Pacific-Western Division Conference, San Francisco, 2002:"'Can I Say  'Orgasm' On TV?' And Other Adventures in  Instructional Technology" (with Drs. Cora Agatucci and Karen Huck);
  • Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference, Eugene, OR, 2001: "Rhetorical Modes,Rhetorical Commodes"(with Drs. Jon Bouknight and Eleanor Sumpter-Latham)
  • Modern Language Association, Chicago, 1999: "What a Long Strange Trip Its Been: Becoming a CommunityCollege Teacher; and Career Opportunities at the Two- Year College"
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern LanguageAssociation, Portland State University, OR,1999: "Assimilation Blues:The Cultural Balancing Act as Depicted in Native American and  Immigrant American Literatures"
  • Modern Language Association, San Francisco, 1998: "Irish Family Values: Eugene and Mary  Doyle Curran."
    Bang, Boom, Bust and Bang (Again):The Space Between: 1915-1945, University of  Nevada,  Reno, 1997:"Stealing Modernism: Darcy McNickles The Surrounded"
  • Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Bend, OR, 1996: "Awkward Assimilation:Irish Catholics in Protestant America"
  • Southwest Symposium, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1996: "Irish Catholic Heroines"
  • MELUS Conference, Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island, 1995: "Confessing Culture: Mary Gordon's Irish Catholics in Protestant America"
  • Mary McCarthy Conference: Truth Telling and Its Costs, Bard College,NY, 1993: "Reluctant Radical:Mary McCarthy and the Problem of Ideological Faith"
  • NEMLA Conference, Bryn Mawr College, PA, 1993: "William James, Ernest Hemingway and Autobiography"
  • CUNY Faculty Forum, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, 1993: "Sisterhood Succeeds Where Brotherhood Fails :Ellison's Invisible Man and Walker's Meridian"
  • The Thirties: Literature, Politics and Culture, Youngstown State University,OH, 1992: Mary  McCarthy: A Moralist of theThirties


  • Modern Language Association
  • Association of Departments of English
  • Community College Humanities Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Two Year College Association