Monacell_SmallDr. Peter Monacell, assistant professor of English, was recently named chair of the Department of Humanities at Columbia College. Monacell will oversee all aspects of the department, including faculty administration, curriculum development and student engagement. There are a total of nine majors, minors and programs housed under the Department of Humanities.

“Dr. Monacell brings a great deal of experience to this position, and his passion for the humanities and for teaching was evident immediately after my first conversation with him,” Dr. David Starrett, Columbia College’s provost, said. “We are looking forward to watching the Department of Humanities thrive under his guidance.”

Monacell began teaching at Columbia College in 2012 and teaches courses in American literature, poetry, creative writing, critical theory and composition. In addition, Monacell serves as co-advisor to the Columbia College Literary Review, a student-edited literary magazine. He received his doctorate in English from the University of Missouri in 2011. During his time there, he taught English and won both the Mary Lago and Gus Reid Awards for his teaching.

Monacell has received fellowships from the University of Virginia and University of Missouri, as well as research grants from Washington University in St. Louis and the Center for eResearch. He has published poetry and scholarship, including an article in the Journal of Modern Literature. He is currently working to expand his dissertation on 20th century American poetry about suburbia into a book. Monacell’s research and teaching interests include American poetry and fiction, archival practices, poetry writing, composition and critical theory. His most recent publication is an article, “Charles Bernstein’s Anti-Suburbanism,” which appears in The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein (Salt Publishing, 2012).