English at MxCC

Student Success Stories

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Mission Statement

The English Department strives to improve students’ active reading abilities, written and oral expression, and critical thinking skills.  Through its commitment to open access, the English department enhances all aspects of literacy and develops stronger readers, writers, and thinkers for certificates, degrees, transfer, and life-long learning.


Through close reading and analysis of diverse texts and by crafting written works for various audiences, students will be able to think deeply, argue convincingly, and communicate effectively.

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Points of Pride

  • Clubs: Creative Writing, MxCC Reads, and S.P.E.A.K.
  • English Fast Tracks (noncredit offerings)
  • English Pathways to Connecticut State Universities
  • Grant Recipients
  • Honors Program
  • Lectures, readings, panel discussions, workshops, and special literary events
  • Poetry Festival
  • Partnerships with the community, adult education, high schools, and universities
  • Transitional Year Program

Learning Outcomes

  • To construct written works for different audiences.
  • To read, comprehend, and analyze challenging and diverse texts.

Meet our Faculty

Donna Bontatibus

Professor & Program Coordinator, English
Phone: 860-343-5802
Email: dbontatibus@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 520
Office Hours: Mondays – Thursdays 8:30 – 9:20 a.m., Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. –  12:20 p.m. (and by appointment)
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Adam Floridia

Associate Professor, English
Phone: 860-343-5804
Email: afloridia@mxcc.edu 
Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 520
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:45 – 3:15 p.m, Wednesday 9:30-11:30, and by appointment
MxCC@Platt Hours: Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
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Catherine Hostetter

Instructional Support Specialist, English
Phone: 860-343-5862
Email: chostetter@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 418
Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Eva Jones

Associate Professor, English
School of Arts & Media, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Phone: 860-343-5854
Email: ejones2@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall, 520
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
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Terence McNulty

Professor, English
Phone: 860-343-5889
Email: tmcnulty@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 520
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
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Ashley Raithel

Full-Time Lecturer, English
Phone: 860-343-5801
Email: araithel@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow Hall 520
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.

Christine Ruggiero

Professor, English
Phone: 860-343-5878
Email: cruggiero@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 520
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Thursdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and by appointment