Spotlight on Recent Faculty and Staff Publications

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Our Durham Tech Faculty and Staff are doing great things! We want to celebrate and congratulate our talented colleagues by sharing some of their recent publications.

We hope you enjoy reading the books, chapters, articles, and poems written by your colleagues.

Oluwunmi (Olu) Ariyo is Assistant Director, College Recruitment & High School Partnerships.

Education reform in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Oluwunmi Ariyo, and Ansa Reams-Johnson, editor. Hershey PA : Information Science Reference, 2022. “Education Reform in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic educates individuals regarding the impact of COVID-19 on higher education institutions internally and externally and considers the lessons learned as well as what could be next. The book also presents solutions to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic wrought on universities and colleges and looks toward using those solutions for future applications. Covering a range of topics such as student engagement, enrollment, and virtual spaces, it is an ideal resource for administrators, educators, mental health professionals, faculty, universities, and students.” -From

Marina DelVecchio is an English and Women’s Studies Instructor and has published two novels and a memoir recently. You can learn more about her from her website.

Dear Jane by Marina DelVecchi. Castroville, Texas : Black Rose Writing, 2018. “Kit Kat is a fifteen-year-old adoptee who writes letters to her favorite literary character, Jane Eyre, as a means of surviving a violent childhood in Greece and a harrowing adoption in New York that requires her to silence her memories and her voice. In writing letters to Jane, Kit Kat discovers a connection to literature that saves her life. Dear Jane is about family, love, forgiveness, and the power of a good book.” -From

Kelli Allen is Developmental English Instructor.
Leaving the Skin on the Bear by Kelli Allen, C&R Press, 2022 has been ordered will be available at the library soon. “The poems collected here celebrate otherness and contradiction, demand understanding and the acceptance of not-knowing simultaneously. These poems stay the crooked path and reimagine what it is, and has always been, to learn that no loss is complete. The untamed imageries summoned here leap from one form to another in their need to meet the demands of what becomes a steady inquiry. This is not a collection of answers, but a testimony of what a life lived in questions might look like.” – From

Farwa Shah is Coordinator, English Language Pathways and English for Academic Purposes.

Her chapter, “The Reality of Change: Teachers’ Perceptions About Curriculum Reform in Pakistan” was featured in the book English Language Teaching in Pakistan.

Bridget Bell is an Instructor of English and has published several poems recently. The poems below are from her manuscript-in-progress titled All that We Ask of You Is to Always Be Happy. The collection explores perinatal mood disorders, both from the lens of personal experience and research.

“Check UpTinderbox Poetry Journal

“The World Fails to Tell You about the Tedium” Beloit Poetry Journal

Pregnancy Anaphora” Los Angeles Review

Barry Seaver is a History Instructor. He has published the article “Preventing Juvenile Delinquency with An Invitation to Read” in Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 2021, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2021), pp. 176-203. Published by Pennsylvania State University Press. Contact Mr. Seaver for a copy of the article via email: