Vincent Walsh, Ph.D. English, M.Ed.
Certified English Grades 7-12 in CT & PA
Vincent Walsh graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in English in 1969; a Rhodes Scholar candidate at Fordham, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, producing an original interpretation of Book Three of Edmund Spenser’s Elizabethan epic Faerie Queene for his Master’s thesis in May of 1970.
Subsequently, Vincent embarked on a career as a medical writer and technical editor, doing intensive research while writing educational programs for sales representatives in the pharmaceutical industry. Vincent returned to formal academics in 1976, taking a position at Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut, where he edited the students’ weekly literary journal, while teaching English classes and conducting music workshops.
Moving on to public high school teaching, Vincent earned his Master’s in Education degree at Sacred Heart University in 1987, and then taught in various inner-city settings, including Bridgeport and Hartford, CT, where he developed innovative remedial reading, writing, and study skills instructional strategies for at-risk students. Vincent is state certified to teach English grades 7-12 in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Vincent transitioned next to college teaching, beginning with Education courses at both Northampton Community College and DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Vincent taught Praxis I and English Praxis II preparation, along with Educational Psychology classes from 2004-2007; he also taught American literature classes for the English Department at DeSales from 2008 through 2012. Vincent designed a graduate Education course at DeSales that enabled 91% of the more than 200 professional Special Ed and ESL educators who took the class to pass the national Praxis English II exam, thereby certifying them to teach English under “No Child Left Behind” requirements. This twelve week graduate course covered the equivalent content of a four year undergraduate English major degree.
Vincent entered the doctoral program in Lehigh University’s English Department as a Teaching Fellow in 2006. He created a cross-curriculum, multi-media Peace Studies course for undergraduates in 2012; he also developed an innovative writing skills class for college freshman that has elicited national as well as international interest. Vincent has published several articles in professional journals, and has also posted numerous academic papers on Academia.edu. Vincent wrote his doctoral dissertation on Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, correlating this seminal work, along with Diaz’s two collections of short fiction, Drown and This Is How You Lose Her, with J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and current research on the Universal Moral Grammar. Vincent graduated from Lehigh with his Ph.D. in Postcolonial and American literature in May of 2014. Since then, he has been teaching college and home school classes in Connecticut, as well as working as a private tutor and individual mentor.