Josefa Pace

Lecturer Literacy Studies

Josefa Pace
(707) 664-2504
Nichols Hall 334

What I Do at SSU:

I am excited to have recently joined the English Department at SSU. My degree and research relate to the field of Literacy Studies. Literacy is seen as an organizing principle when utilizing a sociopolitical and cultural historical interdisciplinary framework to inform teachings in linguistics, writing, literature, and education. I am delighted to teach courses in English Education and composition.


Josefa Pace received her Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University. Her dissertation, entitled, Apri gli occhi e hai le cervello nel capo—(Open your eyes and keep your brains in your head: Narrative Stories from Italian Immigrant Women) used ethnographic research methods and discourse analysis to explore the intergenerational identities of Italian immigrant women. She possesses an MA in English (Creative Writing) from Queens College, and she completed 17 credits within an MA Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Dr. Pace has a BA in English and a BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University. Through ethnographic research and discourse and narrative analysis, Dr. Pace continues to examine writing and digital rhetoric relating to culture, identity, and gender. She has been teaching at local colleges and schools within New York Communities for over ten years. She taught a range of courses in writing studies and composition, literacy, literature, and interdisciplinary multicultural education.

Dr. Pace recently developed the narrative stories from her dissertation into a manuscript entitled, Finding Patterns: Traveling Four Women’s Paths. Her publications include practitioner research articles and poetry. The articles focus upon students’ transactional accounts with literature and approaches to multimodalities. Her poetry is influenced by her graduate work in Women’s History.

Dr. Pace has presented her research multiple times at local and national conferences—National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Whole Language Umbrella Literacies for All Summer Institute. This upcoming spring (March, 2017) she will be co-presenting at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to teaching on the college level, she also was an assistant women’s soccer coach on the Division II level for eight years and holds a USSF National ‘B’ coaching license in soccer. She recently completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Certification in NYC. She believes in the connectivity between mind and body as a source of expression.

  • “Students' Ethnographic Practices Reflect Critical Conscious Research in a Multicultural College Class” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Spring 2016
  • “Tips from the Classroom -- Teaching American Culture and Literature to an Increasingly Diverse Student Body” Journal of College Literacy and Learning, 2014
  • “Understanding Multimodal Communication of Dramatic Elements in Titus Andronicus and The Importance of Being Earnest” in the Drama Research: International journal of drama in education, 2013
  • “God’s Thumbnail” was published in 2006 within the International Poetry Library Collection of Poems; “Long Distance” and “The Faces We Wear” were published in 2007 within Jones Ave.