Degrees and Credentials
Ph.D. English; Focus in 19th/20th C. American Literature, University of Buffalo 2001
M.A. English, University of Buffalo 1998
B.A. English and Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College 1992
Dr. Howell has taught courses in literature and in composition at Pitt-Bradford since 2007. In 2015, she was appointed Director of Composition and of the Writing Center.
An experienced administrator, Dr. Howell served the campus as Executive Associate to the President from 2013 to 2015, working at the President's direction to oversee and support various university projects and programs. In this role she was also Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Liaison for Pitt-Bradford, responsible for compliance with institutional affirmative action policies and procedures.
Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Howell worked with the thirteenth and fourteenth presidents at the University at Buffalo as Assistant to the President for Communications from 2001 to 2005, and as Staff Writer from 1998 to 2001. At the University at Buffalo, Dr. Howell taught courses in American literature, cultural studies, women's studies and composition.
She has also taught at the Cattaraugus Campus of Jamestown Community College, offering courses in philosophy, composition and creative writing. Her current research project is the recovery of the early 20th century fiction of the Jewish American novelist and screenwriter Vera Caspary.
With a background in philosophy and critical theory, Dr. Howell's scholarly interests include the study of narrative as well as cultural, gender and media studies. She currently teaches courses in composition and American literature.