- Arts, Business, Education, English, and Social Sciences
- English and Reading
English and Reading
Welcome to the English and Reading Area. Whatever your choice of major or career, the essential skills for success include the abilities to read and write effectively and to think analytically, creatively, and critically. We focus on helping students to build and enhance those skills, as well as to explore the human experience by examining the ideas and values revealed in diverse literary traditions.
Disciplines in the English and Reading Area include English composition, literature, professional writing, and reading. Cognizant of diverse student needs and interests, we have designed flexible and innovative English and reading courses that offer an enabling environment for student growth, inquiry, and success. Faculty engage in professional activities to remain current in their fields and to provide stimulating and challenging courses that prepare students for further studies and employment opportunities.
Dr. Rodney Redmond began his career in education over twenty years ago. Initially, he began working in secondary education as a sophomore level English teacher. Later, he transitioned into a career in higher education. Within the higher education arena, he worked as an adjunct professor, teaching English Composition and Developmental English, at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio before joining the English faculty at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. During his tenure as an English faculty member, he served in various roles including his work as a member of the Assessment Center Advisory Committee, the English Discipline Steering Committee, the English CLEP Coordinator, the English Competency Coordinator and Chair of the Department of English Composition, Literature and Professional Writing.
Dr. Redmond also served the college as the representative to the local NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. Additionally, he is a member of the National Council of Black American Affairs, Community College Humanities Association, Rocky D’s Angel Connection Advisory Board, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Bernie Tetreault Scholarship Program, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc., and served as a panelist with the Maryland Arts and Humanities Commission.
Dr. Redmond is well-versed in many of the issues that face higher education: developmental education, student access and retention, student classroom behavior, student records and confidentiality and institutional governance. He works continuously to recruit, train and mentor diverse faculty perspectives in the classroom which enhance student success and retention. As the Acting Instructional Dean of English and Reading at Montgomery College, he collaborates with faculty and staff in the Humanities to increase student success and retention, professional development opportunities and approaches to increase diversity. Dr. Redmond also works with students in English and Reading courses to resolve issues centered on access and student success strategies. He has become a mentor to many of the students as they matriculate through higher education, especially at Montgomery College, Rockville.
Dr. Redmond earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. After matriculation at Rust College, he received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He completed his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration, focusing on Community College Leadership, from Morgan State University located in Baltimore, Maryland.
English and Reading Department - Rockville Campus Department Chair: Teri Hurst
English and Reading Department - Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Department Chair: Ellen Olmstead
English and Reading Department - Germantown Campus
Department Chari: Mary E. Robinson
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We offer courses in grammar, literature, reading (developing reading skills and teaching reading), vocabulary, writing (basic writing skills, college writing, professional writing, journalism, technical writing, creative writing: fiction and poetry). See full list below.
- Arts, Business, Education, English, and Social Sciences Academic Unit
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- Education and Social Sciences Instructional Area
- English and Reading Instructional Area
- Visual and Performing Arts Instructional Area