Donald N.S. Unger, MFA, PhD
9 Judson Road
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605-1217
(h) 508.853.4594


Ph.D., English, Composition & Rhetoric, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001
                Dissertation: “The Evolution of Gender-Neutral Language: Can Fathers Mother?”
                Director: Professor Anne Herrington, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
                                Revised version published by Temple University Press, June 2010
                                Title:  “Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality of Fatherhood in America”
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Fiction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990
B.A., Literature/Writing, Minor in Education, Columbia University, 1988


February 2006-Present, Lecturer, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

            June 2009-Present, Co-Coordinator, WAC, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

August 2002-May 2004, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, The University at Albany-SUNY
Spring 2001, 2002, 2004, Visiting Instructor, Ctr. for Interdisciplinary & Special Studies, College of the Holy Cross
1997-2001, Teaching Associate, English Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1994-1996, Adjunct Professor, Writing Program, Daniel Webster College
1993, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Division, Massachusetts Bay Community College
1990-1992, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Drexel University
1989-1990, Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Summer 1987 & 1988, Teaching Assistant, Higher Education Opportunity Program, Columbia University

COURSES TAUGHT (classroom teacher):

Writing Theory and Pedagogy:
                “Composition Theory,” Graduate Level (Albany)
                “Seminar in Writing and Tutoring” (Albany)
Non-Fiction Writing:
                “Introduction to Technical Communication”  Online at OCW (MIT)

                “Professional Writing” (Daniel Webster College)
                “Critical Writing” (Albany)

                “Forms of Argumentative and Persuasive Writing” (Albany)

                “Expository Writing” (Albany)
                “Reading and Research,” Freshmen Humanities Sequence: Course II (Drexel)
                “College Composition,” Freshmen Humanities Sequence: Course I (multiple institutions)
                “Developmental Writing” (Daniel Webster College)
Creative Writing:
                “Introduction to Creative Writing,” (Albany)
                “Fiction Workshop,” both credit and non-credit courses (multiple institutions)
                “Screen Writing Workshop,” both credit and non-credit courses (multiple institutions)
                “Growing Up in America” (Albany)

                “Introduction to Literature,” Freshmen Humanities Sequence: Course III (Drexel) 

                “The Nineteenth Century American Novel” (Albany)

Women’s & Gender Studies:
                “Families and Fathers,” Women’s & Gender Studies Seminar (Holy Cross)

COURSES TAUGHT (WAC lecturer in technical subjects, MIT):

CME (Cambridge-MIT Exchange Program)
2.671 Measurement and Instrumentation
6.021J Cellular Biophysics
6.033 Computer System Engineering (WAC co-coordinator)
6.111 Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory (WAC coordinator)
6.121J Bioelectronics Project Laboratory
6.152J Micro/Nano Processing Technology
6.161 Modern Optics Project Laboratory (WAC coordinator)
6.182 Psychoacoustics Project Laboratory

6.805 Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier
7.02 Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication
15.301 Managerial Psychology Laboratory

PUBLICATIONS, Non-Fiction (Print and Multimedia):

Book:  “Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality of Fatherhood in America,” Published, June 2010, Temple University Press

Articles:   More than 125 articles; full list with links to some of the articles; topics: Education-Related Issues; Book Reviews; Gender and Family; Business; Technical Issues; Politics; Environmental Issues; Humor

Blog: Hydrocarbonaholics Anonymous.  Focused on environmental and energy issues:

Radio: More than thirty Morning Edition commentary pieces for local NPR affiliates; full list and links to MP3s

PUBLICATIONS, Creative Writing:

More than 20 short stories, and a few poems, published in literary magazines in the US, Canada, and Europe


International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Indiana University, May 2010
             “Non-American English and College Writing: Difficulties and Opportunities”

New England Fathering Conference, March 2010

            “What Does Inclusion Look Like?  Beyond the Doofus Dad in Modern Media”

New England Fathering Conference, March 2010
             “Men are a Danger to Children: Reality or Image Problem, What Do We Do?”
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, June 2009
             “How Can I Trust Him? Men as Caregivers”
New England Fathering Conference, March 2009
             “Who's Your (Media) Daddy? Raising Awareness of How Popular Culture Shapes Us as Fathers”
Father’s Program, Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, April 2008
              “Media Representations of Fathers,”

Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MIT, March 2008
              “Men Speak Out: Pro-Feminist Views on Gender, Sex, and Power,” Reading and Panel Discussion

Screen Media and Sexual Politics Conference, Plymouth State University, October 2004
              “AT&T’s Reach Out Commercials and the New American Family”

HumaniTech Conference: Humanities, Technology, Science and the Nexus of Discourse, April 2004
              Chair, Pedagogy Panel

SUNY Council on Writing Annual Convention, April 2004
              “The Externalization of Audience in College Writing Classes”
Modern Language Association Annual Convention, December 2002
              “Why Men Don’t Take Family Leave: Why They Might”

Florida State University, Literature & Film Conference, February 2001
              “Ted Kramer and ‘the Other Mothers’”

Florida State University, Literature & Film Conference, January 2000
              “A Father Would Have to Be Crazy to Mother”
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1999
              “The Invisible Man: The Gendering of Domestic Labor in Student Writing”


Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference, Massachusetts, November 1997, 1998; February 2006-2010
Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MIT, March 2008
Jawbone Reading Series, Albany, New York, November 2002
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Graduate Student Conference, May 1998, 1999, 2000
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Writing Conference, March 2000
Book Mill Reading Series, Montague, Massachusetts, February 1999
Worcester Public Library, Writers’ Panel, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 1997
University of Louisville, 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, February 1997     
The Book Shop, Sheridan, Wyoming, May 1992
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 1992
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, December 1991, June 1992
Guild House, Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 1988 & 1989
Columbia University, NYC, April 1988, December 1987


1997, 1998, 2006-2010, Mentor, Worcester County Young Writers Conference
1996, Fiction Workshop for Worcester Nightlife, Adult Education Program
1993-1994, Screen Writing and Fiction Workshops for English Honor Society, College of the Holy Cross
1991-1992, Adult Creative Writing Workshops, Arts Council of Princeton: prose and screen writing
1990, Creative Writing Workshop for Green Hills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1987, ESL Workshop for American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), NYC


2001-Present, Contributing Writer, Knowledge@Wharton
                 Also contribute to sister sites: in China, India, Latin America; at Emory and Arizona State Universities
1998-2003, Political Commentator, WFCR, Amherst, Massachusetts
                Regular commentator for local NPR affiliate
1997-Present, Contributing Writer, Holy Cross Magazine
1996, Editor and Publisher, Worcester Underage: an Anthology of High School Writing
                Compiled, edited, and published a collection of fiction and poetry by local students

1995-2001, Founding Editor, Princeton Arts Review
                Edited a small literary magazine, publishing fiction, poetry and essays; editor-in-chief, fiction editor
1995-1996, Faculty Advisor, The Talon, Daniel Webster College Student Newspaper
                Provided editorial guidance and assistance to editor and staff of student-run newspaper
1995, Columnist and Education Correspondent, The Auburn News
                Covered education for local Massachusetts weekly; wrote regular column on parenting  issues 


1990-1992, Drexel University Writing Center
1987-1988, Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency (CUTTA)
                English as a Second Language (ESL); writing; literature; and other liberal arts subjects
1987-1988, Certified Translator, Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency (CUTTA)
                Translation work in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish


Puffin Foundation Grant, 1999, for “Living on the Hinge” issue of Princeton Arts Review
University Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1997-1998
Puffin Foundation Grant, 1996, for Worcester Underage: an Anthology of High School Writing
Worcester Cultural Commission Grant, 1996, for Worcester Underage: an Anthology of High School Writing
Spring Writer’s Residence, Ucross Foundation, Ucross, Wyoming, 1992
Distinguished Artist Writing Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1992
Writer-in-Residence, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey 1991-1992
Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, 1991
Hopwood Award, Short Fiction, University of Michigan, 1990
Summer Writing and Research Grant, University of Michigan, 1989
Dean’s Discretionary Fund Grant, University of Michigan, 1989
Bennett Cerf Memorial Writing Prize in Fiction, Columbia University, 1988
Quarto Prize for Outstanding Literary Achievement, Columbia University, 1988


Speak, read, and write: Danish and Spanish; read Norwegian and Swedish.


American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)


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