2008 Puente Class at Chicano Park


I hope this web site helps students and community members learn more about me and my teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my work at MiraCosta or any of the courses I teach.

Intro to Lit Students Performing Hamlet

About me:

After graduating from Georgetown University and spending a year as a volunteer in Peru, I began teaching English in 1986 at the high school level and have been teaching literature and composition ever since. From 1988-2002, I directed a federally funded Upward Bound program designed to help low income students advance to four-year colleges and universities.

American Literature students stage a scene from Long Day's Journey Into Night

During those Upward Bound years, I completed a Masters degree in English and the course work for a Ph.D at the Claremont Graduate University.

Academically, my interests include composition pedagogy, service learning, the role of technology in teaching and learning, Early American, California, Chicano/Latino, and Jazz literatures, and the writings of Mark Twain.

I currently teach English 100, American Literature, American Studies, and Shakespeare Honors. This is my ninth year at MiraCosta.

English 100 student visiting Tijuana orphanage

If this excruciating introduction has not already bored you to tears, you can find more information about me than any sane person would wish to see by visiting, reading, or memorizing my mission statement, curriculum vitae, or a sample of my written work.

Contacting Me:
(760) 757-2121 x6303

Professional Memberships

National Council of Teachers of EnglishSociety of Early Americanists

Page Updated: January 7, 2012

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Spring 2012 Courses

Jim Sullivan • Letters Department • MiraCosta College
Office: OC T316 • Office Hours: M-Thur 10-11 AM and by appointment• Phone: (760) 757-2121 ext. 6303