Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao, Ph.D., calls the growth and development of the College of Arts and Sciences over the past decade “exciting.” The blended curriculum of business and liberal arts, he says, reinforces the importance of students as global citizens, which requires them to develop diversity awareness, critical thinking and the ability to write as thoughtful readers and read as thoughtful writers. “That’s the foundation for sustaining intellectual curiosity to be lifelong learners.”
Cabusao, winner of the 2018 Faculty Award for Outstanding Service in the College of Arts and Sciences,is a champion of Bryant's commitment to a diverse faculty. He believes that his research interests and his courses afford students opportunities for challenging and meaningful discussions on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality they might not otherwise have. In 2016, he published Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt: Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan. It is the first anthology to gather nearly sixty years of literary criticism on Bulosan, a pioneering Filipino/Asian American writer.
He considers his classes as places where connections between students and ideas unfold, and is excited when students analyze complex ideas and articulate how theoretical concepts are dramatized in literature. “I’m interested in methodologies that enable students to analyze texts … in relationship to social conflicts,” says Cabusao, who believes such methodologies reinforce Bryant’s interdisciplinary curriculum.
He juggles his research and writing commitments with mentoring: He directs the Bryant Scholars program and is the faculty sponsor of the Alpha Tau Rho chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society). Off-campus, he is a co-director of and mentor for the Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Program of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). NCTE, whose members include English Language Arts (ELA) educators at all levels, annually honors a select group of ELA teachers with that award, which Cabusao received in 2011.
“I think one of our tasks as educators is to give young people the tools to navigate those transitions into young adulthood," he says, "and to challenge them, encourage them and nurture them so that they graduate as individuals ready to do something positive in the world.”
Director of the Bryant’s Scholars Program
Faculty sponsor of the Alpha Tau Rho chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society)
In 2016, he published the anthology "Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt: Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan." This collection, for the first time, gathers nearly sixty years of literary criticism on Bulosan, a pioneering Filipino/Asian American writer.
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