LINDA E. MERIANS, Ph.D.

Board Secretary

Student-Focused College Administrator & Teacher | Fundraiser & Grant Writer | Start-Up Experience

Successful senior higher education administrator at public and private colleges and universities, author, scholar, teacher, program builder and manager, not-for-profit founder, board member, manager, and fundraiser. Brings a collaborative spirit and compassionate practice to meet challenges and foster long-term relationships that drive partnerships and success. Enjoys mentoring and outreach activities to serve overlooked communities. Ability to move organizational mission into marketing and outreach campaigns that yield results.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY | New York, NY | 2013—2021

Chief of Staff

The Graduate Center, CUNY | New York, NY | 2012—2013

Vice President for Advancement & Exec. Dir. of Graduate Center Foundation

Freelance Writer | New York, NY | 2009—2012

Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, NY| 2001—2009

  • Chief of Staff, 2007—2009
  • Assistant Vice President for Advancement & Senior Staff Associate, 2004—2006
  • Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations & Senior Staff Associate, 2001—2004

Amaryllis Theater Company| Philadelphia, PA | 1999—2000

Founder, Vice President, Treasurer and Administrative Director

La Salle University | Philadelphia, PA | 1987—1999

  • Associate Professor of English, 1987-1999
  • Director of the Women’s Studies Program, 1989-1991

Bucknell University |Lewisburg, PA | 1984—1987

Assistant Professor of English                                                                   

Teaching Specialties: Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Shakespeare, South African Literature, Poetry, Composition, Women’s Literature, Introduction to Literature

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

  • Envisioning the Worst:  Representations of “Hottentots” in Early Modern England 
                 (University of Delaware Press, 2001).
  • The Secret Malady: Venereal Disease in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France 
              (University Press ofKentucky, 1996).

SELECTED CHAPTERS & ARTICLES

  • “Shirley Strum Kenny: Scholar, Teacher, Mentor.” In Iron Magnolia: Essays in Honor of Shirley Strum Kenny’s Presidency of Stony Brook University, 1994-2009. Eds. W. Arens and Mario B. Mignone, with Margaret Gwynne. New York: Forum Italicum Publishing, 2018. Pgs. 74-84.
  • “After the Doors Opened: Asking Why at a New Community College” (2016). Co-authored with S.E. Evenbeck. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, pgs. 67-76.
  • “The Idea of Place.” Co-authored with Scott E. Evenbeck and Paulette Dalpes. Book chapter in Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, pgs. 287-296. Eds. Amy Traver and Zivah Perel Katz (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • Book Review, Nightwalkers: Prostitute Narratives from the Eighteenth Century, ed. Laura J. Rosenthal in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 23.1 (2010): 247-249.
  • World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States, ed. Martha B. Katz-Hyman and Kym S. Rice. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2010.
  • “’Hottentot’: The Emergence of an Early Modern Racist Epithet.” In Shakespeare Studies, vol. XXVI, ed. by Leeds Barroll. New Jersey: Associated University Press, Inc., 1998. Pgs. 123-144.
  • “Teaching South African Literature to American Undergraduates.” In International Third World Studies Journal & Review, vol. 2, No. 1, 1990. Pgs. 311-314.

EDUCATION

Ph.D.   University of Maryland at College Park, 1983

  • Specialist in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

M.A.     University of Maryland at College Park, 1978

  • English Literature

B.A.     Manhattanville College, 1976

  • English Major

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION & SERVICE

EAST-CENTRAL/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

  • Executive Secretary, Elected to successive terms, 1995-2016
  • Molin Prize Committee Judge, Volunteer, 2022-2025