Hello, and welcome to my faculty website! I teach Composition and Creative Writing at NOVA’s Annandale campus.

This fall 2015 semester, I have moved to a new office: CN 230 H.


Following are my office hours for the fall 2015 semester:

Drop in Office hours:

  • Mondays: 10:20am to 10:50am
  • Tuesdays: 12-1:45pm & 3:30-5:45pm
  • Wednesdays: 10:20am to 10:50am

Additional Office Hours: by appointment only on Tuesdays 10am to 12pm & Fridays 11am to 2pm.

Please note, appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

• Call (703) 323-3461
• E-mail sferrara@nvcc.edu

last update: August 22, 2015

Acquiring Empathy through Essays

“I know, I know. I’ve probably lost you. Everyone hates essays” writes William Bradley in Utne Reader piece “Acquiring Empathy Through Essays.”
But just look at the title!  Don’t we all need a little help in the empathy department?  Would it help motivate student writers to create clearer, more precisely details works if they knew it would generate increased understanding of their position on subjects they care about from people they wish really cared?  Yet another reason to revise the curriculum for “real life writing.”

Challenges of Hybrid Learning :: Northern Virginia Community College

Today is my first day back in the classroom.  I’m so excited to meet my Wednesday Composition group!  We are definitely going to talk about this list of challenges, and I hope by confronting possible pitfalls TODAY, we can find coping mechanisms for sidestepping them in the weeks to come.

Challenges of Hybrid Learning :: Northern Virginia Community College.

New Year, New Routine

Today I stood at the head of a classroom, presenting information about NOVA’s Technology Applications Center to new adjuncts.  This was a change of pace for me after teaching only online classes for the past academic year.  I actually had to get dressed and leave the house to meet my class!

This fall I’ll be teaching 3 hybrid sections of Composition I (ENG 111), and I’m also the new Annandale campus Technology Applications Center (TAC) mentor, which means I’ll be working with faculty and staff on technology training.  I’m excited about this new development because it means I’ll be working with faculty from all disciplines, not just English, and I’m always excited to help my colleagues, since collaboration often leads to new inspiration in my own courses.

I’m also getting ready to present at a technology teaching conference in October.  I’ll be talking about mobile apps similarly to the sessions I gave at the VA Blackboard Users Conference at George Masson University last fall and the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference (PUP) at NOVA last winter.  The big difference is going to be location: this time I’m flying to Atlanta!

What a lot of running around this year will be.