Kaitlin Mondello (Ph.D. '18, English) Recognized for Innovative Teaching

August 19, 2019

A Lauder Postdoctoral Fellow at The Graduate Center's Teaching and Learning Center, she won the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism / Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest.

Kaitlin Mondello

Kaitlin Mondello (Ph.D. '18, English) 

Kaitlin Mondello (Ph.D. ’18, English), a Lauder Postdoctoral Fellow at The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center, won the annual Pedagogy Contest, held by the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) and the scholarly website Romantic Circles, for her course at Hunter College, English 252: Dark Ecology, Race, Gender and the Environment. She taught the course in 2017 and will teach a revised version in fall 2019.

Mondello used experiential learning techniques, including innovative field trips, to teach students about pre-20th century literature. She took her students to a slew of relevant New York City sites, such as the New York Public Library, the Frick Art Museum, and the New York Botanical Garden.
“The places I was able to take my class came out of partnerships that I had formed in my work as a doctoral student at The Graduate Center, including a summer research fellowship through CUNY at the New York Botanical Garden,” Mondello said.

Mondello was named the award winner at this year’s annual NASSR conference, held August 8–11 in Chicago. She was one of four finalists invited to give a presentation on a past course. The other three finalists were tenure-track or tenured professors teaching upper-level Romanticism courses.

Mondello’s course grew out of her dissertation, “Posthuman Ecology: Evolutionary Aesthetics in Transatlantic Romanticism.”  In spring 2020, Romantic Circles will publish an article she penned about her course, called “Teaching Romanticism in the Anthropocene: Pedagogies in the Environmental Humanities.”

As a Lauder Teaching Fellow at the Teaching and Learning Center, Mondello helps current Graduate Center doctoral students refine their teaching techniques. Her main areas of focus are writing and environmental humanities, including approaches to teaching water justice and climate change.

Photo credit: Alex Irklievski