The Center for Applied Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the arts, writing, humanities, translation, and interpreting including:
Jenny McPhee is the Director of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts and Clinical Assistant Professor. A writer and translator, she is the author of The Center of Things, No Ordinary Matter, and A Man of No Moon, and co-authored Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Her translations from Italian include books by the authors Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Giacomo Leopardi, Curzio Malaparte, Paolo Maurensig, and Pope John Paul II. She is a co-founder and on the board of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a public high school and middle school. She teaches in the Master’s in Translation at NYU SPS CALA.
Annelise Finegan Wasmoen is Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the MS in Translation. An award-winning translator, she has published translations from Chinese including novels, short fiction, and non-fiction by prominent contemporary and historical authors. Annelise has worked for academic and textbook publishers as an acquisitions editor, publishing coordinator, bilingual copy editor, and project manager. She is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies and is writing her dissertation, “Translational Stages: Twentieth-Century Chinese Theatrical Modernism.”
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr is Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the MS in Professional Writing program. Her research interests include new literacy studies, educational justice, multimodal composing, participatory culture, and the teaching of writing in both traditional and non-traditional spaces of learning. Kristine holds an Ed.D. in Communication and Education from the Math, Science, and Technology department at Teachers College Columbia University; an M.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University; and a B.A. in Professional & Creative Writing with a minor in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrew Dicus is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Writing. In addition to teaching humanities courses in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, he works on curriculum, assessments, and faculty development relating to writing at NYU SPS, especially in CALA’s new Storytelling Lab. He holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and a BA in secondary education from the University of Nevada, Reno; his scholarly work on eighteenth-century fiction and political philosophy has appeared in several academic journals, including Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Modern Philology, and Prose Studies.
Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca is a Language Lecturer at the American Language Institute (ALI) and Program Coordinator of foreign languages at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts. In addition to teaching English to speakers of other languages for more than 15 years, Suzanne has developed learning materials for online use, and presented on her original teaching methods at regional, national, and international conferences. She was a lecturer at The New School and Parsons, and has been with NYU since 2012. Suzanne holds an an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, where she also completed coursework in Teacher Training and Development; and a B.A. in Language and Early Childhood Development with a minor in French, and a concentration in Japanese.
Julie Tay is clinical assistant professor and former academic director (2014-2017) of the Master of Science in Translation at CALA; she’s a practicing cultural consultant, translator, and ethnographer, specializing in Chinese and English interlanguage issues and post-colonialism in the new millennium. Tay received her B.A. Honors in linguistics from Victoria University, New Zealand, a Dip. Edu from National University of Singapore and an M.A. in Anthropology (CUNY Graduate Center PhD en route) in 1994. She is co-founder and executive director of Mencius Society for the Arts, a New York City community-based organization devoted to access and empowerment among marginalized constituencies.
Afua Preston is Associate Director of Administration. Afua has a love for romance languages and holds a B.A. in Italian Language and Culture from SUNY Purchase. She has been an NYU Administrator for over 25 years and 15 of those years were in the departments of Foreign Languages and Translation and Interpreting.
As Associate Director of Programs, Angela Vara is responsible for the non-credit humanities programming at CALA. Before joining the CALA team, she worked in the Division of Programs in Business at SPS managing the operations of the Integrated Marketing MS program. Angela’s professional higher ed administrative experience also includes student affairs, faculty affairs, online education, event planning, marketing, and recruitment. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU.
As Associate Director of Programs, Miguel Ortiz-Crane is responsible for noncredit programming in Translation, Interpreting, and Integrated Media Arts. Before joining CALA in 2018, he held roles in other NYUSPS departments including Information Technology, Institutional Research & Analytics, and the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies. He is a graduate of the inaugural 2017-2018 NYU Management Fellows Program, and a leadership development coach with Momentum Education. Miguel has a B.A. in Social Sciences and an M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU SPS.
As Assistant Director, Alicia Kubes is responsible for the administration of CALA’s arts and design programming as well as special events and programs. Alicia comes to CALA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she managed the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation M.A. program from the time it was launched in 2003. She was a recipient of the NYU Distinguished Administrator Award in 2013 and is the founding president of New York University Toastmasters. She has a B.A. in Art History from Boston University, an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt, a Certificate from the Administrators Cultural Training Institute at NYU, and a Certificate in Arts Administration from NYU SPS.
Ken French is the Program Administrator for CALA and has been working at NYUSPS since 2006. He is a published poet and writer. Ken lives in the NYU freshman dorm, Lipton Hall, with his husband, Faculty in Residence and Professor John Moran, where they implement activities for the students. They share the apartment with their furry children, two corgis, Ann-Margret and Cecil.
Anne Maguire is an Administrative Assistant for CALA’s programs in the Arts and Humanities. She came to CALA in 2015 from the Calvin Klein print archive. She spent 20 years as a moving image librarian, researcher, and archivist. She has worked independently with experimental filmmakers. She is a political activist and wrote the book Rock the Sham!
Cayla Delardi is an Administrative Aide for CALA’s programs in Translation, Interpreting & Integrated Media Arts. She holds a B.A. from NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant prior to joining CALA. She is currently pursuing a Masters at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Material Culture and Arts-Based Research Pedagogy.
Jervon Mercier is an Administrative Assistant for CALA’s programs in Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting. Jervon has worked with the Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting division of CALA for over 10 years. Prior to his current position, he worked with SPS’s Arts and Humanities department and with the American Language Institute. Jervon holds a B.S. from NYU SPS.