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MacNeil, Maura

Professor, Writing / Program Director, MA Professional Writing

Phone: 603.428.2304

Degrees, Certifications

MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry Program), Vermont College of the Arts
BA, English, New England College

Professional Background, Scholarship Highlights

  • Presenter, Humanities to Go, NH Humanities Council (2014 to present)
  • Founder and Editor, Off the Margins
  • Author, Lost Houses (Aldrich Press, 2016)
  • Outstanding Teaching in Postsecondary Education Award, NH College and University Council (2013)
  • Co-Founder and Editor, Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas (2003-2013)
  • Co-Chair, New England Narrative Conference, New England College (2013)
  • Author, A History of Water (Finishing Line Press, 2007)

Service to Country, Community

  • Board Member, Monadnock Writers’ Group
  • Co-Leader, NH Humanities Council “Humanities to Go” Program for “Family, Memory, Place: Writing the Landscape of Our Lives.”
  • Co-Leader, Pericles Faculty Leadership Grant, Project Pericles.  Grant award (2010-2012) for development and teaching of the course “Communities in Our Towns: The NH Town Meeting.”

Personal Interests

  • Excellence in teaching is comprised of many elements, many of which can’t be quantified. I am an educator who is confident with my discipline-specific knowledge in the fields of creative writing, composition, and research methods, but I am willing to model learning in areas I encounter that are unfamiliar.  I believe that teaching excellence is grounded in an ability to intuit the needs of students before students know what it is they need in order to learn. This is not hocus-pocus. It is being awake, alive, and aware of those around us. In my teaching I understand that much of what I do in the classroom is about guiding attention so that awareness can be born.
  • New England College is a community that allows students to explore their strengths and apply those strengths to their academic and professional goals. It a community that believes in the transformative power of life-long learning and independent thinking.
  • The NEC story is about the individualized attention that faculty gives to each student.  Our environment allows students, who previously doubted their ability, to realize their dreams and arrive at the conclusion that anything is possible through a collaborative structure.
  • Experiential learning allows students to create context, to take risks and move beyond what is known and comfortable, to explore strengths, and to give voice in a supportive and collaborative environment. Experiential learning allows the core of each individual student to manifest in concrete and tangible ways a paradigm that all lives and all voices matter.