Professional Writing Faculty

As a comprehensive college in New York's state university system, Cortland places a special emphasis on teaching undergraduates. We strive for a careful balance between scholarship and teaching that allows us to bring the latest research into the classroom.

This is certainly the case with Professional Writing. A tour of our new media lab will reveal that we are working with the latest new media applications, including Adobe's Creative Suite 6 (which includes Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.). Students working with NeoVox encounter leading practices in web-based, international education. Additionally, many of our courses provide students opportunities to work with faculty on their research and other projects: writing grants, editing, and designing publications and websites.

As a relatively new, but well established program, we view the assessment and development of our program as an integral part of our intellectual work. Our field changes rapidly to meet new economic demands and technological innnovations. As such, we remain committed to providing an education that addresses the latest practices in professional writing while remaining solidly grounded in a liberal arts education and the 26 centuries of rhetorical phiiosophy (dating back to Socrates and Plato) on which our teaching is grounded.

Please feel free to contact any of us to discuss our program.


David Franke

David Franke Working with Students

Professor |
Office: Old Main, Room 117-E  | Phone: 607-753-5945

Professor Franke teaches rhetoric, technical writing, and creative nonfiction. Dr. Franke writes poetry and creative nonfiction. His research interests include academic writing and professional development in higher education. He is currently editing a collection of essays on building professional and technical writing programs.

Courses: Introduction to Professional Writing, Writing Creative Non-Fiction, Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Evolution of Writing 

Victoria Boynton


Vicki BoyntonAssociate Professor |
Office: Old Main, Room 113-C  | Phone: 607-753-2082

Professor Boynton teaches creative writing, poetics, and revising and editing. She co-advises the college literary magazine. Boynton's publications include numerous poems and short stories and an edited collection on women and writing. She recently completed editing an encyclopedia of women's autobiography published by Greenwood Press.

Courses: Introduction to Professional Writing, Writing Poetry, Writing Fiction, Contemporary Poetics, Senior Seminar, The Publlishing Industry 



Bernie Earley:

Berie Earley
Office: Old Main, Room 117-A | Phone: 607-753-4892

Full-time Lecturer Dr. Bernie Earley teaches Revising and Editing and Writing Poetry. Earley has published numerous poems, including two chapbooks, and several poetry reviews. He has also published articles on contemporary poets and poetics.

Courses: Revising & Editing, Writing Poetry




Tim Emerson:

Tim Emerson
Office: Old Main, Room 111-A  | Phone: 607-753-2031

Tim Emerson teaches advanced business writing, intro to business writing, writing sports literature, and writing studies. He has written numerous columns and reviews, and has contributed to anthologies on a variety of subjects. He is an active freelance writer in the business world, and has authored and co-authored books about music and public speaking. His new book is about “Getting Unstuck” from the constraints that seemingly bind careers and dreams.

Courses: Business Writing, Writing Sports Literature

Mario Hernandez:
Office: Old Main, Room 113-D | Phone: 607-753-4889

Courses: Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry

Jane Richards:
Office: Old Main, Room 117-D | Phone: 607-753-2077

Course: Writing Children's Literature

Lorraine Berry:
Project Director: NeoVox
Office: Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-132 | Phone: 607-753-2483

Lorraine Berry teaches creative nonfiction and is the Project Director for NeoVox, SUNY Cortland's online literary and new media design magazine. She is an essayist, and has had her work published at Salon, Diagram, you are here, and The Raven Chronicles among other places. She is a contributing writer at Talking Writing. Her interests include feminist theory, social justice, and wilderness studies. When she is not working, she spends her time hiking the many trails in the area. 

Courses: Writing Nonfiction, Writing for Neovox (a new course)