Corinne Adler, PhD
Affiliate Faculty, BA in Liberal Studies
Cori Adler has 30 years of experience teaching, internationally, in higher education. She has taught at Antioch since 2003, first as adjunct faculty then joining the principal BA Program faculty in 2016. In addition, she is a writer and freelance academic editor and writing coach. Cori’s classes, like her scholarly work, are highly interdisciplinary, emphasizing intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality and interactions between society, culture and creative expression. Cori’s teaching style is both practical and visionary: “I believe that the purpose of education is to foster a lifelong love of learning and prepare students with a toolbox of skills they can call upon to satisfy the longing to know and understand. I believe that years of study ‘qualify’ professors not because they adorn us with letters, but because they equip us with drawers and shelves and drives full of information and ideas, which we have read, written, talked and thought about, as well as a finely tuned ability to sort, condense and convey what matters in a given context. Therefore, more than imparting knowledge, my role is to inspire insight and provide the tools and information that spawns awareness.”
Of Cori’s teaching and mentorship at AUS, one student wrote: “I just don’t have words to express how deeply your words, time and help touched me…. I hope to live up to the person that you see in me each and every day….[Preparing the graduation portfolio] I keep coming back to work that I did in your classes. The messy application of critical thinking and creative theorizing can look like chaos in the classroom at first, but I think it is necessary to get to a deeper level of understanding that coheres into meaning over a quarter (or lifetime!). Over this year at Antioch I’ve pondered how that is created and orchestrated in the classroom, and it is a skill of yours that you have made an art form. Thank you so much for access to your wonderful heart and brain. I will no doubt audit classes of yours in the future, because when I find someone that ‘speaks universe’ as I like to call it – shifting thoughts from the individual to the universe and back again, sometimes in a single sentence – I keep that person close.”
- PhD in English (Literature, Film & Cultural Theory). University of Washington, Seattle.
- Dissertation: Screening the Dream: Hollywood in the Era of “Family Values”
- Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. University of Washington, Seattle.
- Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing. University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Thesis: Love and the Furniture (original poems).
- BA with Honors, Interdisciplinary: Psycholinguistics, Literature & Women Studies. Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.
- Thesis: A Language of Truth-Telling: Transformed Genderlect in Women’s Poetry
Publications include one book of poetry The Toothed World; poetry, fiction, and scholarly articles in many literary & scholarly journals such as Poetry Northwest, Iowa Woman, and Constructions.
Awards include fellowships from the Olin Foundation and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Graduate Research Award and a Creative Works Award from the University of Colorado, the Connecticut Student Poets Award, as well as nominations for a National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Cornish College of the Arts.