Mandy Mahaffey graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Masters of Arts degree in Literature. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature and hopes to be Dr. Mahaffey within a few short years.
Mandy has been active in the teaching community for ten years at both secondary and postsecondary levels, as a substitute teacher and college instructor, and has tutored students for over fifteen years. She has taught English, Psychology, and Women’s Studies courses at the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, and Valencia College. She always looks forward to a fantastic semester with her students!
Mandy has studied creative writing under best-selling authors and well-known poets, like Francesca Lia Block (author of the Weetzie Bat books), and has maintained professional contact with authors, scholars, and activists, such as Rebecca Walker, Maria Nikolajeva, and more. She is currently working on a magic-realist novel under Block’s guidance, co-editing a scholarly collection on Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, and writing and revising several journal articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Mandy believes in the power of the individual, building groups, linking communities, and crossing boundaries. She believes in the importance of being earnest, punning, poetic justice, smiling openly and sincerely at everyone, “paying it forward,” and brightening someone’s day. Most importantly, she believes in a good time teaching and learning, and hopes to inspire others in their academic journeys.
Mandy challenges her students to work diligently and perform well, not to overwhelm them, but to expand perspectives and encourage personal growth. She has been most inspired by bell hooks's pedagogical practices, particularly those which are outlined in Teaching to Transgress.
In her free time, Mandy likes to travel, cook, read, exercise, write creatively and scholarly, participate in community service projects, and enjoy the company of friends and family. A vegan herself, she is the Faculty Advisor to Valencia's Vegetarian and Vegan Society, as well as a mentor for students seeking guidance in the literary and creative professional fields.
You can find Mandy's Curriculum Vitae online at Academia.edu and LinkedIn.
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