Bette Kirschstein

Bette Kirschstein

Associate Professor
Senior Associate Dean
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English and Modern Language Studies
Choate House
41 Park Row


Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2007, Dyson Distinguished Service Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1996, Summer Seminar Scholarship
  • Pace University, 1994, Kenan Award
  • University of Delaware, 1988, University Fellowship


BA, Cornell University

MA, Columbia University

PhD, University of Delaware

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

See below.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ENG 110: Composition
ENG 120: Critical Writing
ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 393: Internship
ENG 395: Independent Study
ENG 395: Independent Study in English
LIT 132: Intro to Literary Studies
LIT 211: The Literature of War & Peace
LIT 212: American Women Writers
LIT 212: Love & Romanticism, 19th Cntry
LIT 212: Victorian Views
LIT 213: Great Britain: Lit, Art, & Clt
LIT 238: Children's Literature
LIT 238: Intro to Children's Literature
LIT 290: Fairy Tales:Medieval to Modern
LIT 296: Topic: Great Britain
LIT 301: Young Adult Literature
LIT 310: Children's Literature
LIT 331: European Drama
LIT 355: Victorian Literature
LIT 369: Great Authors:Bronte Sisters
LIT 369: Great Authors:Jane Austen
LIT 369: Grt Athrs:F. Scott Fitzgerald
LIT 373: Masters-Modern English Fiction
LIT 482: Sem: Jane Austen & her World
LIT 482: Seminar:The Fairy Tale

Publications and Presentations


Book Review: A Writer’s Resource, Ed. Maimon, Peritz & Yancey. (proposal for 4th edition)

Review of Ford Madox Ford and the City (ed. Sara Haslam)
(2007). Vol 39 (Issue 2) , pages 251-53.

Book Review: Exploring Literature, Ed. Madden (proposed 2nd revision)

Book Review: The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama: A Global Survey. (proposal)

Book Review: The New Methods Reader, Ed. Di Yanni & Hoy (proposal)

Life Writing/Writing Lives
(2001). Life Writing/Writing Lives.Malabar, FL , USA : Krieger Publishing.

"Arthur Laurents"

"Ella D'Arcy."

"Ella Hepworth Dixon."

"The Remasculinization of the Artist and Author in Ford Madox Ford's Life Writing"

"Word Processing Comments on Student Essays."

Book Review: Pathways: A Text for Developing Writers, Eds. Jarrett, Giles-Lee & Mbalia
(1997). (Issue 2)

Book Review: The Scribner Handbook for Writers, Eds. Di Yanni & Hoy.
(1997). (Issue 2)

Book Review: Language Awareness, Eds. Eschholz, Rosa, and Clark
(1996). (Issue 7)


"Best Practices"
Dyson Day. Pace University,

Digital Storytelling
(2013, April). Dyson Day. .

Digital Storytelling
(2013, March). ePortfolio Teaching Circle Lunch & Learn . .

“Gender Politics in Literature: From Ancient to Modern Times”
(2012, May). Dyson Society of Fellows Annual Meeting Panel. Pace University,

Digital Literacy
(2012, May). Pace’s Faculty Institute. Pace University,

Digital Literacy
(2012, April). Pace’s Dyson Day . Pace University,

"Memoir: Variations on a Theme"
(2011, April). Westchester Library System

(2007). Academy Day. Pace University,

(2007). Pace Preview Day. Pace University,

"Is Literature Really Necessary?"
(2007, November). Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony. Pace University,

(2007, October). "Writing and Assessment: Developing a Writing Enhanced Course". Pace University,

“Selling Ideas or Selling Out? Negotiating Identities in the Writing of Composition Textbooks”
(2007, March). Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, NY.

"WAC at the Crossroads: Writing in the Disciplines of the CORE Curriculum"
(2004, May). 7th National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. University of Missouri,

"Writing-Enhanced Workshop for Courses Seeking 'W' Designation"
(2003, April). Dyson Day. Pace University,

(2002, June). SUNY/Westchester Community College Beacon Conference. .

"How I Became the Ricki Lake of the Composition Classroom"
(1998, April). Cultural Work in the Composition Classroom. Northeast Modern Language Association,

"Victorian Anxieties"
(1997, April). Teaching Victorian Literature and Culture Roundtable. Northeast Victorian Studies Association,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Children's Literature Association
  • Sigma Tau Delta