CV Dana H. Maloney


2017-Present Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)

Adjunct Professor, English Department

Teach Methods of Teaching Secondary English and Teaching Writing to undergraduate and graduate students

1991-2022 Tenafly Public Schools (Tenafly, NJ)

High School English Teacher (1991-2006; 2007-2022)

Teacher/ curriculum developer for literature and writing courses across grades 9-12; all levels & areas of study

Ongoing teaching and development of Western Literature/ Humanities survey course (30+ years)

Teacher of AP Literature and Composition (15 years) & AP Language and Composition (8 years) classes

Developer and teacher of 4-year Creative Writing Program (20 years)

Institutional Advancement/Grants Writer and Special Projects Teacher/Coordinator (2006-2007)

Publications advisor: literary magazine, school newspaper, yearbook (1992-2017)

Coordinator of district partnerships (Virtual High School, Lincoln Center Institute, Montclair State) (2000-2007)

2008-Present National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Chairperson, Advisory Committee for Achievement Awards in Writing (2015-2019) + committee member (2009-2015)

Member, Board of Directors (2015-2019)

Affiliate Leader (2013-2018)

Editorial Review Board, English Journal (2018-present) + manuscript evaluator (2011-present)

2007-2018  New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE)

Executive Board Member (2007-2018)

Editor of Peer-Reviewed New Jersey English Journal (2012-2015)

Coordinator of State Writing Contest (2009-2012)

2016-Present Barnes and Noble (New York, NY) — Freelance Writer

1988-1991 Saint Vincent Academy (Newark, NJ)

High School English Teacher and Chairperson of English Department

1987-1988 Hudson Reporter (Hoboken, NJ)

Staff Reporter and Photographer


1983-1987 Duke University (Durham, NC) – B.A, English, Concentration in American Literature

Anne Flexner Award for Poetry Writing (1987) (presented by Stanley Fish)

Studied with Frank Lentricchia (senior seminar), Reynolds Price (Milton), Marianna Torgovnick (genres), Deborah Pope (poetry writing), Joseph Porter (American literature)

Spring 1986 Hollins College Study Abroad — semester-long study in Paris: French language, art, architecture, 18th-century literature (at Paris-Sorbonne University), theater, culture

1990-1991 New York University Creative Writing Graduate Program (New York, NY)

Studied with Harold Bloom (Modern Poetry), Molly Peacock (Poetry Writing)

1993-1995 William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ) – M.A., English, Concentration in Writing 

prepared book-length poetry manuscript (Brad Gooch, adviser)

1989-2017 Study of Literature and Writing (9 post-Master’s graduate credits & assorted non-credit study)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars programs:

Columbia University (study of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman with Carl Hovde)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst (study of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams with Paul Mariani) 

Creative writing study (poetry) at Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA) with Jim Moore, Cleopatra Mathis; at Castle Hill Arts Center (Truro, MA) with Mark Doty

Online poetry mentorship with Jim Moore through University of Minnesota

Teaching, learning, educational leadership (67 post-Master’s graduate credits)

1996-2006 Drake University and Fitzburg State University

2002-2004 New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ) – Supervisor Certification Program (12 credits)

2015-2016 NJ EXCEL — Foundation for Educational Administration (Monroe Township, NJ) School Leadership/ Principal Certification Program (38 credits)


2012 Princeton University — Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award 

2012 Conference on English Education (ELATE) – James Moffett Award for Teacher Research

2011* Tenafly High School — Principal’s Special Recognition Award; *also received 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008

2009 National Council of Teachers of English – High School Teacher of Excellence Award

2009 Montclair State University – Teacher Education in Democracy Award

2008 William Carlos Williams Symposium (Rutherford, NJ), Special Recognition in the Teaching of Poetry

2006, 2005 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Fine Arts Works Center (Provincetown, MA), Scholarships in poetry writing (workshops with Jim Moore and Cleopatra Mathis)

2000, 1989 National Endowment for the Humanities – Summer Scholars: Columbia University (study of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman with Carl Hovde); University of Massachusetts-Amherst (study of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams with Paul Mariani) 

1996 Tenafly High School – Governor’s Teacher of the Year

1988 New Jersey State Press Association – Award for Feature Writing


Fall/ Winter 2021, North Dakota Quarterly, “Earth” (poem)

May 2020 English Journal, “Crossing Bridges with James Moffett”

Mar. 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Blog, “The Essential Work of English Language Arts—and ELA Teachers—in Our Democracy”

Aug. 2012 Literacy and Social Responsibility, “The Community Read as a Vehicle for Infusing Social Responsibility into the Curriculum” 

Oct. 2011 Journal of Staff Development (JSD), “Grassroots Growth”

Oct. 2010 Talking Points, “How Can You Motivate High School Seniors in an English Class?” 

Sept. 2010 Educational Leadership, “Solving Problems That Count” 

2004 Rutgers-Camden Web Site, “Economic Point of View in Junot Diaz’s ‘Edison, New Jersey’”

Autumn 1994 Journal of New Jersey Poets, “Imagining the Man in the Station,” “When the Dinner Guest Comes” (poems)

Feb. 1994 English Journal, “Maintenance” (poem)


Jan. 2020 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention (Seattle, WA), “Writing through Literature: Literature as Writer’s Resource”

Nov. 2019 NCTE Annual Convention (Baltimore, MD) “Writing Contests as Spark & Support for Great Student Writing”

Nov. 2017 NCTE Annual Convention (St. Louis, MO), “Warming up to Writing”

Oct. 2014 NJCTE Fall Conference (Convent Station, NJ), “Dreams and Standards”

Nov. 2013 NCTE Annual Convention (Boston, MA), To Build a Bridge, Intellectually Rigorous But Emotionally True: James Moffett Award Research on the Process and Impact of an Inquiry and Action Curriculum”

June 2013 Partnership for Global Learning 2013 Conference (New York, NY), “Solve the World’s Problems in the Secondary Classroom”

Jan. 2013 Rutgers Graduate School of Education–Teaching the World Fellows Program (New Brunswick, NJ), “Connecting to the World: Teaching and Learning in a Global Context”

Oct. 2012 NJCTE Fall Conference (Convent Station, NJ), “Books and Beyond: Reading the World through Fiction and Non-Fiction”

June 2012 Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) Spring Conference (Montclair, NJ), “Incentivizing Staff Involvement with Infusing Social Responsibility into the Curriculum”

Apr. 2012 NJCTE Spring Conference (Montclair, NJ), “From Brainstorming to Publishing: Creative Writing in the English/ Language Arts Classroom”

Oct. 2011 National Network for Educational Renewal Conference (Hartford, CT), “Increasing District Interest in Social Responsibility via a Community Read”

Oct. 2011 NJCTE Fall Conference (Convention Station, NJ), “Web 2.0 Tools for Use in the English Classroom”

Nov. 2010 NCTE Annual Convention (Orlando, FL), “Reading & Writing as Acts of Awareness-Raising, Advocacy, and Activism: Infusing Social Responsibility into the High School English Classroom and Beyond”

Nov. 2008 NCTE Annual Convention (San Antonio,TX), “Daring to Disturb the Universe: 21st-c. Inquiry & Action”


2014-2015 New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ), Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Studies Curriculum Consultant for NJ DOE Grant on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

2012-2014 Kean University (Union, NJ), School for Global Education & Innovation Consultant and Professional Development Provider – Common Core State Standards

2012-2014 Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), Program in Teacher Preparation –Learning and Methods Seminar Guest Speaker on Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (5 semesters)

July 2013 College Board Summer Institute: A.P. Literature and Composition at Fordham University (New York, NY) – Guest speaker on reading literature in a 21st-century context – reading world through texts

2006, 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities – Panelist, Grant Application Review (Washington, DC)

2006-Present Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), Clinical Faculty of MSUNER (2006-present); Faculty, Honors Program for Teaching & Learning (2009); Guest Speaker, Graduate Program in Teacher Leadership (2008-10)


2008-2013 Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal–Grant Writer and Team Leader for Social Responsibility Study Group (2007-2013), Community Read Action Research Team (2010-2011)

2004-2011 Tenafly Education Foundation (for assorted visiting writers, speakers; for school-based poetry festivals)2006-2009

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (Morristown, NJ) (for school-based poetry festivals)

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