and Director of University Writing Center
102 Mahoney Hall, Staten Island Campus
St. Augustine Hall, Queens Campus
Tel: (718) 390-4586 (SI), (718) 990-6919 (Q)
Harry Denny, Associate Professor of English, joined the faculty in
2006. With help from Derek Owens and Robert Fanuzzi, he
launched in 2006 the first free-standing Writing Center on the
Staten Island campus. Denny also administers the Institute
for Writing Studies initiatives on First Year Writing and Writing
across the Curriculum for the Staten Island campus.
Prior to joining the English faculty, Denny administered the
Writing Center and taught in the Program for Writing & Rhetoric
at Stony Brook University (SUNY), and he served as the Associate
Director of Long Island University.
Denny’s primary work focuses on composition studies, writing center
theory and practice, cultural studies and research methods.
His research has focused on the rhetoric of social movements and
identity politics. Other scholarship has explored those
issues in relation to writing centers, particularly as sites for
community-building and for cross-cultural/disciplinary
dialog. Denny has published on media, governmental, legal and
activist responses to HIV and civil rights, and has produced work
about identity politics in writing centers as well as the
problematics of writing assessment protocol.
He is also involved with international, regional, and local writing
center professional and community organizations. Denny is
currently the Treasurer and executive board member of the
International Writing Centers Association, a former steering
committee member of (and past Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer )
the Northeast Writing Centers Association, and a planning committee
member for Metro-New York City Writing Center Professionals, a
Denny is serving as an outside reader on doctoral committees for
students at Stony Brook University and has reviewed essays and
manuscripts for Writing Center Journal, Journal of Teaching
Writing, Signs, and Utah State University Press.