English Department

English Department

The English Department at Community College of Philadelphia is a professional organization of nearly 300 full- and part-time faculty members teaching over 750 sections of courses each term on the Main Campus and at our Regional Centers. We provide instruction in developmental reading and writing, English as a second language (ESL), college writing, literature, communication studies, mass media, theater and creative writing. We offer Associate of Arts degrees in Communication Studies, English, Mass Media and Theater. Our curriculum helps prepare students for careers in broadcast and print journalism, screen writing, public relations, advertising, education, marketing and theater. 

English Department Chair and Associate Chair

Girija Nagaswami, Chair


Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Office: Bonnell Building (Rotunda Floor), BR-21B
Telephone: 215-751-8450

Stephanie Scordia, Associate Chair


Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Office: BR-21A

Program, Career and Transfer Information

Communication Studies & Mass Media

Coordinator: David Raskin, draskin@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Office: B2-07

Communication Studies

Mass Media

Creative Writing

Coordinator: Jeffrey Markovitz, jmarkovitz@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:50 p.m., 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Office: BR-47K

Developmental English

Coordinator: Myla Morris, mybmorris@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Office: BR-31

The English Degree

Coordinator: Nick Moudry, nmoudry@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:40 - 11:10 a.m.
Office: BR-16
Monday, Friday, 12:05 - 1:35 p.m.
Office: Northwest Campus

College Writing

Coordinator: Mark Hughes, mhughes@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Office: B2-09



Coordinator: Kristen Quinn, kquinn@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m., 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Office: B2-28J
Tuesday, Thursday, 2;30 - 4:00 p.m.
Office: BG-21/22


Support for ESL and Developmental Students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Coordinator: Christine Corrigan, ccorrigan@ccp.edu
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Office: BR-52

Each year, CCP helps hundreds of students improve their English skills and achieve academic success through the ESL program. The extensive ESL curriculum enables students to study English in small classes in a diverse and multicultural environment. Expert faculty and experienced support staff provide personal help with orientation and registration, as well as with academic and transfer planning.

Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is a 7-week intensive program aimed at students who desire to learn English as a Second Language, as opposed to a traditional 14-week program. It is intended to give students a fast track into proficiency of the English language so as to quickly transition into study or work in the field of their choice.

Developmental Education

The College is committed to assisting students in successfully attaining college-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Therefore, the Developmental Education program collaborates with other College departments and programs to provide you with a variety of academic courses and support services. The College requires you to complete placement tests in these three areas so that if you need help in developing one or more basic skills, you can be placed into appropriate courses and provided with important academic support services. Classroom instruction is supplemented by small group workshops, tutoring, academic advising, individual counseling, and counseling workshops. The primary mission of the Developmental Education program is to prepare students to succeed at the College. For more information, please call 215-751-8867.

Additional Student Resources

Online Learning

Community College of Philadelphia provides a variety of courses and degree programs online and in hybrid (classroom/online) environments. Online courses are just as rigorous and demanding as our classroom courses. Delivered through a course management system allowing 24/7 access, online courses do not require students to be online at specific times; instead, students log in regularly at their convenience to keep up with course requirements, due dates, etc. Hybrid courses, combining both classroom and online teaching, meet in the classroom regularly and are supplemented with online lessons throughout the week. Classroom attendance is mandatory for all hybrid courses.

Limited Editions

Limited Editions is an award-winning, student-run, literary magazine based at the College. Through the publication of stories, poems, essays and images, the annual publication showcases the brilliant work of CCP’s vibrant community of writers, poets and visual artists.

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab Department offers free academic support services to Community College of Philadelphia students. Faculty specialists and tutors with expertise in a broad range of subject areas are available to provide students with a personalized learning experience. All of the Learning Lab Department's services are designed to help students achieve success throughout their college careers.