In Creative & Critical Studies classes, you’ll learn from award-winning faculty who bring expertise in a wide range of subjects—everything from African diasporas and the Renaissance to writing science-fiction and poetry. They’ll teach you how to investigate a wide world of ideas, how to critically discuss those concepts with your peers through dialogue and writing, and how to form and link creative connections back to the work you do in your major.

Full-Time Faculty

Maya Pindyck, PhD

FULL-TIME FACULTY | Chair of Creative & Critical Studies, assistant professor and director of writing. Widely celebrated and award-winning multidisciplinary poet with multiple published collections and honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and scholar of poetry pedagogy and systemic inequities in educational settings.

Kelly Kirby, PhD

FULL-TIME FACULTY | Cultural anthropologist, filmmaker and associate professor, whose research focuses on African fashion and diasporas, and issues surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Recent film work includes a short documentary on the Black community in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and a work-in-progress on the life of Senegalese fashion designer Adama Paris.

Maureen Pelta, PhD

FULL-TIME FACULTY | Professor of Art History and Curatorial Studies, who has written and lectured extensively on the culture of Renaissance Italy, and a leading community educator on the Holocaust within greater Philadelphia.

Jonathan Wallis, PhD

FULL-TIME FACULTY | Professor of Art History and Humanities and program head for Visionary Academic Honors, who focuses on the intersection of ethics, socially engaged art and critical pedagogy. Widely published science-fiction and fantasy novelist who writes under the pen name Jonathan Nevair.