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Jay Szczepanski II, M.A.

Jay Szczepanski II, M.A. (he/him)

Assistant Professor of English

Arts and Sciences — Humanities


  • BA, English and American History, Flagler College, Saint Augustine, FL
  • MA, Rhetoric and Composition, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MA, American Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Research Interests

  • Theories of class, race, and sexuality as they relate to composition and communication practices.
  • Writing program assessment and student placement in writing courses.
  • American popular culture and the formation of “types” in popular media.
  • Alternate styles and grammar theory in developmental writing pedagogy.
  • Gender studies and queer theory, especially camp, drag, satire, and their roles in confounding and problematizing identity development in the 21st century.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Organization for Student Success (NOSS)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Association of Tutoring Professionals (ATP)
  • College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)

Courses Taught

UAS Courses

  • Writing and Reading Strategies (WRTG 090)
  • Composition Studio (WRTG 104)
  • Introduction to College Writing (WRTG 110)
  • Writing across Contexts (WRTG 111)
  • World Literature (ENGL 200)
  • Writing and the Humanities (WRTG 211)
  • Intro to Literary Study (ENGL 215)
  • Introduction to Film (ENGL 217)
  • Survey of American Literature, 1800-present (ENGL 226)
  • Queer Literature (ENGL 418)
  • Utopia and Dystopia in Science Fiction (ENGL 420)

Other Courses

  • Introduction to Late American Literature (ENG 222)
  • Southern Writers (ENG 321)
  • Great Short Stories (ENG 322)
  • Studies in Poetry (ENG 340)
  • Southern Women Writers (ENG 340)
  • Modern American Poetry (ENG 451)
  • Contemporary American Poetry (ENG 453)
  • Writing Center-Peer Tutor Training (ENG 271)
  • Writing Center-Peer Tutoring (ENG 272)
  • Advanced Academic Writing (ENG 311)
  • Queer Theory (WMS 340)
  • LGBTQ+ Activism: Art and Politics (CDD 261)
  • Queer Stories, Queer Lives: Working the Archives (CDD 262)


Professor Szczepanski has worked at UAS since 2021. His primary research and teaching areas are rhetoric and composition, but he also offers courses in critical theory, American literature, and queer studies. Originally from Oberlin, Ohio, he's also spent time in North Florida and California. When he's not in the classroom, Professor Szczepanski enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling the world.

Office Hours

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Email to arrange other times by appointment.

Jay Szczepanski II, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Arts and Sciences — Humanities