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John F. Decarlo

Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric


MDIV, 1983, Union Theological Seminary; AB, 1979, Brandeis Univ


Professor John F. DeCarlo has earned degrees from Brandeis University, Union Theological Seminary, and Hofstra University.

Professor DeCarlo recently received two distinguished awards: He received the 2014-2015 New York State Chancellor 's Award for Teaching Excellence; and his poem, What If ..., earned first prize in the 2015 Nassau County Poet Laureate Contest as judged by the esteemed international poet, Mario Susko.

Professor DeCarlo has published two books of poetry: Life and Death (2004) and Walking Through Lebanon (2011); the latter includes award winning poems from Performance Poets Society, and the Nassau and Suffolk County Poet Laureates, and publication in the international journal, Poetry Salzburg. A monograph, titled, Had I But Time… I Could Tell You: Hamlet's Unspoken Dialectic With Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, which includes prior publication in Johns Hopkins' Journal, "Philosophy and Literature" was published in 2013.

Professor DeCarlo is the poet in residence with the Long Island Philosophical Society. Based on his theatrical work with young people, his has written and performed a one person play titled: The Clown of Courage, and co-authored a picture book titled: The Royal Rhymer's Timer.

Professor DeCarlo's research interests are in Hamlet Studies, Poetry and Philosophy, German-American Cultural Relations, and the Nature of Temporal Experience. Professor DeCarlo is an active member of the German Studies Association and the Association for Integrative Studies, and recently presented a paper at the University of Cyprus.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
WSC 002 COMPOSITION Undergraduate
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