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About David Iasevoli

Dave Iasevoli is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education, and the Program Leader on the Queensbury Branch Campus for the “Teaching and Learning” Masters of Science in Education. He earned his doctorate in English Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2005. His own M.S.Ed. comes from Bank Street College in New York City, and he earned his B.A. at Amherst College, where he majored in both Philosophy and English. As an alumnus of private institutions, he has now taught in public schools and colleges for more than 25 years. This marks his seventh year at SUNY Plattsburgh, after teaching middle- and high-school students in NYC, college students at CCNY, and inmates on Rikers Island.
On Rikers Island he developed a passionate interest in the education of incarcerated students. He edited a collection of oral histories there, Killing the Sky: Oral Histories from Horizon Academy, Rikers Island, and has been researching a hybrid history of schooling in our maximum-security prisons, Somewhat More Free: Histories of Education in New York State Prisons, that shall also incorporate testimonies from convicts and ex-cons. This project received a generous research grant from the College last spring—the Redcay Award. Past publications include articles in English Journal, Blueline, and Thought & Action. He now sits on the Review Panel for this last journal, an NEA publication.
Iasevoli’s experiences with poetry have been deep and varied. In 2000 he was voted New York City’s “High School Poetry Teacher of the Year.” He studied with our nation’s current Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in 2010. For the past 20 years, he has opened each class session with a poem read aloud.


Present Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, SUNY Plattsburgh