Full-Time Faculty

Lore Loftfield Debower
Dean/Academic and Student Affairs/Arts and Humanities

Phone: x4456
E-mail: ldebower@capecod.edu
Office: 201 Tilden Arts

Dr. Loftfield De Bower earned her B.A. in French and Comparative Literatures at the University of New Mexico, a M.A. in French Literature at UMass Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Medieval French Women's Studies at the Five College Cooperative at Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass Amherst.

She has taught at Cape Cod Community College since 1972. Director of the Solstice Singers, she regularly performs renaissance and baroque music in local venues.


Professor Patricia Allen

Professor Patricia Allen
Phone: x4681
E-mail: pallen@capecod.edu
Office: North 233

Patricia Allen is a proud alumna of Cape Cod Community College, where she earned an A.A. with a concentration in liberal arts. After completing her associate's degree, she earned her bachelor's degree in Language Studies at Wellesley College and her master's degree in Language and Literacy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

A passionate advocate for social justice, she teaches Foundations in Writing, English Composition I, English Composition II, and Technical Writing.


Course Schedule

ENL050 – Foundations in Writing
ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL102 – English Composition II
ENL135 – The Short Story & Human Values


Professor Bill Berry

Professor Bill Berry
Phone: x4853
E-mail: wberry@capecod.edu
Office: North 240

Professor Berry first attended a community college in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He received his Bachelor's Degree in literature from Antioch College and studied a year abroad at Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany. Thereafter, he earned his Master's Degree in Rhetoric and Composition and became TESOL certified. Prof. Berry was awarded a PhD with Union Institute & University in 2009. He has been teaching college for over 15 years and has been with Cape Cod Community College since 2007, where he teaches both online and face-to-face courses for the department. In addition to teaching, he is a published scholar and fiction writer. When not working, Prof. Berry splits his time between Provincetown and New York City.


Course Schedule
ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL102 – English Composition II
ENL 217 – Exploring the World of Science Fiction
ENL 219 – Masters of Horror


Professor Christine Esperson
Phone: x4681
E-mail: cesperson@capecod.edu
Office: North 233

Professor Esperson has been teaching at Cape Cod Community College since 1990. She received her degrees from La Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico, where she grew up and lived for 26 years.

The courses she teaches here are Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. There is also a Travel and Study in a Spanish Speaking Country that she offers once a year.
Course Schedule

SPN101 – Elementary Spanish I
SPN201 – Intermediate Spanish
SPN301 – Advanced Spanish


Professor John French

Professor John French
Phone: x4555
E-mail: jfrench@capecod.edu
Office: North 202

John French received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University and a M. Div. from St. Mary Seminary and a M.ED. from Cambridge College.

He is an avid gardener, sailing enthusiast and kayaker. As the Advisor to the Gay/Lesbian/Straight Alliance, he is able to meet students from all walks of life and assist in their educational success. He is also an ordained priest in the American Catholic Church.


Course Schedule

ENL020 – College Reading and Study Skills
ENL120 – Introduction to Children's Literature


Professor Dianne Gregory
Phone: x4552
E-mail: dgregory@capecod.edu
Office: North 235

Dianne Gregory has been helping 4C's students write more effectively since 1985. Her own interest in international cultures and travel is passed along to students in several of her classes: Foundations in Writing, English Composition I and II, Peer Tutorial, Short Story and Human Values, World Mythologies, and World Lit I and II. Her assignments encourage students to explore values and belief systems other than their own at the same time they are learning the classics.

Professor Gregory's bachelors degree is in English from SUNY Albany. She then earned 30 graduate hours, also from SUNY Albany, and an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking , concentrating in Literature, from UMass/Boston.

Course Schedule
ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL102 – English Composition 

ENL150 - World Mythologies
ENL215 – World Religions in Literature


Professor James Kershner

Professor James Kershner
Phone: x4734
E-mail: jkershner@capecod.edu
Office: North 203

Prof. Kershner teaches writing at Cape Cod Community College. In a 30-year newspaper career, he was staff reporter for The Providence Journal, city editor of the Carlisle (PA) Sentinel, Sunday editor of the Cape Cod Times and (most recently) executive editor of the four weeklies on Cape Cod of the Community Newspaper Co.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Marietta College and a master's degree in Journalism from Penn State University.

He is the author of Elements of News Writing, published by Allyn and Bacon.

At Cape Cod Community College he teaches English Composition I, Journalism 1 and 2, Survey of Mass Communication and Creative Writing. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Suffolk University 2+2 programs on Cape Cod that leads to a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism.


Course Schedule

ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL209 – Creative Writing


Professor Patricia McGraw

Professor Patricia McGraw
Phone: x4554
E-mail: pmcgraw@capecod.edu
Office: North 237

Patricia McGraw has been a professor at the college since 1976. Her Ph.D. is from UCONN and her Master's Degree is from New York University. Her Doctoral dissertation is entitled "Images of Children in 18th Century British Literature."

She teaches various writing courses, primarily Creative Writing and Foundations in Writing. A native of Manhattan, she often visits there. Also, she is a proud  grandmother.


Course Schedule

ENL050 – Foundations in Writing
ENL209 – Creative Writing


Professor Michael Olendzenski

Professor Michael Olendzenski
Phone: x4469
E-mail: pmolendze@capecod.edu
Office: North 209

Dr. Olendzenski has a B.A. and M.A. in English from McGill University. He earned a Ph.D. in English Education at the University of Florida. Before coming to the Cape Cod Community College he was a full-time faculty member at SUNY Plattsburgh and at Utica College of Syracuse University.

He teaches EN101, EN102, EN207 (Shakespeare), and EN218 (The Arthurian Legend).


Course Schedule

ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL102 – English Composition II
ENL207 – Shakespeare
ENL218 – The Arthurian Legend


Professor Sarah Polito

Professor Sarah Polito
Department Chair

Phone: x4553
E-mail: spolito@capecod.edu
Office: North 236

Sally Polito has followed her great-grandfather, her grandfather, and her father into education. A teacher of writing and literature at Cape Cod Community College since 1976, she earned degrees in English from Illinois State University after studying for a semester at Cape Cod Community College.

In addition to English Composition I and II, she teaches British Literature and World Literature. Outside the classroom, her interests include her family and dogs, painting, golf, and travel throughout the United States.


Course Schedule

ENL101 – English Composition I
ENL102 – English Composition II
ENL204 – English Literature


Professor Bruce Riley

Professor Bruce Riley
Phone: x4535
E-mail: briley@capecod.edu
Office: North 207

Bruce Riley has been teaching Foundations in Writing (ENL 050), English Composition (ENL 101) and English as a Second Language Advanced (ESL 201) at Cape Cod Community College since 2004.

He has a BA from the University of Vermont, an MA from St. Michael’s College, an RSA/CTEFLA from the University of Cambridge, and has taught at the university level overseas, including Guadalajara, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan, for over 10 years.


Course Schedule

ENL050 – Foundations in Writing
ENL101 – English Composition I
ESL201 – English as a Second Language: Advanced


Professor Kathleen Soderstrom

Professor Kathleen Soderstrom
Phone: x4406
E-mail: ksoderstrom@capecod.edu
Office: North 238

Kathleen Soderstrom has taught reading to all levels of students from young children to graduate students. She has been an adjunct faculty member of Quinsigamond Community College, Anna Maria College and Worcester State College as well as done professional development and consulting for school systems. She has a B.S. degree in Education from Worcester State College, and a M.ED in Reading and Language from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In addition to being an avid reader, Kathy enjoys golfing, gardening, and kayaking.


Course Schedule

ENL010 – Preparation for College Reading
ENL020 – College Reading and Study Skills
ENL108 – Critical Reading and Thinking