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

ENL131 -  Technical Writing

ENL135 – The Short Story & Human Values


   Professor Rachael Bancroft

   Phone:  x 4553

   Email: rbancroft@capecod.edu           Office:  North 236

  Rachael Bancroft has been teaching at  Cape Cod Community College for the    past  15 years.  She has a B.A. from the  University of Massachusetts, Amherst  and  a M.Ed. from the University of  Massachusetts, Lowell. She currently  teaches Foundations in Writing (ENL 050),  College Reading and Study Skills (ENL020), and the Critical Reading and Thinking Intensive (ENL108).  Rachael previously worked as the Coordinator of Learning Resources at the college and is a member of the Student Distress Assessment Team. 


ENL108 - Critical Reading and Thinking Intensive

ENL040 - Essential Writing Skills

ENL101 - English Composition I


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 J. Delores Bird

Professor J. Delores Bird
Phone: x4658
E-mail: dbird@capecod.edu
Office: Tilden Arts Center 218

J. Delores Bird has taught at Cape Cod community College since 1977. She holds a B.A. degree from Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, a M.A. degree from the University of Hartford, and Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

At Cape Cod Community College, she teaches the survey courses in American Literature, Oral Communication, and Persuasive Communication.

Among the publications that she has authored or edited under the name of Delores Bird Carpenter are the following: The Life of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Selected Letters of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Early Days of Cape Cod Community College, Early Encounters: Native Americans and Europeans in New England from the Papers of W. Sears Nickerson, and Hand Ho! - 1620 A Seaman's Story of the Mayflower: Her Construction, Her Navigation and Her First Landfall by W. Sears Nickerson.

Course Schedule

ENL205 – American Literature to 1890

     Professor Kerry Drohan

    Phone: x4410
    Office: North 235


      Kerry Drohan holds a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Film and Literature from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the same school. He began teaching Journalism I and II at CCCC in 2014 as an adjunct professor following a long career in media. He worked at The Boston Globe for 26 years as an assignment editor and reporter. He began his Journalism career at the Cape Cod Times, where he was a reporter and Night Editor. He was the City Editor of the Stockton (Calif.) Record and Copy Desk Chief at The Patriot Ledger of Quincy. He also teaches Introduction to Film and American Film.

     Course Schedule  

    ENL050 - Foundations in Writing

     ENL101 - English Composition I

     ENL161 - Journalism I

     ENL163 - Journalism II


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 
SPN201 – Intermediate Spanish
SPN301 – Advanced Spanish


          Professor John French,                 Department Chair
          Phone: x4555
          Office: North 202

 John French has served as the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature since 2014. He teaches literature, developmental reading and communication courses. Originally from NJ, he attended St. Anselm College in NH, Seton Hall University in NJ, and received graduate degrees from Benedictine Theologate in NJ and Cambridge College in MA.  He also did graduate studies in School Psychology at the University of Delaware. John enjoys kayaking, golf,stained glass and photography and is a member of the Cape Cod Extension Master Gardeners. He is also an ordained priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Church.

Course Schedule

ENL010 - Prep for College Reading

ENL020 - College Reading and Study Skills

ENL120 - Introduction to Children's Literature



  Professor Rebecca Griffin


      Email rgriffen@capecod.edu

      Office:  North 237

 Rebecca Griffin holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts and an MA from the University of Maine. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Rebecca worked as a newspaper reporter at the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Massachusetts for several years. Her primary interests include American modernist poetry, as well as working-class and union poetry of the 1930s. In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new recipes and biking around Cape Cod.

Course Schedule

ENL101-English Composition I
ENL102-English Composition II
ENL204-British Literature from the Romantic Age to the Present


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 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 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

ENL101 Intensive
ESL201 – English as a Second Language: Advanced