Katherine Emerich Compagni PH.D.

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Katherine’s 30-year career as an educator included teaching introductory and advanced expository and persuasive writing courses in the Writing Department at Ithaca College. She was an adjunct instructor in the English Departments of State University of New York at Cortland and Tompkins-Cortland Community College. She also taught in the English Department at Homer High School. Her academic papers at national and regional conferences explored communication theory and the connections between literacy and modern technology.

Currently she is one of ten governor-appointed SUNY Cortland College Council members and serves as Director on the Board of Association of Council Members and College Trustees.

In her community, Katherine served YWCA Cortland’s Board of Directors for eight years, two as president. She chaired the YWCA’s Community Relations Committee, Women in History Essay Contest Committee, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and Campaign Advanced Gifts Committee. She was named the YWCA 2009 Volunteer of the Year. Katherine also served on the Cortland College Foundation Board of Directors as secretary and vice-president and on the Cortland Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition, she was named the 2011 Zonta Woman of Achievement. The local club is associated with Zonta International, a world service organization of women in business and the professions who advocate to advance the status of women and girls.

Katherine earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from SUNY Cortland and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Communications from Syracuse University.