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Mary Assad

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions

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Mark Bassett

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.221.6025 (home)

Courses  American Crafts History | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms | Writing about Material Culture

Degree PhD and MA, University of Missouri-Columbia; BA, University of Alabama-Huntsville

For many years, Dr. Bassett has conducted research on CIA's history. With Henry Adams, he is now writing a book about the school. For some examples of his research, visit http://cia.edu/history. At the top of that page, via the link "CIA at CMA," you can see 100 artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art collection that were created by CIA people between 1882 and the present. A few profiles of historic alumni, like Tiffany lamp designer Clara Driscoll and interior architect and portrait artist Charles Sallée, can also be explored from this page.

On June 11, 2013, Mark Bassett's 1985 Ph.D. dissertation--John Horne Burns: Toward a Critical Biography--was published electronically: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/35623. This account draws from the novelist's correspondence, which, until recently, the family wouldn't allow to be published.

As a collector, dealer, and researcher specializing in American ceramics, Mark frequently speaks on this topic. He and his partner George Cooper are lenders to "The Jazz Age" exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Fall 2017.

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Shelley Costa Bloomfield

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Creative Writing | Fiction Writing | Screenwriting

Degree PhD, English, Case Western Reserve University. Dissertation: The Brief and Crowded Hour: Studies in Narrative Suspense. M.A., English, Cleveland State University. B.A., English, Douglass College (Rutgers University).

A 2004 Edgar Award nominee for Best Short Story, Shelley Costa is the author of A Killer’s Guide to Good Works, Practical Sins For Cold Climates, Basil Instinct, and You Cannoli Die Once, a 2014 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. Shelley’s mystery stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blood on Their Hands,The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and Crimewave (UK). With her academic specialty in literary modernism and 19th century American literature, Shelley is the author of The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. She is a frequent panelist at mystery literature conventions and book festivals. www.shelleycosta.com

Adina Davidson

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Basic Theories of Psychology | Jung + Creativity

Timothy Geaghan

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Nature Poetry Before + After Darwin | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions

Susan Grimm

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Creative Writing | Poetry Writing Workshop

Elizabeth Hoag

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Anthropology | Prehispanic Civilizations: The Aztec, the Maya + the Inca

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Scott Lax

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Screenwriting

Degree BA, English: Hiram College

Scott Lax, called, "a master wordsmith of the first order," by The Midwest Book Review, has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. Scott was presented with a Resolution of Congratulations for his body of work from Cleveland City Council in 2002, named the 2002 Midwest Filmmaker of the Year by the Cleveland International Film Festival, named to a list of Hiram College’s “Illustrious Alumni,” along with poet Vachel Lindsay, and elected to the Chagrin Falls High School Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame in 2016. The Denver Post called Scott’s first novel, The Year That Trembled, "powerful," and named it one of 1998’s "Milestones in Fiction.” The Midwest Book Review called his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.” He’s a produced playwright, award-winning movie producer (for the adaptation of his first novel), short story and nonfiction writer, as well as a TV writer who’s written for ESPN and Comedy Central. Previous to teaching for CIA, Scott taught at University School and Hiram College, and is regularly on faculty at The Western Reserve Writers’ Conference. Scott’s also a professional drummer who's played with Bo Diddley, among others. He’s currently writing a screenplay adaptation of Vengeance Follows.

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