Dr. James Cercone, Director. James Cercone is an associate professor of English, who teaches courses in Methods of Teaching Language and Literature, Young Adult Literature, Ethnic American Literature, and also supervises student teachers. He is the coordinator for the English education program, the co-advisor for the English Education Student Association, and is the Director of the Western New York Network of Teachers (WNYNET). Dr. Cercone's research interests include, communities of practice in teacher education, inquiry-based models of English language arts instruction, impacts of neo-liberal education reform on teachers and students and New Literacies Studies. Before joining SUNY Buffalo State, Dr. Cercone was a clinical instructor of English Education and coordinator the Education minor at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Cercone also worked for 10 years as an English teacher, English department chair and co-coordinator of the Diversity program at Cheektowaga Central High School. He holds a PhD in English Education from the University at Buffalo.