Joseph Ugoretz retired in February, 2023, as Senior Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. Dr. Ugoretz has taught high school English, served as a professor of English at a large urban community college and has led initiatives across the liberal arts, particularly in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) disciplines. He has taught fully online courses, first-year honors seminars, graduate courses, and high school English, as well as faculty development programs from workshops to retreats to unconferences. He has served on the board of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and is a leader in open flexible eportfolios and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Aside from the scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Ugoretz’ research interests include Urban Legends and Internet Lore, Science Fiction, and Oral Performance Art (the subject of his fieldwork with pitchmen at county fairs and carnivals, and of his essay, “Quacks, Yokels, and Light-Fingered Folk: Oral Performance Art at the Fair” in the 2006 collection Americana: Readings in American Popular Culture.