Dr. Judy Casey

Judy Casey retired as an Associate Professor of ESL in 2013 after ten years at UPRM. Her main interest was in teaching Ingl 3201-2 English Composition and Reading, plus a few other UG and MAEE classes. Thanks to the support of Dr. Jose Irizarry, Department Director at the time, she and Dr. Beth Virtanen were able to establish the English Writing Center. Dr. Casey served as the director of the EWR from 2005-2009 and also was appointed Assessment Planning Coordinator for three years. You may contact her at caseymayaguez@hotmail.com.

Dr. Gayle Griggs

Gayle Griggs retired as a Full Professor of English in 2022 after 22 years of teaching at UPRM. Gayle was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She got her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Texas and her Ed D in Florida. She regularly taught Intermediate Composition (INGL 3103-3104), University Teaching Development (UTD 6995), Public Speaking (INGL 3250) and Expository Writing (INGL 3231). Her teaching and research areas are communication, writing, education, learning, online education, and instructional technology. She was also part of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education Steering Committee at UPRM as well as the Coordinator for Task Force 8: Standard 10 – Faculty. She is also the Assessment Officer for CIVIS, which includes the EWC, the CRE, and MWWP. You may contact her at gayle.griggs@upr.edu.

Dr. Mary Leonard

Mary Leonard retired from UPRM in 2022 after teaching Film, Literature and other English Department courses for thirty years. At UPRM, she co-founded the student film association Cine Club Colegial, which later became Cinémathèque. She proposed and was the first to teach INGL3345: Topics in Film, a very popular English Department elective. She also founded  the UPRM Film Certificate, and has worked, and continues to work, on many projects that support the development of film in Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean. She continues to be co-host of Caribbean Film Forum, a series of Facebook Live conversations about film in the context of the Caribbean. You can read her writing on film and other arts-related topics on her blog: www.maryleonard.org/blog. She can be contacted at: mary.leonard@upr.edu.