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Balancing teaching, research, and college and community activism, Cynthia Eaton’s work is defined by a commitment to working with and helping others. Thus, students in her classes can expect to collaborate and interact often, to write lots and write often, and to engage in discussions about ideas and literature that truly matter in our daily lives. Since 1998, her teaching is defined daily by a commitment to social justice, and she works on a number of college and community initiatives devoted to equity among people.

Professor Eaton earned her MA in English/composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her research interests focus on the intersections of composition, distance education, and unionism. Below is a list of some state and national presentations, publications, activities, and recognitions for her work in these areas of interest:

Professor Eaton has taught online courses since 1998, when she first became involved due to concerns about quality in distance education. She has served on the SCCC distance education committee since 2005 and from 2010 to 2013 was a columnist for the national magazine AFT On Campus; her most recent contribution was in 2015.

Professor Eaton is proud to have been continually re-elected as an officer of the Faculty Association since spring 2007, for which she currently serves as FA Secretary and as a writer for and the editor of The WORD

Professor Eaton is a 2003 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a 2014 graduate of The Chair Academy Advanced Leadership Institute and a 2009 graduate of The Chair Academy Leadership Institute. In addition, she received the 2008 SCCC Governance Award for Academic Excellence and Service and is a 2002 graduate of the Cornell ILR/NYSUT Leadership Institute. 


  • B.A., SUNY Cortland
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught

  • COL101: College Seminar
  • ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition
  • ENG102: Introduction to Literature
  • ENG201: Advanced Expository Writing
  • ENG221: The Art of Poetry
  • HUM116: Gender and the Humanities