Framingham State campus
Lorretta HollowayDr. Lorretta Holloway
Program Coordinator and Advisor
Associate Professor

B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks; M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence

Dr. Lorretta M. Holloway is an Associate Professor of English at Framingham State University. She has a B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, a M.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in 19th-century literature from the University of Kansas. She specializes in 19th-century British literature but also teaches freshman writing courses as well as courses on women writers, drama, and children's literature. Her K-16 work includes creating and teaching a professional development course on teaching gifted and advanced learners K-8, participating in the group invited to compare the Common Core to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, joining a six-member team to represent Massachusetts in a convening of the governing states of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), and serving on the state’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council.  She created and organizes both “Conversations”: FSU’s Secondary and Post-Secondary Initiative (where high school and college faculty discuss student transition issues and gaps between high school and college expectations) and FSU’s College Readiness for Parents program. Currently, she serves as vice-chair of the Worcester Education Collaborative, a local education fund.

Bernard HornDr. Bernard Horn

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Bernard Horn’s first book of poems, Our Daily Words, won the the Old Seventy Creek Press 2009 Poetry Prize and has been praised by Robert Pinsky, David Mamet, Alan Feldman, and Lawrence Kushner.  Garrison Keillor recently selected one poem from Our Daily Words to read on his Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio.  His poems and his translations of poems by Yehuda Amichai have appeared in The New Yorker, Moment Magazine, The Manhattan Review, The Mississippi Review and The Worcester Review. He has been a guest at Rosanna Warren’s Theory and Practice of Literary Translation Seminar at Boston University, speaking on “Issues of Allusion, Multiple Meaning, and Playfulness in Translating Yehuda Amichai’s Hebrew.” He is the author of Facing the Fires: Conversations with A.B. Yehoshua, the only book in English about Israel’s preeminent novelist. His articles on Yehoshua are forthcoming in Sefer Yehoshua (in Hebrew) and Sephardism: Spanish/Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination. He has also written critically about the Hebrew Bible and American literature and has recently completed his first play. He was awarded a Fulbright and five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B. S., Chemical Engineering) and the University of Connecticut (Ph. D., English), he is a professor of English at Framingham State University and has also taught at Haifa University in Israel and at the Radcliffe Seminars in Cambridge.

Catherine McLaughlinMs. Catherine McLaughlin

Catherine McLaughlin has a BA in English from UMass, BA and MA in Anglo - Irish Studies from University College, Dublin, Ireland, and an MFA in creative writing (fiction and poetry) from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She has 40+ poems in print in literary journals and several excerpts from her yet-unpublished memoir, Blue Collars. She is a full-time professor of English at Framingham State, where she has taught for 29 years. Catherine has two grown children and lives in Plainville with her cat, Pip.

Desmond McCarthyDr. Desmond McCarthy

B.A., Framingham State University; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University

Desmond McCarthy teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate English courses for the University.

Core Education Faculty

Peter DittamiDr. Peter Dittami
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Dittami received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Worcester State College, a masters degree in the education of the blind from Boston College, and a doctorate in  educational foundations and administration from Boston University. He served seven years as an instructor, initially of blind children and adults, and later as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher, and was employed as an elementary school principal for more than thirty years.

After retiring as school principal, Dr. Dittami served as Coordinator of Educational Field Placements at Framingham State University for more than six years before becoming Coordinator of the Dual Enrollment Program, a part-time position that he currently holds.

Dr. Dittami is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Framingham State University where he has taught various graduate courses focusing on the educational foundations of history, philosophy, psychology, research, and sociology for twenty-two years. He has been associated with Framingham State University International Education Program since 1995 teaching courses in Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Italy, and Ukraine and serving on the Advisory Board.

Dr. Dittami serves on the Board of Directors of the Framingham State University Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Framingham State University John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition. He is currently pursuing historical research related to the expansion of public education in nineteenth century United States.

Father James Flynn Reverend James B. Flynn, Ph.D.

Reverend James B. Flynn teaches Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice in the graduate program in Education. His BA in philosophy was awarded from Catholic University of America, in addition, he has an MA from the same institution in Theology. Finally, he has an MED from Boston College in Education and his  doctorate was likewise earned at Boston College. His special interests are the Philosophy and History of Education. His thesis is the educational philosophy of Antonio Rosmini Serbati. Dr. Serbati was an Italian Philosopher of Education. Reverend Flynn translated his foundational work from Italian to English, and compared and contrasted his theory of education with John Dewey, the American Philosopher of Education. In addition, Reverend Flynn studied under Lawrence Kohlberg with special attention to his cognitive-developmental theory of moral education. Finally, he is a pastor of St. Matthew Church in Southborough. Likewise, he is the senior counselor at Holy Name High  School in  Worcester, Massachusetts.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220