Dr. Conrey is Associate Director of Project Advance as well as Project Advance faculty coordinator for Writing, English and Textual Studies and Psychology courses at Syracuse University. With a dual appointment between Project Advance and English Department, Conrey coordinates with SUPA-affiliated high school teachers, develops SUPA-related English curricula on campus, and acts as a faculty liaison with other English faculty.
Attending Western Michigan University as an undergraduate, Conrey studied English/Creative Writing and Comparative Religion. After graduation he worked in commercial radio as a production director and disc jockey, but found his calling a few years later when given a chance to teach reading, writing and public speaking courses at a community college in Jackson, Michigan. His experience teaching at a community college inspired him to return to graduate school, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry and a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, both from Purdue University. He has since taught literature, writing and rhetorical theory in the English department at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, literature and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon, and writing, environmental studies and first-year seminars in Hobart and William Smith College’s Writing and Rhetoric program.
Conrey’s research focuses on the ways rhetoric affects our experience of the lived environment. This research has led to an interest in place-based pedagogy and service-focused curricula. Accordingly, his interests in course and curricular design tend to be writing-instructive, critically-focused and grounded in place-based community work.
An avid reader and writer of poetry, Conrey has written several books of poetry and has worked and written for many magazines, newspapers, and journals over the years. He lives in the Westcott neighborhood in Syracuse with his wife, Carol Fadda-Conrey, and their two daughters.