About Nicole Matos

Primary Teaching and Research Areas

Developmental and College Composition; Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Twentieth-Century World Literature

Publications and Presentations

Published scholarship, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and multimedia/digital/interactive texts in such venues as The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Callaloo, Small Axe, Rhizomes, Salon, The Rumpus, The Classical, The Atticus Review, the NewerYork, Inside Higher Ed, Pedagogy Unbound, and many others. Recent presentations include NEMLA, CCHA, ACWWS, and Storylab Chicago


Divisional Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, 2011-2012


Served as Interim Associate Dean for English and Academic ESL for the 2013-2014 academic year. Mentored, supervised, and evaluated 30 full-time and and over 130 part-time faculty members. Scheduled and coordinated over 500 total sections for each academic term. Wrote and revised policy and curriculum documents. Researched and resolved student and faculty concerns. Directed program review, led committee meetings, and worked with external divisions on key initiatives and projects.

Assessment and Quality Improvement

Served on a quality improvement initiative examining developmental student enrollment, retention, and success. Strategized new enrollment practices to ensure timely developmental placement and registration college-wide.

Served on an assessment initiative examining developmental writing student outcomes. Helped devise and implement a data collection tool for tracking developmental students' enrollment, retention, and success in future college-level coursework.

Curriculum Development

Designed, articulated, and implemented a new world literature course, Eng 2262: Non-Western Literature in English, as a permanent addition to the College of DuPage course catalogue.

Designed and implemented an online version of Eng 2262: Non-Western Literature and a hybrid version of English 1101: College Composition I

Co-designed, -articulated, and -implemented a new developmental writing course, Eng 0490: Basic Writing, as outreach to the College of DuPage's most at-risk students

Multicultural and Global Education
Awarded a 2010-11 International Professional Exchange by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP). Served as a two-week observer and guest instructor in the Languages Division at ROC Nijmegen, a secondary vocational college in the Netherlands

Integrated a cross-curricular, cross-institutional, web-based global simulation project (IL-INMP) into all sections of my research writing courses. Assigned to represent a country's interests on an issue of international concern, students collaboratively research and compose policy proposals for synchronous negotiation with other online participants. Countries/issues modeled have included Nigeria on child labor, Vietnam on water rights, and France and Cuba on pharmaceutical patent law


  • Ph.D, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst, April 2008
  • M.A. in English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 2001