Who We Are

Patrick Sullivan, Darin Jensen, and Christie Toth are the founders of Teacher-Scholar Activist.

Patrick Sullivan teaches English at Manchester Community College, in Manchester, Connecticut. He is the author of “The Two-Year College Teacher-Scholar-Activist,” which was published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College (NCTE) in 2015.

Patrick is the co-editor, with Howard Tinberg, of What Is “College-Level” Writing? (NCTE, 2006) and, with Howard Tinberg and Sheridan Blau, of What Is College-Level” Writing? Volume 2: Assignments, Readings, and Student Writing Samples (NCTE, 2010). He is also the author of A New Writing Classroom: Listening, Motivation, and Habits of Mind (Utah State University Press, 2014). Patrick has also edited, with Howard and Sheridan, Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom (NCTE, 2017). He is also the author of a book about community colleges, Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

In addition to teaching and writing, Patrick enjoys running, biking, hiking, reading, and spending time with his family — his wife, Susan, his children, Bonnie Rose and Nicholas, and his granddaughter, Marigold Hope.

Darin Jensen teaches English at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Iowa.

Darin’s writing has appeared in Composition Studies, College English, TETYC, Writing on the Edge, the Journal of Developmental Education, and Community College Review. He served on the Two-Year College Association task force which wrote the Guidelines for Preparing English in the Two-Year College.

Darin is the son of working-class parents and is a first-generation college student. He is passionate about the democratic mission of the two-year college.. He is currently completing his dissertation on how graduate programs prepare two-year college professionals at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a co-founder of the Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium and has served on the advisory board of the Nebraska Writing Project. He currently serves on the board of the Council on Basic Writing.

Darin Lives in Des Moines with his spouse, children, a dog, and a cat.  It is clear the cat is in charge.

Christie Toth is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah.