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First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience Staff

Janet Casey


Janet G. Casey is director of the First-Year Experience and professor of English. She also teaches regularly in the American Studies Department. 

Professor Casey's scholarly work is on issues of class and gender in early twentieth century American fiction. She has published two monographs—Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine (Cambridge UP, 1998) and A New Heartland: Women, Modernity, and the Agrarian Ideal in America (Oxford UP 2009)—and she is editor of The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction (Iowa UP, 2004) and Teaching Tainted Lit: Popular American Fiction in Today's Classroom (Iowa UP, 2015). She is a founding member of the Middlebrow Research Network and recently served as the first senior chair of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession. In 2003–04 she was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Marla Melito

Student Academic Development Coordinator

Marla has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.  Prior to working at Skidmore, she was a visiting assistant professor of English and associate director of Fall for the Book at George Mason University, served as a writer-in–residence for the DC Creative Writing Workshop and DC WritersCorps, and held a variety of jobs in international public health. Her poems  have appeared in Fifth Gear, Phoebe, Hartskill Review, Gargoyle, the Greensboro Review, and the Roanoke Review. She is also the author of a chapbook (The Doppler Effect, Finishing Line Press).  Her essay "The Church" will appear in Gargolyle in 2020.

Aletheia (Allie) Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Allie supports the First-Year Experience with her organizational and management skills, which are used on a daily basis to track and maintain multiple department office budgets; assist peer mentors; aid students, parents, faculty, and staff with FYE based information and questions; and assist the coordinator with arrangement details for speakers, events, and a variety of special programs, including Orientation.

Allie joined the staff at Skidmore College in the fall of 2004 as secretary in the Office of Institutional Diversity and moved to the First-Year Experience in the summer of 2005. Allie has an A.A. in liberal arts and humanities from Dutchess Community College and a B.A. in human behavior from Skidmore. She is a second-generation alum. She also attended the Center for Child Study as a preschooler in the mid-1970s.