Awards and Professional Organizations
Northampton Community College Project Aware Outstanding Service Award 1978; MLA; Academy of American Poets; Published Honorable Mention American Poetry Anthology, National Library of Poetry; College English Association (CEA), Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA); The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United State (MELUS); Clean Water Action, Lifetime Member Alumni Associations of Pennsylvania State University, California Coast University and Lehigh University; Honors International Society of Poets; Home School Legal Defense Association; International Association of Yoga Therapists; HITA Himalayan Institute Teachers Association; Experienced Registered Certified Yoga Instructor E-RYT; State Teaching Awards State of Pennsylvania Department of Education Recycling and Archaeology Contests; Independent Publishing Poynter Celebrity Author Award for Write a Book of Haiku and Trees.
Book Signings, Workshops, Demonstrations, Teacher-in-Service Lehigh Valley Community, Northeastern PA and Pocono Area for Private and Public Schools 1977-present Modified list follows: Lehigh University Book Store, Borders Books and Music Café, Barnes and Noble, Asa Packer Public Elementary School, Farmersville School, Sacred Heart School in Bath, Sacred Heart School in Miller Heights, Bethlehem Christian School, City of Bethlehem Historic District, Moravian Academy, Planting Trees Exhibits for Children Bethlehem Area Public Library, Pocono Manor Lecture and Demonstration, Haiku, Sumi-e, Origami Lecture Demonstration Program Children and Adults Pocono Manor and Jacobsburg Environmental Center
Articles, Book Reviews, Presentations
DiEdwardo Maryann. “Religion in Schools.” Book Review. The Educational Forum. Volume 74, Number 4, Oct. Dec. 2010.

DiEdwardo, Maryann. “The Need for Redistribution of Wealth.” Book Review. The Educational Forum. Volume 74. Number 2, 2010.

DiEdwardo, Maryann.”Cultural Diversity and the Empowerment of Minorities.” The Educational Forum. Volume 73. Number 3, 2009. Book
Review. Kappa Delta Pi, 2009.

DiEdwardo. “Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences.” Record, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2005. Kappa Delta Pi, International Education
Honors Society.

DiEdwardo, MaryAnn Pasda. Architecture in the Homeschool. Susan Richman, Ed. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers International Newsletter, Issue 46,
Winter February 1994.


Conferences for 2012

Dr. Maryann DiEdwardo
Lehigh University M.A. English 1980
Adjunct Associate Professor for The University of Maryland, Restorative Yoga Instructor Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, Author, Speaker

CEA in Richmond VA 2012 International Conference

Presentation of a Paper and Chair for Pedagogy 8 on March 31, 2012: The New Curriculum of English Departments: Evolution or Intelligent Design? (University Teaching and Lines that Divide)

Title: The Short Story in the African American Literary Tradition with an Authentic Assessment: Transforming Teaching Methodology and Student Learning
Thesis: Authentic Assessment engages student writers by breaking down interior interpersonal borders.
The short story as an authentic assessment engages students. By the concentrated study of sets of short stories that contain meaningful themes, characters, human emotions, readers can significantly conquer self doubt and break down self imposed borders. Through reading, analyzing, discussion and eventually writing short stories, creators develop self understanding. Authentic Assessment engages student writers by breaking down interior interpersonal borders. As a framework for teaching composition or introductory literature classes, the short story concentrates on the understanding of the themes of literary consciousness. My presentation centers upon the short stories of Zora Neale Hurston and Chinua Achebe as well as my current book of short stories entitled The Mythic Appaloosa with a co-author. The most important aspect of the short story as a literary powerhouse for both teacher and student remains the fact that reading and writing the genre can elicit personal transformation. Students can write a few pages of text that reveal understanding of the self through interpretations that they learn. By telescoping thoughts and writing into a shorter version, young writers succeed, and we as educators can powerfully change the methods we use to teach. I connect intrapersonal interpersonal intelligences and linguistic intelligence.
Writing short stories is my authentic assessment at the University of Maryland. The framework I design with short story as a methodology focuses on the student writer in a creative process to offer transformative frameworks. Certainly, the short story as a genre transforms through centering story upon the self discovery of the writer to promote change and personal growth. Furthermore, I use the short story as an authentic assessment to break down borders between the academic desert of literature as a viewed subject to literature as an experienced vast space that transforms.
PCEA in Scranton, PA 2012Title: “Creative Journaling As the Basis for Writing the Short Story and Methodology for Creating Paradigms for Frameworks in Writing Classes in the University Setting for Traditional and Distance Students”
Abstract: “In 2011, I wrote a journal about my experiences on South Mountain. In 2012, a book of short stories entitled The Mythic Appaloosa will be published based on my journaling. As a paradigm and set of frameworks, I create strategies to teach Authentic Assessments in Literature Classes at Lehigh University and The University of Maryland based on my own writing experiences and publishing.”

Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, DC, to be held June 2 - 5, 2011. Acceptance follows: "I am pleased to inform you that your proposal ?Blog and Wiki Journaling and E-Portfolios about Themes of Nature and Place Memory Engages Student Voices" has been accepted as a 40 minute presentation. Due to the large number of proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations submitted this year, we were able to accommodate only 59% of applicants primary requests following a peer, blind review process. Proposals came from 29 different states and 4 countries. Therefore, it is noteworthy that your proposal was accepted."

College English Association International Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. March 31, April 1 and 2 2011. “Writing Between Rivers Transforming Poverty through Writing Travel Journals and Juvenile Fiction”

Pennsylvania College English Association Conference (PCEA) Narratives of Travel and Navigation: English by Water, Air, Land, and Imagination. Erie Pennsylvania. March 2011. “Travel Journals of Thoreau with Attention to Themes of Nature, Transcendentalism, and Place memory as a Framework for Teaching English Composition and Writing Juvenile Fiction.”

“Overcoming Poverty through Journaling.” Feminism in Practice Conference, Reflection, Action, Change. Lehigh University. November 2010.
“Writing Between Rivers.” The Passing Light. EAPSU Conference, English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities A River Runs Through Us: Exploring the Poetics of Place. October 1-3, 2010.

Lilly Conference Washington, D.C. June 2010. “Music in the College English Classroom.”

Pennsylvania College English Association. Spring 2010 Conference. “Social Justice: Novels of Charles Dickens and Maryann DiEdwardo.” Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Northeast Regional Comparative and International Education Conference, Lehigh University. Beyond Aid: Rethinking Approaches to International Development in Education, October 8 - 9, 2009. Cultural Diversity for Student Empowerment.

College English Association National Convention Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2009. “Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences.”

“Feminist Practice in the Art of Pocahontas Viewed Through Feminist Art Theory. Lehigh University. Feminism in Practice Conference, November 15, 2008. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“Hispanic American Literature Techniques Teach Language Skills in the Composition Classroom.”
West Virginia University’s Thirty-Second Colloquium on Literature and Film. September 11-13, 2008. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.

“‘The Fourth R’ Hispanic American Literary Tradition.” Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2008 Annual Conference. “Celebrating American Literature.” April 10-12, 2008. State College, PA. Presenter and Session Chair.

Readings: Works of Creative Fiction in 2007 by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo and Patricia J. Pasda. Women’s Cancer Research Event Lehigh University. English Department. Drown Hall. Bethlehem, PA October 25, 2007.

“The Fourth R.” Pennsylvania State University ESL Conference Finding Our Voices: An ESOL Strategies Conference, September 22, 2007. Hotel Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“Latin American and Latina/o Studies Models Paradigms and Frameworks.” Northampton Community College Latino Conference. October 14, 2006.

“Pairing Linguistic and Music Intelligences in Technology Enhanced and Distance Classrooms.” Cedar Crest College Technology Symposium 2006 August

Lecturer for Montgomery County Community College Technology Conference 2004 October

Lecturer for Lehigh Carbon Community College Teaching Learning Center Lunch and Learn for Faculty Lecture and Video for Archives 2005

“Advanced Placement English Language and English Literature” for Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Annual Summer Conferences Harrisburg, PA 1998-2002.


DiEdwardo and Pasda. Nature Journaling for a Peaceful Spirit. Xlibris: Bloomington, 2011.
DiEdwardo and Pasda. The Mythic Appaloosa. Xlibris: Bloomington, 2011. Juvenile Fiction Sequel to The Passing Light.
DiEdwardo and Pasda. The Passing Light. American Book Publishing. Due 2010. Genre: Juvenile Fiction. Parentless Irish immigrants, Jonathan and his sister Joan, flee Ireland during the Potato Famine to build a new life in American with the aid of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and other immigrants. Follow their adventures as they find romance, the dangers of the wilderness, friendship, and a new life in America during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

DiEdwardo, Maryann. The Fourth “R” A Book to Promote the Journey through Hispanic American Literary History to Develop Language Skills. Bloomington, Indiana: Authorhouse, 2008. Review: “Dr. DiEdwardo's book is a ‘must have’ for all educators, especially for those who teach students of other languages. The book is simple, and its components are easy to follow. What I find particularly compelling about this book is the idea to use authors from the students' home country to enhance self-esteem and pride, in addition to creating individual voices. ” Toni Velleca, ESOL Teacher

Music Transforms the College English Classroom.
The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life.

DiEdwardo, Maryann and Pasda Patricia. The Horse Keeper: The Healing Gifts of Painting and Writing about Horses. Philadelphia: Infinity Publishing, U.S.A. 2008.
The Art of Trees
Pennsylvania Voices Book I The Horse Prophet
Pennsylvania Voices Book II Appaloosa Visions
Pennsylvania Voices Book III Appaloosa Dreams
Pennsylvania Voices Book IV The River Keeper
Pennsylvania Voices Book V The Legacy of Allison
Pennsylvania Voices Book VI Collection of Fiction and Non-Fiction
Pennsylvania Voices Book VII Living Literacy through Technology and Music to Develop Self-Efficacy in Computer Enhanced College English Composition Classes
Pennsylvania Voices Book VIII The Artist’s Sketch Book
Pennsylvania Voices Book IX journaling, blog, wiki, tools for writers
Pennsylvania Voices Book X Writing Based on History: Techniques to Teach Writing through History
The Marvelous Nature Alphabet Book
Horses about Hope, the art of myth, legend, and graphic writing
On Healing: Inspiration through Writing, the writer’s voice.
Pennsylvania Voices On Healing: Cancer Survival Through Prayer, Painting and Writing. Orlando, Xulon Press, 2007.

DiEdwardo, Maryann. Brown Bagazine 4. “Like the Snow.” Spring 2008. Tucker, Georgia: Gypsy Daughter. Editor, Any Lynn Hess. “Spring Wind” “Cloud Shadow” “Gentleness” “Friend Frog” “Nutritious Fun” “Anointing” “Daffodil” “Dances” “The Gate” “Soar” were in a book co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo entitled Write a Book of Haiku that was recognized by Dan Poynter and first appeared in 1994. “Joseph” won Honorable Mention, first appeared in American Poetry Anthology Volume VI, Number 1, Spring 1986. “Growing Toward Death” semi-finalist, first appeared in The International Library of Poetry 2002.“Like the Snow” first appeared in Pennsylvania Voices Book Three co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006. “Rivers” first appeared in Pennsylvania Voices Book Three co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006. “The Day the Trees Spoke” first appeared the The Art of Trees co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006.
Fine Artist, Public and Private Exhibitions Trained in the United States of America, Maryann is primarily known as a landscape painter. Her works are in private collections and galleries. Her en plein air style (literally painting in the open air) compositions evolve from abstract design to integrate design, color, proportions and balance, and to present poignant images or versions of reality. Recent works include the 36”x 36”oil painting entitled Millbrook Marsh #1 for Joseph Pasda” for the permanent collection at Millbrook Marsh Environmental Center State College, Center County, Pennsylvania U.S.A.; twelve prints presented to New Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital, 525 E. 68th St. New York City “The Art of Trees” for Child Life Program 2007 and St. Luke’s Cancer Center, Bethlehem, PA 2009; The Pennsylvania State University Lehigh Valley Campus Fogelsville “The Promise of Penn State” Exhibition January 2008.

Evaluations, Consultations, Mentoring An advocate of homeschooling, I lecture and evaluate both elementary and secondary grades, counsel, provide transcripts and letters of recommendation, curriculum design, face to face or distance. Homeschoolers may indeed hire evaluators who don't comply with the ongoing professional education requirements of Sections 1205.1 and 1205.2 of the school code. The exemption appears in Section 1205.1 (e) of the school code which states: (e) The requirements of this section and section 1205.2 do not apply to a professional educator not employed by a school entity who serves as an evaluator of a home education program authorized under section 1327.1(e)(2) or who provides private tutoring services as part of a home education program under section 1327.1.