Elston Hall, Room 402
M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of South Florida
Born in Bermuda, Professor Welch moved with his family to the United States in 1968 as an impressionable 13-year-old. Following a somewhat irregular high-school career, he earned his B.A. in 1981 and his M.A. in 1984, concentrating on Medieval English Literature but writing his thesis on Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealand writer born in 1888. His teaching career began in 1985 at UNC-CH. He taught for one year at Delaware County Community College (Media, PA) before moving, in 1992, to the Capital Region, where he has taught at Siena College, SUNY-Cobleskill, Russell Sage College, and SUNY Schenectady. He teaches courses in composition and literature (particularly British Literature Before 1800, Native American Literature, and Black Literature), as well as courses in mythology, religion, and philosophy. Away from the classroom, Professor Welch’s indoor interests include books, music, film, darts, cribbage, English football (soccer, as it’s called on this side of the pond), and his cats; outdoors, he enjoys tennis, hiking and camping, cross-country skiing, kayaking, bird-watching, and, not infrequently, just watching the grass grow.
Recent Creative/Scholarly Work/Publications
Since 2001, Professor Welch has written the performer biographies for the annual Old Songs Festival: Music with Roots, held in Altamont over the last weekend in June.