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Soni Adhikari

Job Title: Lecturer

Email: soni.adhikari@stonybrook.edu

Office Location: Humanities 2044



M.A., English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 2016
Thesis: Writing at the Intersection: Understanding International Student Writers (Supervisor: Patricia Dunn; External Reader: Peter Khost)  

M.A., English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, August 2002

Thesis: A Study of Identity Crisis in Harold Pinter’s Play The Caretaker
(Supervisor: Rudra Poudyal; External Reader: Sanjeev Uprety)


B.A., English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, August 1999



Part-Time Lecturer, Stony Brook University, NY, August 2016-19

  • WRT 102: First-Year Writing (12 sections)
  • WRT 101: First-Year Writing (3 sections)
  • HON 106: Modes of Being (1 section)
  • GLS 102: Undergraduate College Seminar (4 sections)

Teaching Assistant, Stony Brook University, NY, 2015-16

  • WRT 102: First-Year Writing (1 section)
  • WRT 101: First-Year Writing (1 section)


Lecturer, Tribhuvan University (Ratna Rajya Laxmi College), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2003-2004

  • Survey of English Poetry, Bachelor degree third year course, including British and American poetry, covering broad themes and time periods.
  • Lecturer, Don Bosco College, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2003-2006
  • Compulsory English, required English language course focusing on proficiency in reading and writing.


High School Science Teacher, Asphodel Public School (Bal Udyan School), Kathmandu, Nepal, 1994-2003

  • Taught grades 3 to 10 (participated in a month-long education exchange program in Luleå, Sweden).




  • “Fostering Originality: Foregrounding Pedagogy.” Prevention and Detection of Academic Misconduct in Higher Education. Ed. Donna Velliaris. IGI Global. 2019 (in press)


  • “Beyond Culture: Helping International Students Avoid Plagiarism.” Journal of International Students, 2017, vol. 8, Is. 1. pp 375-388.


  • “Using Mobile Videocapture to Facilitate Student Writing and Learning” (Coauthored with Ghanashyam Sharma). Mobile Technologies and the Writing Classroom: Resources for Teachers. Ed. Claire Lutkewitte. NCTE, 2016. Pp. 164-178.


  • “Teaching Writing With Global Issues: Why and How (Part I and II).” Blog. RhetComp@StonyBrook: Program in Writing and Rhetoric blog, Spring 2017. 
  • “Engaging the Global: Cross-Cultural Perspectives as Teaching/ Learning Tools” (with Cynthia Davidson, Shyam Sharma, Rita Nezami and Kevin Clouther). Blog. RhetComp@StonyBrook: Program in Writing and Rhetoric blog, Fall 2016.


  • Review of International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging research and practice (edited collection by Bernhard Streitweiser and Anthony Ogden), Journal of International Students, 2017 (in press).

OP-EDS (brief articles in national newspapers), Nepal

  • In Sunday Dispatch section of The Rising Nepal
    • “Bridging the Generation Gap,” July 2, 2000
    • In The Post Platform section of The Kathmandu Post
      • “Outcast of Nature,” February 13, 2001
      • “Lucia, the Queen of Lights,” November 25, 2001
      • “Quest for Paradise,” February 24, 2002


  • CCCC: “Performing Agency through ‘Discovery Narratives’ in First-Year Writing.” (accepted). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, Kansas March 2018.
  • SCCC: “Using ‘Discovery Narratives’: Linking the Personal with the Academic in First-Year Writing.” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY, October 2018.
  • SUNY CoW: “Writing Education at the Global-Local Intersection.” Conference of the SUNY Council on Writing, Old Westbury College, Old Westbury, New York, October 2018.
  • CCCC: “Using Literacy Narratives in First-Year Writing.” Teacher2Teacher Session. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, Kansas March 2018.
  • SUNY CoW: “Engaging Diverse Writers in College Classrooms.” Conference of the SUNY Council on Writing, SUNY at Albany, New Albany, New York, September 2017.
  • CCCC: “Practicing and Promoting the Teaching of Global Issues in College Composition,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon March 2017.
  • RSA: “Rhetoric of Silence about International Students in the Writing Classroom,” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2016.
  • SUNY CoW: “Teaching Basic Writing: Shifting from Diagnosis to Solution,” Conference of the SUNY Council on Writing, Albany, March 2016.
  • SCCC: “Idea of Originality and the Teaching of Writing,” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY, October 2015.
  • 10. SBU: “Screen Capture in 2015: Using Mobile Apps to Facilitate Student Learning/Use of Technology,” 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium, The Faculty Center, Stony Brook University, April 2015.
  • CCCC: “Screen Capture in 2015: Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Student Learning” (multimedia poster). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, March 2015.
  • EngGrad-SBU: “Locating Romanticisms: A Comparative Study of Poems by Wordsworth, Emerson, Tagore, and Devkota,” English Graduate Conference, Stony Brook University, Manhattan, NY, February 2015.
  • SCCC: “Mentor Texts as an Effective Tool for Teaching Writing to International Students,” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY, October 2014.


First-Year Reading Selection Committee. Undergraduate Colleges, Stony Brook U., 2018-19

  • Participating in selection of books based on research, reading, and discussion 

Peer Reviewer

  • Journal of International Students, 2018-

Academic Supervisor, Don Bosco College, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2003-2006

  • Scheduled and ran student activities, managed examinations, and coordinated and published examination results
  • Mentored student editors of the college magazines and counseled students who faced academic and other challenges

Assistant Superintendent of Higher Secondary Education Examination Board, 2005-06

  • Administered national board exams for higher secondary school students for the district of Kathmandu (through Kathmandu Don Bosco College)
  • Assessed final exams for hundreds of students in collaboration with a group of professional trained teachers (at the higher secondary education office)

Support for Organization of Various Professional Events

  • Helped organize the International Conference of the Nepali Folklore Society in Kathmandu, September 2003
  • Participated in the 11th International Conference of Nepal English Language Teachers Association, Kathmandu, February 2006
  • Participated in the Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) Annual Conference 2002, Kathmandu
  • Prepared and led the first position winning student group from Don Bosco College for the 3rd Nationwide Tourism Destination Project Writing and Presentation Competition organized by Nepal Tourism Board, September 2005

Participation in a Nepal-Sweden Education Exchange Program, Sweden

  • Participated in a 35 days program (along with another teacher from Asphodel Public School, Kathmandu) which was sponsored by Lulea University (and organized by Projekt Nepal), Sweden, in the year 1999.
  • Observed teaching/learning activities, discussed pedagogical methods and practices in Swedish K-12 education, and made various presentations about similar issues about Nepalese education system.
  • This once-in-a-lifetime experience helped me to start teaching with a heightened awareness of local and global issues in education; it also gave me the opportunity to network with teachers in Sweden, with whom I am in touch almost one and a half decade since that travel.  


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)



  • Technological Knowledge and Skills: word processors, spread sheets, presentations, web design (basic html), social media, video conferencing, cloud based collaboration  
  • Event organization, office administration


English (advanced proficiency; Nepali (advanced proficiency); Hindi (average fluency)  




EGL 587 Topics in Race, Ethnic Studies: Postcolonial Narratives

EGL 565 19th Century American Literature, Fall 2015

EGL 698 Practicum in Teaching Writing, Fall 2015

EGL 606 Period and Tradition, Spring 2015

EGL 509 Studies in Language and Linguistics, Spring 2015

EGL 506 Studies in Literary Theory, Spring 2015

EGL 540 Studies in Romanticism, Fall 2014

EGL 592 Problems in Teaching Writing, Fall 2014

EGL 584 Topics in Genre Studies, Fall 2014



Foundations of English Studies; History of American and British Literature

Literary Criticism and Theory (from Plato to Postmodernism)

Linguistics and Stylistics  

Western Intellectual History; Non-Western Studies

Surveys: British and American Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Prose

Critical and Creative Thinking; Creative Writing


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