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Michelle L. Filling-Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle L. Filling-Brown is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Cabrini University where she teaches courses in African American literature, women’s studies, writing, and social justice. After earning her B.S. in English education from West Chester University, Filling completed both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Delaware.  Recently awarded her second grant from the Katherine Alexandra Foundation to support her work on body image, Michelle coordinates the Gender and Body Studies program at Cabrini University and specifically studies beauty culture and has several publications related to body image, including “Images that Sell: The Black Female Body Imag(in)ed in 1960s and 1970s Magazine Advertisements” in Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture.  She also presents nationally on issues in higher education such as assessment, learning communities, and the first-year experience. 

Also dedicated to the arts, Michelle is the Artistic Director of Cabrini’s theater and teaches courses such as Scriptwriting and Musical Theater Choreography.  Michelle is past President of the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter and received their Jeff Choice Award for leadership in the dance community.

Very active in her community, Michelle regularly volunteers for the Purple Feet Foundation and other local organizations through her church.  In 2012 she received the West Chester University Legacy of Leadership Award and a citation from the PA House of Representatives for her service to the community.  Cabrini University awarded her the Rose and Raymond Green Faculty Scholars Award in 2012 and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2014.

Richie Gebauer, M.Ed.

Mr. Richie Gebauer is the Director of the First Year Experience at Cabrini University. After earning a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, Gebauer completed his M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. Gebauer was named an “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2015 for his work in the area of the first-year experience. He currently serves a member of two editorial review boards - the Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP)journal out of the Washington Center, the National Resource Center for Learning Communities, and E-Source for College Transitions out of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Gebauer has several publications related to the integration of high-impact practices in the first year of college, particularly focusing on learning communities and first-year writing seminars. He also has presented and consulted nationally on critical issues in higher education, specifically learning community growth and development, first-year student learning, and leadership development.     

In addition to his role as the Director of the First-Year Experience, Gebauer serves as the Faculty Director of the IMPACT (Leadership) Living and Learning Community and as a Faculty Fellow for the Writers, Ink. Learning Community at Cabrini, teaching courses in writing, social justice, and leadership. 

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Write Your Future





AUGUST 14-17

The Write Your Future Summer Enrichment Program is our signature summer writing course and is open to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. The two-week program brings students to a local university or college campus where they receive instruction from our excellent volunteer professors and lecturers. 

Two Summer Enrichment courses are scheduled for the summer of 2017 and space will be limited to 60 students per course.

Sample Daily Lesson Plan or the 2017 Summer Enrichment Course:

9:00-9:30 – Opening Session:

Co-lead by our Program Coordinators, Richie Gebauer, M.Ed. and Michelle Filling-Brown, Ph.D.  – this session will focus on leadership development, communication, and frame the day’s lessons.
9:30-10:25 – Creative Writing:

Taught by one of our Faculty Fellows – this session will focus on writing, creative expression, the revision process, and journaling. 


10:30-11:30 – College Prep Writing

Taught by one of our Faculty Fellows – this session will focus on writing, argument, and information literacy.

11:30-11:45 – 15 minute break 

Students will receive a complimentary snack and have an opportunity to engage with faculty and each other in an informal setting.

11:45-12:45 – Elective  

This session will focus on various enrichment topics that will help students to succeed, enhance their education, and prepare for the future.  Topics may include financial literacy, positive psychology, yoga, photography, theater, goal-setting, the college application process, and community engagement.

 12:45-1:00 – Wrap-up

This session will allow for reflection on the day’s activities and help students to plan for the follow day.