Sean Flannery, Ph.D.


Title: Department Chair, Associate Professor

Office: Faculty Center 22

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3886

Ph.D., Lehigh University
M.A., Villanova University
B.A., Wilkes University


Teaching Philosophy:

Flannery’s dedicated and engaging demeanor draws students in, giving them opportunities to grow intellectually and nurturing their problem-solving skills. Whether with iPads or cell phones, Facebook, YouTube, or basic writing, he seeks to use the tools of today’s world to bring life to learning.

“If I am not helping create something new or being responsive to the needs of the students in regards to classroom content or modes of delivery to match today’s learner, then I am not fulfilling the most essential aspect of my job: to ensure that the students are getting the most of their college experiences,” he says.

Courses Taught:

English courses:

  • Dysfunctional Families in Literature
  • Graphic Novels
  • Literary Analysis & Research
  • Major American Fiction
  • Modern Poetry
  • Literature & Warfare
  • Jhumpa Lahiri & Generational Immigration
  • Advanced Composition
  • Film Adaptations of Literature

Communication courses:

  • Cell Phone Photography
  • Orange is the New Black: Media, Society & Philosophy
  • Proposal & Grant Writing
  • Women & Media
  • Mashup Media
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Journalism
  • Writing for the Web
  • Film Theory & Criticism
  • Mass Media
  • Decoding the Media
  • Narrative & Screenwriting
  • Science Fiction Film Studies
  • Advanced Reporting & Feature Writing
  • Media Ethics and Law
  • Crisis Communication
  • Effective Business Communication in the Digital Age

Research Interests:

  • Social Media/Web 2.0
  • Literature (American, Irish, British, Children’s, Postcolonial)
  • Popular Culture
  • American and British Modernism
  • Cinema (American and/or Foreign films)
  • Mass Media or Communications Issues
  • Media and Ethics

Flannery was featured in an article in the Immaculata Magazine about using Twitter in the classroom as a learning tool.


Contributor, Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People. Completed 21 entries.

“Investigating Socio-Linguistic Digressions,” Immaculata Magazine, Summer 2017 Ed.


“The End of Nostalgia in Contemporary American Drama—Isolated Selves in August: Osage County & The Old Neighborhood.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference at Rutgers University, April 2011.

“Jimmy Rabbitte Sr., Irish Pubs, and the Waning of the Bachelor Group.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference at Boston University, February 2009.

“Penning through a Hand of Violence—Women’s Narratives and the Physical Assault on the Patriarchy in Contemporary Irish Literature.” ACIS Conference at Kutztown University, October 2006.

“Authorial Vagrancy in Contemporary Irish Literature: Roddy Doyle and Sebastian Barry coping with ‘The Troubles’ In Ireland.” 20th Century Literature and Culture Conference at the University of Louisville, February 2006.

“Service to the Empire in Ireland: A Socioeconomic Divide.”  South Central Modern Language Association, Houston, October 2005.


2012-2013 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award

2010 Immaculata University Club/Organization Advisor of the Year Award, for serving as faculty advisor for The Immaculatan, the student newspaper


Stereotyping No More: Contemporary Irish Literature and its Reevaluation of Lauded Pub Life in Ireland.

Master’s Thesis:

Striking It Rich beneath the Linear Black: Seamus Heaney and the Reemergence of the Sonnet Sequence.

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