Curt Nehring Bliss
Curt Nehring Bliss is a Professor of English at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York. After serving many years as the College's Honors Program Director and Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Coordinator, Curt has shifted his focus to supporting students' transition from high school to college. In this capacity, he currently oversees the College's AA Liberal Arts & Sciences degree and provides leadership on various First Year Experience initiatives. An educator for 26 years committed to the mission of open-admissions 2-year colleges, he has received recognition at the state level with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service and an Illinois Community College Trustees Association's Award for Outstanding Teaching. A longtime participant and Faculty Associate for the past 6 years, Curt has regularly facilitated IWT's week-long "Teaching the Academic Paper" workshop. Inspired by his work with IWT, he created the FLCC Honors House—a "laboratory for the teaching and learning arts," which features seminar-based classrooms in a home-like setting designed to promote active and reflective learning. Curt also writes and performs with Dead Metaphor Cabaret—an artist ensemble interested in exploring the fertile edges along which poetry and music graze.