Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Communication
Dr. Michael J. Finnegan comes to Florida Tech as a career educator. He was a Dean of Admissions at three independent schools in the northeast and most recently, Dean of Academics at Windermere Preparatory School. Prior to these experiences, Dr. Finnegan taught Composition and Literature at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Bryant University. He holds his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Rhode Island and his M.A.T. and B.A. degrees are from Colgate University.
Dr. Finnegan's publishing credentials include past positions as Editor in Chief of both the "Portsmouth Abbey School Bulletin" and the "Providence Country Day School Prospect". His work included the editing, writing and publishing of these important Alumni/Development Journals as well as writing numerous articles, profiles and interviews for them. On May 21, 2015, Dr. Finnegan delivered a paper on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Finnegan also delivered a paper on Ernest Hemingway's story "Soldier's Home" at this same conference on May 26, 2017. In the fall of 2016 he published an article in the Colgate University Alumni Magazine, "The Scene" about a group of eight brothers who all played ice hockey on the same team and in July of 2018 he traveled to Paris to join three other Florida Tech Professors delivering papers at The Ernest Hemingway Society's "Hemingway in Paris" International Conference. The content of Dr. Finnegan’s Paper was on Hemingway’s writing of the story, “The Three Day Blow” while sipping rum in a café in Paris’ Latin Quarter during the early twenties.
Professor Finnegan played professional ice hockey in Denmark and his interests include off shore fishing, golf and tennis.