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.
Michael 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. On November 9, 2018 Professor Finnegan joined four of his colleagues at an event entitled Legacies of World War I: 1918-2018 where he compared his Uncle Kenny's war experience with that of the character Harold Krebs' trauma as detailed in Ernest Hemingway's story, "Soldier's Home".
Michael has been busy since the Paris Hemingway Conference in 2018. He traveled to Gainesville last year to become one of the Founding Members of the Florida Hemingway Society and in May he delivered a paper at The American Literature Association in Boston entitled "Drinking as Ritual with Hemingway's Characters". An article entitled "Another Look at Sherwood Anderson's Craftsmanship in Winesburg, Ohio" has been published in MidAmerica, the annual journal for the Society for the Study of Midweatern Literature. 2019 marks the one hundred year publication of Winesburg, Ohio. Futhermore, Michael delivered another Hemingway paper at the FCEA annual conference in Boca Raton, Florida during the third week of October.
His recent publications include a personal essay entitled "Kenny and Ernest: How Hemingway helped me understand the pain of my late uncle, who died in World War II" in the December 2020 issue of the Forum, the publication of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Professor Finnegan also published three scholarly articles on Sherwood Anderson in the 2021 issues of MidAmerica, The Midwest Quarterly and Studies in the American Short Story respectively. A chapter on William Faulkner in The Working Class in American Literature: Essays on Blue Collar Identity is due for publication this fall.
On a personal note, Professor Finnegan played professional ice hockey in Denmark and his interests include off shore fishing, golf and tennis.