Dr. Francesco Crocco received his Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education teaching and administration. He is currently the instructional support manager for the Office of Distance Learning at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Previously, he directed the award-winning Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) and was an assistant professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Dr. Crocco has published two books and several peer-reviewed articles, delivered dozens of conference presentations, and developed educational technology (including a game-based learning management system, educational video games, and an online reading lab). He has received more than $1.5 million in grant awards from institutions such as the National Science Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. His current research interests include utopian studies, game-based learning, and the future of work.