Faculty Q & A

PH: Bierowski

Thomas Bierowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

How long have you been working at Alvernia?

TOO LONG. Just kidding. Since Fall 2005. 6 years? 7? Who’s counting?

Can you please describe your position here at Alvernia?

Associate Professor of English. I teach lit classes, creative writing and critical theory.

What would you say is your favorite part about your job?

 Showing that literature and life go hand-in-hand. Understand one and you’ll understand the other.

When you aren't at Alvernia, what do you spend your time doing? 

Writing stories, working on my comic book, playing guitar, gardening, reading for pleasure, and walking around wondering about stuff.

Where is your favorite place to eat on or off campus?

I’m a fan of Skrepesi’s Sandwich Shop on the corner of Lancaster and Grace. Also the new Cuban sandwich at the Kestrel Café in Bernardine Hall is scrum-dilly-iscious.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
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