Learning Center Staff

Graduate Assistant

Learning Center Staff

Tom Halford, Assistant Director/Writing Specialist

Tom joined the Learning Center Staff in the Winter of 2014. He is nearing the completion of a PhD in Canadian Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In February of 2013, Tom and his wife, Melissa, welcomed their daughter, Violet, into the world.

Everybody needs help in something. So we asked our professional staff to include what courses they would be tutored in.

"In my first year of university, I failed a Computer Science course in Java. The content was complicated, and I was completely uninterested. The only thing I remember from this class is how the professor kept glaring at me during one of the lectures. My attendance was poor and I had shown up late. About five minutes after I sat down, I unzipped my book bag. Instead of the textbook or some paper, I pulled out a sandwich.  As the professor lectured, I crunched through lettuce and pickles. Scraps of deli meat kept falling on the floor. The bread got stuck to the roof of my mouth, and I scraped it off with my finger. It was completely obnoxious. As a teacher, I understand my professor’s dirty looks, and I realize that I should have gotten help in that course.”


  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • B. Ed. in Intermediate and Secondary English, University of New Brunswick
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of New Brunswick Saint John


  • Halford, Tom. “A Conversation on Three Recent Works of Fiction.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 28 (Fall 2013). Print.
  • ---. “The Satirical Leap of Faith: A Review of Edward Riche’s Easy to Like.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 26 (Spring 2012). Print.

Literary and Artistic Work

  • Halford, Tom. “The Art of Shooting.” CBC Literary Awards, Longlisted. 2010.
  • ---. “Service.” Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. Spring, 2014. Web.
  • ---. “Stars and Sons.” The Broken Social Scene Story Project. House of Anansi Press. May, 2013. Web.
  • ---. “Trends of Buffoonery.” CBC Literary Awards, Shortlisted. 2006.

Contact Information

Office: Feinberg Library 103
Phone: (518) 564-6138
Email: thalf001@plattsburgh.edu