J McDermott has taught at the College at Oneonta since 2001. A graduate of the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT (English/Linguistics) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Labor Studies), McDermott delayed any meaningful start to a career for at least a decade. He finally found an outlet for his creativity in radio, where he worked as a writer, director, producer and engineer for many years. A freelance business copywriter for Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies, he also consults in the development of business writing skills. McDermott is active in departmental, campus, and union activities, and regularly teaches courses in writing and literature.