Our Director

Shanyn Fiske is the founder and executive director of Axis Achievement. She earned her BA magna cum laude in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brown University and her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also studied as a visiting scholar in the English faculty at Oxford University and as a graduate visiting scholar in the Classics faculty at Cambridge University. She is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University (Camden campus), where she directed the undergraduate Writing Program for seven years. She has published extensively on her area of research expertise: nineteenth-century literature and culture. Her publications include Heretical Hellenism: Women Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Ohio 2008) and articles in journals like Nineteenth-Century Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Women's Studies.
Dr. Fiske began teaching as a Writing Fellow during her senior year at Brown University, and her interest in the theories and practices of teaching active reading, writing, and critical thinking has persisted throughout her scholarly career. As a graduate student at Penn, she designed and taught numerous courses in the undergraduate composition program as well as the Penn pre-freshman program. For two years, she directed the Penn-Edison Partnership, an outreach program that matched graduate student teachers with students in English classes at Edison High School in north Philadelphia. She spent seven years developing the freshman composition curriculum and training graduate students to teach composition and critical thinking at Rutgers and continues to lead outreach efforts to extend intellectual discussion and debate beyond the college classroom.
Dr. Fiske founded Axis Achievement with the vision of bridging the growing gap between high-school and college education in the humanities. The company's programs are based on thorough research and teaching practice and are solely designed by Dr. Fiske in consultation with colleagues specializing in literature, writing, education, and childhood studies.