Stephen Aiello has, in one form or another, spent his entire life and professional career connected to the fine and performing arts. As a boy he competed as a figure skater in national championships. Later Aiello pursued his love of music as a keyboardist and performed in clubs, universities and concert halls with many of the great bands of the sixties, as well as with the artists such as John Lee Hooker and B.B King.
Aiello then returned to academia, graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude with a degree in English. As he began his career as a secondary school teacher in both public and independent schools in and around his native Boston and New England, Aiello developed an interest in teaching drama and directing plays, and in the process helped to create drama programs in three schools. Many of his productions were award-winning plays in the Boston Globe Drama Festival, which included competitors such a Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. several of Aiello's drama students have gone on to professional careers as actors and directors.
Later in his teaching career, Aiello pursued his graduate studies at Skidmore College and doctoral studies at Tufts University in drama criticism. After teaching at Fisher College in Boston, Aiello relocated to South Florida, where he joined the faculty at Lynn University. The small drama club that Aiello created nearly ten years ago has since developed, with his guidance, into a full drama program and major in the College of International Communication. In his fourth year at Lynn, Aiello was presented by his peers the Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership.
- B.A., Tufts University
- M.A., Skidmore College
Stephen Aiello's teaching philosophy and methodology underscore a single premise: that the best learning conflates heuristic inquiry and active discourse. Hence, the goals and structures of his teaching serve to unify those two pathways to knowledge.
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Sociology of drama
- Cultural meanings of dramatic performances
- Integration of classical dramatic theory and modern practice in modern and contemporary plays
- Selected for “Who’s Who In America’s Teachers,” 2005-2006
- Selected for “Who’s Who In America’s Teachers,” 2004-2005
- Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, 2001-2002
- Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to the College of Arts and Sciences – The Teaching Roundtable, 2001-2002
- Director of What the Butler Saw voted “Best Campus-wide Program” by Student Activities, 2001-2002