Margaret Sullivan came to Columbia College in 1979 to teach copywriting, at that time offered in the Journalism Department, while she was working on Bloomingdale's, US Soil, Armstrong Flutes and Woodwinds, as well as many local accounts. In 1984, when the Advertising Department was formed, Ms. Sullivan became its first full time faculty member. When the Marketing Communication Department was launched in 1987, she became the first Director of Advertising Studies. In that role she proposed many of the existing curricular offerings, including Portfolio Development, the Advertising Practicum and Copywriter/Art Director Team. In 1997, Professor Sullivan became chair of the Marketing Communication Department. She proposed the department's first two minors, the Creative Sports Marketing Concentration and, along with Mort Kaplan, the Semester in LA Entertainment and Publicity Marketing Program. Presently, Ms. Sullivan teaches AdCult and Marketing Case Workshop.
In 1993 Ms. Sullivan created the Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College, an arts entrepreneurial youth mentoring project, and Chicago's first all day all arts camp. Children grades three through eight study visual, media and performing arts on the college campus.
Margaret Sullivan has served the college in many leadership roles, such as Chair of the College Council (for two terms), and Chair of the Council of Chairpersons.
Ms. Sullivan has authored three books: Kitchen Angst: Have You Got Problems? Cook ‘Em Out; Cook As I Say, Not As I Do; and The Date Book, all published by Chicago Review Press. Along with Thomas Hamilton and Herbert Allen, Ms. Sullivan recently published a textbook chapter on changing stigma through the media in On the Stigma of Mental Illness published by the American Psychological Association.
Professor Sullivan's research interest is in the area of the consumer consumption of vinyl records. She has presented research papers on that subject across the United States, and in Portugal, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic. Her most recent paper: "Warholism and the Vinyl Record" was presented to the European Institute for Retail Sales and Services in Orlando, Florida this July.
Ms. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology and Communication Arts from Loyola University, and received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2005 from Columbia College Chicago.
Most recently, Ms.Sullivan is featured as one of the Happy 100 in Joanne Gordon's Be Happy at Work, Ballantine/Random House.