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Matthew Shenoda
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Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda


Matthew Shenoda

Associate Dean, School of Fine &
Performing Arts

Email: mshenoda@colum.edu

Matthew is an acclaimed writer, poet and educator whose poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else, was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, as well as a 2006 American Book Award. His latest collection, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, was published in 2009. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Shenoda lectures widely and has taught extensively in the fields of ethnic studies and creative writing. Prior to joining Columbia College Chicago in 2012, Shenoda served as Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and faculty in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.

While at CalArts, Shenoda was instrumental in spearheading and implementing policy changes for faculty hiring practices and equity initiatives. He also made regular contributions to furthering curricular and programmatic development and founded "Art, Justice, and Global Aesthetics: The Equity and Diversity Lecture Series." As a faculty member in CalArts' School of Critical Studies, he taught courses in cultural studies, creative writing, and the literary arts.

As associate dean in the School of Fine & Performing Arts (SFPA), Shenoda helps guide the development of curriculum, new academic programs and overall operations of the school. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of new graduate programs and furthering innovative undergraduate foundations and interdisciplinary curriculum. The SFPA houses eight departments, 25 degree programs, 140 tenured/tenure-track and 900 adjunct faculty members and 5,500 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.

In addition to his duties as associate dean in the SFPA, Shenoda is currently serving as interim chair for the new Creative Writing Department.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of several arts and education organizations and on the Editorial Board of the African Poetry Book Series.

Shenoda holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a BA in English with a minor in Writing from Oregon State University with a focus on American Literature and Creative Writing. He lives in Chicago with his family.