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Dean Deborah H. Holdstein
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Dean Deborah H. Holdstein

Deborah H. Holdstein, PhD, is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. Holdstein has published widely in such areas as film, literary studies, and rhetoric and composition. In December of 2009, she completed her term as Editor of College Composition and Communication, a premier journal in rhetoric and composition. As editor, she was also officer of the international organization the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Before her arrival at Columbia, Dr. Holdstein served as a member of the graduate faculty at Northern Illinois University, where she was Chair of the PhD-granting Department of English. Dr. Holdstein also taught and advised graduate and undergraduate students for twenty years at Governors State University (GSU), where she also led the program in English, chaired the Graduate Council, and served as Faculty Associate for Graduate Studies and Research in the Office of the Provost. From 1997-2000, she led GSU's university-wide North Central Association re-accreditation effort.  

Dr. Holdstein's books include On Composition and Computers; Rhetorical Choices (with Charles Schuster and Keith Gilyard); The Prentice-Hall Anthology of Women Writers; and her most recent volume, Judaic Perspectives in Rhetoric and Composition (edited with Andrea Greenbaum). Dr. Holdstein also serves as a consultant to colleges and universities, directs the Consultant-Evaluator Program of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and is a regular speaker at major scholarly conferences.  

Dr. Holdstein received a BA from Northwestern University in English and French and an AM and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Comparative Literary Studies.

Contact information:

Dean Deborah H. Holdstein, PhD
Office of the Dean, School of LAS
623 S. Wabash
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60605