Deborah Siegel, assistant to the chair, received her MFA in Creative Writing–Fiction from Columbia College Chicago in 2008. Her novel-length thesis, Ponderosa Bones, has been sitting by her couch gathering dust since graduation. Deborah also holds a BA in Dance. She worked as a dance choreographer, performer, and improvisation artist, taught in Columbia's Dance Department for 25 years, produced numerous dance concerts, and received a number of grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. While a grad student in the Fiction Writing Department, she worked as a tutor and Publishing Lab resource administrator and book review editor, taught for Act/Write, and co-edited the Story Week Reader. She had works published in Flashquake, Bookslut, and Hair Trigger. After receiving her MFA, Deborah taught English Composition and tutored in the Individual Learning Center at Morton College in Cicero.