Jeff Schiff - Columbia College Chicago

Jeff Schiff

Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies


Jeff Schiff holds the rank of professor of English and Creative Writing. During his tenure at Columbia, he has served as, Director of the Composition program, Director of Graduate Studies in English, Coordinator of Technology in English, Associate Chairperson of the English Department, College-wide Graduate/Undergraduate Director of Outcomes Assessment, Director of Technology for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Acting Chairperson of the English Department, and Interim Chairperson of the Fashion Studies Department.

Jeff is the author of That hum to go by (MAMMOTH books, 2012), Mixed Diction (MAMMOTH books, 2009), Burro Heart (MAMMOTH books, 2004), Rats of Patzcuaro (Poetry Link, 2003), The Homily of Infinitude (Pennsylvania English, 1999), Resources for Writing About Literature (HarperCollins, 1991), and Anywhere in this Country (MAMMOTH Press, 1981). His poetry and prose have also appeared in numerous periodicals—including Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, and The Southwest Review.

Instructional Areas

Jeff Schiff has taught creative and professional writing, literature, and oral communications at Columbia College, Northern Arizona University, Purdue University, McNeese State University, Binghamton University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. At present, Jeff regularly teaches professional writing and literature courses, predominantly online.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Jeff is a poet.


B.S., English State University College Brockport 1978
M.A., English University of Texas-El Paso 1979
Ph.D., Contemporary American Poetics State University New York-Binghamton 1983