Michael Harris - Columbia College Chicago

Michael Harris

Adjunct Professor of Instruction



Michael C. Harris is an Adjunct Professor of Instruction currently teaching Business Writing  in the Business & Entrepreneurship department. He has also taught the grad course The Press, Consumers, & the Arts and the undergraduate course The Press, Consumers, & the Music Business (both of which he developed and designed). He is the Owner of MCH Creative Content, LLC. Harris has three decades of professional writing, editing, communication, and education experience: magazines, web content, marketing materials, e-learning, trade books, textbooks, script writing, voice overs, teacher training, technical manuals, and white papers.He began reviewing music and interviewing musicians/entertainment figures in 1986. Served as Editor of the Illinois Entertainer, one of the nation’s longest extent music magazines, from 1988 through 2002. Hosted the rock critic talk show “Rock Tonight” with Greg Kot (“Sound Opinions”) from 1995 to 1997 on WLUP in Chicago. Published in Rolling Stone, Spin, New Times city publications, Chicago magazine, and the Chicago Tribune’s Metromix site and Red Eye daily. He is a regular contributor to Block Club Chicago.Began teaching writing at Columbia College in 1995.Currently a freelance marketing consultant, writer, editor, educator, and author of numerous nonfiction books for Scholastic, Pearson, Penguin, Gossett Dunlap, etc.His play Cul-de-Sac (Chicago Dramaworks) was published in November 2015.His 2016 Penguin middle school book What Is the Declaration of Independence? has sold 300,000 copies worldwide.Bachelor of Arts, DePaul University, 1988University of Iowa, Writer's Workshop, 1983-1984


B.A., English DePaul University 1988