Suzanne Blum Malley, PhD, is senior associate provost and associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago. From December 15, 2018 – June 3, 2019, she served as interim senior vice president and provost.
In her role as senior associate provost, Blum Malley serves as the senior vice president and provost’s chief deputy, working closely with the academic leadership team to promote an environment of continuous improvement. She provides leadership and oversight for all academic operations, academic program development and review, and academic support services.
Prior to stepping into her current leadership position, she has served in numerous leadership roles at Columbia, including interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, coordinator of the Professional Writing Program, director of the English as an Additional Language Program, director of the Writing Center, acting chairperson of the English Department, and has held several other positions in shared governance.
Blum Malley is an executive board member (2015-2020; secretary 2017; chair 2018) of the Literacy Studies Forum for the Modern Language Association and has served on the executive committee of the Computers & Writing Graduate Research Network since 2011. As an associate professor of English, she teaches primarily in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, including first-year writing, professional writing, and graduate composition theory and praxis.
Her areas of research include multilingual and digital/multimodal literacies and globally networked learning environments. Her recent publications include “Ludic is the New Phatic: Making Connections in Global, Internet-mediated Learning Environments” in Thinking Globally, Composing Locally and “Multilingual Literacy Landscapes,” a co-authored study of international students’ literacy narratives, included in Stories that Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy.
She holds a PhD in English: Rhetoric and Composition Studies from Northern Illinois University, an MA in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Hispanic Literatures, and a BA in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.