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Deborah Van Duinen

Professor / Educator / Author / Literacy Advocate


Professor of English Education
Hope College

Literacy Advocate

NEA Big Read Lakeshore and The Little Read Lakeshore


Deborah Vriend Van Duinen is the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Professor of English Education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She writes and teaches in the areas of English Education, disciplinary literacy, and adolescent literacy. A recipient of the Towsley Research Scholar award in 2013 and the Michigan Reading Association's Individual Literacy Award in 2016, Van Duinen is also the founder and director of Hope College's NEA Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read Lakeshore programs (community-wide reading programs that takes place annually in November). She has been on the board of editors for Reformed Journal since 2012.