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Deborah Van Duinen

Professor / Educator / Literacy Advocate


Associate Professor of English Education

Hope College

Literacy Advocate


NEA Big Read Lakeshore and The Little Read Lakeshore


Deborah Vriend Van Duinen is an Associate 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 Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read Lakeshore pgorams. She has been on the board of editors for Reformed Journal since 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education, 2011

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2002

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

B.A. in English, Religion and Theology, 1998

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of English Education

Hope College, 2011-Present

Assistant Professor of English Education

Hope College, 2009-2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University, 2004-2009

Select Courses Taught

  • ED285 – Content Area Literacy
  • ED286 – Field Placement for Secondary Education
  • IDS452 – Senior Seminar
  • FYS100 – First Year Seminar
  • IDS200 – Encounters with Culture
  • ED287 – Classroom Management in Secondary Education classrooms

Professional Organizations

  • Member, Assembly on Young Adult Literature, 2012-present
  • Member, American Educational Researcher Association, 2011-present
  • Member, International Literacy Association, 2010-present
  • Member, Literacy Research Association, 2012-present
  • Member, Michigan Council of Teachers of English, 2005-present
  • Member, Michigan Reading Association, 2013-present
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English, 2004-present

Professional Service

  • Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Executive Committee Member, 2018-present
  • American Reading Forum 2016 Conference Co-Chair, 2016
  • Book Review Co-Editor for Reformed Journal, 2012-present
  • Reviewer for Journal of Literacy Research, 2010-present
  • Reviewer for Action in Teacher Education, 2012-present

Community Service

  • Ready for School Board Member, Holland, MI, 2019-present
  • Board of Trustees, Holland Christian Schools, 2017-present
  • Diversity Rocks the Book committee member, City of Holland, 2019-present
  • Community Network for Education, City of Holland, 2016-present