Faculty &

Department of English

Holly Lynn Baumgartner, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of English, Lourdes University Higher Learning Commission Liaison


  • Ph.D., English (Rhetoric and Writing), Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., dual degree in English Literature and Classical Studies (Ancient Greek), University of Toledo
  • Certification in Franciscan Studies - University of St Francis

International Teaching

  • Trinity College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • Exeter College, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Assessment Experience

  • English Program Reviewer for Program Accreditation, NCATE/NCTE/CAEP (The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
  • HLC Self Study
  • Assessment Institute and Consulting Presentations

Recent Publications

  • “The Hunger of the Other,” Emanations: Third Eye, ed. Carter Kaplan, International Authors, October 2013.
  • “Let’s take a Trip Together: A Driven Narrative,” in Emanations: Second Sight, ed. Carter Kaplan, an anthology of best new global writing, 2013. Used as upper level English textbook at Kent State University.
  • “Our Wine Dark Seas,” essay in The Great Lakes Book Project, ed. Walter Blake Knoblock, March 2013
  • Columnist for “House of Lourdes,” Toledo Reads, 2011-2013
  • “Empowering Faculty Communities for Fostering and Assessing Student Performance in Virtual Landscapes,” Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education, ed. Steven D'Agustino, December 2011
  • Hosting the Monster: Critical Essays on the Monstrous, co-editor with Roger Davis, Rodopi, November 2008
  • “Divas Undone: The Transgressive Heroine as Operatic Monster,” in The Monstrous Identity of Humanity, Conference Proceedings E-book for At the Interface: Fifth Global Conference, Oxford, England, ed. Marlin C. Bates IV, 2008
  • “Disaster Pedagogy/Building Communities: From Wikis and Websites to Hammers and Nails,” journal article with Jennifer Discher, Reflections: A Journal of Pedagogy and Service Learning, February 2008
  • “Drifting Between: The Waking Dream of Effort and Fatigue Through Film,” Rhizomes: Culture Studies in Emerging Knowledge 13, Fall 2006
  • “De-Assimilation as the Need to Tell: Native American Writers, Bakhtin, and Autobiography,” in American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance, ed. Ernest Stromberg, 2006
  • “Distance Mapped,” American Book Review 27:5, July/August 2006
  • “‘Crossing Carmen’: A Review of Carmen Bugan’s Crossing the Carpathians,” The Literary Criterion, India and Oxford, December 2005

Recent Presentations

  • Paper to be presented: "Levinas and Francis: Radical Ethics for Radical Times," Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Milwaukee, WI, 7-10 November 2013.
  • Paper Presented, CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), “Band of Brothers: The Public Service of Composition,” Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2013.
  • Co-Presenter with Kathleen Jenks, nursing, “Assessing on Native Time,” Assessment Institute of IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana International Conference on how to assess interdisciplinary courses, November 2012

Recent Awards and Recognition

  • Endowed Chair of Franciscan Integration, 2013-2015
  • Nominee, Lourdes Faculty Excellence Award, Spring 2013
  • Assisi Pilgrimage Lourdes University, May 2012
  • Professor of the Year, Mercy College, Carnegie-Mellon nominee, 2007-2008, 2000-2001, 1999-2000
  • Rainbow Strand Selection: NCTE Conference Panel, 2000
  • Phi Kappa Phi honors society

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics – 20th-21st century
  • The Teaching of Writing
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and film
  • Culture Studies
  • Native American culture and writing
  • Gender Studies

Course Sample

  • ENG 670: Graduate Nursing Writing Preparation
  • MALS 645: Research on Narrative
  • ENG 316: Foundations of Rhetoric
  • Studies in Rhetoric: Rhetoric of Popular Culture
  • Enduring Questions: Infomaniac! The History, Mystery, and Serious Play of Print Culture
  • Native American History and Healthcare
  • Creative Writing

Professional Memberships

  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • College English Association
  • Modern Language Association, national/midwest
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Toledo Community Foundation

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhizomes: Culture Studies in Emerging Knowledge, Editorial Advisory Board
  • Collegiate Press Editorial Advisory Board

Service to Community

  • Service Learning Trip, San Pedro Sula/El Ocotillo, Honduras, 7 students, March 2013
  • Tau: Lourdes College Literary and Artistic Journal, Editor premier issue for Lourdes University, editor, 2013, editor 2012, co-editor Beth VanRheenen, 2011
  • Co-Chair, with Todd Matteson, Faculty-Staff Campaign, Fall 2012
  • Advisor, LAASA, Lourdes Arab American Student Association, 2011-present
  • Co-Advisor, Literati, Literature and English Student Association, 2012
  • Judge, Lourdes One-Act Play competition, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • Habitat Blitz Builds, 2002-present
  • Celebrity Reader for “Let’s Read! You and Me,” program through United Way
  • 2007-2009


Holly L. Baumgartner
Holly L. Baumgartner
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Office: CAH 4
Phone: 419-824-3756