Faculty & Staff

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, Endowed Chair of Franciscan Integration 2013-2015


  • 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

  • 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