Deborah Wood Lecturer, The Cook Family Writing Program

Deborah Leigh Wood has taught Design Thinking and Communication through The Cook Family Writing Program since 2003. She worked for more than 15 years at the Chicago Tribune as a reporter, feature writer, arts reviewer, copy editor, and special-sections editor. She also was assistant editor of the alumni magazine of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and served as a copy editor, editor, and writer for several consumer publications. Wood was the main contributor to the coffee-table book Chicago: Heart and Soul of America and is a contributing author of Design Thinking and Communication: Principles and Practice, the main textbook used in DTC.

Before coming to DTC, Wood taught undergraduate and graduate copy editing for six years at NU’s Medill School of Journalism. In addition to teaching in DTC, she is a writing coach and copy editor specializing in academic writing and regularly copy-edits student capstones in the Master of Project Management Program at Northwestern. Wood is the recipient of several journalism awards. She has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts, a performance-based program that has added nicely to her skillset of communication tools.