Charles Yarnoff Associate Professor of Instruction, The Cook Family Writing Program

Charles Yarnoff, who received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, teaches a wide variety of undergraduate writing courses: intermediate composition, first-year seminars, engineering communication, and fellowship grant-writing. Recently he was awarded a Hewlett Curricular Fellowship to develop a first-year seminar entitled "Encountering Differences: Reading and Writing about Diversity in American Literature."

He was named a Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer for 2009-2010, an award recognizing faculty members who “have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance in classroom teaching.” He has been voted to the ASG faculty honor roll twice, has been nominated for the first-year advising award, and has received the Distinguished Teaching Award from NU's School of Professional Studies.

Yarnoff has been a Weinberg first-year adviser since 2000, and is the academic director of the Summer Academic Workshop, a pre-orientation writing seminar for first-year students. He serves on Northwestern's Transition Programs Plus Council, whose mission is to better support undergraduate students in their transition to college.

He is lead writer of Design Thinking and Communication: Principles and Practice, the textbook used in the required first-year course of that name taught in the McCormick School of Engineering.