Jeanne Weiland Herrick is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Bobbie and Stanton Cook Family Writing Program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches a variety of writing courses. In addition to expository writing, she teaches in the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) course, a joint venture between the McCormick School of Engineering and the Writing Program.

Herrick also teaches a freshman seminar, Insiders and Outsiders: Reading and Writing Cultural Stories, related to her research interest, sociolinguistics, the study of how people from different cultures and language groups can better communicate and understand each other. An important component of this course are field trips that take students to different neighborhoods in Chicago, such as Pilsen, Devon Avenue, and Humboldt Park, where they meet and learn from the "insiders" of those communities.

Drawing on her 10 years of experience in sales and marketing for CBS television, Herrick also teaches the Business Communication course for the Master of Product Design and Development Program for McCormick's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She also works with Northwestern University's Law School as a consultant on issues of cross-cultural legal writing and cultural acculturation and teaches courses for Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies, including Reading and Writing English for Non-Native Speakers, Writing for the Professions, and Intermediate Expository Writing.

In her spare time, Herrick likes to garden, dance, kayak, travel, and of course, read. She is a rabid NU basketball fan.


PhD, English, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL