Thomas Dean (Ph.D., English, University of Iowa) is Senior Presidential Writer/Editor at the UI with primary responsibilities in speechwriting, and he teaches interdisciplinary courses at the university as well. He also teaches with the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the UI First-Year Seminar Program, and he has taught community education courses through the Iowa City Senior Center and other programs. Dean received a BA in English, a BM in Music History and Literature, and an MA in English from Northern Illinois University. He has taught writing, literature, and interdisciplinary subjects at Cardinal Stritch College (Milwaukee), Michigan State University, and Moorhead State University (Minnesota). Dean has published essays in regional and national publications. Books include The Grace of Grass and Water: Writing in Honor of Paul Gruchow (edited collection, Ice Cube Press, 2007) and Under a Midland Sky (essays, Ice Cube Press, 2008). He served on the Board of Trustees of the Iowa City Public Library (including as president) from 2003-2015 and on the Board of Directors of Iowa City’s FilmScene from 2011-2013, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Humanities Iowa from 2008-2014.