Faculty Profile

Deborah Sinnreich-Levi

Building: Morton
Room: 327
Phone: 201.216.5403
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: dsinnrei@stevens.edu
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  Literature
Program:  Literature
  • Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center, C.U.N.Y., 1987
  • M.A., The Graduate School and University Center, C.U.N.Y., 1986
  • M.Ph., The Graduate School and University Center, C.U.N.Y., 1985
  • The Summer Latin Workshop, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Queens College, C.U.N.Y., Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
  • Eustache Deschamps 
  • Medieval comparative literature especially 14th century French poetics
  • Rhetoric, composition and professional communications
General Information

Much of my research has focused on the 14th century poet Eustache Deschamps and includes editions and translations -- the first into English -- of this important poet. Deschamps wrote the first ars poetica in French in 1392 almost 200 years before the first such English treatise. Contemporaneous with Chaucer, Machaut and Christine de Pizan, Deschamps was a courtier-poet who knew the most powerful political people of his day. My work also includes edited collections on medieval rhetorical practices. Finally, as director of graduate and undergraduate writing and communications programs, I have been interested in rhetoric and composition especially in technical situations and assisted by new technologies.


Stevens Institute of Technology

  • 1995-pr Associate Professor
  • 1990-1995 Assistant Professor
  • 2001-pr Dir, Graduate Certificate Program in Professional Communications
  • 1993-2009 Dir, Samuel, Minerva and David Lee Humanities Resource Center
  • 1990-pr Dir, Writing Programs
  • 1990-91 Dir, Graduate E.S.L. Program

New York Institute of Technology

  • 1989 Assistant Professor, English Department, New York Institute of Technology

Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

  • Jan. 1989 Deputy Dir, I.B.S.I.P., (Intersession Basic Skills Immersion Program), English Department,
  • 1987-1989 Assistant Professor & Chief Reader
  • 1987 Instructor
Institutional Service

Selected service: 

  • Director, Academic Writing Programs, 2009-present
  • Director, Writing and Communications at the Institute, 2007-2009
  • Chair, Academic Standards Committee, 2009-present
  • College of Arts and Letters Curriculum Committee, 2007-2009
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, 2004-present
  • Academic Planning and Resources Committee, 2004-2009
  • Ad-Hoc Day Care Initiative, 2004-2005
  • Undergraduate Promotions Committee, 2000-present
  • Chair, President’s Task Force on the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty, 2001-2003
  • Chair, Steering Committee, President’s Task Force on the Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty, 2001-03
  • Member, Search Committee, Dean for SASLA, 2000
  • Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Professional Communications, 2003-present
  • Director of the Samuel, Minerva and David Lee Humanities Resource Center, 1992-2009
  • Director of Writing Programs, 1991-2007
  • Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1999-2000  
  • School of Applied Sciences and Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, 1998-1999
  • Distance Learning Committee, 1997-1999
  • Academic Standards Committee, 1995-1999, (chair 1997-99
  • Undergraduate Promotions Committee, 1998-present
  • Honor Board Advisory Committee, 1995-1998
  • Library Committee, 1991-1997 
Consulting Service

I have offered workshops on professional communication to government, business and industry on behalf of the Institute.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

For several years, beginning in 2002, I have had Technogenesis students working on digitizing the collected works of Eustache Deschamps.  All 11 volumes of the poet's work have been digitized, and are searchable in a database that continues to be the subject of student research.  Students have not only been awarded summer Technogenesis support, but have earned class credit for database management both as part or all of a Computer Science course.  In addition, one student wrote her BA thesis on the digitizing of this collection.

Honors & Awards
  • 2009 $6705 Technogenesis Summer Scholar Prize
  • 2005 $5,700   Technogenesis Summer Scholars Prize
  • 2004 $11,400 Technogenesis Summer Prize
  • 2003 $1,000 Jess H. David Memorial Research Award
  • 2003 $14,250 Technogenesis Summer Scholars/Summer Prize
  • 2002 $9,500 Technogenesis Summer Scholars/Summer Prize
  • 2001 $9,500 Technogenesis Summer Scholars
  • 1998 "Outstanding Professor" Award
  • 1997 Alexander Crombie Humphreys Assoc. Prof. Distinguished Teaching Award

I have supervised almost 40 bachelor's theses in Literature and Communications.  I have also served as an advisor on some half dozen PhD dissertations.

Professional Societies

Member:  MLA, ICLS-NAB, ChaucerNet, MEDTXT-L, ArthurNet

Grants, Contracts & Funds
  • 2009 $25,000 from Engineering Information Foundation for a grant studying how to help engineers communicate with lay audiences
  • 1997 $10,000 for the Humanities Resource Center from the Hyde & Watson Foundations
  • 1993-94 $25,000 for a Russian Cultural Exchange Program from the Greve Foundation
  • 1993 $100,000 for the Samuel, Minerva and David Lee Humanities Resource Center
  • 1993 $25,000 for the Humanities Resource Center's construction from John Kidde
  • 1992 $50,000 for the Humanities Resource Center from the Charles Hayden Foundation


Selected Publications
Book Chapters
  1. Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi. (2000). "Eustache Deschamps' L'Art de dictier: Just What Kind of Poetics Is It?: Or, How Robert O. Payne Launched My Career in Deschamps Studies", Reconstructive Polyphony, John Hill and Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 29-44.
  2. Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi. (1998). "The Female Voice of the Misogynist Poet: Deschamps' Poems in Women's Voices", Eustache Deschamps, French Courtier-Poet: His Work and His World, Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi, AMS Press. 123-130.
  3. Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi. (2006). "Teaching The Song of Roland in Modern English Translation", Approaches to Teaching The Song of Roland, William Kibler and Leslie Zarker Morgan, MLA. 188-193.
  1. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Allen Mandelbaum and Frederick Goldin. (1992). "Voices in Translation: The Authority of "Olde Bookes" in Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Helaine Newstead", New York: AMS Press.
  2. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi,. (1994). "Eustache Deschamps' L'Art de dictier. East Lansing, MI", Colleagues Press.
  3. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Editor, Eustache Deschamps, French Courtier-Poet:. (1998). "His Work and His World. Intros. Stephen Nichols and Glending Olson", New York: AMS Press.
  4. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, Laurie. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clark Layman, Inc.,. (1999). "The French and Occitan Middle Ages: Dictionary of Literary Biography ", 208.
  5. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi. (2000). "Reconstructive Polyphony: Studies in the Rhetorical Poetics of the Middle Ages. Co-ed.", John Hill. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, .
  6. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi, I.S. Laurie, David Curzon, Jeffrey Fiskin. (2003). "Selected Poetry of Eustache Deschamps. Co-eds. and co-trs. ".
  7. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi. (2011). "Le Miroir de Mariage.", Ian S. Laurie and R. Barton Palmer.
  • HUM 103 Freshman Writing and Communications I
  • HUM 104 Freshman Writing and Communications II
  • HLI 113 Western Literature: Classical Literature
  • HLI 114 Western Literature: Middle Ages to the Present
  • HUM 301 Writing Seminar and Research Methods
  • HLI 321 Literature, Science and Technology
  • HLI 331 Shakespeare
  • HLI 334 Chaucer: The Journey and the Dreams
  • HLI 337 History of the English Language
  • HLI 410 Medieval Literature
  • HLI 412 Medieval Romances: Rise of the Individual
  • HLI 413 Literature by Women: The Tradition in English
  • HLI 416 The Legend of King Arthur
  • HLI 417 English Literature from Beowulf to the Restoration (1660)
  • HUM 498 Senior Thesis
  • HUM 499 Tutorial
  • COMM 500 Foundations of Business and Professional Communications
  • COMM 501 Foundations of Technical Communication
  • COMM 502 Professional Presentations
  • COMM 503 Advanced Documentation Technique
  • COMM 504 Foundations of Business Plan Writing
  • COMM 530 Writing for Engineers
  • COMM 535 Writing for International Marketing
  • COMM 540 Foundations of Financial Writing
  • COMM 545 Writing for Health Care Professionals
  • COMM 550 Writing for the Web
  • COMM 555 Writing for Project Management
  • COMM 560 Writing For and About the Science Community
  • COMM 565 Publicity Writing: Techniques of Packaging Information
  • COMM 570 Proposal Writing
  • COMM 810 Special Topics in Professional Communications
  • COMM 510 Masters Thesis Preparation
  • HLI 421 Power and Politics, Kinship and Kings I: Ancient to Renaissance