Linda E. Holt (Ph.D., Louisville University) is Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and has been has been teaching English at Belmont since 1990. She earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville, and her dissertation examines student-centered teaching and research practices through the lens of cultural studies. An ardent supporter of writing as reflective practice, she has proudly watched many students begin to discover their own strengths as writers. Dr. Holt especially enjoys working with students who are new to the university, and one of her favorite classes to teach is First Year Writing. She has also taught Theories of Writing, Writing about Place, and Perspectives on Literacy, and she frequently teaches a Learning Communities writing class linked with chemistry.