Deborah Visser

Deborah Visser


Professor Visser graduated from Calvin College in 1991 with a degree in English. She earned her M.A. from Wayne State University and her teaching certificate in secondary education at the University of Michigan in 1994. For several years she taught high school in the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina.


Recent Activites

During this past academic year, Debbie has been doing some work for Calvin’s Festival of Faith and Writing, learning more about the publishing world and researching some of the authors who will be speaking at the 2016 Festival.

Favorite Books 

  • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  • Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • The Boys in the Boat:  Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympicsby Daniel James Brown
  • The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  • The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


  • Being an active spectator at her teenage boys’ soccer and futsal games
  • Traveling with her husband (Jim) and sons
  • Reading
  • Going to movies with her sister
  • Watching her favorite television series
  • Walking/running/shuffling with her dog, Maizy
  • Having lively discussions with her book club

Academic interests

  • Young adult literature
  • Business writing
  • Composition pedagogy


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