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Communication Department – English, Reading, Literature, and Speech

Morgan Halstead
Department Chair

Mission Statement

The Communication Department of Malcolm X College, which includes English, Literature, Reading, and Speech, offers both required and elective courses designed to cultivate critical thinking, foster self-esteem, and inspire originality and creativity.  From sustained emphasis on thoughtfulness in self-expression, the connection between grammar and meaning, profession​​​​​​alism, and assessment, students leave our classes with the tools needed to be successful on every life pathway.

As committed faculty, we aim to promote deep learning that enriches the student experience.  Our philosophy is that education is a communal responsibility; therefore, the Communication Department works to provide learning environments that prepare students for professional competence in their designated fields while imbuing them with a reflective and empathetic understanding of varying perspectives. 


The Communication Department is comprised of multiple discipline courses: English 096, 101/197, 101, and 102 composition sequences; Creative Writing (English 241); a variety of courses in Literature and Speech 101. These courses promote increased literacy and fluency in the various forms of English language communication both written and oral, and reading comprehension and development. They advance the development and expression of critical, rational thought by the analysis of texts derived from diverse origins; by the creation of original compositions and, by examining language’s manifold styles, structures and conventions.                     




Faculty & Staff

Name Phone Email Office
Adjunct Coordinator      
Andrew Ball (312) 850-7296 2401-052
English & Literature      
Lisa C. Owens (312) 850-7327 24-1-051
Lani Montreal    (312) 850-7317      2401-047
Morgan Halstead (312) 850-4542 2415B
Crystal Thomas-Rudds   (312) 850-4547 2401-049
Gregory Nault   (312) 850-4545              2401-050
Aletha Osborne-Cole                                             (312) 850-4546 2401-053
Rachel Slotnick- Robbins (312) 850-7452 2401-052
Accelerated  Reading & Composition      
Sakeena Khan (312) 850-7318 2401‐044
Melloney Beck  (312) 850-7315 2401-031
Maria Kossakowski (312) 850-7304 2401-056
Linnea Forsberg (312) 850-7298 2401-035
Reginah Walton (312) 850-7331 2401-036
Victoria Nabors (312) 850-7314 2401-055
Tonya Gilmer - CCAII (312) 850-7306 2401‐043

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7315
312) 850-7338
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2401
Chicago, IL 60612
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Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Office hours are subject to change during registration week.


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