Deborah McCabe is a Chico native, and has been teaching as a Lecturer in the Communication Studies department at CSUC since 2006. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Human Communication Studies from CSUC, a J.D. from the University of Iowa, and completion of all coursework for a PhD Rhetoric at the University of Iowa (currently ABD). Her teaching experience during her years of graduate work included courses in public speaking, small group communication, and freshman writing. Since returning to CSUC, she has taught and helped develop courses in small group communication, research-based writing, rhetoric, and freedom of speech.
Before returning to teaching, Deb practiced law as a Judicial Clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then as an Associate in the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, in their San Francisco office. Her law practice included federal appeals research and briefing, class action defense, intellectual property litigation, and labor and employment litigation.
Deb served two years on Academic Senate as an at-large Senator before being elected Chair of the Faculty and Student Policies committee. She has also served CSUC in other ways, some paid and some voluntary: by performing research on Courselink programming for Undergraduate Education, by functioning as a faculty coordinator in a themed Courselink through the First-Year Experience program, by joining the CFA Representation Committee, and by serving on the Campus Climate Committee (reformed into the Campus Equity Council).