Alexander Friedlander, PhD

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication

Alexander Friedlander

Office: Dean's Office [CoAS], 4th fl MacAlister
Phone: 215.895.1819


  • PhD, Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
  • MA, English, Illinois State University, 1979
  • BA, English, University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1974

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Document design
  • Usability testing
  • Written Communication, particularly regarding technologies in the professional writing workplace


Alexander Friedlander is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Arts and Sciences.  As Associate Dean, he oversees the undergraduate curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences and represents the College on numerous University committees.

He has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate writing and communication courses including Document Design and Evaluation, Readings and Research in Communication, Rhetorical Theory, Research Methods, and courses in professional writing, freshman writing, and more. He has previously held administrative positions in the Department of Humanities and Communications and the Department of Culture and Communication, including Graduate Program Director (1992-1997), Undergraduate Communication Program Coordinator (1997-2001, 2004-2007), and Assistant Head of Culture and Communication (2002-2007).

His research interests include the nature of cognitive processes in the writing of non-native speakers of English and how computing technologies impact technical writers in their workplaces.