LeeAnn Derdeyn, Ph.D.

Southern Methodist University
English Department, Discernment and Discourse
6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
Webpage: LeeAnnDerdeyn.com

Educational Background:


University of Texas at Dallas, Arts & Humanities, Studies in Literature, August 2015
Dissertation: BlindSighted: Alienation and Affirmation in T.S. Eliot
Committee: Tim Redman (Chair), Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, Michael Wilson, Matt Bondurant


University of Dallas, Literature. 20th C. American Poetry and Irish Literature, 2009


University of Dallas, Constantine Scholar in Medieval Literature and Spirituality

Professional Experience:


Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX




Awards & Recognition


SMU HOPE Annual Award (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence), 6 Feb.


SMU HOPE Annual Award (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence), first semester on campus – 3 Jan.


UTD Creative Faculty award, submission to Graduate Student Creative Competition for poem “Involved,” AWP Annual Conference, Chicago


P.E.O. Scholar Award Choice, UTD Campus


SLS Unified Fiction & Poetry Contest, Summer Literary Seminar Poetry Contest Fellowship as Finalist


MPCA Conference Travel Grant Award, Minneapolis


UT Dallas Deans’ Travel Grant Award, Ireland & Modernity Conference, Belfast


Golden Key International Honor Society

Teaching Experience As Sole Instructor (*courses I developed)

Southern Methodist University

Capstone Writing/Reading Inquiry Seminars:

Echo & Narcissus: The Identity of Environment in Contemporary Transatlantic Literature (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)*

Strange Familiars: Identity and Diversity in Contemporary Fiction (Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)*

HATS: Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Science in the Digital Global Age (Fall 2015)*

20th Century Irish Literature: Ideas of Justice (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015)*

El Centro College

Developmental Reading & Writing for Business Students (Spring 2017)*

University of Texas at Dallas

20th Century Irish Literature: Ideas of Justice (Spring 2014) *

The Environs of the Trojan War: Ideas of Justice (Spring 2013, Fall 2013) *

World Literature (Fall 2012)

Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)

Rhetoric (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)

North Lake College

Composition I (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

Composition II (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

Prepared to Teach

20th, 21st Century British, Irish, American or Transatlantic Poetry, Novels, Short Fiction

20th/21st C Literature and Environment

“Protected For Us or From Us?”: British Women and Environment

“To Be or Not to Be?”: American Multi-ethnic Writers

Transatlantic (British/Irish/American) Modernism

“Green Card Lit: Irish Authors in American Universities”

Individual or Comparative American Authors: T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, h.d., Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullors, Robert Penn Warren, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Cynthia Ozick, Marilynne Robinson, Jim Shepard, Jesmyn Ward, LaToya Watkins, Junot Diaz, Naeem Murr, Aracelis Girmay, Jori Graham, Tracy K. Smith, Christian Wiman, and others.

Individual or Comparative British/Irish Authors: W. B. Yeats, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Frank O’Connor, Flann O’Brien, Edna O’Brien, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Boland/ Ní Chuilleanáin/ McGuckian/ Ní Dhomhnaill/ Higgins/ Flynn, Derek Walcott, V. S. Naipaul, W. H. Auden, Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald, Martin Amos, David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwin, Jeanette Winterson, AS Byatt, Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Helen Macdonald, and more.

Additional Teaching Qualifications:


AP English Literature Exam Scoring (10-16 June 2016, 11-17 June 2017, 11-17 June 2018)


Holocaust Institute Certification, Holocaust Studies—21 Graduate Hours and Field Exam in Holocaust Area


Highest Cumulative and Individual Scores on Qualifying Field Exams in Arts & Humanities’ Department history. Field Exams completed with Highest Honors: “The History of the Novel,” “American, British, and Irish Modernist Literature,” “The History of the Holocaust”

Service – University and Professional:

Teacher Effectiveness Symposium, “The Lecture Remixed: Dynamic Lecturing,” Todd Zacrajsek. August 17, 2018.

AP College Board Reader in English Literature, Kansas City, MO, June 2016, 2017, 2018

Teacher Effectiveness Symposium, “Deep Learning: What the Best College Teachers Do and Small Lectures,” Ken Bain and James M. Lang, August 18, 2017.

Member, Faculty Learning Community on Hot Topics in the Academy, Center for Teaching Excellence, SMU, 2016-17

Campus-wide Common Reading Group Discussion Leader, SMU, August 2014, August 2015, August 2016, August 2017, August 2018

Student Mentor, Criteria 2016: A Journal of First-Year Writing, SMU’s annual compilation of the top first-year writing essays, 2014-2017

Member, Faculty Learning Community on Teaching & Education Policy, Center for Teaching Excellence, SMU, 2015-2016

Assistant Editor, Poetry and Fiction, Reunion: The Dallas Review, 2010-2015

Liaison/Coordinator, The Stark Visiting Writer’s Series, of Dallas, 2008-2011

Assistant Editor, Fiction, Sojourn Journal of Creative Writing, UT Dallas, 2009-2010.

Senator Interim, Braniff Graduate Student Association, University of Dallas, 2009-2010.

Professional Proficiencies and Training:

BlackBoard & Canvas Web course content delivery

Office 365, SurveyMonkey, Sign-Up Genius, Poll Everywhere

Professional Development: “SMU Security Awareness” (2014-2018), “SMU Program for Protection of Minors (2014-2018), AP English Literature Exam Training & Development (June 2016, June 2017, June 2018), “Blackboard Bridge” (2009)


Latin- Intermediate Reading and Writing

Spanish, French, and Italian (modern and medieval)- – Intermediate Reading, Beginning Writing & Speaking

Professional Memberships:


The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)


T. S. Eliot Society


Ezra Pound Society


Modern Language Association


American Literature Association


The Medieval Academy of America


Jane Austen Society of America


South Central MLA


Midwest Popular Culture Association

References Provided Upon Request