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About Donald L. Deardorff, Ph.D.

Dr. Donald L. Deardorff II joined the Cedarville University faculty in 1996 and was granted tenure and promotion in 2002. He teaches courses in American literature and criticism, and oversees the Senior Seminar in English. He has published several articles on literature and men's studies and is a frequent presenter at meetings of the American Literature Association, the American Culture Association, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature. His books include Sports: A Reference Guide and Critical Commentary (2000), The Hero and Anti-Hero in the American Football Novel: Changing Conceptions of Masculinity From The Nineteenth Century to the Twenty-First Century (2006), and The Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports (2009). He is currently working on a history of Christianity and the arts. He is slowly beginning to learn to play the guitar, and he and his wife particularly enjoy having students over to their house. They are mentors in Cedarville's Fit to Be Tied Program.


Present Professor of English, Cedarville University Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2001 - Present Member, Conference on Christianity and Literature
1998 - Present Member, American Literature Association
1996 - Present Member, American Men's Studies Association
1996 - Present Member, Modern Language Association
1995 - Present Member, American Culture Association
1995 - Present Member, Sports Literature Association
2012 - 2014 Member & Co-Chair, Tenure Review Committee
2010 - 2013 Member, Department of English, Literature & Modern Languages Assessment Committee
2009 - 2013 Member, Department of English, Literature & Modern Languages Non-Western Literature Committee
2007 - 2013 Member, Biblical Integration Award Committe
2008 - 2012 Ad Hoc Reviewer, Edwin Mellen Press (National)
2005 - 2012 Ad Hoc Reviewer, American Studies Journal (National)
2008 - 2010 Member, University Curriculum Committee
2004 - 2006 Member, Student Language & Literature Advisory Board
1997 - 2000 Member, Language & Literature Department Composition Committee
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Honors and Awards

  • Allen Monroe Integration of Faith and Learning Award, Cedarville University - 2007
  • Faculty Research Grant, Cedarville University - 2005
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Cedarville University - 2004
  • St. Louis Journalism Review Excellence Award, St. Louis Journalism Review - 1994


1995 Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
1990 M.A., University of Maryland at College Park
1989 B.A., Gettysburg College

Contact Information

Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages
Cedarville University
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Dissertation (1)

Books (4)

Book Chapters (3)

Contributions to Books, Encyclopedias, etc. (7)

Refereed Journal Articles (4)

Conference Presentations of Refereed Papers (14)