Denise Divins received her bachelor's degree in Theatre & Communications (1999) and her master's degree (2011) from Gannon University. During her graduate studies, she was awarded an assistantship. She worked as both a Teacher Assistant and the Assistant Director of the Writing Center. Upon graduation, she worked as an adjunct professor teaching such courses as Composition, Critical Analysis and Composition, Introduction to Literature, Prose Literature, Introduction to Drama, Research and Writing, Western Classics and College English.
She had the honor of presenting her master’s thesis, “An Inversion of Two Worlds within John Gardner’s Grendel,” at the Annual John Gardner Conference in 2013 at Genessee Community College in John Gardner’s hometown of Batavia, New York. Her work relied on the mythological theories of Joseph Campbell and the psychological theories of Carl Jung. She also has a strong interest in Women’s Studies, particularly, Women’s Rhetoric and presented a paper as part of a panel presentation at the Pennsylvania Communications Association conference held at Gannon last fall. The paper was titled, “Maggie Tulliver Reclaiming the Body of Rhetoric.” She discussed the main character, Maggie Tulliver, from the novel The Mill on the Floss as an embodiment of rhetoric relying heavily on Helene Cixous and Jay Dolmage’s theories of the female body as a cunning rhetoric.
She joined Penn State Behrend this fall and is teaching a section of Rhetoric and Composition and Basic Writing Skills.