Deric McNish

Educator

Deric McNish with phonetic pillows

Professor


Pictured in this photo are phonetic pillows, an innovative educational strategy by Louis Colaianni.


Deric McNish is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. He's the voice, speech, and dialects instructor in a thriving MFA and BFA acting program, where he has served as program director. Deric also teaches MSU's ESL students, as well as courses on Disability in Performance in the Integrated Arts and Humanities Program.

Deric was awarded the 2017 CAL Award for Innovation and Leadership in Teaching.
Deric was awarded the 2017 Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

He teaches primarily in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, offering courses in a variety of approaches to acting, voice, speech, and dialects. He has created courses for the Integrated Arts and Humanities program such as Disability in Performance, as well as courses for the English Language Center that use performance techniques to help MSU's International Students learn English language and American culture.

While earning his PhD and teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, he earned a Certificate in College Teaching. He actively seeks out new strategies to more effectively reach and challenge all his students. He gets to share his fascination with the scholarship of teaching and learning on a daily basis with his graduate students. The MFA offered at MSU is unique in that it puts equal weight on training actors and educators. As a mentor and advisory committee member for his graduate students, he enjoys the opportunity to be a part of a community that continuously explores more positive teaching practices.

New Courses

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University since 2013, he has created many new courses.

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Five new graduate courses for the MFA in Acting:


Other courses taught at Michigan State University:

Courses taught at the University of Colorado Boulder:

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