Deric McNish



Deric McNish's work focuses on the scholarship of inclusive, accessible, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. He develops innovative performance-based approaches to English language learning and he actively works to make the creative process accessible to people with disabilities.

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Deric's dissertation, The 19 Percent: Disability and Actor Training in Higher Education, began as an attempt to document and develop best practices to improve access to actor training for people with disabilities. He is currently adapting acting, voice, and speech curriculum for use in English language learning, in a branch of research he calls "The Performance of Fluency." He co-created a unique approach to English language learning using acting, voice, and speech activities as a way to enhance fluency and cultural literacy among Michigan's large population of international students. This collaboration continues to expand and has led to multiple research projects, conference presentations, workshops, master classes, and publications.