Eastern Michigan University
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Darlene Leifson

Part-Time Lecturer

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  • PhD—Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2008B
  • MA—Applied Drama/Theatre for the Young, Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • A–English, Brigham Young University, 1999

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Performance Philosophy Association

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 601  Performance Inquiry
  • CTAR 677  Research Techniques
  • CTAR 300  Integrated Arts
  • CTAR 222  Drama and Play in Human Experience



Dr. Leifson's research and teaching interests include creativity, performance theory, research techniques, and humanities education. Most recently, she has developed a keen interest in the challenges facing higher education, in particular the need for educating students to succeed in a rapidly changing world that features complex and unscripted problems. She serves on the Provost's LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) / High-Impact Practice Committee, and writes a number of grants each year under the direction of the Provost's office. She is a recipient, with Dr. John Koolage (associate professor, Philosophy) of a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions award to develop a course in discovery and creativity in the arts and sciences.