Scott Derrick is serving as interim associate dean in the humanities for the summer and fall semester of 2017, substituting for Lora Wildenthal, who is serving as interim dean of the division for the same period. His task is to sustain and, if possible, enhance programs initiated by Professor Wildenthal during her tenure as associate dean. Derrick is also serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of English for the 1917-18 academic year.
Derrick received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He began his career as an assistant professor at George Mason University and has been a faculty member at Rice since 1990. His fields include nineteenth and twentieth century US literature, film, popular culture, literary theory, and the study of sexuality and gender. He is author of Monumental Anxieties: Homoerotic Desire and Feminine Influence in 19th-Century US Literature (Rutgers UP, 1997), and is currently at work on a series of essays on suicide, individualism, gun culture, and the problem of happiness in US culture.