B.A., Hope College
MFA, Purdue University
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Beth McDermott joined the College of Arts and Sciences as a faculty member in the English department in 2016 and began serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2023. She is the author of Figure 1 (Pine Row Press), a 2022 finalist for the Foreword Indies and a 2023 finalist for the da Vinci Eye/Eric Hoffer Award. Her chapbook titled How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press), was published in 2015. Her poetry appears in such publications as Pine Row, Tupelo Quarterly, Terrain.org, and Memorious. She’s the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from USF, an Illinois Speaks Micro-Grant from Illinois Humanities, and has served as an editor for various literary magazines and presses.