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Kate Flom Derrick

Kate Flom Derrick

Senior Program Coordinator, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Kate joined the Searle Center in June 2017. She comes from DePaul University, Chicago, where she worked as a program coordinator at the University Center for Writing-based Learning and taught in the First-Year Writing program. She has a master's degree in writing, rhetoric, and discourse with a concentration in teaching language and writing. 

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Associate Professor, English Department and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

NU Alumnae Professor of Teaching Excellence, 2017-2020

Nick’s teaching and research encompass the fields of popular cinema, queer and feminist theory, and American literature. Students in his courses might learn to analyze movies that challenge familiar ideas about gender, or explore how a feminist director of the 1990s reimagines a novel of the 1880s, or apply insights of a 20th-century gay black essayist to a 21st-century film addressing race and sex. As a Searle Fellow in 2007-2008, Nick began a project to focus students’ attention on textual nuances through innovative assignment structures, especially in high-enrollment survey courses.