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Diane Dreher

Diane Dreher


Dr. Diane Dreher joined the faculty in 1974. She did graduate work at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and received her Ph.D. from UCLA.
Dr. Dreher has a Master’s degree in Counseling and credentials in spiritual counseling and holistic health in addition to her Ph.D. in English. Her books include the bestselling Tao of Inner Peace, Tao of Personal Leadership, Tao of Womanhood, Inner Gardening, and Your Personal Renaissance as well as scholarly books and articles on Shakespeare, Milton, and the metaphysicals. Dr. Dreher’s research agenda includes ongoing work on leadership, literature and spirituality, mindfulness, and positive psychology. Her work has been featured in national newspapers and magazines along with web sites on leadership and personal growth, and she writes a regular blog for Psychology Today. She has served as Chair of the English Department from 1992-97, Faculty Senate President in 1999-2000, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2005, and President of the Santa Clara chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) from 2012-2016.
  • Honors 20: The Quest for Meaning
  • Honors Critical Thinking and Writing I & II: Identity, Vocation, and Community
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Milton
  • Shakespeare
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Senior Seminar in Autobiography
  • Literature and Religion: Vocation—Your Personal Renaissance
Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae

In the News

May 23, 2019

Diane Dreher was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio about the process of self-discovery and mentoring others to help discover themselves.