Diane Codding

Cohort: 2016

  • Dean's Scholar

Curriculum Vitae

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Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches

Research Interest(s)

Role of culture and community in ethical development, teaching as a means for social justice, the nature and prioritization of knowledge

Diane Codding

Diane Codding is a Ph.D. student specializing in Sociocultural and Community-Based Approaches in Education at the University of Delaware. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Codding obtained her B.A. degree from McMurry University with a double major in English and Religion. She went on to earn her Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where her thesis explored teaching methods in light of the metaphoricity and narrative gaps inherent in parabolic literature. While completing her M.T.S. degree, she participated in an exchange program with Teologiska Högskolan Stockholm, where she studied human rights and peace building. After returning home, Codding went on to teach English Language Arts at Dover High School in Dover, Delaware for four years, during which time she earned her M.A. in Secondary Teaching from Wilmington University. Her current research interests include the role of culture and community in ethical development, the nature and prioritization of knowledge, and teaching as a means for social justice.


  • B.A. in English and Religion, McMurry University, Abilene, TX
  • M.T.S. in Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • M.A. in Secondary Teaching, Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE

 Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, University of Delaware (2016–Present)
  • English Language Arts Teacher, Dover High School, Dover, DE (2012–2016)
  • Delaware Corps Member, Teach for America (2012–2014)
  • Research Assistant, Emory University (2010–2011)

 Selected Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Scholar Award, University of Delaware (2016–Present)
  • Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Nominee (2014)
  • Delaware Talent Cooperative for Highly Effective Teaching (2013–2014)
  • George C. Steinman Scholarship for Outstanding Work in Religion, McMurry University (2009)
  • Gussie O. Bond Scholarship for Outstanding Work in English, McMurry University (2008, 2009)


  • Codding, Diane M. (2010): “Religion in Hamlet.” National Conference on Undergraduate Research; Missoula, Montana
  • Codding, Diane M. (2009): “The Methodist Church and Slavery in Antebellum America.” West Texas A&M University Student Research Conference; Canyon, Texas. Awarded First Place in Humanities.
  • Codding, Diane M. (2008): “The Sacrament of Marriage in the Eastern Orthodox Church.” Great Plains Honors Conference; Abilene, Texas