Deanna Benjamin

Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Lecturer, College Writing Program and University College

Deanna advises A&S students as they advance through their undergraduate experience. She also mentors students applying for national scholarships and fellowships and assists with pre-health advising, especially during the application stage. She especially enjoys helping students as they learn to balance the practicality of their education with the process of self-discovery.


When she is not advising, Deanna is often in a classroom teaching the art, craft, and rhetoric of writing. Most recently, she has taught Writing Identity for the College Writing Program, as well as creative nonfiction courses with University College. The importance of balancing practicality of expression with self-discovery also guides her teaching pedagogy, and she is delighted when her students find not only such a balance but also the tenor of their voices on the page.


Some other points of interest: Deanna has two sibling dogs, a partner who is also a visual artist and professor, a porch swing that’s been in her family for four generations, and affinities for the St. Louis Symphony, dark chocolate, crayon rail games, cribbage, quantum physics, and the space where the Gulf of Mexico curls onto Texas sands.

contact info:

mailing address:

  • CB 1117
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899