Meredith Doench

Contact Information

Meredith Doench


  • Full-Time Faculty


Meredith Doench is a lecturer in the Department of English teaching composition and creative writing. She earned her B.S. in Special Education from Ball State University and her M.A. in English from the University of Dayton. She earned her PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing fiction from Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Doench’s areas of focus in her fiction work deal with gender and sexuality issues. After working as a part-time instructor for the University of Dayton, she joined UD’s English department in 2010. She is a faculty member of the Social Justice Living and Learning Community teaching English courses in the program. Dr. Doench is also one of the fiction editors for Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography

Faculty Perspective

The University of Dayton has been a fantastic place to engage in scholarship and explore so many new ideas and avenues of academic life both inside and outside of the classroom.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 101: College Composition I
  • ENG 102: College Composition II
  • ENG 284: Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • ENG 315: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 340: Prison in Literature


  • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • MA, University of Dayton
  • BA, Ball State University

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Fiction Editor of Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography

Research Interests

  • Creative writing studies
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Selected Publications, Presentations and Performances


"How to Earn Your Wings." Gertrude. 19. March 2013. Print.

"Tuesday after Lunch." American Athenaeum. Wintertime 2012-2013. Print.

"Well-worn." 1Bookshelf. November 2012. Web. (creative nonfiction)

"Blood Rites." VIDA Her Kind: Women in Literary Arts. October 2012. Web. (creative nonfiction)

(2010)."Wetlands." Rio Grande Review. 34 (Fall 2009)."Caterpillar." Hayden’s Ferry Review. 36 (Spring/Summer 2005).

"On the Importance of The Lesbian Continuum at Daytona Beach 2004: A Scale of One Young Woman’s Sexuality." Women’s Studies Quarterly. 34.3 and 4 (2006): 225-231.


"Dynamic Characterization in Literary Short Fiction." April 2013. Fiction workshop for high school students presented at the University of Dayton's 2013 LitFest: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Frontiers.

"Wetlands." Midwest Modern Language Association, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio. Creative writing prose panel whose work focused on the topic of debt and loss.

"A Recipe for Memoir." Creative nonfiction workshop presented at the University of Dayton’s 2011 Litfest, A Sea of Diversity: Rising Tides, Rising Authors. April 2011. 

"On the Importance of the Lesbian Continuum at Daytona Beach 2004: A Scale of One Young Woman’s Sexuality." Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality Symposium: Building Bridges, Creating Coalition. 2011, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. A fiction reading.

"Monster Mash." Fiction workshop presented at Bowling Green State University’s 10th Anniversary of the Winter Wheat Festival: Creative Writing Conference. October 2010.

"Bend." AWP Conference, 2006, Austin, Texas. A fiction reading on the panel of Texas Women’s Writers.

"In Blue Light." Women’s Studies Symposium, 2004, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. A reading on the panel of women and spirituality. 

"Survival." Conference on past and future perspectives: Negotiating Our Changing Field 2004, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. A reading on a fiction panel.