BA in English, Southeastern University
MA in English, University of South Florida
Professor Alisa DeBorde returned to her alma mater as a full-time English professor after over a decade in middle school, high school, and college education. For seven years, she taught in the public school system, garnering awards such as the Polk County First Year Teacher of the Year Runner Up (1995), the Florida Council of Teachers of English Beginning English Teacher of the Year Runner Up (1996), and the Polk County Teacher of the Year Northwest Area (1996). She also served as the treasurer for the Polk County Council of Teachers of English from 1997-2000, and she wrote the Polk County middle school English curriculum in 1999.
Professor DeBorde then moved to college teaching, serving as an adjunct for Polk Community College and Southeastern before being hired at Southeastern full time in 2006. She believes that doing her job well—teaching, encouraging, and challenging her students at Southeastern—is one of the best ways she can serve God. Professor DeBorde also plans to begin PhD studies at the University of South Florida to further enhance her own knowledge and her ability to serve her students.
Professor DeBorde teaches the following classes at Southeastern: English Composition I & II, Introduction to Literature, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Adolescent Literature, and Modern Christian Writers. Her research interests include 19th-century British literature, modern American literature, world literature, adolescent literature, and oral performance.