Current courses: RLG101H, RLG209H, RLG332H, RLG333H, RLG401H
Dr. Derry was incredibly honoured to be named as the recipient of the 2013 UTM Teaching Excellence Award. From 2011 to 2014 he also received the Dean’s Excellence Award and the Small Groups Award each year. While working as a full-time administrator on the St. George campus, he was presented with the 2009 University of Toronto "Stepping Up" award for enhancing the student experience, and the 2008 Arts & Science Student Union Urmila (Uma) Sarkar Award for Outstanding Service.
Dr. Derry’s academic work has been supplemented and enhanced by critical encounters outside of the university context. He helped lead a summer camp on Lake Scugog for homeless men from Regent Park; passed on life skills to hearing impaired children near Christie Pits; taught English to students in Japan; and worked asa science and math instructor at an alternative elementary school in downtown Toronto.
- “Interpreting Oz,” The Hooded Utilitarian 6 July 2015
- “Gilead,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Vol. 10 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015), 275-6.
- “‘Like You Could Read What Was Inside of Me.’ Genocide, Hermeneutics, and Religion in The Wizard of Oz,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 26.3 (2014): 293-309.
- "Indigenous Traditions,” in World Religions: Western Traditions, fourth edition (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2014), 296-361.
- “Say What You Will: Further Adventures in Grade Renunciation,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82.2 (2014): 356-364.
- “A Buddhist, a Christian, and an Atheist Walk into a Classroom: Pedagogical Reflections on Religion and Humor,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 42.3 (2013): 37-42.
- “Believing is Seeing: Teaching Religion and Violence in Film,” in Teaching Religion and Violence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 185-217.
- “Of the 49th and Other Parallels: Thomas King’s Fluid Boundaries,” in ‘Survivance’ Beyond Canons: Mapping Canadian First Nations Literatures (Chennai: Emerald, 2007), 43-55.
- “Religion and (Mimetic) Violence in Canadian Native Literature,” Literature and Theology 16.2 (2002): 201-19.
- With Tony Michael, “On the Pedagogical Benefits of Using John Woo’s The Killer as a Model of René Girard’s Theory on Religion and Violence,” The Journal of Religion and Film 5.1 (2001).
- “One Stone on Another: Towards an Understanding of Symbolism in The Epistle of Barnabas.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 4.4 (1996): 515-28.