Dr. Michael Lee Gardin

Gardin, Dr. Michael Lee
Title: Associate Professor
Department: English & Reading
Office: JH 111R

About Dr. Michael Lee Gardin

Institute:  Creative & Communication Arts


Ph.D. | English - Interdisciplinary Research Foci and Dissertation titled "A Decolonial Study of Gender and Sexuality|University of Texas at San Antonio

M.A. | English|University of Texas at San Antonio

B.A. | English - Specialization in Professional Writing|Texas State University


I have been teaching as well as doing mentoring, advocacy work, and programming in higher education since 2009. I have taught a variety of subjects, such as Women's Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Writing, Humanities, and Literature, and I have taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Central Texas College, and Northwest Vista College (and in multiple modalities, such as face-to-face and online). I also have experience working with local LGBTQ and feminist organizations.


It is important to have a good work-life balance, and I try to maintain a few active hobbies and interests outside the classroom. I'm a big pop-culture nerd, and you will often find me enjoying the latest trend sweeping the online zeitgeist, whether that is movies, games, anime, or streaming.


I teach writing courses as well as literature and humanities courses at NVC. I received my education in Texas, and I see myself as a lifelong learner. My specializations are in gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity studies, and I have taught Women's Studies courses in the past at other institutions and helped development LGBTQ Studies courses. I am especially skilled at mentoring LGBTQ students and have been a faculty advisor and advocate of campus LGBTQ groups in the past. Working toward a better world for everyone, especially those of groups marginalized by race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender is my focus in my research but also my passion, and I aim to do advocacy work in everything I do. I would imagine I could be the most helpful in guiding students in areas like: working through courses while facing adversity, choosing a major and career, developing cultural awareness, and/or becoming engaged with campus or community life.