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Deyrup Earns Promotion at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) announces that Dr. Leif Deyrup, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been recently promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

Dr. Deyrup arrived at UC in 2008 and has made an impact on the Biology department with his field experience and expertise in Entomology, the study of insects, by bringing his knowledge to the students. He says the secret to his success in his field and classroom work is being able to enjoy and invest in the hard work he’s done, which in turn makes the work easier. His dedication to his profession earned him the promotion.

“I feel appreciated and grateful to be able to work with such great people,” Dr. Deyrup said about being promoted. “I get to see how well they’re [his colleagues] doing and it’s nice for them to see me, too.”

Dr. Deyrup was a Medical Entomologist for Maine’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) for two years prior to joining the UC family. Though his passion is to study the behaviors of various animals and insects in the field, Dr. Deyrup has taken pride in his shift from researching and fieldwork to teaching.

“The transition to teaching and being a professor for five years is the most I can ask for,” Dr. Deyrup said. “It’s amazing helping students switch around and get back on track [towards success].”

As for other recognitions, Dr. Deyrup partnered with his father to research bees and their research led to the discovery of a new, native species of bee called the Colletes francesae. Dr. Deyrup and his father, Dr. Mark Deyrup, named the new species after Frances Hufty, the late chairperson for Archbold Expeditions. The discovery was published in “Florida Entomologist” scientific journal. Most recently, Dr. Deyrup will partner with UC students to study competition strategies in animals and also to compare two niches of insect-eating frogs over the summer break.

“Doing research in science is like finding something out that hasn’t been seen before,” Dr. Deyrup said about his profession.

Dr. Deyrup was graduated from Stetson University with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology in 2001, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 2005. While graduate teaching, he won both the departmental graduate teaching award and an award for teaching excellence from the UGA Graduate School. He also won the Sigma Xi outstanding dissertation for his PhD work.

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit