Santa Clara University

Phone: 408.554.4954
Fax: 408.554.4837
Location: St. Joseph's Hall
Room number: 324

Dr. Diane Dreher


Dr. Diane Dreher joined the faculty in 1974. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA.

Dr. Dreher has credentials in spiritual counseling and holistic health in addition to her Ph.D. in English. Her books include the bestselling Tao of Inner Peace, Tao of Personal Leadership, Tao of Womanhood, Inner Gardening, and Your Personal Renaissance. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Working Woman, Entrepreneur, and web sites on leadership and personal growth. She served as Chair of the English Department from 1992-97, Faculty Senate President in 1999-2000, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2005.

Courses Taught

  • Honors Critical Thinking and Writing I & II: Identity, Vocation, and Community
  • Culture and Ideas I & II: Leadership and Vocation
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Milton
  • Shakespeare
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Senior Seminar in Autobiography
  • Literature and Religion: Vocation

Research Interests

  • Renaissance literature
  • Vocation
  • Spirituality and health
  • Personal development and positive psychology

Representative Publications

  • Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life’s True Calling (Da Capo, 2008)
  • Dreher, D., Holloway, K., and Schoenfelder, E. “The Vocation Identity Questionnaire: Measuring the Sense of Calling, RSSSR, 18 (2007): 99-120.
  • Dreher, D. & Plante, T. G. “The Calling Protocol: Promoting greater health, joy, and purpose in life.”In T. G. Plante & C. E. Thoresen (Eds.), Spirit, Science and Health; How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Wellness (pp. 129-140). (Greenwood Press, 2007).
  • “Renaissance Lessons for Today: A Course to Promote Purpose and Personal Growth in Later Life.” The LLI Review. 1 (2006): 105-112.
  • The Tao of Inner Peace (Penguin/Putnam, 2001)
  • Inner Gardening (HarperCollins, 2001). 

Curriculum Vitae

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