Dr. Allerdyce is the CoFounder of Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida, where she serves as Chief Academic Officer. She is also an adjunct professor of humanities courses at Lynn University, where she has taught since 1985 and held administrative positions from 1991 until 2001.
She holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. Her M.A. and B.A. in English are from Florida Atlantic University. Diane is the author of a scholarly book, Anaïs Nin: Gender, Modernism, and Narrative Identity (University of Northern Illinois, 1998). She has published articles, essays, book reviews, and poems in local, national, and international journals, including the Florida-based publication Koneksyon Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Lynn University's literary magazine, Quest, and she has been a featured poet on the Unitarian Universalists Poets Cooperative web page.
Her poetry chapbook, "Whatever It Is I was Giving Up," won the 2007 Red Wheel Barrow Prize by Pudding House Publications.
Dr. Allerdyce is a certified applied poetry facilitator and is currently the President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). She is a National Trainer for the Classroom of difference Program of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and a board member of the La Gonave Development Corporation (GDC). Her research interests include the uses of poetry and other expressive arts in ESOL instruction, and international educational outreach efforts, particularly in Haiti.