- MA in Communication Studies, University of Houston
- BA in Journalism, Loyola University of N.O.
- Media and Society
- Writing for Print and Digital Media
- Broadcast and Film Writing
- Film Appreciation
- History of Cinema
- Social Issues in Journalism
- Social Aspects of Film The Art of Filmmaking
- Writing for Print and Digital
- Contributing Writer for Houston CultureMap.com since 2009.
- Author, “Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See” (July 2004)
- Communications Director/Feature Writer for Cowboys and Indians magazine (and CowboysIndians.com) since February 2003.
- Houston Press Club Award for Best Critical Commentary, 1985, 1986 and 2003
- Dallas Press Club Award for Arts Criticism, 1991 and 1994