Dr. Laura Jo Dubek

Professor

Dr. Laura Jo Dubek
615-904-8156
Room 379, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Summer 2018: Virtual hours only

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (2001)
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha (1993)
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha (1990)

Areas of Expertise

African American Literature

Civil Rights Literature

20th Century American Literature

Biography

Laura Dubek earned her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 2001, with a specialization in African American literature. In 2002, she joined the faculty in the English department. She teaches courses for several programs, including African American and Africana studies, English, General Education, Graduate Studies, and Honors. For three years, she taught for the Great Books in Tennessee Prisons progr...

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Laura Dubek earned her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 2001, with a specialization in African American literature. In 2002, she joined the faculty in the English department. She teaches courses for several programs, including African American and Africana studies, English, General Education, Graduate Studies, and Honors. For three years, she taught for the Great Books in Tennessee Prisons program. A strong proponent of professional development, Dubek regularly attends workshops to improve her teaching, which now includes developing online and special topics courses as well as sponsoring students’ participation in the university-wide research poster exhibition on Scholars Day. In 2014, she received the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Student Success.

From 2009-2014, Dubek served as director of Lower Division English. She initiated a course redesign of English 1010: Literacy for Life, and in 2015, she received a Course Revitalization Grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to collaborate on a redesign of English 1020: Research and Argumentative Writing. From 2009-2015 , she served as the English department representative on the Faculty Senate.  

Dubek’s literary criticism has appeared in African American Review, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Film and Television, MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Quarterly, and Women's Studies. In recent years, both her teaching and her scholarship has focused more on black popular culture and has included collaborative research with graduate students. Dubek is the editor of Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement (2018), a collection of interdisciplinary essays. She received the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity in 2018.

https://www.routledge.com/Living-Legacies-Literary-Responses-to-the-Civil-Rights-Movement/Dubek/p/book/9781138094000.

 

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Courses

English 1010 Expository Writing: Literacy for Life (Dual Enrollment & EXL)

English 1020 Research & Argumentative Writing (online)

English 2020 African American Nonfiction (online)

English 2030 The Experience of Literature

English 3000 Introduction to Literary Studies

English 3320 Twentieth Century American Literature

English 3330 Southern Literature

English 3340 African American Literature

English 3735 Black Women Writers

English 6340/7340 Graduate Seminar in African American Writers