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

M/W 3:45-5:00 

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

20th Century American Literature

Civil Rights Movement Literature

Biography

Dr. Dubek joined the faculty in 2002 and was tenured in 2006. She teaches courses in first-year writing for the general education program; sophomore literature for the African American Studies minor; Twentieth Century American, African American, Southern, and Black Women's literature for English majors and minors; and graduate seminars in African American writers. Each semester, Dubek engages in colla...

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Dr. Dubek joined the faculty in 2002 and was tenured in 2006. She teaches courses in first-year writing for the general education program; sophomore literature for the African American Studies minor; Twentieth Century American, African American, Southern, and Black Women's literature for English majors and minors; and graduate seminars in African American writers. Each semester, Dubek engages in collaborative research with her students. For three consecutive years (2014-2016), her undergraduate students won first place and third place in the university-wide poster exhibition on Scholars Day. In 2017, the streak was broken when a student in Black Women Writers won second place. Her collaboration with graduate students has resulted in two publications: an article on Spike Lee with Jesse Williams (PhD candidate) featured on the cover of Journal of Popular Film & Television (2015) and a chapter on poetry about the Sixteenth Street Church bombing with StarShield Lortie (MA candidate) that will appear in an edited volume (2018). Dubek’s articles on black writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Toni Morrison have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Quarterly, and Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. In recent years, both her teaching and scholarship has focused more on black pop culture. An essay on Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer prize-winning The Underground Railroad and the TV series Underground is forthcoming in a special issue of Journal of American Culture on Slavery in the US Popular Imagination. She has presented papers at national conferences on Shonda Rhimes' Scandal and James Baldwin's idea for "white history week." Dubek's edited collection of interdisciplinary essays, Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement, will be published by Routledge in 2018. From 2009-2014, Dubek served as Director of Lower Division English, initiating a course redesign of English 1010: Literacy for Life. In 2014, she received the Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Student Success, and in 2015, she received a Course Revitalization Grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to redesign English 1020: Research and Argumentative Writing. A strong proponent of professional development, Dubek regularly attends workshops and conferences to improve her teaching, which now includes developing online courses. When she's not on campus or teaching in her virtual classrooms at local coffee shops, you might find her walking her dog Layla along Middle Tennessee Boulevard.

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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