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Department of English & Humanities

Dr. Laura GrayDr. Laura L. Gray

Professor
Baird Hall, Room 215R
918-343-7593
lgray@rsu.edu
Personal Web Page

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric
    Texas Woman's University, 2002
    Dissertation: Women and the American Interracial Movement: A Rhetorical Analysis
    Examines rhetoric of women leaders of the early twentieth century interracial cooperation movement from a feminist perspective.
  • M.A., English
    University of North Texas, 1992
  • B.A., Political Science
    Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, 1987

Professional

  • 2013-Present, Professor
  • 2002-2013, Associate Professor of English (tenured 2007)
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

  • 1997-2002, Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 2001-2002, Editorial Assistant, SACS Self-Study
    • Program Assistant/Arrangements Coordinator - Computers and Writing 2000, Assistant to Director of Freshman English for Instructional Technology

    Texas Woman's University

  • 1991-1997, Adjunct Instructor
    Brookhaven Community College

University Service

  • Chair for the University Curriculum Committee
  • BALA Senior Capstone Committee
  • BFA Senior Capstone Committee
  • Capstone Mentor (BALA and BFA)
  • Department Assessment Committee
  • Department Curriculum Committee, Chair
  • Faculty Awards Committee (School and Pixely)
  • Faculty Marshall
  • Homecoming Court Selection Committee
  • Honors Day Interviews
  • Humanities Faculty Committee
  • Martin Luther King Day Student Competition Committee
  • Maurice Meyer Lecture Series Committee
  • NCA Self-Study Committee Editor
  • Screening Committee for Writing Center Coordinator
  • Search Committees for English and Humanities and Business positions
  • Secondary Degree in English Option in conjunction with Cameron State University
  • Tenure Committees for English and Humanities, Fine Arts, and Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice 
  • University Academic Integrity Committee
  • University Curriculum Committee
  • Writing Center Coordinator
  • Writing Faculty Committee, Chair
  • Writing Faculty Coordinator

Courses Taught

  • American Literature (1865-present)
  • British Literature (1700-present)
  • British Literature to 1700
  • College Learning Skills 
  • Developmental Writing
  • Fiction
  • First Year Writing (Composition I and Composition II)
  • Freshman and Junior Honors Seminars
  • Humanities II
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Literary Traditions
  • Literature of the Fifties (Directed Study)
  • Regional Literature ("The British Mystery")
  • Shakespeare
  • Studies at Large (London/Paris and Scotland/Ireland)
  • Studies in Austen (Directed Study)
  • The Novel
  • The Senior Capstone
  • Topics in Advanced Composition
  • Women in the Literary and Visual Arts

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching – RSU (2012-2013)
  • The J. Dean Bishop Award for Excellence in (Classroom) Teaching - Texas Woman's University (1998-1999)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Award in Recognition of High Scholastic Achievement - Texas Woman's University (1998/1999)
  • Sharon Loretta Brocker Endowed Scholarship - Texas Woman's University (2000-2001)

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Composition/Rhetoric (Cross-cultural, Feminist, Protest)
  • Historical/Social Movements
  • Literature (American, Feminist, Multicultural)
  • Technology and Pedagogy

Professional Affiliations

  • College English Association
  • National Teachers of College English            
  • Rhetoric Society of America

Publications

  • "Composition Assignment Support." With Scott Reed, Sally Emmons, and Frances Morris. The Everyday Writer . 4th ed. Ed. Andrea Lunsford. Rogers State University Edition. New York: Bedford, 2013.
  • "Added Interest, Added Value." Fantasy Media in the Classroom. Eds. Emily Dial-Driver, Sally Emmons, and Jim Ford. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2012.
  • "Team Teaching on a Shoestring Budget." With Jim Ford. Honors in Practice. Vol. 7, 2011.    
    Invited Book Review of The American Protest Essay and National Belonging: Addressing Division. By Brian Norman. Review published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Spring 2009.
  • Defiance and Decorum:  Women, Public Rhetoric, and Activism.  With Dene Grigar and Katherine Robinson.  Under Contract and In Revision. Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press. Forthcoming.

Refereed & Invited Presentations

  • "Why Films by Women Still Matter: An Introduction to the Films of LUNAFEST." RSU Fine Arts Film Series. Rogers State University. Claremore. Oct. 14, 2010. Address.
  • "The Worst/Best Alternative: Comparing Class Delivering Forms from the Faculty Perspective." With Emily Dial-Driver, Sally Emmons, and Frances Morris. American Association of University Professors on the State Higher Education. Washington, D. C. June 9-12, 2010.
  • "Going to Class in My Pajamas, The Worst/ Best Alternative: Composition Delivery Forms from the Faculty Perspective." With Frances Morris. College English Association 41st Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas. March 25-27, 2010.
  • "Media Rhetoric and the Analysis of Texts: A Case Study Using Written, Auditory, and Kinetic Rhetorics to Analyze Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' Speech." Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA, March 2005.
  • "Demonstrating Defiance and Decorum: A Multimedia Performance of Ideas and Themes Posited by 20th Century Female Rhetors." Fourth Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference. Columbus, Ohio, October 2003.  
  • "A Rhetoric of Cooperation?: Discursive Practices of Women Involved in the Interracial Movement of Early Twentieth-Century America." Tenth Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Las Vegas, NV, May 2002.
  • "Rhetoric of Interracial Cooperation: Diverse Strategies of African American Women in the 1920s." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL, March 2002.
  • "Practical Feminism: Searching for Assessment Tools in the Computer-based Composition Classroom." Computers and Writing Conference, Fort Worth, TX, May 2000.
  • "Issues of Race: Ethical Missteps in the Archives of Colored Women's Clubs." Federation of North Texas Universities Conference. Denton, TX, February 2000.
  • "Changing Courses in the Middle of the Stream: A Graduate Student's Perspective on Curricular Reform." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Minneapolis, MN, March 2000.
  • "Riding the Third Wave: Milton and Feminism in the Next Millennium." Federation of North Texas Universities Conference. Denton, TX, May 1998 (Published in Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millenium. Ed. William E. Tanner and Suzanne Webb. Mesquite, TX: Caxton's, 1998).