Dr. Laurie Grobman is a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State Berks. Grobman's teaching, research, and service interests center on service learning and community-based research, bringing together students and community organizations to produce meaningful work while enriching students' learning experiences. She and her students have worked closely with the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum in Reading, Centro Hispano in Reading, Jewish Federation of Reading, and the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading. Grobman launched and coordinates the Penn State Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research. She founded Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, now in its 14th consecutive year of publication, and the international, multidisciplinary online journal, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research.
Grobman has a strong record of research. Grobman has published five books: Service Learning and Literary Studies in English (2015, co-edited with Roberta Rosenberg), Undergraduate Research in English Studies (2010, co-edited with Joyce Kinkead), Multicultural Hybridity: Transforming American Literary Scholarship and Pedagogy (2007), Teaching at the Crossroads: Cultures and Critical Perspectives in Literature by Women of Color (2001), and On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring (2005) (co-edited with the late Candace Spigelman). Grobman has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. Pedagogies of Public Memory: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric at Museums, Archives, and Memorials (co-edited with Jane Greer) is forthcoming from Routledge.
Grobman is the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year and was the recipient of the Penn State University President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration in 2012. She is the first recipient of the award from a Penn State campus outside University Park.