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 community-engaged scholarship and teaching as well as antiracist, social justice education. She and her students have worked closely with the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and the National Park Service, city of Reading, Central Pennsylvania African American Museum in Reading, Centro Hispano in Reading, Jewish Federation of Reading, and the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading. Laurie's article, "Engaging Race”: Teaching Critical Race Inquiry and Community-Engaged Projects,” received the 2018 NCTE Richard C. Ohmann Outstanding Article in College English Award.
Laurie’s most recent book publication, coauthored with Dr. Michele Ramey, also at Berks, is Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities (2020). She has published two single-authored books and four coedited collections. She also has more than 45 published, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including “Lynn Nottage’s This is Reading: (Re)Identifying a City in Story,” in Storytelling, Self, Society, published in 2020.
Laurie recently completed coediting (with Deborah Mutnick) Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. She founded two undergraduate research journals, Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, now in its 18th consecutive year of publication, and the international, multidisciplinary online journal, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research, now in its 11th year of publication.
Grobman is the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year. She was the recipient of the Pennsylvania State University Faculty Outreach Award 2015 and the Pennsylvania State University President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration in 2012. Under Laurie’s leadership, the Berks Center for Service Learning and Community Based Research earned an Exemplary Distinction in 2018 from the Northeast Regional W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the 2018 Penn State University Community Engagement & Scholarship Award.
Grobman, Laurie, and E. Michele Ramsey. Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Grobman, Laurie. “Lynn Nottage’s This is Reading: (Re)Identifying a City in Story.” Storytelling, Self, Society vol. 15, no. 2, 2019, pp. 166-90. (published in 2020)
Ph.D., English, Lehigh University
M.A., English, Villanova University
M.S., Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania