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, bringing together students and community organizations to produce meaningful work while enriching students' learning experiences. She and her students have worked closely with the 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. She founded Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, now in its 15th consecutive year of publication, and the international, multidisciplinary online journal, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research.
Laurie has published six books, including two edited collections in 2015: Pedagogies of Public Memory: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric at Museums, Archives, and Memorials (co-edited with Jane Greer), and Service Learning and Literary Studies in English (co-edited with Roberta Rosenberg). She also has more than 40 published, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. In 2018, Laurie assumed co-editorship (with Deborah Mutnick) of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning.
Laurie's article, "Engaging Race”: Teaching Critical Race Inquiry and Community-Engaged Projects” has been chosen to receive the 2018 NCTE Richard C. Ohmann Outstanding Article in College English Award.
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. 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. “‘Engaging Race’: Critical Race Inquiry and Community-Engaged Scholarship.” College English 80.2 (2017): 105-132.
Grobman, Laurie. “Disturbing Public Memory in Community Writing Partnerships.” College Composition and Communication 69.1 (2017): 35-60.
Ph.D., English, Lehigh University
M.A., English, Villanova University
M.S., Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania