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Laura Behling

Professor of English and Former Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Knox College


Laura Behling is currently a professor of English at Knox College.  She previously served as the Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Knox College.  Prior to Knox, she served as associate provost for faculty affairs at Butler University and as a faculty member in and chair of the English Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also served for four years as the Director of the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, the college’s faculty development center.  Behling received her B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College; a M.S. in science and medical journalism from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the Claremont Graduate School.  In 2003, Behling taught at Palacky University in Olomouc, the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar.  She holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and served as a Faculty Fellow in a program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Institute for Experiential Learning.  Her scholarly works include two monographs: The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935 (Illinois UP 2001) and Gross Anatomies: Fictions of the Physical in American Literature and Culture (Susquehanna UP 2008).  She’s also edited a Civil-War era composite memoir, entitled Hospital Transports: A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in 1863 (SUNY UP 2005/2006).  The Council for Undergraduate Research published her edited collection of essays entitled Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies (2010) and she serves as editor of the third edition of the ACAD Resource Handbook for Academic Deans.

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