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Laura L. Behling


Laura Behling

Professor of English

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Professor of English

Laura Behling

Years at Knox: 2013 to present


  • Ph.D., English and American Literature, The Claremont Graduate School.
  • M.A., English, The Claremont Graduate School.
  • M.S., Journalism: Program for Reporting on Science and Medicine, Boston University.
  • B.A., English, Kalamazoo College.
  • Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2011.

Teaching Interests

  • U.S. literature and culture
  • Modernism (1900-1940)
  • Literature and medicine 
  • Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work, particularly in the Humanities
  • Faculty development
  • Curriculum renewal and pedagogy development

Selected Higher Education Accomplishments


  • Fulbright Specialist, 2017-2020
  • Co-leader, Center for Engaged Learning, Elon University, 2014-2016, Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Seminar
  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Residency, Red Wing, Minnesota, October 2005
  • Fulbright Scholar, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2003.
  • NEH Summer Institute: "Literature, Medicine, and Culture," Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, 2002.

Selected Publications

  • "7 Key Ways to Make Student Mentoring Matter."
    October 27, 2017. Co-authors: W. Brad Johnson, U.S. Naval Academy, and Paul Miller and Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, both of Elon University. 
  • Edited and Introduction. Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies. CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research), 2010.
  • Gross Anatomies: Fictions of the Physical in American Literature. Susquehanna University Press/Associated University Presses, 2008.
  • Edited and "Introduction." Hospital Transports: A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in the Summer of 1862. The State University of New York Press, 2005. Paperback, 2006.
  • The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935. The University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Edited, The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans, American Conference for Academic Deans (ACAD); Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2014.
  • "What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in Literary and Cultural Studies" Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies. Ed. Laura L. Behling. CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research), 2010:128-142.
  • "Politics and the Pandemic: HIV/AIDS, Africa, and the Discourse of Disability." Review of Disability Studies, Special Issue on Parting the Waters: Disability and Deliverance in the Wake of Disaster 2.3 (2006): 97-107.
  • "The Necessity of Disability in Flannery O'Connor's ‘Good Country People' and ‘The Lame Shall Enter First.'" Flannery O'Connor Review, 4 (Spring 2006): 88-98.
  • "The Laboratory: A Model for Teaching the Elements of Literary Studies." Radical Pedagogy 8.1 (Summer 2006).
  • "Replacing the Patient: The Fiction of Prosthetics in Medical Practice." Journal of Medical Humanities 26.1 (March 2005): 53-66.
  • "'Generic' Multiculturalism: Hybrid Texts, Cultural Contexts." College English 64.4 (March 2003): 411-426.


  • "Come On!: American Posters of World War I." Curator, with Chelsea Kramer '10. November 24, 2008-January 30, 2009. Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.

Professional Service and Leadership

  • American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), Chair, 2018-2020; Vice chair, 2016-2018.
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Councilor, Humanities and Arts Division, 2012-2014.
  • Consultant-Evaluator, Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association, 2010-present.
  • Executive Committee, Modern Language Association, Division on Teaching as a Profession, 2006-2010
  • Delegate, Modern Language Association, Disability Issues in the Profession, 2006-2008
  • American Association for University Women Educational Foundation: Chair, American Fellowships Awards Panel, 2008-2009; Appointed member, American Fellowships Awards Review Panel, 2006-2008, 2018. 
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