Dr. Amy Rubens

Dr. Amy Rubens joined the Radford faculty in 2015 and has over 17 years of experience as a higher education professional. Currently, she is Associate Professor English, serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate College, and co-coordinates the interdisciplinary Health Humanities minor, a program housed within the English Department that she developed in 2019 while serving as Radford's inaugural Presidential Fellow under Radford's seventh president, Brian O. Hemphill, PhD.   

Ever the interdisciplinary scholar at heart, Dr. Rubens' teaching and research interests are diverse but tend to coalesce in the health humanities, lifewriting, business writing, and the scholarship of teaching and learning within these focal areas. In the English department, she often teaches courses such as "Business Writing and Editing" (ENGL 607), "Writing in Digital Spaces" (ENGL 609), "Narratives of Illness, Caretaking, and Disability," (HHUM/ENGL 210), and "Author in Context: Eugene O'Neill" (ENGL 470).

Dr. Rubens' administrative research interests include second-year (undergraduate) retention strategies and first-generation graduate students.  

She earned the PhD in English with a minor in American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the Honors Bachelor of Arts in English with Distinction from the University of Delaware, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

In her spare time, she enjoys modern quilting, crocheting, caring for her many pets (two cats and two dogs), and making vegetarian dishes.