Dr. Amy Rubens

Dr. Amy Rubens is an Associate Professor of English and has over 16 years of college-level teaching experience. She holds the PhD in English along with a PhD minor in American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She earned her Honors BA with Distinction in English as well as a Spanish minor from the University of Delaware. At the University of Delaware, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Currently, Dr. Rubens serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research as well as the Assistant Director for the Virginia Governor's School for the Humanities and the Visual & Performing Arts, a summer residential program that Radford University hosts every summer.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, she served as Radford's inaugural Presidential Fellow. As the Presidential Fellow, she worked alongside President Hemphill and his leadership team to learn more about higher education administration. As part of her fellowship, she also developed an undergraduate minor in the health humanities. The minor helps all students, regardless of major or career aspirations, explore the lived experience of illness, health, and caretaking. Through study in the health humanities, students improve their abiilty to appreciate multiple perspectives, engage in critical self-reflection or self-advocacy in healthcare settings, overturn stereotypes and stigma, and address health disparities and other forms of social injustice.

At Radford, she teaches undergraduate and graduate workplace writing courses as well as courses in American literature, such as ENGL 470: Author in Context: Eugene O'Neill. Since 2016, she has taught introductory health humanities courses for the Virginia Governor's School for the Humanities.

Dr. Rubens’ research areas include the scholarship of teaching and learning; business writing; and the health humanities. Within the latter field, she focuses on the "pre-health humanities" as well as representations of contagious illness, reproductive justice, and professional identity and persona in American literature and lifewriting.

In her spare time, Dr. Rubens enjoys crocheting, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with her family and pets.