Laura Barrett

AASU Names Dean of College of Liberal Arts

(July 21, 2009) Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) has named Laura Barrett dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Barrett has been chair of Fine Arts, Humanities and Selected Social Sciences in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Jupiter for the past four years. She has served on the FAU faculty since 1998 as a charter member of the Wilkes Honors College faculty.

"Dr. Barrett has established an excellent record as a teacher and a scholar," said Ellen V. Whitford, AASU vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. "Her experience and dedication will serve her well as she takes on the leadership of the College of Liberal Arts."

AASU's College of Liberal Arts houses the departments of Art, Music & Theater; Criminal Justice, Social & Political Science; Economics; Gender & Womens Studies; History; Language, Literature & Philosophy; Law and Society; Liberal Studies; and Military Science.

Barrett holds a Ph.D. in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature with emphasis in American romance, postmodernism, literature and photography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook she was a postdoctoral fellow. She earned her master's in English literature from Columbia University in New York City. She received her bachelor's degree in English summa cum laude from Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn Campus.

Before moving to FAU, she served five years as assistant/associate director of the university Honors Program on the LIU Brooklyn Campus where she had also been an adjunct professor.

Barrett has written numerous articles and delivered many conference presentations and lectures on works of literature ranging from "Moby Dick" and "Ragtime" to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "The Great Gatsby."