Title: Literature and Language Professor, Novelist
Company: Nassau Community College
Location: Port Jefferson, New York, United States
Laurel Brett, Novelist, Literature Professor and Language Professor at Nassau Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing and higher education.
Dr. Brett studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SBU), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors, in 1973. She continued her education, earning a Master of Arts in English, and accepted a position as an assistant professor of literature and language at Nassau Community College in 1985, where she works as a professor currently. Dr. Brett concluded her academic pursuits at SBU in 1987, when she earned a PhD, and in 1989 she received an award for Best Dissertation in the United States for “Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Pynchon’s Novels.” She has always found comfort in books and was motivated to explore literature more as both of her parents had strong linguistic skills. Her grandmother always told her she was a born teacher because of her propensity to share new knowledge with others.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Brett is an accomplished novelist. She wrote “Disquiet on the Western Front: WWII and Postmodern Fiction” in 2015, and looks forward to the publication of her most recent novel, “The Schrodinger Girl.” She has written many papers, including “The Comedies of Virginia Woolfe,” “Crossing the Boundaries of Art and Science” about Richard Powers, and “Teaching the Holocaust to Sixth Graders.” She wrote a paper at a women’s conference entitled “My Son the Bomb,” and in 2019, she earned an advanced certificate in creative writing from SBU. In the coming years, Dr. Brett plans to retire from her current post and continue writing and teaching creative writing elsewhere.
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