Professor Robert Goldberg
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Office: Marlboro 3052
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Campus Activities
Academic Coordinator, Composition II and 2000-Level EGL courses

Chair, Accuplacer Writing Committee

Writing Center Tutor (Click on Writing Center link in navigation menu)

Post-Graduate (ABD), English (Old and Middle English Language and Literature)

University of Rhode Island

MA, British and American Literature
Florida State University   
BA, English (with an emphasis in business)
Florida State University  

Teaching Experience
I have been teaching Writing since 1989, including business communication, technical writing, and composition; I also teach Early British Literature, American Literature, World Literature, Shakespeare, Children's Literature, and Science Fiction Literature.
Selected Publications
"Frodo is Beowulf: Tolkien Reshapes the Anglo-Saxon Heroic Ideal," Summer 2006, Mallorn (the scholarly journal of the Tolkien Society)

"Prod Students to 'Dig In' to Primary Data," January 2006, Mary Ellen Guffey’s BizCom e-News – Online Newsletter, <>

"La canción de Ivonne," Spring 2005, Brown Bag, <>

Conference Presentations “Engaging Students with Writing Feedback: Blackboard’s Inline Grading and Rubrics,” The Maryland Statewide Standards for College English Committee, Composition Conversations X, October 23, 2015, Catonsville, MD

November 2009, "Stuff Happens: Teaching Group Work in the Commuter College Business Communication Class"; panel presentation with Prof. Melinda Kramer and Prof. Paul Madachy, Association for Business Communication Annual Convention, Portsmouth, VA.

October 2007, "You View: Myth or Reality"; panel presentation with Prof. Melinda Kramer,  Prof. Mary M. Greene, and Prof. Mahbub Jamal; Association for Business Communication Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

October 2006, “Creating Community: Engaging Collaborative Teams in a Community College Business Communication Course”; TYCA Annual Conference, Providence RI

April 2005, "Creating Community: The Challenges of Collaborative Work in a Community College Business Communication Course"; Association for Business Communication Spring Conference, Greensboro, NC

April 2005, "Teaching Business Communication: Using Blackboard's Discussion Forums and Study Groups to Enhance Interactivity"; panel presentation with Prof. Mary M. Greene and Prof. Mahbub Jamal; Association for Business Communication Spring Conference, Greensboro, NC

March 2005, "Online Library Instructions"; panel presentation with Prof. Norma Schmidt and Prof. Diane Finley; Maryland Distance Learning Association Conference, Adelphi, MD

November 2004, "Interactive Online Learning"; panel presentation with Prof. Mary M. Greene and Prof. Mahbub Jamal; TYCA Northeast Annual Conference, Annapolis, MD

April 2004, "Frodo: A Beowulfian Hero for the 1960s"; PCA/ACA National Convention, San Antonio, TX

April 2003, "Frodo is Beowulf: Tolkien Reinvents the Anglo-Saxon Heroic Ideal"; PCA/ACA National Convention, New Orleans, LA

1993, "Gawain's Shields of Faith"; South Central Modern Language Association Conference, New Orleans, LA

1990, "The Creation Hymn in Anglo-Saxon Poetry"; Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Raleigh, NC

Other Personal Information
I am currently writing a couple of short stories; one is science fiction, and the other is, well, I'm not sure - it might be science fiction, ghost fiction, dream fiction, or something else altogether. I am also skething out an idea for a Science-Fantasy novel.

I am in the process of writing a couple of textbooks (or, more likely, textbook supplements) for Business Writing and Composition courses.

I continue to pursue an interest in medieval British literature (primarily Anglo-Saxon literature) and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I am also actively working on my family tree, and for at least one branch, I have reached back to my 7x great grandfather (my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather (on my father's maternal side of the family)!

Other Professional Experiences

In addition to teaching, I worked as a professional writer for the State of Florida, writing legal documents for the Florida Department of Professional Regulation.