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Dr. William Gribbin

Professor of English

William Gribbin

Bill Gribbin taught high school in Pennsylvania for 16 years, during which time he earned a master's in English Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Penn State University.

In 1980 Gribbin came to Liberty University where he has taught both Freshman English and the English Methods course for over 30 years.  He also supervises student teachers in English.  From 1985 to 2011 he served as dean of the School of Communication at Liberty.  He lives in Forest, VA.


  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed., B.S., English Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 101: Freshman Composition
  • ENGL 350: Advanced Expository Writing
  • ENGL 419: Methods and Materials in the Teaching of English
  • ENGL 420: Methods Practicum
  • ENGL 475: Supervision of Student Teachers
  • ENGL 507: Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 597: Writing Across the Curriculum


  • "Our Ambivalence Toward Teaching Grammar," English Journal, January 2005.
  • "Religious Conservatives and Public Schools: Understanding the Religious Right," English Journal, September 1995.
  • "SOL's: The Students Speak UP," Virginia English Bulletin, 53.1, Spring 2003.
  • "Conducting Holistic Scoring" presentation to Virginia Assessment Group, University of Richmond, April 2002.
  • "Using Holistic Scoring in Remedial English", presentation to ENGL 100 adjunct faculty, August 2005.
  • "Supporting the SOL's," presentation to 38th annual Fall Conference, VATE, Dulles, Virginia, October 19, 2007.
  • "Using Multiple Intelligences to Improve Reading," presentation to 40th annual Fall Conference, VATE, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 30, 2009.
  • "The Mediated Self," presentation to 41st annual Fall Conference, VATE, Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 22, 2010.
  • "Problematizing Plagiarism," co-presented to 42nd annual Fall Conference, VATE, Staunton, Virginia, October 2011.


Annual Department of English and Modern Languages award for outstanding student teacher named in my honor, beginning Commencement 2012.


  • 2001-2002: wrote and administered college-school partnership grants sponsored by the Virginia Business Education Partnership.
  • 2001-2002: wrote and administered a research grant sponsored by MPR associates (U.S. Dept. of Education), Washington, DC.

Institutional Service

  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, 1990-present
  • Chair, Liberty University Self-study for NCAA Certification, 2005-06
  • Reviewer, NCTE/NCATE, 2007-present
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