Assistant Professor of English
Barbara Law has taught at Oral Roberts University for 16 years, first as an adjunct instructor and then for the past 12 years as a full-time faculty member in the English and Modern Languages Department. Professor Law teaches English Composition, the Honors Seminar “Faith and Civilization in Context,” and will teach a Major Writers class on Dostoevsky in 2017. She has been recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Member in her department and as the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Honors Program.
In addition to teaching, Professor Law directs ORU’s Writing Center, which provides writing resources and tutoring to the entire ORU community. More than 500 students a year come through the door of the Writing Center to improve their writing skills and receive help on their writing projects. Professor Law trains the peer tutors and has written a number of the instructional programs used by the students. In fall 2016, Professor Law will open a new lab in the Writing Center designed especially for ORU’s growing numbers of English language learners.
Before coming to ORU, Professor Law taught at several other universities, but she finds ORU and its students distinctive. She is passionate about her students becoming strong writers and effective critical thinkers. She particularly enjoys teaching and lecturing on Christian worldview, which she incorporates into all her classes. She completed the year-long Christian worldview program at the Wilberforce Institute outside Washington, D. C. and she recently had the opportunity to lecture on Christian worldview at a summit of Christian leaders in Ukraine.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Lawenjoys editing and writing. She has edited a number of books for ORU professors and alumni. Prior to coming to ORU, she worked as an editor at the International Monetary Fund and a writer for the American Psychological Association, both in Washington, D. C. In addition, she was the administrator of a non-profit organization established by members of Congress to represent persecuted Christians around the world.
Professor Law received her B.A. in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York, and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York.