Hobbs, Burgsbee

Title: Associate Professor of Literature

Department: Department of Languages and the Arts

Phone: 352-588-8424

Email: burgsbee.hobbs@saintleo.edu


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Liberal Arts, Emphasis: Literature, Spring Hill College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art; Minor: English, University of South Alabama


After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree, Dr. Hobbs relocated to Katowice and Krakow, Poland to teach English (ESL-EAP) and start up three airbrushing and body art businesses. He worked abroad extensively in Western/Central Europe from 1993-99. In 1999, he returned to the U.S., worked for a while as a licensed dermagraphic technician in D’Iberville, MS, and (for 7 months) in Las Vegas, NV. In 2008, his doctoral dissertation focused on Turn-of-the-Millennium American Expatriate Narrative. He has previously taught at the University of Silesia (Sosnowiec, Poland: 1994-95), Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA: 2007-08), and Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA: 2007). Dr. Hobbs joined the faculty of Saint Leo University’s School of Arts & Sciences in 2008.

Community Affiliation:

*Professional Affiliations (Current):

  • [CHEA] Catholic Higher Education Advocate
  • [CSA] Cultural Studies Association
  • [CEA] College English Association
  • [FCEA] Florida College English Association
  • [NCTE] National Council of Teachers of English
  • [UFF] United Faculty of Florida
  • [NEA] National Education Association
  • [FEA] Florida Education Association
  • [SUS] Society for Utopian Studies

*Professional Affiliations (Former-Intermittent):

  • [MLA] Modern Language Association
  • [AATSEEL] American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
  • The Playwright’s Center

*Honor Societies:

  • [ΣΤΔ] Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society; Faculty, [ααα] Alpha Alpha Alpha Chapter, SLU
  • [ΣΤΔ] Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society; Alumnus, [ΞΞ] Xi Xi Chapter, IUP
  • [ΦΚΦ] Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Alumnus, Indiana U of Pennsylvania
  • [NSHS] The National Scholars Honor Society; Alumnus, Indiana U of Pennsylvania

*Alumni Associations:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Spring Hill College
  • University of South Alabama
  • Marion Military Institute
  • Lyman Ward Military Academy

Teaching & Professional Interests:

At SLU, Dr. Hobbs teaches for the Department of Languages and the Arts, the Honors Program, and the LEAP program. His expertise is in contemporary North American literature and his teaching and research interests include Critical Theory, Literary Theory, Comparative 20th-Century Transatlantic Literatures, Studies in Science Fiction, Irish Studies, Polish Studies, and Holocaust Studies. For both COL and the main campus, Dr. Hobbs has been assigned the following courses: ENG 121, ENG 122, ENG 210CL, ENG 220CL, ENG 225, ENG 226, HON 250, ENG 300, ENG 311, ENG 318, ENG 340, ENG 399, ENG 400, ENG 410, and ENG 435.

Honors & Awards:

  • Promoted to Associate Professor at SLU, April 2013
  • Awarded Tenure at SLU, Feb. 2013
  • Identified as “Super-User” of SLU’s Success Alert System, Nov. 2012
  • SLU University Researcher of the Year 2011-2012, May 2012
  • School of Arts and Sciences Researcher of the Year 2011-2012, May 2012
  • Designated as an “Honorary Coach” by the SLU Women’s Basketball Team, Oct. 2011
  • Acceptance into 2011-12 SLU QEP Faculty Fellows Program, June 2011
  • Induction into Alumni of Leadership Saint Leo Program, August 2010
  • Appointment to Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities Chair, June 2009
  • Recipient of Residential Fellowship/Stipend for the National Humanities Center’s 2009 Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar, Nov. 2008
  • Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, June 2008

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