Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barbra Gordon

This week the Faculty Spotlight is on Dr. Barbra Gordon. Of her 43 years as an educator, we have been fortunate enough to have her here at Elon for 31 years! One of our most Zen professors here in the English department, Dr. Gordon also advises Iron Tree Blooming, an on-campus meditation group.

Dr. Gordon teaches a variety of classes in writing and debate, and says that she cannot choose a favorite!

“Each course offers different delights,” she says, which allows her students to learn and develop in brand new ways. This is what she loves about the Elon community; she gets the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of young people, and encourages us to create a better future for everyone.

In her free time, Dr. Gordon bounces between meetings, research, tennis, and Italian! Her current research focuses on the differences between “composing with words, and composing with sound and images,” (super interesting). How she has time for everything? We may never know. As someone who is very passionate, however, Dr. Gordon encourages students to take courses that you are passionate about, and shadow professionals in the work world who are doing what you aspire to do.


We asked Dr. Gordon a fun question to close things off: If you were trapped on an island, what three books would you bring? She told us Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (to help her relax), the most extensive Norton Anthology of Poetry available, and the Tao Te Ching. Great choices Dr. Gordon! If you want to hear more about Dr. Gordon, learn some quick Italian, or find your Zen, invite her to coffee!

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