Morris A. Grubbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement
Office of the Dean

Dr. Morris A. Grubbs has directed Graduate Student Professional Enhancement at the University of Kentucky since 2007 and has served as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School since 2010.  His office oversees campus-wide TA development, the Preparing Future Faculty/Professionals Program, the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, graduate career diversification initiatives, the GradDegree+ Program, and transferable skills development workshops and events, including UK GradResearch Live! and UK GradTeach Live!  His office also advises the Graduate Student Congress, a legislative and advocacy body representing approximately 5,000 graduate students, 2,000 professional students, and 250 postdoctoral trainees.  Before transitioning to administration, he taught literature and writing for ten years as a professor of English at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.  He holds a master’s in English from Western Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky.  In addition to graduate student development, his research and teaching interests are the history and theory of the short story internationally.  He has been a frequent presenter and panelist at the International Conference on the Short Story in English and is editor of Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories (University Press of Kentucky), Conversations with Wendell Berry (University Press of Mississippi), and Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader (with Mary Ellen Miller, University Press of Kentucky).