Dr. Don Hubele began his college teaching career as an English instructor, a student-life dean and the community-service director for a college in Los Angeles. He has successfully coached a number of sports and has led cross–cultural teams in Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Australia. He has taught courses on-location in Jamaica, Guatemala, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. He has directed campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
Don is a licensed minister and has pastored churches on an interim basis. He has addressed a number of conferences on topics in Christian education, literary criticism, literature studies, and research writing. In his doctoral program, he studied under a full fellowship. He has garnered a number of teaching awards. He has taught at Belhaven since 1997.
Areas of Expertise
“For the glory of God and for fun.” (And these are not mutually exclusive!) Emerson warned that the wrong approach to great books would only create great bookworms. What are the wrong approaches currently? Questioning that a text—that words themselves—have inherent, intrinsic meaning. Or, equally pernicious, insisting that a book is simply the off-scouring of social forces.
“For the glory of God and for fun” has been my life-long goals as a student of literature. An English class, and its texts, can meet both of these goals when great books are left, in our humility, to speak for themselves.
(His dissertation deals with “the transmutations of epic motifs in post- modern American novels.” This is not an expertise. This is simply a mental gymnastic that has allowed him to pursue joy with his students: joy in the study of literature and of life.)
Again, the focus is “for the glory of God, and for fun.” I have not been guilty of myopia in the courses that I have studied and taught. Intentionally, I have cut a wide swath.
I have successfully created (or revised), and taught, for example, a great many courses: Composition I, Composition II, Advanced Composition, Literature of the American South, Women Writers of the South: 1940-1970, Development of the British Novel, British Lit. Survey, Development of the American Novel, World Lit. Survey, Modern Drama, Effective Writing in Bibliography and Research, Shakespeare, News Editing, Contemporary American Literature, Steinbeck and O’Connor, The Bible as Literature, British Lit. Before 1500, Christian Masterpieces, Restoration and 18th Century British Lit., Nineteenth-Century Russian Novels, Romantic, British Literature, 20th Century Russian Novels, Victorian British Literature, Emergence of American Literature, Early Gothic Women Novelists in Britain, and numerous independent student-research projects.