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Bob Mayberry

Associate Professor, English

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MFA Theatre, U of Iowa, 1985
PhD English, U of Rhode Island, 1979
MA English, U of Utah, 1975
BA English, U of Nevada, Reno, 1971


Bob is currently working on two projects: (1) a detective novel in which a Writing Department faculty member named Swanfeld is found dead in the department conference room. Detective Virgil Beckett and her sidekick Donny Dibdin dig up all the bloody, buried muck in the lives of faculty to figure out who killed Swanny. (2) The second project is the editing and publication of a book about teaching writing, entitled "Unteaching." Bob has been working on this book for 30 years, and trying to find a publisher for the past 10. Nearly all the rejections say the same thing, "Great book but it won't make us any money." So Bob is learning all about self-publishing.

Last fall, 2016, Bob's latest play was produced as the Fall Performing Arts Production. Entitled "The Thief, the Madman, Quixote and the Magic Doors," the play parodied both Shakespeare and Cervantes in a scene in which the two great writers challenge each other to a duel. Bob both directed and acted in the play (as Shakey, of course). Nic Deuson composed and performed original music for the show. He and Bob had last worked together on Bob's cycle of plays about the Donner Party in the spring of 2011 and fall of 2012.

Bob continues to compete in open water swim events. This summer, 2017, he will be competing in events at Lake Mission Viejo, Lake Tahoe, Huntington Beach, Balboa Island, Oceanside Pier, the 2.4 mile Tiki Swim and the 3 mile Gatorman Race from La Jolla Cove to the Scripps Pier and back. The final event of the season, in October, is the annual swim from San Diego to Coronado beneath the Coronado Bridge.

Representative Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 Detective Literature
  • ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage
  • ENGL 410 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 110 Baseball Literature
  • ENGL 310 Literary Theory



Shakespeare, baseball poetry; detective fiction; the plays of Beckett, Albee & Pinter; writing pedagogy

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