Dabundo directs first university press

Laura Dabundo’s career has come full circle since the days following the completion of her master’s degree in English and her work in editing.

Georgia (Sep 23, 2004) — Laura Dabundo’s career has come full circle since the days following the completion of her master’s degree in English and her work in editing.

“I worked as a proof reader right after I got my master’s‚” she says in a way that lets you know something unusual is coming up next‚ “for an accounting firm. The only punctuation I had to deal with was decimal points and commas between numbers. But the job made me very careful about editing.”

After a year of proofing numbers‚ Dabundo graduated to real words at the publishing company J.B. Lippincott. In her five years at Lippincott‚ which was bought by Harper & Row while she was working there‚ Dabundo learned the business of editing and publishing both books and journals. She left there as a department manager and went to Temple University in Pennsylvania to get her Ph.D.

Now‚ after having been in the English department at Kennesaw State since 1987‚ as a professor and department chair‚ Dabundo has taken on a new challenge — she is the first director of the KSU Press.

“Formal‚ academic university presses have a stereotype — they publish scholarly‚ narrowly focused‚ esoteric kinds of things that have a limited though highly respectable audience‚” Dabundo says. “To do that kind of publishing is expensive. What I think‚ and in keeping with how KSU has approached higher education in general‚ is that we have an opportunity to do something that’s much broader reaching in terms of audience and also in terms of projects.”

The announcement of a university press generated much excitement‚ Dabundo says with a smile. “Half the English department asked for jobs and the other half sent manuscripts.”

But the press isn’t just for the English department or even just for Kennesaw State. “I’d like to see us develop a reputation for quality that will attract people and projects from across campus and across the region.”

Dabundo sees the press focused in two directions. She’d like to play a role in disseminating the scholarship of teaching‚ with works that are practically applicable to the classroom in all different fields. She also sees a focus on regional works‚ both fiction and non−fiction.

“The press can be an important and exciting part of the university‚” she says‚ “that will also connect us to the outside world.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu