Associate Professor, English Education
Judson C. Laughter is an associate professor of English education at the University of Tennessee. He earned a BA in English and a BA in French in 1996 from Vanderbilt, graduating with honors in each subject. He then studied English literature at Keble College of Oxford University as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Upon returning to the United States, he taught English, language arts, and music at the middle and high school levels before returning to Vanderbilt’s Peabody College to pursue his doctoral degree in teaching and learning. While at Peabody, Laughter supervised student teachers in Nashville and Cambridge, England; wrote reports and protocols for NCATE accreditation; and served as the lead editorial assistant for the National Reading Conference Yearbook. He earned his PhD in 2009.
Laughter’s research interests include multicultural teacher education and the preparation of preservice teachers for the diverse classroom through dialogue and narrative. Laughter is currently the advisor for the Track I English Education program. He teaches courses in middle grades English methods and action research. When not wearing his academic hat, he enjoys crossword puzzles, cycling, and traveling.