Deborah Maltby


Associate Teaching Professor
427 Lucas Hall

Ph.D. in English and History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.A. in English, University of North Carolina Charlotte
B.A. in Journalism, University of South Carolina

Deborah Maltby holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and enjoyed a long career in journalism and public relations, including writing for many publications and owning her own public relations firm. She then earned the degree of Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. 

Dr. Maltby earned her Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Nineteenth-Century British History, and Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was awarded several doctoral fellowships, including the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation, Reading ‘Hodge’: Nineteenth-Century English Rural Workers, was named the Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities at UMKC in 2007. 

At UMSL Dr. Maltby teaches English 3100, 3090, 2320, and graduate seminars in Victorian literature. Her writing courses often incorporate service-learning, and she is co-chair of UMSL’s service-learning leadership team. She is also part of a new UMSL team teaching History 1111, an innovative course that uses Reacting to the Past pedagogy, where students play elaborate historical games to learn history, culture, and argumentation.
Her current research focuses on interactive pedagogies such as service-learning and Reacting to the Past. She continues to study the rhetorical effects of public writing that depicts marginalized groups of people. Her article about nineteenth-century British journalistic rhetoric and rural workers was published in the interdisciplinary journal Clio in 2008. Her article about teaching editions of Victorian novels appeared in 2012 in the Victorians Institute Journal. She is a member of the board of the international Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, where she recently presented "The Major Said . . . Charlotte Yonge's Military Characters, Masculinity, and Money.” 

Dr. Maltby previously taught at UNC Charlotte, William Jewell College, and UMKC. She came to UMSL in 2007 as an assistant teaching professor of English and was promoted to associate teaching professor of English in 2013. 
In 2014 she was named winner of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence to a Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member.