Terry Novak

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There’s so much you can find out about people psychologically through literature — and so many things about the human condition.”


When she joined the faculty of Johnson & Wales University in fall 1999, Terry Novak brought with her a love of teaching, literature and language that has intensified with each passing year.

Prior to her career at Johnson & Wales, Novak taught as a lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also earned her Ph.D. in American literature, with an emphasis on pre-19th century African-American literature and women’s literature, and as an instructor at Pepperdine University, where she earned her master’s degree in English and American Studies.

Novak's work at Johnson & Wales has included teaching in the Collaborative Learning Program, teaching literature, composition, and communication skills classes, and advising the Newman Club and the Black Student Alliance.

Professional Memberships

  • Northeast Modern Language Association, 2010–present
  • Modern Language Association, 1993–present
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2002–present
    Member and Committee Chair
  • Atlantic Center for Learning Communities, 2000–present