Terry Novak


JWU Faculty Since 1999

Terry Novak

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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.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.A., English, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., English, Notre Dame College

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


  • ENG1020: Rhetoric and Composition I
  • ENG1021: Rhetoric and Composition II
  • ENG1030: Communication Skills
  • LIT2030: African-American Literature
  • ILS2010: Modern Identities: 20th Centure Literature and Beyond
  • RES1010: Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Professional Affiliations

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