Loren C. Gruber, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of English
Emeritus Professor of Mass Communication
Gruber earned his B.A. in English from Simpson College, 1963; his M.A. in English from Western Reserve University, 1964; and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver, 1972.
His peers honored him with the 2005 John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award.
Joining the Missouri Valley College faculty in 1993, he later served as Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division from 1998-2004.
Gruber is especially proud of his nearly fifty-plus Freelance Writing and Creative Writing students who published their works commercially as Missouri Valley College undergraduates. Among them is former MVC English major, Mellody R. L. Allee. In 2010, she published her first book, Camping in a Pop-Up Camper is Paradise.
Hodgepodge (MO) sent him on his fiction-writing journey when it published his middle grade and young adult short stories. But his freelance writing career started when The Upper Room published his meditation during his freshman year in college.
He edited Essays on Old, Middle, Modern English and Old Icelandic (Lewiston, NY: Mellen P, 2000), with co-editors Meredith Crellin Gruber and Gregory K. Jember.
Gruber’s freelance articles have appeared in Capper's, Heartland View, The Ozarks Mountaineer, Storyteller, MoScribbles, MoMuskie News, and elsewhere.
American Haiku, Huginn and Muninn (Iceland), Hodgepodge (MO), and Lyrical Iowa have published his poems. His humor has appeared in The Des Moines Tribune and Reader's Digest.
His reviews and scholarship have appeared in Choice, ERIC, In Geardagum, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen (Finland), Poetica (Tokyo), Scandinavian Studies, among others.
Throughout his academic career, Gruber has evaluated textbook manuscripts, most recently for Bedford, Houghton Mifflin, Longman/Penguin, Prentice Hall, and W. W. Norton. Additionally, he serves as a manuscript juror for In Geardagum and Mellen Press.
Gruber holds memberships in the honor societies Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Languages), Alpha Psi Omega (Drama), and Sigma Tau Delta (English). He has served as a manuscript juror for Sigma Tau Delta’s Rectangle.
A life member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS), and a life member of the Medieval Academy of America, he also served on the Academy’s endowment campaign from 1995-1996.
Gruber is a life member and past president of the Missouri Writers Guild. A past board member of the Writers Hall of Fame, he is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). A three-time president of the Iowa Poetry Association, he continues to serve as IPA judge and workshop critic.
In 1984, the Northwest Arkansas Advertising Association awarded Gruber two ADDYs for his radio ads, aired on Bentonville’s KJEM-AM. The Missouri Writers Guild, Hodgepodge, and the quarterly’s readers have recognized his fiction. Kiwanis, 4-H, and FFA have honored his civic efforts.
Gruber serves the Mo-Ark Kiwanis District as Lt. Governor for Division 3. Previously, Gruber served as the president of the Bentonville-Bella Vista, AR, and Marshall, MO, Kiwanis clubs. He is a life member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Muskies, Inc.
A former muskie guide, he is a design consultant and chief field-tester for Jensen JigsMusky Clatterbaits of Neenah, WI. He is “The Muskie Professor” on KMMO’s “In the Outdoors with Brad and Brian." Gruber also provides reports for KBUN/KB101's "Fishing Paul Bunyan Country," hosted by Kevin jackson. In 2012, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting inducted him into "The League of Extraordinary Anglers." Additionally, Trent Loos regularly interviews Gruber about his views on American agriculture on his syndicated radio programs, "Loos Tales" and "Rural Route."
Gruber’s teaching interests include Beowulf, Chaucer, the American Transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau, Film Criticism and American Culture, Freelance Writing, and Creative Writing.