Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Robb Jackson

An Outstanding Islander

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Healing Poetry
Dr. Robb Jackson firmly believes he is responsible for taking the University to those in our community with limited access to higher education. The Regents Professor and the Haas Professor of English has spent countless hours as a journaling and poetry therapy facilitator in mental hospitals, juvenile halfway houses, substance abuse treatment centers and jails sharing a process which has been shown to help people better cope with traumatic life experiences. Jackson, an Ohio native who came in 1988 to the University from Bowling Green State University, is always on the lookout for new volunteer opportunities. In March 2011 he will begin working with local caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Over the years, Jackson has been intrigued to learn that people demonstrate more positive behavior after participating in creative writing. Jackson, who has also taught rhetoric and composition, helped create the freshman and sophomore curriculum when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi became a four-year institution in 1994. In addition, he launched and directed the Young Authors Camp, which has been held every summer for more than 20 years, and he co-created the University’s General Studies Literature Program and the Creative Writing minor. He is a member-at-large for the board of directors for the National Association for Biblio-Poetry Therapy and has received numerous awards including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Faculty Excellence in Teaching and the Texas Conference of College Teachers of English Creative Writing Award for Poetry. For his volunteerism, he has been recognized by the City of Corpus Christi and the Greenwood Branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Corpus Christi. He has presented across the nation and has published numerous poems and poetry books. His most recent book, “Crane Creek, Two Voices” will be published this spring. His poem “Spirit Makes Life” was set to music and performed for both the dedication of the Performing Arts Center in 2005 and at its 5-year anniversary in 2010.

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