​Dr. Nick R. Robinson

Dr. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of English with 10 years of corporate experience.


Dr. Robinson grew up in Junior Village, a notorious orphanage that was the oldest and largest institution of its kind in America. A ninth-grade dropout, he earned a GED and graduated from the University of D.C. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida Atlantic University (2009 MFA) and the University of Missouri (Ridgel Nonfiction Fellow, 2016 PhD), Dr. Robinson’s work, recognized by 23 literary journals over the past thirty-six months, has been published in Memoir MagazineSoutheast Review, New Ohio Review, Iron Horse Literary Review and elsewhere. His memoir chapter, “Junior Village,” won the 2020 Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Prize, judged by 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner in nonfiction, Gilbert King.  


  • Doctorate in English Literature, creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • M.F.A. in English Literature, creative writing from Florida Atlantic University
  • B. S. in Economics from the University of the District of Columbia

Research Interests

  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • African American Literature


Over ten and a half years at Microsoft Corporation, and prior to graduate school, Dr. Robinson held the following positions:

  • Director, Enterprise Services Strategy & Offerings, Microsoft Latin America:Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Responsible for driving Services Strategy and Offerings
  • Director, Enterprise Services Support, Microsoft Latin America: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Director, Enterprise Services, Microsoft Caribbean Central America: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Practice Manager, Enterprise Services, Microsoft Caribbean: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Senior Managing Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services: New York Metro
  • Managing Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services: Edison, New Jersey and upper New York State

Activities and Honors

  • 2016—Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference selectee
  • 2016—MU Creative Writing Program Award in Creative Nonfiction Winner: “Our Family Walks”
  • 2016—Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop selectee
  • 2015—Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference selectee
  • 2009 - 2014—University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor's Gus T. Ridgel Fellow: Program is intended to increase the number of underrepresented minority Americans (African Americans, Hispanic Americans and American Indians/Alaskan Native Americans) enrolled in and successfully completing graduate programs.
  • 2008—Delores A. Auzenne Fellow: State University System to encourage minority students to pursue graduate degrees in areas where they are historically underrepresented.
  • 2008—Golden Key International Honour Society: recognition of “superb academic achievement” for attaining a top 15% of class cumulative GPA ranking.
  • 2007—FAU Graduate Diversity Fellow: awarded to graduate students who increase the diversity of the student body in their chosen field of study.

Recent Publications

  • “Our Family Walks,” New Ohio Review, September, 2016
  • “Our Instıtutıons,” excerpt, SFWP Literary Quarterly Summer edition, July, 2016
  • “Our Institutions,” Bluestem Magazine, 2016 spring print issue, April 2016
  • “What Was Her Name?” SFWP Literary e-Journal, October 6, 2014
  • “What Was Her Name?” Cactus Heart Press e-Issue #9, September 16, 2014

​Dr. Nick R. Robinson
Assistant Professor of English
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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