Laura's Vita, (resume or short biography), was in her FSU personnel file and dates from April, 1976. I will reproduce the document here with links to various pages or sites as our research continues. A copy of the original document in PDF format can be viewed here. I will replicate the spellings and capitalization from the original on this page.
Vita (page 1)
Name: Laura Jepsen
Personal: Born October 30, 1907, Single
Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of English
Education: B.A. (journalism) University of Iowa 1929
M.A. (Latin & Greek) University of Iowa 1936
Ph.D. (English) University of Iowa 1946 (link to the program from her Dissertation Defense)
Academic Experience: Associate Professor, Florida State, 1971-
Assistant Professor, Florida State, 1947-1971
Instructor, Florida State, 1946-1947
MacMurray College, 1945-1946
Instructor, Northrop Collegiate School Minneapolis, 1942-1945
Instructor, Rock Falls, Illinois, high school 1939-1942
Instructor, Maquoketa, Iowa, high school and junior college, 1937-1939
Research Note: MacMurray and Northrop were both women's only colleges as was Florida State when Laura first arrived
Area of scholarly interest: Comparative literature
Publications: (articles and reviews omitted)
Book: ETHICAL ASPECTS OF TRAGEDY (Greek, Senecan, Shakespearean)
University of Florida Press
"This contract has been approved by the Attorney General as per his stamp -Jan. 7, 1951"
Agreement made between publisher and author - Jan. 18, 1952
Book appeared in 1953
Reprinted by AMS Press, New York, 1971
Reviewed in England, Switzerland (four languages) Selected by Irving Ribner for Section
on Tragedy in BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TUDOR AND STUART DRAMA, p. 20 (1966)
Cited in bibliography for A DEFINITION OF TRAGEDY by Oscar Mandel, 1961
Papers read: "Prince Andrey as Epic Hero in Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE,"
SAMLA, (printed in SAMLA Bulletin Nov. 1969)
"The Circle as Symbol of Eternity in Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE,"
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, University of South Carolina, 1973
"Tolstoy, Precursor to Joyce as Mythmaker,"
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1974
"Heroism in the COSSACKS," SAMLA, 1975
Vita (page 2)
Ph. D. Students: Dissertations Directed
To Move in Time: A Study of the Structure of Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING, LIGHT IN AUGUST, and ABSALOM, ABSALOM
A Structural Reading of the Cantos of Ezra Pound (his M.A. with me on poetry of Dylan Thomas)
An Examination of the Southern Milieu in Representative Plays by Southern Dramatists, 1925-1956
William Gager's Ulysses Redux (1952): A Facsimile Edition and an English Translation
Beyond the Limits of Nihilism: An Analysis of the Works of Albert Camus
Heroic Alchemy: A Study of Language, Humor and Significance in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake
One thesis should be listed, since the author is, to the best of my knowledge, the only Florida teacher to receive State and National recognition as TEACHER OF THE YEAR (1969)
Thesis: Barbara Coleman
A. E. Housman: Proud Rebel
Research Note: Barbara Coleman has a very interesting history, honored by Richard Nixon when she won her award for National Teacher of the Year and has a Miami-Dade High School named after her as well.
Positions held by doctorial students, to the best of my knowledge:
Ewell: Radford (Va.) College. (recently rotating chairman of English)
Halperen: North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
Pryor: University of Houston (Texax) Editor Forum, International Journal on the Arts
Gowen: University of South Florida, in Humanities
Benstock: Kent State University (Ohio). Internationally known as Joycean scholar. Published dissertation extended as a book, Joyce-Again's Wake. Lectures at Sligo, Ireland, and elsewhere.
Four of these are full professors: Halperen, Pryory, Henley, Benstock.
Note: Bernard Benstock later listed Laura in the Acknowledgments of his book Joyce, Again's Wake published in 1965.
Vita (page 3)
Honors: Eta Sigma Phi, honorary classical languages fraternity
Among 10 nominations considered by Paul Piccard for Coyle E. Moore Award in 1962
Awards: Appointed Alternatere for Summer Grant in Humanities, 1964
Faculty development grant in Humanities received, 1969
Service: Founder (with Nikola Pribic) of FSU Comparative Literature Circle, which presents an annual symposium of national and internationally known speakers, (100 papers read in January 1976)
Danforth Committee, two years
Courses Developed: Tragedy, from Aeschylus to the Absurdists, European Novel, Tolstoy
Travel: Oxford-Cambridge sponsored Hellenic cruise (archaeologists and historians as guides), 1954
Solo journey around the world (all continents except Antartica) to see art works (of man and nature): Inca ruins, El Greco paintings, Chartres Cathedral, Byzantine icons (Kremlin), Giotto frescoes, pyramids and sphinx, Taj Mahal, Emerald Buddha (Bangkok), platapus (Australia), Grand Canyon, 1972
Bibliographical entries: DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN SCHOLARS
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS DIRECTORY (Strasbourg, France)
DICTIONARY OF INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (Cambridge, England)