Celebrating Women’s History Month with Dr. Laura Pogue

March 28, 2023 Charis Ochu

In celebration of Women’s History month, we sat down with Dr. Laura Pogue ’87/’91, Associate Professor of English, to highlight a woman who has impacted countless students at Hardin-Simmons University.

Laura L Pogue-Dean, General Education Studies at the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Laura Pogue

Dr. Pogue grew up in Dallas-Fort Worth and attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in literature. Her Ph.D. from Baylor University focused on women’s literature at the turn of the century in the 1800s to 1900s. As an Associate Professor of English, Dr. Pogue shares her knowledge and passion for the written word with students. During her free time, Dr. Pogue loves to visit junk stores. She is also very involved in her church, Pioneer Drive. 

The importance of International Women’s Day (annually on March 8), according to Dr. Pogue, is that it provides a chance to celebrate womanhood in all its facets. 

It is good to pause and speak about all that is good about being a woman.

Along with celebrating all that is good, whenever faced with any sort of challenge, she raises herself up “by pouring myself into what God has to say about the value of my voice and not what the people around me have to say about it.”  

Dr. Pogue empowers herself by spending quality time alone with God and making it a part of her daily routine. She has built a community for herself with other female faculty members on campus. “We support each other and communicate with each other, and there is a great deal of sustenance that comes from that,” she explained. 

Her advice to all women at HSU is to “plant your roots in truth. If your roots are planted in truth when you are shaken, you will still shake, but your roots will stay solid or even grow deeper.”