Larry LaForge

Biography

Larry LaForge spent thirty-five years in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and active member of the academic community. He taught business management courses at every level from undergraduate students to doctoral students, received major research grants, published in top journals, directed dissertations, and served on editorial boards. He also advised student organizations, chaired major campus committees, and worked closely with athletics as a faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Dr. LaForge received significant professional awards during his academic career. Clemson University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor of Management for his work with undergraduate students. The Clemson faculty recognized him with the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence, their highest honor. Student government at Clemson honored him with the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him 1995 South Carolina Professor of the Year. In 1996 he was named a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute.

He received his B.S. from Clemson, and his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

As an independent author, Larry LaForge draws on his experiences in higher education and college sports to create stories that illustrate interesting issues and dilemmas in our times.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I spent 35 years as a college professor and learned that you must write well to publish your research. However, that was an entirely different kind of writing than I do now. I think that's why I enjoy writing short fiction in my retirement. Research writing is fact-based, with special emphasis on clear explanations of methodology, results and implications of the study. Fiction writing is much more fun! It challenges me to tell my story in a much more creative manner.
Why do you focus on short stories?
My primary goal as an indie author is to express myself through creative writing and share the output with others. The short story is a perfect format for my writing objectives at this point. My stories are based on experiences I've had as a college professor or things that could occur in higher education and college sports if we keep going on the current path. Each story addresses an issue that can be presented in a fictional setting and a short format. Most of my stories have elements of humor. Some are emotional, and some may be a tad irreverent. But they all have a serious message or two, and are fun to write.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Larry LaForge online


Books

The Grade-Curve Caper
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Price: Free! Words: 14,360. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
(5.00 from 1 review)
Professor Wallace Tullen is at his wits end. The untenured assistant professor can’t seem to balance his grading standards with the need to improve student evaluations of his teaching. As his tenure date approaches, the last thing he needs is another round of student complaints. Reluctantly, Wally decides to curve grades. His new grading policy changes everything, but not in the way he expected.
Swimming for Pride
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Price: Free! Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
This emotional short story tells itself through the correspondence of fictional college swimmer Blake Wemberly after being informed his school plans to cut its varsity swim program. Blake and his teammates learn -- and teach -- a life lesson about coping with change and disappointment. The story is inspired by true events.
The Roasted Professor
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Price: Free! Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
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It takes 32 years and several anxious moments at his retirement roast, but Professor Ray Dennison finally finds the secret to success in his profession. He shares it in this entertaining short story about college teaching and those who do it. All characters, locations and events are fictional, but the issues are real and cause for reflection.
The Curious Case of Edward Grace: A Short Story about Community Service in Higher Education
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Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
A prestigious university refuses to certify one of its students for graduation, claiming he didn't meet the community service requirement. Edward Grace pleads his case before a packed hearing room, leaving all to ponder the true meaning of service.
Johnson and Johnson: A Short Story about Athletics and Academics in College Sports
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Price: Free! Words: 13,050. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Two unrelated men share the same last name, work on the same campus, and are driven by the same desire for professional success. One is a coach and the other is a professor. An ethical dilemma ensnares them both and threatens to derail their careers. Who will do the right thing? What is the right thing? All events are fictional, but the underlying issues are real and cause for reflection.
Extra Credit: A Short Story about Higher Education in America
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Price: Free! Words: 9,470. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
(5.00 from 1 review)
Professor Nathan Carter is old school. When senior Amy Watson takes a course from Professor Carter in her last semester, all hell breaks loose and a prestigious award goes down the drain for Ms. Watson. But has this clash of cultures really harmed the student? Her answer to that question changes dramatically as surprising events unfold in this true-to-life story about higher education in America.
Countdown to Kickoff: A Short Story about College Sports in Our Times
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Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Anticipation is running high for the opening of football season, but things are not what they seem. Technology, economics, and social norms intersect to create a new phenomenon in the wacky world of college football.

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