Amanda Laudig

Amanda Laudig

Special Lecturer
Office: 166 Dodge Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2739
Email: laudig@oakland.edu

Biography

Teaching at OU since 2011, Laudig believes that students learn more when she is not a lecturer but a participant in an activity that she initiates but that only comes to life based upon the needs and discussions of students. Constant student activity, therefore, is a cornerstone of her pedagogy. She prefers to have students active and doing--constantly writing, discussing, and practicing all of the elements that go into producing strong written work and critically-astute readings. Laudig's function is that of a coach, facilitator and catalyst. She hopes to teach composition courses wherein students learn to rhetorically analyze their own texts and the texts of others with the end goal of being able to produce appropriate works for specific audiences and to discern the multiple differences among the accepted practices of valid argumentation and knowledge-making in various discourse communities. It is a necessity to achieve a classroom shared equally by teacher and student.

Laudig presents material in such a way that the students learn the basics and are able to apply them to more abstract or advanced tasks. In such a classroom, she is not always the final authority on writing or on reading; rather, she is a co-creator of knowledge along with students. She tries to adhere consistently to the concept of a critical pedagogy in a classroom where the teacher treats students as intellectuals, challenging them to reexamine their beliefs and the subject positions which brought them to these beliefs and, in turn, encouraging them to challenge the teacher as well.

Education

Ph.D in English Studies, concentrations in Composition Pedagogy and Literature Pedagogy. Illinois State University.
M.A. in English Literature. Ball State University.
B.S. in English. Ball State University.

Courses

WRT 1020 Basic Writing
WRT 1050 Composition I
WRT 1060 Composition II
WRT 3082 Business Writing