Special Instructor of Journalism
Writing, Newswriting and Public Relations
Office: 107A East Vandenberg Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4125
Anne Becker has been an OU instructor since 1981, teaching a wide range of classes (JRN 190, 200, 350 and 353, WRT 150 and 160). She also was intern director for communication and journalism (1984-2008). Besides her teaching and advising work, she coordinated the Festival of Writing for the Rhetoric Program for six years and has served on a number of university committees (Academic Conduct and Academic Computer).
With an M.A. in English from Oakland University and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Becker’s interest in teaching writing began when she did her student teaching in a humanities course at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Her first real exposure to public relations was serving as PR chair for the UM Pan-Hellenic Council.
Since she enjoys design and computer work, many of the PR projects she has done over the years have involved desktop publishing. For example, she assembled brochures for the Birmingham Community House, specifically for its Downtown House Tours and Antiques Festival. She also was an editor, and then adviser, for a private woman’s club newsletter. Her desktop skills came in play when she co-edited Revision: History, Theory, and Practice. The chapter she contributed to the book, “A Review of Writing Model Research Based on Cognitive Processes,” also allowed her to study an area of composition she feels is integral to the teaching of writing.
On a more personal note, a native Michigander, Becker has lived here most of her life. Her husband is a professor; a retired attorney, he keeps busy teaching at UDMercy law school. Her daughter, a graphic designer, is married with a toddler, Charlie, so the only “kids” at home are two standard poodles, Taffy Pull, who is cream, and Tilly, who is black.