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La Wanda Dickens

La Wanda Dickens

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 136 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2103
Fax: (248) 370-2748
E-mail: dickens@oakland.edu

Biography
LaWanda Dickens teaches WRT 102, 150, and 160 courses. Her research focuses on Hip Hop culture and service-learning. At the March 2006 Conference on College Composition and Communication, she participated in a panel discussion, “Conflict, Collaboration, and Change: Coalition-Building in the Service-Learning Classroom.” She has also presented at conferences for the Michigan College English Association and the Michigan Council for Teachers of English.

Degrees
Coursework completed for Ph.D. in Composition, Wayne State University
M.A. in English; Jackson State University; Jackson, MS, 1993
B.A. in English/Journalism; Jackson State University; Jackson, MS, 1992

Teaching Philosophy
I try to create an environment in which students feel comfortable and welcome to express their opinions freely as long as they do so diplomatically. My classroom is a forum for open dialogue about many issues that are relevant in life. I stress the importance of multiple perspectives in hopes of fostering critical thinking – a basic skill that all students should demonstrate at the college level. When they feel comfortable displaying their voices and when they understand the voices of others, they are more likely to write with confidence.

Teaching at OU since 2004.

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